th anniversary since the formation of the group as a six-piece brass ensemble by giving a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in A. F. Siebert Chapel. The event features the premiere of a new work by composer Alex Shapiro."/> Skip to main content

140 Years Young - Anniversary Band Concert

Time: 7:30pm CDT May 10, 2014

Location: A. F. Siebert Chapel

The Carthage College Band will wrap up its 140th anniversary since the formation of the group as a six-piece brass ensemble by giving a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in A. F. Siebert Chapel.

One of the most noteworthy composers for the 21st century wind band, Alex Shapiro, has written a new work that will make its premiere that evening. Her composition, titled “Liquid Compass,” is written on the theme of journeying.

The theme relates to the college’s various locations over the years, its growth and development as a liberal arts institution in the Lutheran tradition, and ultimately as a tribute to the development of the band. The composer will attend the concert and will participate in rehearsals and workshops for students throughout the preceding week.

Shapiro draws from a broad musical palette that defies genre; her acoustic and electroacoustic works are performed and broadcast daily. In 2011, national music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon presented her its highest distinction, the Award of Merit, for her innovative use of new technologies in composing.

The Wind Orchestra, conducted by James Ripley, also will perform selections by Timothy Mahr, Andrew Boysen, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Zo Elliott. The Concert Band, conducted by Margaret Young-Weitzel, will open the concert with works from William Latham, David Maslanka, and Steven Bryant.

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  • Composer Alex Shapiro wrote a new work titled "Liquid Compass" for the 140th anniversary of the Carthage Band's formation.
    Composer Alex Shapiro wrote a new work titled "Liquid Compass" for the 140th anniversary of the Carthage Band's formation.
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Location: A. F. Siebert Chapel