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Annual Musical Showcase in Grand Rapids
Will Feature Varied Program

Posted March 26, 2001

HOLLAND -- The hardest job for audience members at DeVos Hall on Monday, April 9, will be holding their applause.

When Hope College students hit the stage for fast- paced, musical spectacular, those attending will hear everything from a percussion ensemble to the Chapel Choir. But very little clapping.

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. As the last strains of a string quartet fade out, the lights come up on another part of stage to feature a jazz ensemble. Highlights from the Opera Workshop lead into a piano solo, and musical theatre blends into the Wind Symphony.

The 8 p.m. concert, being held in Grand Rapids for a 13th year, unveils the gifts of all Hope College's major musical groups, along with soloists, chamber groups, and small ensembles. The 24 works performed range from a selection from a Brahms' symphony, to the jazz of Ornette Colmeman, Romanian dances by Bela Bartok, and a cello piece by Paul Hindemith.

The evening opens with "Ku-Ka-Ilimoku," a percussion piece by Christopher Rouse and performed by the Percussion Ensemble. A quick shift features soprano Sarah Proulx, a junior from Ionia, accompanied by pianist Laura Donnelly, a senior from Holland, performing "Father, I Beg You" from Moliere's "Tartuffe."

The Women's Chamber Choir, directed by Brad Richmond, performs "She Piped for Us," by Libby Larson. A string quartet--consisting of violist Paul Jackson, a junior from Cedar Rapids, Iowa; violinist Ben Fuhrman, a freshman from Lansing; violist Joe Gutowski, a freshman from Muskegon; and cellist Christopher Meyer, a senior from Holland--will perform Shostakovich's "Quartet No. 8, Allegro molto."

Jazz Ensemble I, under the direction of Brian Coyle, will play Charles Mingus' "Haitian Fight Song." Sophomore violinist Joseph Deller of Dearborn will be joined by pianist Lora Clark, a 1997 Hope graduate, in Edouard Lalo's "Symphonie Espagnole: Scherzando." Next, senior organist Krista Shinew of Holland performs "Sonata in B-flat Major" by L.J.A. Lefebure-Wely.

The Opera Workshop performs a selection from Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel und Gretel," under the direction of Margaret Kennedy-Dygas. Next, pianist Paul Jacobs, a senior from Grand Haven, performs Alexander Scriabin's "Prelude in B Minor." The first half closes with the Hope College Orchestra, under the direction of Richmond, performing Brahms's "Symphony No. 2 in D Major: Allegro con spirito."

Richard Piippo conducts the Symphonette in Benjamin Britten's "Soirees Musicales: March, Canzonetta, Bolero, Canzonetta" to open the second half of the performance.

Next, soprano Melissa Kuchek, a junior from Holland, accompanied by piainist Laura Donnelly, sings Giacomo Rossini's "La Separazione." Bela Bartok's "Roumanian Dances" will be performed by violinist Titus Munteanu, a freshman from Romania, accompanied by pianist Lora Clark.

The Chapel Choir, directed by Richmond, will sing "Jesus Walked this Lonesome Valley," as arranged by John Reager. Following is flutist Jessica Schulte, a junior from Clarkston, with pianist Sarah Herman, a senior for Sylvania, Ohio, performing Eldin Burton's "Sonata for Flute and Piano: Andatino."

Next, a string quartet--consisting of violinist Jennifer Walvoord, a junior from Holland; violinist Joseph Deller; violist Lauren Kruse, a junior from Holland; and cellist Nicholas Toben, a sophomore from Troy--will perform Debussy's "Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10: Assez vif et bien rytme."

A jazz quartet, the Jazz Chamber Ensemble I, takes the stage next with Ornette Coleman's "Blues Connotation." Featured in the ensemble is alto saxophonist Daron Vroon, a senior from Jacksonville, Fla.; bassist Hart Gary, a senior from Charlottesville, Va.; trombonist Paul Wesselink, a freshman from Grand Rapids; and drummer Mike Kopchick, also a freshman from Grand Rapids.

Pianist Susan DeKam, a junior from Caledonia, performs Rachmaninoff's "Prelude in A Minor, Op. 32, No. 8," followed by the Wind Symphony Chamber Players, under the direction of Steven Ward, performing Charles Surinach's "Garrotin ('Ritmo Jondo')."

Senior cellist Brandon Cota of Frederick, Md., is next with Paul Hindemith's "Sonata for Violincello: Massig schnell." He is followed by a trio of seniors--violist Aimee Morehouse of Bowie, Md.; clarinetist Tracy Miller of Gurnee, Ill.; and pianist Paul Jacobs--performing "Suite, Op. 157b: Introduction et Final" by Darius Milhaud.

Junior Quincy Marr, a tenor from Gridley, Ill., with pianist Lora Clark, will perform "Empty Chairs and Empty Tables" from "Les Miserables."

The concert concludes with the Wind Symphony performing Leonard Bernsteinís "Profanation" ("Jeremiah Symphony") under the direction of Ward.

Tickets for the showcase are $10 each, and may be purchased through the Office of Public Relations at Hope College. The office, open from 8 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, is located on the second floor of the DeWitt Center and may be called at (616) 395-7860.

Tickets may also be purchased over the counter at the Grand Center Ticket Office for $10 each. The Grand Center Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition, tickets may be ordered by phone, and charged to any major credit card, through Ticketmaster by calling (616) 456-3333. A service fee is added to the cost of each ticket purchased this way.

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