posted October 19, 2011

Organ Concert on Oct. 25 Scheduled as Part of “Founder’s Festival”

 An organ concert featuring Hope College faculty members Huw Lewis and Linda Strouf will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel, as the final event in the community-wide, five-day Founder's Festival. 
 
The public is invited. Admission is free. 
 
Running Friday-Tuesday, Oct. 21-25, the festival has been scheduled in honor of the October 1811 birth of the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, who founded Holland in 1847.  The organ concert will feature work by Dutch musicians, with Lewis and Strouf presenting a program that they previously performed in Ommen, Overijssel, the Netherlands, in May. 
 
Lewis, a professor of music, has taught at Hope since 1990. He performs nationally and internationally on a regular basis, and has been featured at meetings and conventions sponsored by many professional organizations, including the American Guild of Organists and the Royal College of Organists. He was a featured recitalist at the 1987 International Congress of Organists. Lewis's playing has been broadcast in America and in Great Britain where he has made numerous recordings for the BBC. He has served on many competition juries, most recently for the 2003 Dallas International Organ Competition.  Lewis studied at the Royal College of Music in London, at CambridgeUniversity, and at the University of Michigan. 
 
Strouf, an adjunct assistant professor of music, has been on the faculty of Hope College since 1988, teaching courses in music theory, music history and piano, and is currently teaching keyboard skills to music majors and minors and a First-Year Seminar. Strouf is also the minister of music at the historic Third Reformed Church, a position she has held for 16 years, where she plays the organ and directs three adult choirs and oversees the youth music program of an additional three choirs. Strouf is also active in the community, playing principal keyboard with the Holland Symphony Orchestra. 
 
Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street. 
 
Multiple events have been scheduled in Holland as well as in neighboring communities in conjunction with the Founder's Festival, beginning with an opening reception complete with birthday cake on Friday, Oct. 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Holland Area Arts Council and including concerts, films and exhibitions; a play written just for the bicentennial; puppet shows, storytelling and a "Klompen Derby" - miniature wooden show car races; and the U.S. portion of an international conference that will continue in the Netherlands the following month. 
 
The conference "Albertus C. Van Raalte: Leader and Liaison" will take place at Hope on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 24 and 25, in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall, and will continue in Ommen, Overijssel, the Netherlands on Nov. 3-4.  Organized by the college's A.C. Van Raalte Institute, the conference will feature lectures by scholars from the United States as well as the Netherlands. 
 
Additional information about the Founder's Festival is available online at www.dutchheritagewestmichigan.com.  More information about the conference may be obtained online at www.hope.edu/vri or by calling (616) 395-7678.