posted March 14, 2011

Chapel Choir to Perform on March 28

The Hope College Chapel Choir will present its annual post-tour "Home Concert" on Monday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The Chapel Choir will be featuring works by a wide variety of composers.  The "Missa brevis in D" by Benjamin Britten and John Corigliano's setting of the Dylan Thomas poem "Fern Hill" represent the largest woks on the program. Other featured composers include William Byrd, Zae Munn, Michael Dici, Lloyd Pfautsch and Trond Kverno.

The choir will be newly returned from its March 17-23 tour featuring performances in Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania.  Among other venues on the tour, the choir was invited to sing at Trinity Wall Street, one of the oldest and most famous churches in Manhattan.

The Chapel Choir is Hope College's premier choral ensemble.  Comprised of auditioned singers, the Chapel Choir has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada, and has traveled abroad on eight occasions, most recently to South Africa in May 2009.  The choir is featured along with other music ensembles in Christmas Vespers, a tradition that stretches back to 1941.  Award-winning broadcasts of Christmas Vespers by WGVU of Grand Rapids are shown on PBS stations around the country at Christmastime.  The choir is directed by Brad Richmond, professor of music and director of choral activities.

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church is located at 195 W. 13th St., on the corner of 13th Street and Maple Avenue.