The Hope College Wind Ensemble will present its annual Halloween Concert on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be live streamed and can be found at hope.edu/live.
Out of an abundance of caution due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no in-person audience.
The performers will all be in costume. The ensemble will be performing Variations on an “Advent Hymn,” by Fisher Tull; “Rondo Caprice,” by Joshua Missal; “Toccata,” by Carlos Chavez; “Living Room Music,” by John Cage; “Hope College,” by Sy Brandon; Overture to “Cosi fan Tutte,” by W.A. Mozart; “Suite in Bb,” by Richard Strauss; Suite from “The Threepenny Opera,” by Kurt Weill; and “First Suite in Eb,” by Gustav Holst. Joining the ensemble on stage will be faculty members Christopher Fashun, conducting the “Toccata” by Chavez, and Jordan VanHemert, saxophone.
The Wind Ensemble is directed by Gabe Southard. Southard is an associate professor at Hope, where he also conducts the Concert Band, and the Faculty and Student Collaborative Ensemble. He completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting at Michigan State University, and has performed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Lucca, Italy, Opera Orchestra, as well as a number of community orchestras.