posted March 12, 2001

Symphonette to Tour Canada

The Hope College Symphonette will tour in Canada during the college's forthcoming spring break.

The tour will include six concerts between Friday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 20. The Symphonette will perform in Port Huron, Mich., as well as in cities in Ontario, Canada, including Chatham, Leamington, London, Ancaster and New Market.

The 43-member Symphonette is under the direction of Richard Piippo, associate professor of music at Hope.

The group's members are selected from the larger college symphony orchestra. Through the Symphonette, the college's department of music is able to offer concerts to church and school communities some distance from its campus and, at the same time, afford its more proficient players an unusual opportunity for group participation and concentrated study of musical styles.

The Symphonette has made numerous radio and television appearances, and has presented children's and youth concerts in addition to its series of formal concerts. The annual tour has taken the Symphonette from coast to coast in the U.S. as well as Canada, the British Isles, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.