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Join us for the Philharmonic Strings Concert Saturday


Haley Aichholzer

February 24, 2021

Philharmonic Strings Concert spring 2021The Philharmonic Strings concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the A. F. Siebert Chapel. The concert is open to Carthage students, faculty, and staff only. Tickets are required and must be obtained in advance. External patrons are welcome to join us from home through our livestream.

The concert will feature Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C major; Op. 48.” The Carthage Philharmonic is a versatile ensemble that performs standard orchestral repertoire and offers opportunities for smaller chamber ensembles working under faculty guidance, such as string ensembles and piano trios. Past repertoire has included orchestral works by well-known and respected composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Bizet, Copland, Holst, and Purcell. The Philharmonic is a dynamic ensemble that prides itself on its commitment to growth, excellence, and camaraderie between ensemble members to create a more connected sound.

The Philharmonic is conducted by Professor E. Edward Kawakami who, in 2017-18, was the recipient of the Carthage College Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award. Prof. Kawakami is an assistant professor of music and director of orchestral activities, as well as an active clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator. Before coming to Carthage, Prof. Kawakami served as conductor of the California State University, Northridge Symphony, and Chamber Orchestras, as well as being employed as a conductor of various musicals, film soundtracks, and varied guest conducting positions around southern California. Prof. Kawakami has collaborated with award winning musicians such as Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Twillich and Grammy award-winning violinist Mark O’Connor.

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New ticket procedures for Carthage students, faculty, and staff:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Carthage Fine Arts events are currently closed to external guests, but many events will be available for livestream viewing. We have also changed how Carthage students, faculty, and staff obtain tickets. All spring events remain free, but tickets are now required in advance.

  • For the spring 2021 semester, it is encouraged to obtain your tickets online 24/7 at the private link: Online ticket fees have been waived for spring 2021.
  • Tickets are also available at the Fine Arts Box Office from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, in the Straz Center.
  • At events, there will be no walk-up ticket option, will call, or cash sales. Please use the online link to get tickets.
  • Masks are required to enter the building. If you arrive without a mask, you can purchase one for $5 via credit card before you enter the building.
  • Seating will be reserved to ensure social distancing. Seating is limited to 50 people, and seating will be in the east balcony. You will receive your seating assignment prior to your arrival. Patrons with special needs should notify the Box Office when getting tickets so the proper arrangements can be made.
  • There is no intermission or late seating for this event. Please give yourself plenty of time to get to your seat, and we will ask everyone to go to their seats immediately when they arrive.
  • For more information on event protocols, please visit our website


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