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Homecoming Alumni Band and Choir Concert Oct. 12

October 11, 2013

The Carthage Wind Orchestra and Carthage Choir will combine with music alumni for a special Homecoming Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 in A. F. Siebert Chapel. Continuing the celebration of 140 years of music-making by the Carthage Band, this concert welcomes back alumni to perform with the current Wind Orchestra for the first time in six years. Recently retired music professor and long-time director of the Carthage Band, Woodrow Hodges, will serve as guest conductor, sharing the podium with current conductor James Ripley, and conductor of the Carthage Choir, Eduardo Garcia-Novelli.

Beginning the Homecoming Concert is the Carthage Choir, performing selections by Handel, and contemporary Spanish composer Josu Elberdin. The collected choral and instrumental forces will then perform the finale to Arthur Honegger’s King David.

The second half of the program will be performed by the Carthage Wind Orchestra and alumni, focusing on music from the past 10 years and the ensembles three tours to Japan. One selection from each tour will be performed, including Gustav Holst’s Marching Song, Ron Nelson’s Mayflower Overture, and native Kenoshan, Carthage graduate Tom Vignieri’s An American Hymn. Dr. Hodges will conduct Clifton William’s The Sinfonians, the single-most performed work of the Carthage Band.