The Hope College Symphony Orchestra, Chapel Choir and College Chorus will perform a joint concert on Tuesday, April 25, 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.
Titled “War: What is it Good For?,” the program will include Austrian composer Joseph Haydn’s “Missa in tempore belli” (“Mass in a Time of War”), which he wrote in the wake of the French Revolution in 1796; a ballet suite from Jules Massenet’s “Le Cid”; William Grant Still’s “The Colored Soldiers Who Died For Democracy”; and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.”
Directed by Christopher Fashun, the Hope College Symphony Orchestra is one of the college’s premier ensembles. While seeking the highest professional standards, the orchestra performs a diverse repertoire of music from the Western classical tradition, jazz and global music, and contemporary works. The Symphony Orchestra regularly presents concerts during the academic year and features faculty and guest artists.
Directed by Brad Richmond, the Chapel Choir is Hope’s premier choral ensemble. Made up of 40 auditioned choristers, the Chapel Choir has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada, and has traveled abroad on eight occasions. Over the years the choir has received numerous invitations to sing at choral conferences and prestigious churches around the country. The choir is also featured in Hope College’s long-standing Christmas Vespers, the award-winning television broadcast of which is seen around the country at Christmastime on PBS.
Hope’s largest choral ensemble, the College Chorus, is composed of music majors and non-majors with varying degrees of choral music experience, and also directed by Richmond. The College Chorus participates in Christmas Vespers, and, in tandem with Chapel Choir, performs a large choral-orchestral work each spring.
The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets.