The Hope College Orchestra will perform a concert on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
This concert, titled “An American Portrait,” will feature works by American composers. The program will include “Symphony No. 2, ‘Romantic’,” by Howard Hanson; “Prelude and Quadruple Fugue,” by Alan Hovhaness; “Variations on America,” by Charles Ives; and “Grey Hill,” by Nathan Brown, which was one of the winning compositions of the 2015 Young American Composers Competition.
Directed by Dr. Christopher Fashun, assistant professor of music, the Hope College Orchestra offers music majors and non-majors alike the opportunity to perform major works from the standard orchestral repertoire. The ensemble, which has 70-80 members, regularly presents four concerts during the school year, features guest artists, concerto/aria winners and faculty soloists as part of the concert season.
Fashun, who joined the faculty this year, is director of orchestras, music director of the Brazilian Music Ensemble, head of the string area and an instructor of instrumental music education at Hope. In addition to his conducting activities at the college, Fashun is an active guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. During the 2015-16 season, he will be guest conducting the Holland Symphony Orchestra in its December holiday concert. He has served on the music faculties at St. Ambrose University and Goshen College. An accomplished percussionist and violist, he has several years of orchestral and chamber music experience and has enjoyed success in both areas as a soloist by winning three concerto competitions.
Fashun holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He received his Master of Music degree in percussion performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in orchestral conducting from the University of Iowa.
Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., at the corner of College Avenue and 12th Street.