Final events of the semester


DON’T MISS OUT — There are only a couple more events left on campus before winter break. (

Although winter break is coming upon us quickly, and finals are around the corner, there is still time to attend a campus-related activity. Below is a summary of the last events of the semester:

Tonight there will be a Wind Ensemble concert in the Jack Miller concert hall at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to this free event as students perform with guest conductor Melissa Johnson, a 2015 graduate from Hope. Titled “Band Classics X,” the Wind Ensemble will perform works such as John Mackey’s “Redacted,” Eric Whitacre’s “Sleep” and Gustav Holst’s “Hammersmith.” The ensemble is directed by Gabe Southard, an associate professor of music.

On Thursday, the Concert Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Jack Miller Recital Hall. It will showcase student- conductors from the music education department and all 70 members of the Concert Band, consisting of students and members of the Holland and Zeeland communities, directed by Dr. Gabe Southard. Admission is free.

The Hope College Department of Music and Collegium Musicum will present the college’s annual Christmas Madrigal dinner this Friday and Saturday in the lobby of the Jack H. Miller Center for the Musical Arts. Guests should be prepared for Shakespearan-esque singing, dancing and feasting as the Collegium Musicum student vocal and instrumental ensemble, led by faculty member Jim DeBoer, entertain alongside the Department of Dance and a harpist. Wassailing begins at 6:00 p.m., while seating will start at 6:30 p.m., when the dinner begins. There will also be a boar’s head procession. Tickets are $28 for regular admission and $22 for students. Tickets are available at the Events and Conferences Office, by purchasing them online through the Events Calendar or by calling 616.395.7890.

At 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, the Knickerbocker Theatre will be showing “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” through their “One Night Only” series. A comedy released in 1967 starring Sidney Poitier, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” is about a mixed-race, engaged couple whose attitudes on their relationship are challenged when they meet each other’s parents. This is the last of a four-part film series featuring Sidney Poitier, the preceding films being “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Lilies of the Field” and “In the Heat of the Night.” Each of these films discusses race from the perspective of African Americans and the pressures or implications they deal with for the difference of their skin color. The tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door and also at the Events and Conferences Office, located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center.

These are the last events of 2017, as the next arts event is on Jan. 12. Don’t miss out on these events! Take a break from studying to check out one of these occasions on campus.

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