The Hope College Symphonette Strings will perform a pre-tour concert on Tuesday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The concert will feature selections that the 16-member Symphonette Strings will perform during the group’s tour of Chicago and West Michigan during the college’s March 13-22 spring break. The program will include works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Edward Elgar, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Bela Bartok and Benjamin Britten.
The Symphonette Strings will perform Mozart’s “Divertimento in D Major, K. 136”; Elgar’s “Serenade for Strings in E Minor”; Tchaikovsky’s “Andante Cantabile from String Quartet No. 1, Op. 11”; and “Rumanian Folk Dances,” a suite of seven short pieces composed by Bartok and arranged by Arthur Willner. The concert will close with Britten’s “Simple Symphony.”
The Symphonette Strings are drawn from the college’s Symphonette, which is selected each year from the larger college symphony orchestra. The Symphonette has toured coast-to-coast in the United States, and has also performed in two provinces in Canada, the British Isles, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Symphonette has made numerous radio and television appearances, and has performed at the Music Educators National Conference and the American String Teachers National Conference. The Symphonette is directed by Dr. Ingrid Lestrud, visiting assistant professor of music.
Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.