posted February 19, 2013

25th Annual Musical Showcase Takes DeVos Stage on Monday

Wide ranges of musical styles and instruments will bring DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids alive when Hope College presents its 25th annual Musical Showcase concert on Monday, March 4, at 8 p.m.

Hope College students take the stage for this fast-paced, musical spectacular, during which audience members hear everything from opera to jazz. The hardest part for those seeing the show is containing their enthusiasm, at least 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.

Violin solos will include sophomore Eve Panning of Holland performing Herman Bellstedt’s “Caprice on Dixie”; and senior Alec Norkey of Jackson performing Fritz Kreisler’s “Scherzo-Caprice.” Performing a “Fiddle Medley” will be the duo of senior Luke Panning of Holland and Eve Panning.

Clifford Cooper, a trumpet player and junior from Okemos, will be performing Alexander Goedicke’s “Concert Ertude (Op. 49),” accompanied by pianist Jennifer Wolfe.

James Schippers, a pianist from Grand Haven, will be performing Claude Debussy’s “L’Isle Joyeuse.”

An organ solo will include Jacque-Nicholas Lemmens arrangement of “Fanfare,” performed by freshman Aaron Goodyke of Zeeland.

A flute duo, sophomore Marie Schrampfer of Appleton, Wis., and senior Faith DeVries of Stillman Valley, Ill., will be performing G. Schrocker’s “Coffee Nerves” with the accompaniment of Jennifer Wolfe on piano.

Cellist Jacob Bonnema, a junior from Peotone, Ill., will perform Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Allegro Appassionato (Op. 43).”

Vocal performances include soprano Haley Hodges, a senior from Hart, singing Giacomo Puccini’s “Tuchei di gel seichinta (BachianasBrasileiras)”; tenor Skye Edwards, a senior from Morrison, Colo., singing Craig Camelia’s “What You’d Call a Dream (Diamonds)”; soprano Jenna Buck, a senior from Elburn, Ill., singing Vincenzo Bellini’s “Ah! Non credea…Ah! Non giunge (La Sonnambula)”; and soprano Rebecca Flinker, a sophomore from Leeds, Mass., singing Aaron Copland’s “Laurie’s Song (The Tenderland).”

Chamber groups include a string quartet performing Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Polka (Two Pieces for String Quartet)”; a Handbell Ensemble performing an arrangement by D.F. Smith of “Fantasy on Immortal Invisible”; and the Wind Ensemble, conducted by Robert “Gabe” Southard, performing Richard Wagner’s “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral.”

Other groups include the Jazz Arts Collective performing  Jim Rotondi’s “Express Train”; the Pentatonic Woodwind Quintet performing an arrangement by Malcolm Arnold of “Allegro con brio (Three Shanties for Wind Quintet)”; the Women’s Chamber Choir performing Ethan Sperry’s “Pallaanda;” the Contemporary Ensemble performing Michael Reynolds’s “Dancester”; the Chapel Choir performing an arrangement by JussiChydenius of “Autumn”; the Piano Quintet performing Ernst von Dohnanyi’s “ Allegro (Piano Quintet No. 1 in C Minor)”; and the Saxophone Quartet performing Jean-Baptiste Singelée‘s “Allegro de Concert.”

To conclude the program, the Hope College Orchestra will be performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture,” conducted by Richard Piippo.

Tickets for Musical Showcase are $10 each, and may be ordered through at the Hope College Ticket Office located in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse at 222 Fairbanks Ave. The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and may be called at (616) 395-7890. Tickets can also be purchased online through Hope’s ticket office at tickets.hope.edu/ticketing/

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 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com. A service fee is added to the cost of each ticket purchased this way.