Hope College Chapel Choir to Give
Home Concert on Monday, March 25
Posted March 15, 2002
HOLLAND -- After a week-long tour throughout New
York, New England and Canada, the Hope College Chapel Choir
will return to Holland for a home concert on Monday, March
25, at 8 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Divided into three parts, the concert program
covers a wide range of classical and modern pieces,
including several works by contemporary American composers.
The first section of the program features
spiritual music by Joseph Haydn, William Byrd, Antonio
Lotti, Zdneck Lukas, John Rutter and Kirk Mechem.
In part two of the program, the choir will sing an
arrangement of the Dylan Thomas poem "Fern Hill," by
American composer John Corigliano. The piece will feature a
solo by either senior mezzo soprano Sarah Proulx of Ionia or
junior mezzo soprano Crystal Stabenow of Mount Pleasant, who
are alternating singing the piece throughout the choir's
March 13-20 tour.
The final section of the concert contains music
from North America, including the Huron dance song
"Innoria," which the choir will sing in Huron, as well as
"Rain," a piece by American composer Vijay Singh, and Harry
Somers' arrangement of the Newfoundland folk song, "Feller
The Chapel Choir was organized in 1929 and began
touring annually in 1953. In addition to touring coast-to-
coast in the United States, the choir has made a European
tour six times, most recently to southern France and Italy
in May of 2001. In the spring of 1989, the choir toured in
the former Soviet Union.
The choir is featured annually in the Hope College
Christmas Vespers program, which is heard on radio stations
nationwide as well as telecast throughout the United States
and Canada by the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). The
choir has appeared on the "Hour of Power" from the Crystal
Cathedral in California, and has sung for the Easterdawn
services at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
The 39-voice choir is composed of student
musicians representing many areas of the college, and
performs sacred and secular choral music of the past five
centuries. Students in the choir are selected by audition,
and maintain a vigorous rehearsal schedule in preparation
for their concert tour and other engagements throughout the
The choir is directed by Dr. Brad Richmond,
director of choral activities and associate professor of
music at Hope. Richmond is in his fourth year at the
college, where he also teaches conducting and private voice.
In addition to the Chapel Choir, he directs the College
Chorus and the Collegium Musicum.
Prior to his appointment at Hope, he served as
director of choirs at Southeastern Louisiana University.
During summers he conducts the high school choral ensembles
at Interlochen Arts Camp in Traverse City.
Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located on College
Avenue at 12th Street.