Hope College will present its 32nd Annual Musical Showcase on Friday, Jan. 31, 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 attending 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 Matthew A. Scogin, organist Noah Jacobs will perform “Fanfare,” by Jaques Nicolas Lemmens. Leah Reinardy, marimba, will perform Nocturnal Dance,” by Jesse Monkman and Lillian Droscha, oboe, will play “Pan” from “Six Metamorphoses After Ovid, op. 49,” by Benjamin Britten.
The Chapel Choir will perform a piece, followed by Victoria Spring, soprano, singing “Quando men vo,” by Giacamo Puccini. The last piece before intermission, “Strange Humors,” by John Mackey, will be performed by the Wind Ensemble.
After intermission, Deborah Blackmon, piano, and Daniel Tague, piano, will play “Variations on a Theme by Paganini,” by Witold Lutoslawski. Timothy Nechuta, organ, will play “Trio Sonata,” by J.S. Bach, and the Jazz Arts Collective will play “Bebop,” by Dizzy Gillespie. “Dreaming,” by Lori Laitman, will be performed by Mia Van Erp, soprano, and Janice Faber, piano. Bethany Dame, organ, will play “Chromatique” from “Sept etudes pour pedale seule,” by Jean Lankglais. Sannan Cheng, piano, will perform “Barcarolle,” by Gabriel Fauré, and closing the concert will be the orchestra performing “An American in Paris Suite,” by George Gershwin.
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.
Audience members who need assistance to fully enjoy any event at Hope are encouraged to contact the college’s Events and Conferences Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 616-395-7222 on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., on Columbia Ave. between Ninth and 10th streets.