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Season's Final Hope College Symphonette
Concert Features Thomas Erickson

Posted April 1, 2002

HOLLAND -- From Mozart to Corigliano, the Hope College Symphonette's final performance of the school year will cover centuries of work.

The concert will be on Friday, April 12, at 8 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The first work on the program will be "Elegy for Orchestra" by John Corigliano, a living 21st century composer. The work was for Samuel Barber, an esteemed and honored 20th century composer.

The second piece, "Three Dance Episodes," comes from Leonard Bernstein's musical "On The Town," which tells the tale of three sailors on 24-hour leave in New York, and their adventures with the monstrous city, which its inhabitants take for granted. The movements being performed are "Dance of the Great Lover: Gabey," "Pas de Deux" and "Times Square Ballet."

The third work on the program will feature Thomas Erickson, assistant principal double bassist with the Grand Rapids Symphony. He will be performing the "Concerto No. 2 for Bass and String Orchestra" on a double bass made in Bavaria around 1850. The piece, written by Italian composer and double bassist Giovanni Bottesini, was written during the 1860s..

In addition to his work with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Erickson has been on the Hope faculty since 1980. He has held positions with the Florida Symphony at Orlando, the Syracuse Symphony and the Orchestra of the Festival of Two Worlds in South Carolina. A graduate of Eastman School of Music, Erickson also performs recitals with his wife, pianist Joan Redmond, including six performances in April.

The Symphonette will close the program with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Symphony No. 40 in G minor."

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located on College Avenue at 12th Street.

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