Hope College music professor and jazz pianist Steve Talaga will present a large-ensembles concert with his original compositions on Thursday, Jan. 26, 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.
Talaga will be presenting his own music for choir, orchestra and jazz large ensembles, with performers including the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra, Hope College Chapel Choir, Hope College Orchestra and other Hope College music students.
The program will include five of Talaga’s compositions for big bands featuring the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra, a professional ensemble out of Grand Rapids. The big-band pieces will include “The Road to Haradh,” “Pablo in Malaga,” “In the Hollow,” “Eavesdroppin’” and “Under the Northern Cross.” Talaga will be playing piano with the ensemble, and Hope student and vocalist Milan Martinez will be soloing in “In the Hollow.”
The Hope College Chapel Choir will perform “For One Removed,” a choir and percussion ensemble piece. Hope professor and pianist Jennifer Wolfe will accompany the choir, along with other Hope students on percussion, all under the direction of Brad Richmond. Talaga’s son, Stephen Talaga will be a performing member of the Chapel Choir, as well.
The Hope College Orchestra will perform the world premiere of “July Nocturne” under the direction of Christopher Fashun.
The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets.