posted March 1, 2000

Symphonette Concert

The Hope College Symphonette will anticipate the group's forthcoming spring tour with a "prelude concert" on Wednesday, March 15, at 8 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

          Richard Piippo will be conducting four pieces,
  ranging from Barber to Beethoven.
          The public is invited.  Admission is free.
          The evening will open with Tchaikovsky's "Cossack
  Dance" from the opera "Mazeppa," a celebration of the
  spirited dance of the people of southern Russia, famous as
  horsemen and cavalrymen.
          According to Piippo, the work "reflects
  Tchaikovsky's range of character and technique, as well his
  love of his country's folk music."
          Mozart's "Exsultate, jubilate k.165" was written
  in 1773 for the castrato Venanzio Rauzzini, when Mozart was
  not yet 17.  In form, the work is a miniature concert with
  the first and second movements divided by a short
  recitative.  The performance will also feature soprano
  vocalist Linda Dykstra.  "Allelulia," the final movement,
  has become one of the most popular of all of Mozart's vocal
  works, Piippo noted.
          The first half of the concert ends with Samuel
  Barber's 1936 "Adagio for String Orchestra, Op.11."
  According to Piippo, the piece is one of the most popular
  American works for a string ensemble, and was written for
  Barber's own string quartet.
          Beethoven's "Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93"
  comprises the second half of the concert.  Written in 1812,
  just five months after he finished his seventh symphony, the
  piece came with more ease and speed than many of his other
  compositions, Piippo said.
          "His sketches, for the first three movements, are
  extensive and continuous," Piippo said, "as might be
  expected of a work so full of the relaxed joy of creation."
          Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located on the corner
  of 12th Street and College Avenue on the Hope College
  campus.  The Symphonette's tour will run during the
  college's spring break, and will include performances in
  Michigan, New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.