posted May 2, 2005

Tulip Time Organ Recitals Run May 11-14

Hope College's popular contribution to Holland's annual Tulip Time festival continues with organ recitals on Wednesday-Saturday, May 11-14.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Occurring every half-hour, the 20-minute performances begin at 10 a.m. with the last performance beginning at 1:30 p.m. Pieces being performed include works by J.S. Bach, Louis Vierne, Henry Purcell, Johann Pachelbel and William Mathias.

The recitals are organized by Hope faculty members Linda Strouf and Dr. Huw Lewis, both of whom are performing.

Strouf holds a master's degree in organ from the University of Wyoming and is a 1984 Hope College graduate. She also serves as the college's fine arts division recruiting coordinator.

Lewis was born in Wales and educated at the Royal College of Music in London, Emmanuel College, Cambridge and the University of Michigan. Before coming to Hope, Lewis spent 16 years in the Detroit area, where he was Director of Music at St. John's Episcopal Church, founder/director of the St. John's Bach Society, and choir director at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield.

Lewis will by joined by Jim Bekkering, trumpet, for works by Purcell and John Stanley. Bekkering, a 1965 Hope College graduate, is vice president for admissions at the college, where he has been employed since 1980.

Other organists include Hope alumni Rob Abbott, a 1997 graduate from Ferndale; Marie Blauwkamp, a 1962 graduate from Zeeland; Susan De Kam, a 2002 graduate from Ann Arbor; and David Schout, a 2000 graduate from Holland. Also performing is Abigail Rockwood of Muskegon, who will be entering her senior year at Hope this fall.

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