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Hope Selected to Participate in Dance Festival Gala Concert

HOLLAND – Hope College was among a select group of colleges and universities to have work chosen for the Gala Performance that closed the East Central Conference of the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) on Saturday, March 19, at the University of Akron in Ohio.

The adjudicated concert included “Yucuninu,” choreographed by Hope faculty member Alicia Diaz.  The solo piece was performed by Hope junior Michael Parmelee of Lansing, who is a dance performance-choreographer major.

“Yucuninu” is a ritualized, physical expression of pleading for strength and hope in a time of adversity.  West Michigan audiences had an opportunity to experience the work during dANCEpROjECt’s Oct. 28-30 fall concerts at the college’s Knickerbocker Theatre, which featured a different interpretation each night: a female solo, a female trio and a male trio.

Michigan Film industry on shaky ground

Michigan Film industry on shaky ground

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The projects are drying up. The studios are moving out. Michigan's young film industry is in jeopardy of collapse.

The movie business has been booming since the creation of one of the country's most generous film incentive programs in the country.

"To go from less than $2 million in business before the incentive passed, to over $500 million... it really became an industry over night," said TicTock Studio Partner Hopwood DePree.

Gov. Rick Snyder's new budget is calling for the elimination of the incentive program. Snyder plans to institute a $25 million cap on film credits. Supporters of the program say the governor's proposal already has had a chilling effect.

"Things are very much on hold here. We're trying to figure out where our next plan is as well," DePree said. "That uncertainty does not bode well for bringing more productions to the area and to the state."

Hope College Symphonette to Perform on March 11

Hope College Symphonette to Perform on March 11

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HOLLAND – The Hope College Symphonette will be presenting a preview concert on Friday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel before the group embarks on its annual spring tour the following week.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The Symphonette tours annually during spring break. During the spring tour the Symphonette will be playing in Flint; Solon, Ohio; Rochester, N.Y.; Albany, N.Y.; and Concord, Mass. The March 11 concert will feature a sampling of the tour program, which will include works by Bizet, Faure, Liadow, Telemann, Bach, Barber and Smetana.

The Symphonette will also highlight several graduating seniors as soloists accompanied by the Symphonette in a movement of a concerto.

“Sundays at 2” Series to Feature Faculty Trio on March 13 at Hope College

“Sundays at 2” Series to Feature Faculty Trio on March 13 at Hope College

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HOLLAND – The “Sundays at 2” recital series coordinated by the department of music at Hope College will feature clarinetist Joel Schekman, violist Barb Corbató and pianist Adam Clark on Sunday, March 13, at 2 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The faculty trio will be performing “Selection from 8 Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Op. 83,” by Bruch; “Passacaglia for Viola and Piano,” by Rebecca Clarke; “Petite Piece for Clarinet and Piano,” by Debussy; and the “Kegelstatt” trio, by Mozart.

Barbara Corbató is viola instructor at Hope and Calvin colleges, and the assistant principal viola of the Grand Rapids Symphony, where she has performed since 1990. In addition, she is an active chamber musician, performing with the Perugino String Quartet.

Great Performance Series to Feature Circo Aereo Feb. 25 and 26

Great Performance Series to Feature Circo Aereo Feb. 25 and 26

HOLLAND, Mich. - The Hope College Great Performance Series will feature Circo Aereo on Friday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m. in the DeWitt Center studio theatre.

The "Le Monde" newspaper of France has said that Circo Aereo's "intelligence and skill ensure that the stage is filled with magical cameos - half circus, half cabaret."

Circo Aereo is an international contemporary circus group from Finland.

Guitarist David Burgess to Perform at the Hope College Knickerbocker Theatre

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HOLLAND – Guest artist David Burgess will perform Brazilian solo guitar music on Tuesday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hope College Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The “New York Times” has described Burgess as “technically in control and interpretively most persuasive.”

First-prize winner in the Andrés Segovia Fellowship Competition in New York City, Burgess has also won top honors in the Ponce International Competition in Mexico City, the Guitar ’81 Competition in Toronto and the 31st International Music Competition in Munich.

The program will include music by Brazilian guitarists Garoto (1915-55), who performed throughout the world with Carmen Mirance, and became a favorite performer of Duke Ellington and Art Tatem; Raphael Rabello (1962-95); Yamandu Coasta (b.