posted January 29, 2008

Annual Concerto and Aria Concert Will Be Feb. 7

Hope College will present its annual Concerto/Aria concert on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The concert features students, who were selected through a competition held last November, performing with the Hope College orchestra. This year six students were selected to perform.

The program will open with the orchestra performing the overture to "Candide," by Leonard Bernstein.

The first soloist will be soprano Hillary Byker, a senior from Hudsonville, singing "Elle a fui, la tourterelle," from "Tales of Hoffmann," by Jacques Offenbach.

Flutist Rachel Daley, a senior from Cleveland, Ohio, will perform the "Ballade for Flute and Orchestra," by Frank Martin.

John Donkersloot, a freshman from Zeeland, will perform the "Piano Concerto in a minor, Op. 16," by Edvard Grieg.

Senior Joe Stodola of Jenison, viola, will perform the "Concerto for Viola and Orchestra," by Béla Bartók.

Soprano Kay Gillette, a senior from Grand Ledge, will sing "Que fais-tu, blanche tourterelle," Stephano's aria from Charles Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet."

The concert will close with junior Alexandu Hamzea of Brasov, Romania, performing "Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77," by Johannes Brahms.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.