Musical Showcase at DeVos Hall
On March 3 Will Feature
Posted February 12, 2003
HOLLAND -- A wide range of musical styles and
instruments will bring DeVos Hall alive when Hope College
presents its 15th annual Musical Showcase concert on Monday,
March 3, at 8 p.m. in Grand Rapids.
Hope College students take the stage for the fast-
paced concert, during which audience members will hear
everything from opera to jazz.
And to top things off, the audience will be asked
not to show any appreciation--at least, not at first. 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.
The concert unveils the gifts of all Hope
College's major musical groups, along with soloists, chamber
groups and small ensembles.
The evening opens with "Abblasen Fanfare," by
Gottfried Reiche, performed by piccolo trumpet player Alisa
White, a senior from Sterling, Ill.
Faculty member Richard Piippo then directs the
Symphonette in Gioacchino Rossini's "Overture to
A quick shift leads to senior soprano Alyson
Payne, a senior from Three Oaks, performing a song from
Ludwig van Beethoven's "Fidelio."
Hope's Flute Choir follows with Francois Joseph
Gossec's "Tambourin," under the direction of Julie Sooy.
Jazz takes over as Brian Coyle's Jazz Chamber Ensemble
performs Richard Van Voorst's "Red Carpet." Van Voorst is a
junior from Holland.
A duo-piano piece, Francis Poulenc's "The
Embarkation for Cythera," will be performed by freshman
Abigail Rockwood of Muskegon and sophomore Joseph Turbessi
A quartet of saxophonists follows with a movement
from Alfred Desenclos's "Quatour pour Saxophones." From
there it is back to the summer when senior Josh Brandenburg
of Hamilton, N.Y., reprises his role in Hope's Summer
Repertory 2002 production of "Footloose" with the song,
Horn and piano take center stage when horn player
Hillary Dykema, a sophomore from Grand Rapids, and pianist
Laura Ellis, a sophomore from Aurora, Ill., perform Bernard
Heiden's rondo from "Sonata for Horn and Piano."
The Women's Chamber Choir, under the direction of
Jennifer Wolfe, will sing Orlando Gibbons' "The Silver
Swan," followed by Hope's Orchestra, under the direction of
Piippo, performing the finale from Pytor Illych
Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 5 in E minor."
All that in just the first half of the show.
Rockwood returns to the keyboard to open the
second half, but this time at the organ as she performs
Jacques Lemmens' "Fanfare."
Coyle returns to direct the Jazz Ensemble in Pat
Metheny's "Minuano (Six-Eight)," and will be followed by
pianist Ellis performing a piece by Alberto Ginastera.
Brad Richmond will direct Hope's Chapel Choir in
the traditional "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen."
Sophomore Cari Chapin, flute, from Midland, is
joined by pianist Lisa Walters, a freshman from Channahon,
Ill., in the meditation from "Thais," by Jules Massenet.
Opera takes over when several students perform a
scene from Douglas Moore's "The Ballad of Baby Doe," which
shifts quickly over to Minoru Miki's "Marimba Spiritual,"
performed by the Percussion Ensemble under the direction of
A trio of strings performs Ernst von Dohnanyi's
"Serenade, Op. 10." The trio features senior violinist Joe
Deller of Dearborn, junior violist Joe Gutowski of Muskegon
and senior cellist Nick Toben of Troy.
A song from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Cosi fan
Tutti" will be performed by sopranos Abby Whitenight of
Ludington and Sara Luneack of Alma, both juniors.
The evening ends with the Wind Symphony, under the
direction of Steven Ward, performing Paul Hindemith's "Fugue
from Symphony in B-flat."
Tickets for Musical Showcase are $10 each, and may
be ordered through the Office of Public Relations at Hope
College. The office, open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 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, which is open Monday through
Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In addition, tickets may be ordered by phone
through Ticketmaster by calling (616) 456-3333. A service
fee is added to the cost of each ticket purchased this way.