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Fine Arts at Carthage

History of the Performing Arts Series

1996-1997

  • Feb. 23, 1997 — Hans-Ola Ericsson
  • March 14, 1997 — The Wolpe Trio
  • April 20, 1997 — Lyra String Quartet

1997-1998

  • Feb. 15, 1998 — The Juilliard String Quartet
  • March 28, 1998 — Lyra String Quartet
  • April 5, 1998 — London Brass
  • April 29, 1998 — A Celebration of the Music of Arnold Schoenberg featuring Paul Gmeinder, Milton Peckarsky, and Eugene Purdue

1998-1999

  • Oct. 27, 1998 — Chanticleer
  • April 13, 1999 — Lyra String Quartet

1999-2000

  • Oct. 31, 1999 — The Janacek Chamber Orchestra
  • Feb. 20, 2000 — Cecilia’s Circle
  • April 16, 2000 — The Juilliard String Quartet
  • May 8, 2000 — Lyra String Quartet

2000-2001

  • Nov. 5, 2000 — Western Wind
  • Feb. 18, 2001 — Trio Settecento
  • April 8, 2001 — Zephyros Quintet

2001-2002

  • Nov. 4, 2001 — The American Brass Quintet
  • April 14, 2002 — The Merling Trio
  • April 23, 2002 — Lyra String Quartet

2002-2003

  • Oct. 27, 2002 — Juilliard Quartet
  • Feb. 16, 2003 — Ames Piano Quartet
  • April 6, 2003 — Santa Fe Guitar Quartet
  • May 6, 2003 — Lyra String Quartet

2003-2004

  • Oct. 16 — Academy of Ancient Music
  • Feb. 22 — Chanson
  • April 18 — Amadeus Tri

2004-2005

  • Oct. 10, 2004 — The Czech Nonet
  • Feb. 27, 2005 — The Prairie Winds
  • April 17, 2005 — Percussion Group Cincinnati

2005-2006

  • Oct. 9, 2005 — New York Chamber Soloists
  • Feb. 26, 2006 — The Debussy Trio
  • April 2, 2006 — The Wavery Consort

2006-2007

  • Oct. 22, 2006 — L’Ensemble Pennetier
  • Feb. 25, 2007 — Cantus
  • April 15, 2007 — Adaskin String Trio

2007-2008

  • Sept. 29, 2007 — Fifth House Ensemble
  • Nov. 7, 2007 — Navy Band Great Lakes Jazz Ensemble
  • April 6, 2008 — Solid Brass

2008-2009

  • Oct. 5, 2008 — Gryphon Trio
  • Oct. 18, 2008 — Fifth House Ensemble
  • Nov. 7, 2008 — Tomáseen Foley’s Irish Times
  • April 19, 2009 — Rose Ensemble

2009-2010

  • Oct. 11, 2009 — The Aspen Ensemble
  • Nov. 13, 2009 — Ying Quartet
  • April 1, 2010 — Manhattan Bass

2010-2011

  • Sept. 26, 2010 — Trio Voronezh
  • Nov. 12, 2010 — Anonymous 4 “Secret Voices”
  • March 27, 2011 — Imani Winds
  • April 2, 2011 — Trio Levade
  • April 30, 2011 — Fifth House Ensemble

2011-2012

  • Oct. 9, 2011 — The Toronto Consort
  • Nov. 11, 2011 — Daedalus Quartet
  • March 11, 2012 — New Century Saxophone Quartet
  • April 28, 2012 — Fifth House Ensemble

2012-2013

  • Oct. 19, 2012 — Atlantic Brass Quintet
  • March 1, 2013 — The Orlando Consort
  • March 3, 2013 — Fifth House Ensemble
  • March 10, 2013 — Muzika Piano Trio
  • April 5, 2013 — Trio Antigo

2013-2014

  • Oct. 4, 2013 — Third Coast Percussion
  • Feb. 21, 2014 — Fifth House Ensemble
  • April 25, 2014 — Lakeside Chamber Music Festival
  • May 14, 2014 — Das Kapital

2014-2015

  • Nov. 19, 2014 — Fifth House Ensemble
  • Nov. 20, 2014 — Jitro Choir
  • Feb. 11 and 12, 2015 — Chicago a cappella
  • April 15, 2015 — Prometheus Trio
  • April 18, 2015 — Chamber Music Festival

2015-2016

  • Sept. 24, 2015 — Marcel Worms
  • Oct. 11, 2015 — Fifth House Ensemble
  • Oct. 16, 2015 — The Calla Quartet
  • Nov. 18, 2015 — Eduardo Fernandez
  • April 6 and 7, 2016 — Moira Smiley & VOCO
  • May 11 and 13, 2016 — Third Coast Percussion

2016-2017

  • Sept. 29, 2016 — Tami Tango Trio
  • Oct. 11, 2016 — Goran Ivanovic Trio
  • Feb. 7, 2017 — Axiom Brass
  • April 3, 2017 — Roomful of Teeth
  • April 20, 2017 — Simply Three

2017-2018

  • Feb. 15, 2018 — VOCES8
  • Feb. 22, 2018 — Simone Dinnerstein
  • March 13, 2018 — Calefax Reed Quintet
  • April 10, 2018 — Le Vent du Nord

2018-2019

  • Sept. 20, 2018 — Project Trio
  • Oct. 18, 2018 — Six Appeal
  • Nov. 3, 2018 — New Century Saxophone Quartet
  • Nov. 10, 2018 — Carthage Trio
  • Feb. 12, 2019 — Ryan and Ryan Piano Duo
  • March 16, 2019 — Misa Tango Project

2019-2020 (CMS changed to Performing Arts Series)

  • Sept. 10, 2019 — Intrusion
  • Oct. 3, 2019 — Women of the World
  • Oct. 8, 2019 — Jason Lyle Black
  • Feb. 13, 2020 — Mads Tolling and the Mads Men
  • March 19, 2020 — The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass * canceled due to COVID-19
  • April 18, 2020 — More Than Just a Voice * canceled due to COVID-19

2020-2021

  • March 17, 2021 — MusiConnect
  • April 8, 2021 — Reginald Mobley featuring Solideo Quartet
  • May 16, 2021 — Opera ‘Round K-Town

Current Year — 2021-2022

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