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Great Performance Series
Announces 31st Season

Posted August 22, 2000

HOLLAND -- Continuing its tradition of bringing internationally and critically acclaimed theatre, music and dance to the campus of Hope College and into the Holland community, the college's 2000-01 Great Performance Series announces its 31st season.

Kicking off this year's seven events will be the New York-based dance duo of Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer on Monday, Sept. 25. Dance partners and choreographers, they will collaborate live with Grammy-award winning percussionist Glen Velez to perform "Carried Away," an original work delving into the desire to be carried away, and to get carried away. Recipients of six National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships, a New York Foundation for the Arts Choreography Fellowship and numerous other awards, Myrna Packer and Art Bridgman have been described in the "New York Times" as "among the leading practitioners of the art of the dance duet." The performance will be held in the DeWitt Center main theatre.

Center City Brass, a brass quintet quickly earning praise for setting new standards of artistry on brass instruments, will perform on Friday, Oct. 20, in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. Founded in 1985, the group boasts first prize from the Coleman Chamber Music Competition and the Carmel Chamber Music Competition in 1988. Known for their wide range of musical styles Bach to Bernstein to Bozza they will also perform a piece, "Firedance," by their own Emmy- award winning composer, trumpet player Anthony Di Lorenzo. While a fellow at Tanglewood Music Center, Di Lorenzo worked with Leonard Bernstein, who nominated him for an Avery Fisher Career Grant. The "Cleveland Plain Dealer" has said of the quintet, "This is brass playing that glows, sings, and abounds in dazzling colors."

Described by the "Boston Globe" as "the livest live music in town," The Triple Helix is next. Inspired by the notion of the double helix as the dynamic intertwining energies that generate life, they combine piano, violin and cello into superb musical chemistry, and will perform on Friday, Nov. 3, also in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. The trio includes former Lydian String member and Holland resident Rhonda Rider on cello. The "Globe" has said, "this listener has heard many trios--but never anything to surpass the Triple Helix."

The year's "Bonus Blues Event," Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women, will perform on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland. W.C. Handy Award winners, these three performers, according to the "Buffalo News," redefine acoustic blues "with enough attitude to make Dennis Rodman blush." The "Chicago Tribune" has described them as looking "more like fugitives from a Tupperware party--but appearances can be deceiving, as these musicians demonstrate by tearing up the stage with their high-powered, take no prisoners approach." The "San Jose Mercury News" has called them "One of the sassiest, funniest blues bands to come down the pike."

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, Quartetto Gelato will combine the classical and colloquial into operatic arias, "Danny Boy," and gypsy fiddling at Dimnent Memorial Chapel. Named as "Debut Artist of the Year" by NPR's Performance Today in 1996, this "classical" quartet is anything but traditional; the group's recordings can literally be described as "out- of-this-world," having been taken into space by Canadian astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk. "Quartetto Gelato has the stuff," the Los Angeles "Times" has said, noting, "Dry humor and occasional clowning are part of the quartet's arsenal, yet first it meets the requisite virtues of skilled music- making."

On Monday, March 12, in conjunction with Hope College's Visiting Writers Series, Emmy-award winning and Oscar-nominated actors Roscoe Lee Browne and Anthony Zerbe present an evening of 20th century literature, drama and comedy titled "Behind the Broken Words." Performing at the Knickerbocker Theatre, the two actors will celebrate the words of William Butler Yeats, Richard Wright, e.e. cummings, Seamus Heany and a host of others in what the "New York Times" calls "a rhapsodic flight of words and images."

Bringing the Great Performance Series to a fitting new location with acoustical edge for its final performance of the year, Anonymous 4, the forerunners in medieval chant, will perform on Tuesday, April 24, in St. Francis de Sales church in Holland. Renowned for its astonishing vocal blend and technical virtuosity, the group also performs works by contemporary composers, and each of their 10 recordings have reached the Billboard classical Top Ten. The London "Times" has described the group as having become "anything but anonymous."

All performances will begin at 8 p.m. Season subscriptions for the Great Performance Series 2000-01 season are now available. Subscription prices are $50 for adults, $42 for seniors, $22 for students and $100 for families. Individual ticket prices are $12.50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors and $6.50 for students. Those interested in subscribing or obtaining additional information should call (616) 395-6996.

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