The Great Performance Series at Hope College will feature a diverse range of artists during the forthcoming 1999-2000 season, the 30th for the series.

          The series will open on Monday and Tuesday, Sept.
  20-21, with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company in the
  DeWitt Center main theatre.  The company's repertory
  reflects the African-American contribution to contemporary
  dance in the United States, and has been acclaimed by
  Christine Vincent of the Ford Foundation as "a national
          On Wednesday, Oct. 20, the conservatory-trained
  New England Spiritual Ensemble will present traditional
  American Negro spirituals.  In the words of the "Boston
  Globe," the ensemble offers "sophisticated arrangements that
  never disturb the brilliant simplicity of the spirituals.
  The performance will be held in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
          "ACTER, Actors from the London Stage," will join
  Hope College for a residency in early November.  ACTER is a
  five-person Shakespearean troupe that will share expertise
  in English, theater and interdisciplinary classrooms, in
  addition to performing "Twelfth Night" on Thursday-Saturday,
  Nov. 4-6, in the DeWitt Center main theatre.  The acting
  company operates with a minimal set, few props and each of
  the actors juggling multiple roles.
          Next in the lineup is Venezuelan-born pianist
  Sergio Tiempo, who will perform on Friday, Jan. 21, in
  Dimnent Memorial Chapel.  He has been heralded by critics
  and musicians alike as one of the outstanding pianists of
  his generation, with the "Washington Post" commending him as
  "ahead of his time."
          The Vogler Quartet of Berlin performs next, with
  guest pianist Angela Cheng of Canada, in Dimnent Memorial
  Chapel on Monday, March 27.  The London "Times" has praised
  the quartet for "extraordinary balance, rich sound, and
  impeccable balance--a marvelous exhibition of the art of
  string quartet playing."
          The season ends with the jazz of the Joe Lovano
  Trio on Friday, April 14, at the Knickerbocker Theatre.
  Grammy nominee Joe Lovano has won such prestigious awards as
  "Jazz Artist of the Year" (1995, 1996 "Downbeat" Critics
  Poll) and "International Jazz Artist of the Year" (1995,
  "Jazz Report Magazine").
          All performances begin at 8 p.m.  Tickets must be
  reserved for the Dayton Contemporary Dance and ACTER
  performances by calling the DeWitt Center ticket office at
  (616) 395-7890.  The box office for Dayton Contemporary
  Dance opens for season subscribers on Tuesday, Sept. 7, and
  to the general public on Monday, Sept. 13.
          Season tickets are available for $100 per family,
  including all children 21 years and under.  Individual
  memberships are $50 for regular adult admission, $42.50 for
  senior citizens and $22 for students.  Individual ticket
  rates are $12.50 for regular adult admission, $10.50 for
  senior citizens and $6.50 for students.  Visa and MasterCard
  are accepted.
          Tickets or season program brochures may be
  obtained by calling the Great Performance Series at (616)