posted February 5, 2007

Symphonette to Perform on Friday, Feb. 16

The Hope College Symphonette will perform on Friday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The group's first concert at Hope of the new semester will include works of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Johann Sebastian Bach and Joseph Haydn. The concert will open with the "Overture to Suzannes's Secret," by Wolf-Ferrari. The concert will continue with the "Brandenburg Concerto No. 3" for strings by Bach and close with the "Symphony No. 82 L'Ours (The Bear)" by Haydn.

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 in March, 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 and chamber music at the college. Piippo has taught at Hope since 1999.

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