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Patio Pops Concert Carthage presents its annual Pops Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Hedberg Library Patio (or A. F. Siebert Chapel if it rains).

This year’s Patio Pops Concert features pieces inspired by mechanical devices or images. The concert continues the Black Composers Matter Initiative with “Ridgeview Centrum” by Alvin Singleton, a fanfare that uses both classical and folk-rock elements. Following “Ridgeview Centrum” is “The Rhythm Machine” whose composer, Timothy Broege, will serve as the Lakeside Band Festival’s guest composer/conductor this November. Listeners may be reminded of early Warner Bros. cartoons during the piece “Powerhouse” by Raymond Scott, which has been used in various shows from “Looney Tunes” to “Duck Dodgers and the 24½ Century.”

The Wind Orchestra will then accompany Carthage clarinetist Emma Hardwick ’22 as she performs “Hillandale Waltzes” by Victor Babin. Following Hillandale Waltzes are two pieces of light classical music by Leroy Anderson, “The Typewriter” and “The Syncopated Clock.” The concert will also feature a noisy, funky mashup of tunes by Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie by David Biedenbender titled “Melodious Thunk.” Finally, the concert will feature “The Beethoven Machine” by Michael Colgrass.

Based on a sonatina written by Beethoven as a child, “The Beethoven Machine” is divided into three separate “choirs” or “voices”: The Children’s Orchestra (represented by woodwind instruments, primarily set in B-flat), the Adult Orchestra (represented mainly by brass in differing keys), and a funny, quirky machine that “somehow has the ability to crank out music in the style of Beethoven” (represented by percussion and assorted winds).

Tickets are free and must be obtained in advance. Tickets will provide specific seating for our rainsite and general seating outside. To obtain free general admission tickets, please visit 24/7 or call the Fine Arts Box Office (262-551-6661). We will continue to evaluate our event safety policies to protect our campus community, neighbors, and guests as much as possible. View Fine Arts #StaySafeCarthage event protocols

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