posted February 25, 2009

Musical Showcase Will Feature Varied Program

The 21st annual Musical Showcase concert will be presented by Hope College on Monday, March 9, at 8 p.m. in DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids. Featured will be the Chapel Choir, College Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Symphonette, and Wind Symphony, as well as soloists and chamber ensembles.

The evening will open with a piano solo, Frederic Chopin's "Etude Op. 10, No. 5 'Black Key,'" by Sally Vanderploeg. Following will be the Women's Chamber Choir under the direction of Jennifer Wolfe singing "Cantate Domino."  Next is saxophone quartet consisting of Kaitlynn Zigterman, Shelby Peterson, Emily Brower, Nick VanVoorst and Dana Wilson performing "Howling at the Moon."  Violinists Alexandru Hamzea and Catherine Bennett, accompanied by pianist Jennifer Wolfe, will also perform Pablo de Sarasate's "Navarra."

Lauren Conley, accompanied by pianist Brent Smith, will perform Stephen Flaherty's "Your Daddy's Son." Violinists Beth Barnadyn and Kirsten Schroeder will perform a duet arranged by Robert Elkjer titled "Royal Garden Blue."  Next will be Kaitlynn Zigterman, flute; Jennifer Wolfe, piano; Nick VanKampen, bass; and Matt Mayes, drums performing Claude Bolling's "Veloce" from "Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano.  Soprano Briana Sosenheimer, accompanied by pianist Sally Vanderploeg, will perform "Traveling," by Libby Larsen.  Flutist Lydia Post and pianist Elizabeth Claar will then perform Carl Reinecke's "Undine Sonata."  Closing the first half of the show will be the Orchestra under the direction of Richard Piippo performing "Light Cavalry Overture."

Opening the second half of the concert will be the Jazz Arts Collective directed by Brian Coyle performing "Dunes at Dawn into Dromadaire Extraordinaire" from "Vignettes for Nonet" by Christopher Brubeck.  Next will be soprano Sarah Ashcroft, accompanied by pianist Sally Vanderploeg performing "Zueignung" by Richard Strauss.  Following will be organist Robin Pulsifer playing Louis Vierne's "Carillon de Westminster."  "Amor de mi Alma" by Z. Randall Stroope will be sung by the Chapel Choir under the direction of Brad Richmond. Next will be the Brass Ensemble: Robin Pulsifer, trumpet; Peter Smith, trumpet; Julia DeGroot, French horn; Sam Pettigrew, trombone; Zach Mitchell, euphonium; and Collin Taylor, tuba performing "Prelude to Act I" from "Carmen" arranged by Georges Holcombe.

John Donkersloot will perform a piano solo, "Prelude in B-flat, Op. 23, No. 2," by Sergei Rachmaninoff.  Following will be Katie Ross, mezzo-soprano; Joseph Stodola, viola; and Emily Chapman, piano performing Johannes Brahms' "2 Gesange," Op. 91, No. 1 'Gestillte Sehnsucht.'"  Next will be a violin solo by Alexandru Hamzea playing John Corigliano's "Fifth Variation" from "The Red Violin." Baritone Jared Graybiel, with pianist Emily Chapman, will perform Eric Coates' "I Heard you Singing."  Closing the concert will be the Wind Symphony directed by Gabe Southard, which will perform "Les Halles from Paris Sketches" by Martin Ellerby.

Tickets for Musical Showcase are $10 each, and may be ordered through the Hope College ticket office in the main lobby in the DeVos Fieldhouse, located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets. 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 weekdays 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.