The Hope College Orchestra will present its first concert of the year on Friday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The orchestra will present works by Richard Wagner, Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Wagner's "Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg" opens the evening's program. A majestic overture filled with heralding trumpets, trombones and horns, lush strings and lyrical winds, the piece is a fitting prelude to the opening of the concert.

The orchestra then moves into Elgar's "Enigma, Variations on an Original Theme." The English composer said the work was "dedicated to my friends pictured within," as it portrays musical pictures of his many friends.

The closing work will be the "English Folk Song Suite" by Williams. Three pieces are inspired by the folk songs "Seventeen Come Sunday," "My Bonny Boy" and "Folk Songs from Somerset," creating a lighthearted work filled with joy.

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