posted September 22, 2008

Orchestra to Open Season with Oct. 3 Concert

The Hope College Orchestra will present its first concert of the season on Friday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The show will open with "Overture to La Cenerentola," by Gioacchino Rossini, and continue with "Simple Symphony for String Orchestra," by Benjamin Britten. Next will be "Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18," by Sergei Rachmaninoff, followed by "Les Preludes, Symphonic Poem No. 3," by Franz Liszt.

The concert will feature pianist Adam Clark in his debut performance as a new member of the Hope music faculty. He will be performing the "Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor," by Rachmaninoff.

An active soloist and chamber musician, Clark has performed to great acclaim throughout the United States, as well as in Belgium and Italy. Of his playing, "New York Concert Review Magazine" wrote, "Clark brought out much beauty in Chopin's soulfully embroidered melodies. He played with thoughtful expressiveness" and "achieved an excellent blend [with the orchestra]." His competition awards include first prize in the San Luis Obispo Symphony Concerto Competition and second prize in the CCM Concerto Competition. He has been noted for his role as producer and performer for the "Back to Bach" series in Cincinnati as well, which presented, over the course of two evenings, the complete solo piano concerti of J.S. Bach.

The Orchestra is directed by Richard Piippo of the Hope music faculty, who is an associate professor of cello and chamber music at the college. Piippo has taught at Hope since 1999.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.