posted April 18, 2010

Jazz Groups Perform Final Concerts on April 20

The Jazz Arts Collective, Mainstream and Contemporary Ensembles will perform their final concert of the season at the New Holland Brewing Company on Tuesday April 20th at 7:30.

The Jazz Arts Collective is the premier large jazz ensemble at Hope College. Directed by Director of Jazz Studies, Dr. Brian Coyle, the Collective places a creative focus on ensemble communication and improvisation. Comprised of a rhythm section and flexible wind instrumentation, this select group performs compositions and arrangements from across the full spectrum of music. The Collective’s repertoire ranges from the great historical jazz composers such as Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, to works by modern jazz masters like Vince Mendoza, Jim McNeely and John Hollenbeck. The group also frequently performs commissions, works by emerging young composers, and originals by Hope College faculty and students. The ensemble also collectively reinterprets and re-imagines the music from the twentieth century classical repertoire.

The Mainstream and Contemporary Ensembles are the top performing combos at Hope College. Both ensembles have several recordings to their name and have toured both nationally and internationally.

The Mainstream Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Robert Hodson will be touring and performing in Japan this coming July.