posted November 1, 2006

Symphonette to Perform on Friday, Nov. 10

The Hope College Symphonette will perform on Friday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The program will open with the "Tancredi Overture" by Gioacchino Rossini. Following the overture, the Symphonette will perform the "Prelude and Quadruple Fugue for Orchestra, Opus 128," by Alan Hovhaness, an American composer. The strings of the Symphonette will be featured in "Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 11," by Swedish composer Dag Wiren. The program will close with the "Symphony in C major" of Georges Bizet.

Organized in 1953, the Symphonette is selected each year from the larger college symphony orchestra. It is one of only four orchestras from around the country invited to perform during the 2007 National Conference of the American String Teachers Association, chosen from a pool of more than 100 college orchestras that had applied for the honor.

The Symphonette is directed by Richard Piippo of the Hope music faculty, who is director of orchestral activities and an associate professor of cello/chamber music at the college. Piippo has taught at Hope since 1999. His career began as cellist with the Milwaukee Symphony, and his reputation grew when he captured first place in two national cello competitions. He appears as a soloist and chamber player throughout the United States and Canada, performs as an adjunct cellist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and is the cellist with the Anchor Piano Trio at Hope.

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