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Jazz chamber ensembles will perform on at 7:30 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The college’s jazz chamber ensembles afford students the opportunity to perform in the classic small-group combo setting. The ensembles vary in size and instrumentation, and place a creative focus on improvisation and group communication. All of the ensembles perform works from the classic jazz repertoire. The more advanced jazz chamber ensembles also perform repertoire from the contemporary jazz world. The ensembles also place an emphasis on original student and faculty compositions. All of the ensembles are coached by members of the Hope College jazz faculty.
The ensembles include the Blue Note Ensemble, coached by Steve Talaga, adjunct assistant professor of music; Vanguard Ensemble, coached by Mike VanLente, instructor of jazz percussion; Verve Ensemble, coached by Tom Lockwood, instructor of jazz saxophone; Standards Ensemble, coached by Brian Coyle, professor of music and director of jazz studies; Prestige Ensemble, coached by senior Mike Graverson of Hamilton; and the Concord Ensemble, coached by senior Jared DeMeester of Grand Rapids.