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HSYO Fall Concert

November 19, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Concert Sponsors:


Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 3:00pm

West Ottawa Performing Arts Center
Holland, Michigan


Kyle Nester, Music Director and Conductor
Tori Zokoe, General Manager
Jaclyn Klinger, Manager
Katie Rae Hayduk, Rehearsal Manager

Bella Bocca Polka Op. 163
Emile Waldteufel/arr. Bob Phillips
Bartok Song and Dance for String Orchestra
Bela Bartok/arr. Deborah Baker Monday
Shamrock Polkas
arr. Andrew H. Dabczynski


Kyle Nester, Music Director and Conductor
Tori Zokoe, General Manager
Jaclyn Klinger, Manager
Katie Rae Hayduk, Rehearsal Manager

Prelude from Holberg Suite
Edvard Grieg/arr. Brendan McBrien
Ashokan Farewell
Jay Ungar, arr. Calvin Custer
Themes from The Rite of Spring
Igor Stravinsky/arr. Bob Lipton
Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 1
George Frideric Handel/arr. Sandra Dackow


Christopher Fashun, Music Director and Conductor
Tori Zokoe, General Manager
Jaclyn Klinger, Manager
Katie Rae Hayduk, Rehearsal Manager

Symphony No. 94 in G major ("The Surprise")
Franz Joseph Haydn 
  1. Adagio cantabile - Vivace assai
  2. Andante
  3. Menuetto
  4. Allegro di molto
Brazilian choros featuring guest artist Choro das 3
Boca de Goiaba       
Elisa, Lia, Corina, e Eduardo Meyer Ferreira/arr. Christopher Fashun
Pé de Frango           
Elisa, Corina a, e Lia, Meyer Ferreira/arr. Josh Trentadue 
Elisa Meyer Ferreira/arr. Josh Trentadue
Tico-Tico no Fuba 
Zequinha Abreu/arr. Marty Gold

Tickets will be available for purchase at dress rehearsal and at the door - $10 for adults and $5 for students ages 6-college. Children under 6 are free.

Choro das 3 Artist Biography

Choro das 3 is a Brazilian band of three sisters. The band plays Brazilian instrumental music based on choro, an instrumental music genre that emerged in Brazil in the 19th century to become the foundation for all Brazilian music. Choro das 3 is in the US playing their 8th USA Tour.

Of the three sisters in the band, Corina, the oldest, plays flute and piccolo, Lia plays acoustic 7 string guitar, Elisa, the youngest sister, plays mandolin, clarinet, banjo, piano and accordion.

In Brazil, Choro das 3 has played for presidents and for huge audiences such as São Paulo's New Year's Eve Party (2 million people). It has been on national TV many times, including the Jo Soares show (the Brazilian version of "The Tonight Show”).

From 2013 to 2019, Choro das 3 toured in the USA annually. Reviewers say the band is, “superbly talented,” “cohesive,” and “beguiling.” Renowned musician Mike Marshall says that Choro das 3 plays ". . . some of the most inspired and inspiring music . . . the highest level of musicianship and presentation . . . the highest quality of Brazilian Choro music that can be heard any place today."
The Covid pandemic caused Choro das 3 to cancel plans for their 2020 USA tour. Tragically, Eduardo, the father of the three sisters, lost his life to Covid early in the pandemic, before vaccines were available. Eduardo was the band's percussionist from its beginning. He played pandeiro (Brazilian tambourine). Bravely, the sisters resolved to continue as Choro das 3, but they play every song in their father's memory.

Kyle Nester

Kyle Nester graduated from Alma College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree.  While in college, he participated in orchestra, marching band, jazz band, percussion ensemble, and choir.  Mr. Nester spent a term in Vienna, Austria and studied violin with Maeve Auer from the Universitat fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst.  After college, he was a soloist in the Baroque on Beaver Music Festival and performed with Josh Groban a few times.  After a long-term substitute teacher position in Fremont, Michigan, he taught 5th - 12th grade orchestra at Chippewa Hills School District for seven years.  After his wife Andrea finished her law degree at Michigan State University, the couple moved to West Michigan. He started teaching at Holland Christian in 2012 and Andrea was employed in a law firm in downtown Grand Rapids.  Recently, Mr. Nester has been interested in fiddling and started the Michigan Academy of Folk Music with Nate Roberts from Hope College.  

Mr. Nester enjoys running races, enjoying nature, playing music, and traveling.  They have three “interesting” cats and a planted freshwater fish tank.  


Christopher H. Fashun

Christopher H. Fashun is an incredibly diverse and versatile conductor, performer, and educator. He brings over two decades of experience as a music educator leading middle school, high school and collegiate band and orchestra programs in addition to directing jazz and percussion ensembles.

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

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.

Dr. Fashun is an active guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and percussionist.  He is a frequent presenter at music education conferences and is a highly sought after clinician and conductor.  Notable engagements include the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra, Holland Symphony Orchestra, Elkhart Symphony Orchestra, St. Ambrose University Community Symphony Orchestra, the University of Iowa Philharmonia and All-University Orchestras.  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, Goshen College, and Hope College. 

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 (in the summer, of course) with his wife and daughter. 

HSO thanks these business partners for their support of this concert!

George & Sibilla Boerigter
Brooks Family
Louis & Helen Padnos Foundation
Stuart & Barbara Padnos Foundation
Ann & John Query
Camy Thompson Memorial

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November 19, 2023
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Holland Symphony Orchestra