The Hope College Wind Ensemble will perform on Wednesday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The Wind Ensemble will open the concert with “Symphony No. 4,” by Alan Hovhaness. This piece was commissioned by the American Wind Symphony in 1958, and features solo instruments that are not usually solos, such as bass clarinet, contra-bassoon and several mallet percussion instruments.
The program will also feature “Suite in Bb,” by Richard Strauss, which is a work for 12 instruments: two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons and four horns.
The Wind Ensemble will conclude the program with Dana Wilson’s “Piece of Mind,” which won the 1988 Sudler International Wind Band Competition and the American Bandmasters Association Award.
In Wind Ensemble tradition, the graduating seniors of the ensemble will be saluted as part of the concert. This year’s seniors include Palmer D’Orazio of Clarkston, saxophone; Jeff Holmes of Grand Rapids, percussion; Josh Hubers of Kalamazoo, horn; Brian Molhoek Ada, trumpet; B.J. Schulz of Midland, horn; and Chelsea Steinfeldt of Lake Orion, clarinet.
The Hope College Wind Ensemble is the premier wind group on the Hope campus, and performs a wide variety of music, from standard works, to cutting-edge, 20th-century works, to chamber pieces. The Wind Ensemble performs several concerts each semester both on-campus and off-campus, including a Halloween concert and during Musical Showcase. The Wind Ensemble is directed by Gabe Southard, associate professor of music.
The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets.