Time: 2:00pm CDT May 8, 2022
Location: A. F. Siebert Chapel
Join us for the Spring Band Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8, in the A. F. Siebert Chapel. External patrons are welcome to join us from home through our livestream.
Barbara Drapcho, adjunct faculty of music, will be featured soloist on Robert Spittal’s “Diversions” as we finish the season with the Wind Orchestra and Concert Band. Also to be performed is the jazz-influenced “Music for the Theater” by Aaron Copland.
Ms. Drapcho is a clarinet instructor at Carthage. She has studied with Russell Dagon, Charlene Zimmerman, Alan Kay, and Dennis Nygre, and is a member of Quintet Attacca. As a member of Quintet Attacca, she has performed on New York City’s Schneider Concert Series, Chamber Music Society of Detroit, and numerous Chicagoland series such as NEIU’s Jewel Box, Chicago Philharmonic’s Chamber Players, Rush Hour, Dame Myra Hess, and live broadcasts on WFMT. Her chamber music experience outside of Quintet Attacca includes performances with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, international Chamber Artists, and Milwaukee’s Present Music. Ms. Drapcho is a grand-prize winner of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and is an ensemble-in-residence at the Music Institute of Chicago. She is acting principal clarinet of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and also a member of New Philharmonic. She has performed as a soloist with Chicago Arts Orchestra and is a former member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Ms. Drapcho has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theater, and Northwest Indiana, South Bend, Lake Forest, and Elgin Symphony Orchestras. She is on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago, North Park University, and UW-Parkside.
The Carthage Band is one of the oldest college bands in the United States and was established as a six-piece brass ensemble in 1873 under the leadership of Professor J. M. Helfrich. From its humble beginnings, the band has grown to now include three large ensembles — the Wind Orchestra, Concert Band, and the chamber winds group AMATI. The Carthage Wind Orchestra is recognized as a worldwide leader in commissioning and performing new works, including James Stephenson’s “This is Most Certainly True” (written for the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Church), Andre Previn’s “Music for Wind and Percussion,” Stacy Garrop’s “Mythology Suite,” and Xi Wang’s “Winter Blossom.” In addition, the Wind Orchestra has specialized in the production of silent film accompaniments created for regional tours, including “The General,” and “Metropolis.” The band has a long and distinguished history of service to Carthage and the artistic life of the communities of Kenosha, Wis., and Carthage, Ill., and has maintained a rich tradition of touring the Midwest, along with international study tours in Japan.
To obtain free reserved seating tickets, please visit www.carthage.edu/tickets 24/7 or call the Fine Arts Box Office at 262-551-6661 from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Visit the #StaySafeCarthage Fine Arts Events page for safety protocols.