Classics III: A Star Returns (April 28)

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Friday, April 27 at 7:30pm OR

Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 3:30pm 

Concert Hall at the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, Hope College


Higdon: Blue Cathedral

WagnerWesendonck Lieder

Sarah Ashcroft VandenBrink, soprano

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64

Holland Symphony regrets to announce that Meredith Arwady, contralto, is unable to perform at the Classics III concerts on April 27th and 28th, 2018 due to the joyful news of the arrival of her first child in April! We wish her new little family well!

The soloist will be Soprano Sarah Ashcroft VandenBrink, a 2011 graduate from Hope College with degrees in Vocal Performance and Vocal Music Education. She studied voice with Linda Dykstra. During her undergraduate years, Sarah was heavily involved in the music department, but the greatest reward was the honor of singing the role of Anna Maurrant in Hope’s first opera, Street Scene. She participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Voice Competitions and received first place regularly at both the Regional and State levels. Sarah also competed in the Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Competition becoming a finalist in 2010, and winning first place in 2011.

Taking an extra semester to complete her undergraduate degree, Sarah moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to complete her student teaching at the prominent Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School. While in Philadelphia, Sarah coached with Donald St. Pierre at the Curtis Institute of Music, which led to her participation in the Chautauqua Voice Summer Program in 2012

Currently, Sarah is completing a Doctor of Music Arts in Vocal Performance and Literature with a minor in Vocal Pedagogy from the Eastman School of Music, where she also received her Master’s of Music in 2014. She studies with Carol Webber, but also studied with Rita Shane and Constance Haas while at Eastman. Some of her Eastman Opera Theatre credits include Anna Maurrant in Street Scene, Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Lady Billows in Albert Herring, and Mrs. Grose in Turn of the Screw.

Back by popular demand…

We will be hosting not only the Classical Chat series, but also Pre-Concert Talks are back!  Details below:

Classical Chats at Freedom Village:  These informative and fun talks are led by Johannes Müller-Stosch and take place at 3:00pm on the Thursday before each Classics concert.  (Freedom Village, 6th Floor Auditorium, 145 Columbia Ave.)

Pre-Concert Talks:  These talks, led by Johannes Müller-Stosch and Amanda Dykhouse, take place on the evenings of Classics I, II & III in the Jack H. Miller Center concert hall from 6:30-7:00pm.

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Parking Map at the Miller Center

Holland Symphony Orchestra will reserve and monitor Lot 40 for handicapped parking.  The faculty parking lots are available for parking after 5pm.

April 28 2018


Date: April 28
Time: 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Cost: $5 - $20


  • Friday, April 27 at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, April 28 at 3:30pm


Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts at Hope College

221 Columbia Ave
Holland, MI 49423 United States

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