Hope College will feature the Michigan Recital Project on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Begun in 2012 by Emily Marvosh and Margot Rood, both Michigan natives living in Boston, The Michigan Recital Project creates a dialogue between vocal musicians, composers, and listeners by bringing newly written vocal chamber music to a broad audience in Michigan and beyond. Its purpose is to grow the repertoire of music that celebrates Michigan culture and heritage.
The pianist for the Project is Hope College’s own alumnus Joseph Turbessi, from Nunica. A 2005 Hope graduate, Turbessi is active in the greater Boston area as a solo and collaborative pianist, organist, and chamber musician. He is a regular recitalist and has performed piano recitals at the Boston Conservatory and on the Jamaica Plain and Equilibrium concert series. Turbessi is a staff accompanist at the Boston Conservatory, the accompanist for the Harvard-Radcliffe chorus, and director of music at the First Parish of Sherborn (UU).
The Project is undertaking its first Michigan tour from Tuesday, Oct. 1, through Thursday, Oct. 10, presenting a program of pieces for voices, flute and piano by Michigan composers and inspired by the Mitten State. The recital features four new works by young composers, as well as Michigan-themed selections by William Bolcom, Catherine McMichael, Leo Sowerby, Irving Berlin, and others.
Nykerk Hall of Music is located in the central Hope campus at the former 127 E. 12th Street between College and Columbia avenues.