THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

SATURDAY | APRIL 25, 2020 | 7:30 PM | CIVIC AUDITORIUM

More details to come.

Concert Sponsors

THE ROBERT J. HILER FAMILY FOUNDATION

DANIEL & TRICIA LUCK

Underwriting Dr. Fashun’s appearance are:

DR. CHARLES & MRS. RITA HAGENOW

DR. CHRISTOPHER FASHUN, GUEST CONDUCTOR

Christopher Fashun is an incredibly diverse and versatile conductor, educator, and performer. An Assistant Professor of Music at Hope College, he serves as the Director of Orchestras, the Music Director of the Brazilian Music Ensemble, teaches applied percussion, and is an Instructor of Instrumental Music Education.

In addition to his activities at Hope College, Dr. Fashun is an active guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and percussionist. Notable engagements have included the Holland Symphony Orchestra, Elkhart Symphony Orchestra, St. Ambrose University Community Symphony Orchestra, the University of Iowa Philharmonia and All-University String Orchestra. Dr. Fashun has conducted the Symphony String Orchestra at the Iowa IMEA Conference for the All-State Iowa Junior Honors String Orchestra Festival Concert and the Midwest Mennonite Festival Orchestra and Concert Band. He has served on the music faculties at St. Ambrose University and Goshen College and has directed orchestras, wind bands, jazz ensembles, percussion ensembles, and drum lines at the secondary level.

A passionate educator, Dr. Fashun’s versatility and eclectic background allow him to work in areas of orchestral, percussion, and world music. As a conductor, he is frequently invited to guest conduct, clinic, and adjudicate orchestras at the professional, collegiate, and secondary levels. His expertise and knowledge in Brazilian music serve general music educators and elementary schools alike. As the founder and music director of the Hope College Brazilian Music Ensemble, Dr. Fashun presents frequently at music education conferences and the Brazilian Music Ensemble performs educational outreach assemblies for elementary schools during the academic year. He has concentrated his study of world percussion in Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian music and dance over the past 15 years. Most notably, his teachers include Mestre Mario Pam, Mestre Jorge Alabe, Michael Spiro, Mark Lamson, Curtis Pierre, Jorge Martins, and Scott Kettner.

Most recently, Dr. Fashun was a 2018 recipient of a U.S. Postdoctoral Fulbright Award in All Disciplines and will be living and researching Afro-Brazilian music in Salvador da Bahia in 2019. His project will focus on the dissemination of Afro-Brazilian music and culture in the city of Salvador da Bahia.

An accomplished percussionist and violist, he has several years of orchestral and chamber music experience and has enjoyed success in both areas as a soloist by winning three concerto competitions, one on viola and two on marimba. 

His research in conducting combines developing musicianship from the podium and health and wellness for music educators. When he’s not making music, he is either cycling, paddle boarding, or practicing Pilates and enjoying the fabulous beaches in Holland with his wife and daughter.

DOUG LABRECQUE, GUEST ARTIST

Doug Labrecque is one of the most prolific concert singers of his generation. He has been a soloist with some of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, and Cleveland Orchestra. He has appeared with more than 125 orchestras worldwide and most major Pops orchestras in America including Philly Pops, Boston Pops, and NY Pops at Carnegie Hall.

Mr. LaBrecque thrilled theater audiences as The Phantom and Raoul, in The Phantom of the Opera. He starred in the original cast of the Harold Prince Broadway revival of Showboat and toured nationally with Les Miserables. He was also featured in Oscar Hammerstein’s 100th birthday celebration at the Gershwin Theatre. Regionally. Mr. LaBrecque has played leading roles in Candide, A Chorus Line, Man of La Mancha, and many others. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he appeared in the musical adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life and starred in the premiere Revival of Kurt Weill’s Love Life.

International engagements have included Korean National Symphony, Shanghai Radio Orchestra in China, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, and numerous return engagements with Israel Philharmonic. He appeared in Alba, Italy as the guest soloist in an all Bernstein concert and performed at the International Music Festival in Cesky-Krumlov, Czech Republic. He also performed with acclaimed pianist Lang Lang in Beijing and was frequent soloist with the legendary Marvin Hamlisch. He recently performed with London’s acclaimed BBC Orchestra in an all Gershwin program that was broadcast worldwide in August of 2017.

For more information on these and other engagements as well as information about his recordings, visit www.DougLaBrecque.com.