posted February 11, 2002

Concert on Feb. 24 to Feature French Horn Music

Hope College will present "An Afternoon of French Horn Music" on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Thom Working, horn instructor at Hope, will perform with accompanist Roberta Kraft. Also on the program will be performances by Hope horn students; a student horn group from Grand Valley State University; and members of the West Michigan Horn Choir, a group of student, professional and amateur players from throughout West Michigan.

Of particular interest will be a new piece by Eric Ewazen for horn choir based on the Chippewa legend of the sleeping bear.

The West Michigan Horn Choir, started 10 years ago by Thom Working and some Hope College horn students and alumni, provides opportunities for its members to perform a variety of French horn music at concerts and church services. The group has even performed at two West Michigan Whitecaps baseball games.

Working has been the horn instructor at Hope College for 17 years, and is a former first horn with the Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo Symphonies. Besides performing as soloist, Working will conduct the 35 members of the Horn Choir in several ensemble pieces ranging from classical to jazz.

Nykerk Hall of Music is located along the former 12th Street between College and Columbia avenues.