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The Hope College Chapel Choir will perform on Thursday, March 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.
The choir will open with “Let the People Praise Thee,” by William Mathias. The program will continue with “Heilig” and “He is Watching Over Israel,” by Felix Mendelssohn; “Sicut Cervus,” by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina; “Like as the Hart” and “O, Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem,” by Herbert Howells; “Praise to the Lord,” by F. Melius Christiansen; and “A Boy and a Girl,” by Eric Whitacre. Lastly, the Chapel Choir will perform “The Last Words of David,” by Randall Thompson, and “O Thou, the Central Orb,” by Charles Wood.
The Hope College Chapel Choir, founded in 1938, has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada and has traveled abroad on eight occasions, singing in Chartres Cathedral, San Lorenzo in Florence and the American Church in Paris. The choir performs with the Hope College Symphonette and College Chorus in the annual Hope College Christmas Vespers program, broadcast throughout the United States on PBS Television and National Public Radio.
The Chapel Choir is directed by Dr. Christopher Dekker, director of choral activities and visiting assistant professor of music. A 2009 Hope graduate, as a student he was a member of the choir, and for two spring-break tours was an accompanist for the ensemble. Dekker has additional degrees from Central Michigan University and the University of Notre Dame.
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The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., on Columbia Ave. between Ninth and 10th streets.