posted April 7, 2003

Choral Concert Features Alumni-Commissioned Work

A composition commissioned by three brothers in honor of their parents will be featured during a concert by the combined Hope College Chapel Choir and College Chorus on Tuesday, April 22, at 8 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The concert will feature "Let the Bright Seraphim," commissioned by Hope graduates Douglas Neckers, Bruce Neckers and Craig Neckers in honor of their parents, M. Carlyle Neckers of Holland and his late wife Doris, also Hope alumni.

The piece was written by English composer Malcolm Archer, organist and master of choristers at Wells Cathedral in England. It was first performed on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2002, at Chautauqua (N.Y.) Amplitheatre. Archer will be on Hope's campus in August of this year as part of the Richner- Strong Institute of Church Music.

Douglas Neckers is a 1960 graduate living in Perrysburg, Ohio; Bruce Neckers is a 1965 graduate living in Grand Rapids; and Craig Neckers is a 1971 graduate living in Grand Rapids. M. Carlyle Neckers and Doris (VanLente) Neckers graduated from the college in 1935 and 1936 respectively.

The evening's program also includes "I Saw the Lord," by John Stainer; "Hear My Prayer," by Felix Mendelssohn, featuring faculty member Linda Dykstra; "Let the People Praise Thee, O Lord," by William Mathias; and "Ave Verum," by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located on College Avenue at 12th Street.