posted February 18, 2008

Hope Musical Showcase to Feature Varied Program

 A wide range of musical styles and instruments will bring DeVos Hall alive when Hope College presents its 20th annual Musical Showcase concert on Monday, March 3, at 8 p.m. in Grand Rapids.

Hope College students take the stage for this fast-paced, musical spectacular, during which audience members hear everything from opera to jazz.

The hardest part for those seeing the show is containing their enthusiasm, at least at first. In the tradition of the quick-moving musical event, audience members are asked to hold their applause until intermission and the end of the performance.

The concert unveils the gifts of all HopeCollege's major musical groups, along with soloists, chamber groups and small ensembles.

The first half will include many highlights, including "Partita No. 1 in B flat major" by J.S. Bach, performed by pianist Sally VanderPloeg; "Dunque io son" from the opera the "Barber of Seville" by Gioacchino Rossini, performed by soprano Hillary Byker and baritone Isaac Droscha; and a violin duet of Bela Bartok's "Teasing song, Pizzicato, Limping Dance," performed by Beth Barnadyn and Victoria Baar.

The Chapel Choir, conducted by Brad Richmond, will sing "Dies Irae" by Zdenek Lukas. Violinist Alexandru Hamzea, accompanied by pianist Jennifer Wolfe, will perform Manuel DeFalla's "Spanish Dance" from the opera "La Vida Breve"; and soprano Lauren Conley, accompanied by pianist Linda Strouf, will sing "I love a piano" by Irving Berlin. Faculty member Robert Hodson's jazz composition "Buru Island Blues" will be performed by The Mainstream Ensemble.

Also in the first half of the evening will be Elizabeth Spontelli, soprano, with accompanist Linda Strouf, piano, singing "I never saw a moor" by Richard Pearson Thomas; "Toccata" from "Symphony No. 5" by Charles-Marie Widor, performed by organist Christopher Dekker; and "Laurie's Song" from Aaron Copland's "Tenderland," sung by soprano Meghan Moore accompanied by pianist Jennifer Wolfe. The first half will conclude with Leonard Bernstein's "Overture to Candide," performed the Hope College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gabe Southard.

The second half of the concert will continue with an eclectic program, including "Scene V" from the opera "The Old Maid and the Thief" by Gian Carlo Menotti, performed by the Opera Workshop class under the direction of Margaret Kennedy-Dygas. The "Scherzo" from Antonin Dvorak's "Sonatina in G major Op. 100" will be performed by violinist Victoria Baar, accompanied by pianist Linda Strouf; the Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Paul Wesselink, will perform "Us" by Thad Jones; soprano Hillary Byker, accompanied by pianist Emily Chapman, will sing "O mio babbino caro" from the opera "Gianni Schicchi" by Giacomo Puccini; the Flute Choir, conducted by Julie Sooy, will perform the traditional "Shenendoah"; and "Zaza peccali zengari" from the opera "Zaza" by Ruggero Leoncavallo will be sung by baritone Isaac Droscha accompanied by pianist Sally VanderPloeg.

Violinist Alexandru Hamzea and violist Joseph Stodola will perform "Passacaglia" by Handel-Halvorsen; the Women's Chamber Choir, conducted by Jennifer Wolfe, will sing "Mouth Peace" by Nick Page; the "Allegro molto" section from Bela Bartok's "Sonata" will be performed by pianist Samuel Adams; and baritone Jared Graybiel, accompanied by pianist Linda Strouf, will sing "The proposal" from "Titanic," written by Maury Yeston. The evening will conclude with the Wind Symphony, conducted by Gabe Southard, performing "Sinfonia India" by Carlos Chavez.

Tickets for Musical Showcase are $10 each, and may be ordered through the Hope College Ticket Office located in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse at 222 Fairbanks Ave. The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and may be called at (616) 395-7890.

Tickets may also be purchased over the counter at the Grand Center Ticket Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition tickets may be ordered by phone through Ticketmaster by calling (616) 456-3333. A service fee is added to the cost of each ticket purchased this way.