The gifts of all Hope College’s major musical groups, along with soloists, chamber groups and small ensembles will be unveiled at the annual Musical Showcase on Friday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.
Hope College students take the stage for this fast-paced, musical spectacular, during which audience members hear everything from opera to jazz. The hardest part for those seeing the show is containing their enthusiasm, at least at first. In the tradition of the quick-moving musical event, audience members are asked to hold their applause until intermission and the end of the performance.
Following opening remarks from President John Knapp, pianist Kennadi Hawes will perform “Prelude in C Sharp Minor,” by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Hilary Hunsberger, soprano, will perform “Caprice No. 7,” by Eugene Bozzo.
The Accidentals String Quartet will perform “Quartet No. 8 (2nd Movement),” arranged by Joan Szymko. Following, the Women’s Chamber Choir will sing “Amazing Grace,” by William Albright. Organist David Heinze will perform “Totentanz,” by Michael League, while Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Voi Che Sapete” will be sung by mezzo-soprano Madeline Day, and accompanied by pianist Sarah Bast. Pianist Ellen Messner will perform “Polchinelle Op. 3, No. 4,” by Rachmaninoff.
The Hope College Symphony Orchestra will end the first half of the concert with “Catalone, Navarraise (from Le Cid),” by Jules Massenet.
To begin the second half, violinist Madalyn Navis and pianist Jennifer Wolfe will play “Fiddler on the Roof,” arranged by John Williams.
The Small Jazz Ensemble will perform “Tell Me Something Good,” by Stevie Wonder, and the Retrograde Saxophone Quartet will perform “Quartet No. 1 (1st Movement),” by Jean-Baptiste Singelee.
Bruce Broughton’s “Concerto for Piccolo (2nd Movement)” will be performed by Stanna Dorn, piccolo, accompanied by pianist Sarah Bast.
“The Last Words of David” by Randall Thompson will be performed by the Chapel Choir accompanied by pianist Jennifer Wolfe. Pianist Mark Cunningham will play “Suggestions Diaboliques,” by Sergei Prokofiev.
The traditional “Wayfaring Stranger” will be performed by the Appalachian String Band. Violinist Caleb Stuckey will perform “Danse Espagnole (La Vida Brève)” with pianist Jennifer Wolf, arranged by Fritz Kreisler.
To conclude the program, the Wind Ensemble will perform “Illuminations (on America the Beautiful),” by Mark Camphouse.
Tickets for Musical Showcase are $10 each and can be purchased at the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center at 100 E. Eighth St. The Events and Conferences Office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890. Tickets are also available online at hope.edu/tickets.
The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets.