Student-Formed Trio Will Preview
Romania Tour with Local
Posted April 23, 2002
HOLLAND -- The student-formed Fine Arts Trio at
Hope College will preview its forthcoming tour of Romania
with a series of concerts in Michigan, including on-campus
on Thursday, May 16.
The Fine Arts Trio consists of violinist Titus
Munteanu of Brasov, Romania, who is completing his sophomore
year at Hope; cellist Nicholas Toben of Troy, who is
completing his junior year; and pianist Susan DeKam of
Caledonia, a member of the graduating senior class of 2002.
The trio will present five chamber music concerts in
Michigan in May, and eight concerts in Romania in June.
In Michigan, the trio will appear in Holland,
Grand Rapids and Troy. In Romania, the trio will appear in
the cities of Brasov, Timisoara, Constanta, Targu Mures,
Cluj and Bucharest, including live performances on two radio
broadcasts in Cluj and Bucharest.
The Fine Arts Trio will perform at Hope on
Thursday, May 16, at 8 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk
Hall of Music.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Munteanu, Toben and DeKam are all music majors at
Hope. They study chamber music at Hope with Richard Piippo,
professor of cello and chamber music.
Since the trio's inception, the group's
performances have drawn high praise for their musical
sensitivity, passion and strong sense of ensemble. Piippo
noted that the three performers are all accomplished
musicians in their own right, already performing with
orchestra, solo recital and chamber music, which brings a
wealth of musical maturity, knowledge and insight to their
In addition to the May 16 concert at Hope, the
trio's Michigan itinerary includes the Troy Public Library
on Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m.; Covenant Christian Church in
Grand Rapids on Monday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m.; St. Thomas
More Church in Troy on Friday, May 24, at 8 p.m.; and Christ
Memorial Reformed Church in Holland on Tuesday, May 28, at