Toward Convergence: An Arts Collaboration
All of the arts at Hope worked together to present a one-of-a-kind jazz concert built of both sound and sight on Monday, Oct. 21, in the John and Dede Howard Recital Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.
Framed by the music of the college’s Jazz Arts Collective, the event also featured visual art, dance, a poetry presentation, and original lighting and technical design through the Department of Theatre. The result was not only a distinctive evening of entertainment for the standing-room-only audience that packed the performance space, but a singular learning experience for the student musicians.
Please visit the college’s Stories of Hope blog for more — including a video — about how the concert came to be.
Lighting and Sound
Eric Van Tassell ’06, assistant professor of lighting and sound design, prepared distinctive stage lighting for the event, and Erik Alberg ’90, director of design and production for the performing arts, ran the lighting board.
Music and Poetry
The students of the Jazz Arts Collective performed five pieces directed by Dr. Jordan VanHemert, assistant professor of music. In between, VanHemert and Van Tassell read poetry by area resident Herbert A. Tews, a member of the Hope Academy of Senior Professionals based at the college.
Greg Lookerse, assistant professor of art, created a temporary installation of semi-transparent cheesecloth featuring forestry images hung throughout the space.
Jasmine Domfort, assistant professor of dance, presented improvised dance in conjunction with the music, the art installation and the lighting.