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Final Faculty Recital for Longtime Professor
Joan Conway Will Be Sunday, Feb. 18

Posted February 12, 2001

HOLLAND -- Professor and pianist Joan Conway of the Hope College music faculty is about to conclude some 32 years with the college's Faculty Recital Series.

Conway, who is retiring at the end of the school year, will be featured on the long-running program for the last time on Sunday, Feb. 18. The recital will be presented at 4 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The afternoon concert will feature four pieces showcasing a variety of musical genres. Conway will perform in three of them.

The program will present a work written for multiple cellos, the "Requiem for Three Cellos and Piano, Op. 66," by David Popper. The requiem, which has generated inquiries from audience members interested in hearing it, was originally scheduled to be performed as part of the next recital in the series.

The cellists will be Richard Piippo of the faculty; Ernest Lloyd, a retired professional cellist who performs with the Holland Symphony; and Robert Ritsema, who retired from the Hope music faculty in 1999. Conway will be the pianist.

The concert will also feature a performance by the well-received "Anchor Trio," which consists of Conway, cellist Piippo and violinist Mihai Craioveanu. The trio will present Robert Schumann's "Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 63."

Soprano Linda Dykstra, accompanied by Conway, will sing "Four Night Songs" by Madeline Dring.

Julie Sooy, flute, and Jennifer Wolfe, piano, will perform Sergei Prokofieff's "Sonata in D Major, Op. 94."

Conway has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1969. She has coordinated the Faculty Recital Series for more than two decades in addition to performing in it since coming to Hope.

She is well-known throughout the Midwest as a soloist, chamber player and accompanist. She is past president of the Michigan Music Teachers' Association (MMTA). The MMTA named her State Teacher of the Year in 1992. In 1994, the MMTA presented her with its first Distinguished Service Award.

Conway received an Alumni Citation from her undergraduate college, Lebanon Valley College, in 1996. She holds a master's in music from Manhattan School of Music.

She spent 13 years performing and teaching in New York City before coming to Hope. Among other venues, she has played in Carnegie Recital Hall, Town Hall and Lincoln Center Library.

Nykerk Hall of Music is located along the former 12th Street between College and Columbia avenues. Additional information about the program may be obtained by calling the college's department of music at (616) 395-7650.

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