The Hope College Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Arts Collective will present its spring concert, “Hope on the Road,” on Wednesday, March 15, 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 Hope College Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Arts Collective will be performing a program of music on their 2017 Spring Break Tour. The program will feature collaborative works that are a fusion of classical, jazz and global music, as well as traditional works from each respective genre.
Some of the featured works include “Hungarian Dance No. 1,” by Johannes Brahms; “Symphony No.7 – Allegretto,” by Ludwig van Beethoven; “Mandra – A Fanfare alla Turka,” by Egemen Kesikli; “What About Me?” by Michael League; “Skylife,” by David Balakrishnan; and “Norwegian Dance No. 2,” by Edvard Grieg.
The Hope College Chamber Orchestra is directed by Christopher Fashun. The Chamber Orchestra is the touring chamber orchestra at Hope College and is selected each year from members of the Hope College Orchestra. The Chamber Orchestra has made numerous radio and television appearances and its performances for Hope College’s Vespers are featured semi-annually on PBS affiliates in Michigan and beyond. It presents a diverse array of family and youth concerts in addition to its series of formal concerts.
Directed by Brian Coyle, the Jazz Arts Collective is the premier large jazz ensemble at Hope College. The collective places a creative focus on ensemble communication and improvisation. Comprised of a rhythm section and flexible wind/string instrumentation, this select group performs compositions and arrangements from across the full spectrum of music. The collective’s repertoire ranges from the great historical jazz composers such as Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, to works by modern jazz masters like Vince Mendoza, Jim McNeely and John Hollenbeck. The Jazz Arts Collective frequently performs commissions, works by emerging young composers, and originals by Hope College faculty and students. The ensemble also collectively reinterprets and re-imagines the music from the twentieth century classical repertoire.
On their Spring Break Tour, the Chamber Orchestra and the Jazz Arts Collective will be traveling to Chicago, Illinois; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Denver, Colorado.
The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets.