posted September 25, 2007

Hope College Symphonette to Perform on October 5

The Hope College Symphonette will present its first full-length performance of the school year on Friday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

After a very successful European Tour in May, with two outstanding reviews from the Munich newspapers, the Symphonette will perform works of Gilbert & Sullivan, Della Joio and Schubert. The program will open with the "Overture to the Pirates of Penzance," by Gilbert & Sullivan. The second work on the program will be "Choreography" for String Orchestra by American composer Norman Della Joio. The program will conclude with the "Symphony No. 2" by Franz Schubert.

Organized in 1953, the Symphonette is selected each year from the larger college symphony orchestra. It was one of only four orchestras from around the country invited to perform during the 2007 National Conference of the American String Teachers Association, chosen from a pool of more than 100 college orchestras that had applied for the honor.

The Symphonette is directed by Richard Piippo of the Hope music faculty, who is director of orchestral activities and an associate professor of cello/chamber music at the college. Piippo has taught at Hope since 1999.

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