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Hope College Chapel Choir to
Perform in Grand Rapids Area

Posted February 26, 2001

HOLLAND -- The Hope College Chapel Choir will perform at Beverly Reformed Church in Wyoming on Sunday, March 11, at 6 p.m.

Beverly Reformed Church is located at 2141 Porter Street, SW, in Wyoming.

The public is invited. Admission is free, although a freewill offering will be taken in support of the choir's upcoming tour of France and Italy.

The program will include sacred music of the 16th and 20th centuries, including the music of four American composers. The composers include 1975 Hope graduate Alfred Fedak of Menands, N.Y.

The Chapel Choir was organized in 1929 and began touring annually in 1953. The choir has made a European tour five times, most recently in May of 1997, and in 1989 presented a concert tour of the former Soviet Union.

Last March, the choir toured in the state of Washington. This year, the choir will perform in southern France and Italy between May 7 and 17, visiting cities including Nice, Florence, Venice and Milan.

The choir is featured annually in the Hope College Christmas Vespers program, which is heard on radio stations nationwide. The choir has appeared on the "Hour of Power" from the Crystal Cathedral in California, and has sung for the Easterdawn services at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

The 39-voice choir is composed of student musicians representing many areas of the college, and performs sacred and secular choral music of the past five centuries. Students in the choir are selected by audition and maintain a vigorous rehearsal schedule in preparation for their concert tour and other engagements throughout the year.

The choir is directed by Dr. Brad Richmond, director of choral activities at Hope. Richmond is in his third year at the college, where he also teaches conducting and private voice. In addition to the Chapel Choir, he directs the College Chorus and the Collegium Musicum.

Prior to his appointment at Hope, he served as director of choirs at Southeastern Louisiana University. During summers he conducts the high school choral ensembles at Interlochen Arts Camp in Traverse City.

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