posted April 23, 2003

Tulip Time Organ Recitals Run May 7-10

Hope College's popular contribution to Holland's annual Tulip Time festival continues with organ recitals on Wednesday-Saturday, May 7-10.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Occurring every half-hour, the 20-minute performances are designed to provide a welcome respite from the busy festival, while showcasing some outstanding organists.

The performances begin at 10 a.m., with the last performance occurring at 1:30 p.m. Pieces being performed include works by J.S. Bach, Louis Vierne, Franz Liszt, Helmut Walcha and Johannes Brahms.

The recitals are organized by Hope faculty members Linda Strouf and Dr. Huw Lewis. Strouf, who will also perform, holds a master's degree in organ from the University of Wyoming. A 1984 Hope College graduate, Strouf also serves as the college's fine arts division recruiting coordinator.

Other organists include Hope graduates Marie Blauwkamp, Susan De Kam, Peter Kurdziel, David Schout and Krista Shinew, as well as Elizabeth Claar, who is currently pursuing a master's degree at the University of Michigan, and Hope senior Heidi Dykema of Grand Rapids.

Blauwkamp, a 1962 Hope graduate, is organist and handbell director at two Zeeland Reformed churches. De Kam, a 2002 graduate, earned second place in the nation in the Music Teachers' National Association Collegiate Artist Organ Competition last year and went on to the University of Michigan for her master's in organ.

Kurdziel, a 1996 Hope graduate living in South Bend, will be earning his master's degree in organ from the University of Notre Dame in May. Schout, a 2000 graduate, is currently pursuing a graduate degree in organ performance at the University of Michigan. Shinew, a 2001 graduate, is pursuing a graduate degree in organ performance at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located on College Avenue at 12th Street.