Hope College Great Performance Series includes dance, music, theatrical shows

The Hope College Great Performance Series is returning for the 2011-12 season with a range of cultural events - dance, music and drama. From the alluring movements of the River North Dance Chicago Company to sounds of jazz legend Kenny Barron, the series will feature a range of events suitable for anyone to experience.
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Sep 23, 2011

The season will open on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 29-30, with 7:30 p.m. performances by River North Chicago Dance Company at the Knickerbocker Theatre. Under the direction of Artistic Director Frank Chaves, River North is a jazz-based contemporary company.

On Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel, the Enso String Quartet will take the stage. With a 2010 Grammy nomination for Best Chamber Music Performance, this award-winning young ensemble is growing a wide fan base.

The Kenny Barron Trio features the legendary jazz pianist, who has taken home nine Grammy nominations since 1992. The combo will perform in Dimnent Memorial Chapel on Friday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. The trio features Barron on piano, Ray Drummond on bass and Ben Riley on drums.

On Friday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m., Ethel with Robert Mirabal will perform in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. Ethel, the pioneering string quartet, collaborates with three-time Grammy-winning Native American flutist Robert Mirabal to present a program inspired by the sun mythology of Native America. Using the instruments of the string quartet, Native American flutes and drums, as well as the spirited voices of Hope students, Ethel and Mirabal will unite to create a cross-cultural contemporary music event.

The Calefax Reed Quintet will perform on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. The Amsterdam-based ensemble has won a number of prestigious prizes over its 25-year history. The five musicians arrange, recompose and interpret music from eight centuries to suit their unique constellation: from early music to classical and jazz to world premieres. The group can be heard throughout Europe, Russia, China, India, Turkey, Japan and the United States.

The recent sold-out performances by the Cashore Marionettes, featuring artist Joseph Cashore and his “friends,” prompted encore performances on Friday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March 31, at 2 p.m. Characters of depth, integrity and humanity are portrayed in a series of scenes taken from everyday life and set to music. The visit will include characters featured during the Cashore Marionettes’ 2010 appearance along with new creations.

Individual and season tickets are now available. Season subscriptions are $63 for regular admission, $50 for senior citizens, $24 for students and $140 for a family (no matter how many children). Individual tickets are $18 for regular admission, $13 for senior citizens, and $6 for children age 18 and under.

Both individual tickets and season subscriptions are available at the Hope College ticket office or by calling 616-395-7890.

The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse, at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets.

Online:
www.hope.edu/gps/

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