posted February 17, 2010

Hope College 22nd Annual Musical Showcase Will Feature Varied Program

 A wide range of musical styles and instruments will bring DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids alive when HopeCollege presents its 22nd annual Musical Showcase concert on Monday, March 1, at 8 p.m.

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 Hope College's major musical groups, along with soloists, chamber groups and small ensembles.

° Violin solos will include Alec Norkey performing Niccolo Paganini's "Caprice No. 16"; Luke Panning performing "Sally Goodin," a traditional fiddle piece; and Katherine Genzink performing Camille Saint Saens' "Danse Macabre." Performing "Allergro from Sonata Op/3 No. 2" will be Luke Panning and Katherine Genzink.

° Piano solos include Sally VanderPloeg performing Claude Debussy's "Les Collines d'Anacapri," Brent Smith performing Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Polichinelle Op. 3 No. 4," and Kristi VanDyke performing Frederic Chopin's "Fantasy- Impromptu." Organist Leah Hottel will also play Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens' "Fanfare."

° Vocal performances include Heather Benson singing Giuseppe Verdi's "Ave maria piena di grazie"; Lauren Conley and Ross Green performing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Pa Pa Pa," from "The Magic Flute"; Jonathan Weppler singing Giulio Caccini's "Amarilli mia bella"; Jared Graybiel singing Larry Grossman's "Mama a Rainbow," from "Minnie's Boys"; Sarah Ashcroft singing an African-American spiritual, "Ride on King Jesus!"; Daniel Smith singing Edouard Lalo's "Vainement ma bien-aimee"; and Caitlin McDougall singing John Jacob Niles' "Reward."

° Cellists Jessalyn Bolkema and Kirsten Peterson will perform George Frideric Handel's "Allegro" from "Sonata for Two Cellos."

° Flute solos include Michelle Pascoe performing "Zoomtube" by Ian Clarke, and Sarah Brown performing "Waltz" from Suite Op. 116 by Benjamin Godard.  They will then perform a duet by Jean Philippe Rameau, "Le Rappel des Oiseaux."

° Catherine Ellis and Michelle Pascoe will perform marimba and vibraphone percussion for Andreas Giesecke's "Absolute Draws Near."

° Chamber groups include a string quartet performing George Gershwin's "Lullaby"; the Woodwind Ensemble performing Adrien Barthe's "Passacaille"; the Brass Ensemble performing Giuseppe Verdi's "Grand March"; the Flute Quintet performing Theodore Dubois' "Toccata in G Major"; and the Mainstream Ensemble performing Aaron Parks' "Peaceful Warrior."

° Other groups include the Orchestra performing Gioachino Rossini's "Overture to La gazza ladra"; the Wind Esemble performing "Gandalf" from Symphony No. 1 "The Lord of the Rings," by Johan de Meij; the Jazz Arts Collective performing "Little Flamenco," by Chick Corea; the Women's Chamber Choir performing Ernani Aguiar's "Salmo 150"; and the Chapel Choir performing "Pange Lingua," by Jose Mauricio Nunez.

Tickets for Musical Showcase are $10 each, and may be ordered through at the Hope College Ticket Office located in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse at 222 Fairbanks Avenue. 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.