Hope College’s Department of Music will host its Faculty Recital and Scholarship Fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.
All proceeds from the recital will benefit the Nykerk Music Scholarship Fund, whose mission is to bring the best young musicians to Hope by offering talent-based scholarships to incoming music students.
The program will feature faculty performers Linda Dykstra, soprano; Christopher Fashun, marimba; Jung Woo Kim, baritone; Andrew Le, piano; Huw Lewis, organ; and the Trio Sospiro, with flutist Gabe Southard, oboist Sarah Southard and pianist Sarah Bast.
Performances will include music by Handel, Dvorak, contemporary composer Dana Wilson and more. Wilson’s “Gold Mosaic” will be featured as one of the selections, as it was commissioned by the Hope faulty ensemble Trio Sospiro and premiered at Hope in the spring of 2016. The trio recently returned from performing the work as a featured ensemble at the annual conventions of the International Double Reed Society and the National Flute Association.
There will also be also special appearances by some of Hope’s scholarship students.
The Nykerk Music Scholarship Fund was established in 2015 by the faculty of the Department of Music. It is named in honor of Dr. John B. Nykerk, a Hope faculty member who founded the Department of Music and the Nykerk Cup Competition. The scholarship was created by the department as a way to keep his name and legacy alive after moving from the Nykerk Hall of Music to the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.
Tickets for the performance will be $40 in the orchestra, $30 in the mezzanine and $10 in the balcony. All but $10 of the orchestra and mezzanine seats will be considered a tax-deductible donation to Hope College.
Tickets are available at the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.). The office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890. Tickets are also available online.
The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets.