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Attend the Homecoming Concert Sunday!


William Dowell

October 13, 2021

Homecoming Concert 2021The Carthage Choir, Wind Orchestra, and alumni guest artists will welcome back the community to the annual Homecoming Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, in the A. F. Siebert Chapel.

The Wind Orchestra will continue the Black Composers Matter Initiative with one of the major works written for band in the past 20 years, “Come Sunday” by Omar Thomas. Written in two movements, “Testimony” and “Shout,” are a tribute to the Hammond Organ’s central role in black worship services. 

The Carthage Choir opens with “Lindjo,” a popular folk dance from Croatia set by Vladimir Berdović, and Latvian composer Raimonds Tiguls’ “Moonlight Sound Design” featuring soloists Elise Brevik ’22 and Lauren Hammes ’23. Thomas Tallis’ “If ye love me” and “Sehnsucht” (Longing) by Brahms featuring collaborative pianist Professor Greg Berg continues the program. Montana composer David Maslanka’s “Little Dance for Barbara Mason” features percussionist Justin Hall ’16 and clarinetist Katiann Nelson ’23 to conclude the choral portion of the program. This fall, the Carthage Choir is under the direction of Richard Bjella, distinguished conductor in residence. 

The Carthage Choir and Wind Orchestra will combine, along with tenor soloist Nathan Takahashi ’20, to perform the “Sanctus” from Charles Gounod’s “Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile.”

Guest artist, Mark Paisar ’11 will perform multiple works for organ. He will begin with “Präludium und Fuge in G-Dur, BWV 541” by Johann Sebastian Bach and continue with “Vater Unser im Himmelreich” by Georg Böhm. He will finish his selections with the sixth movement of “Pièces de Fantaisie pour Grand Orgue - Deuxième Suite, Op. 53,” “Toccata” by Louis Vierne.

Mark Paisar ’11 began his organ studies under the tutelage of Frank Rippl in 2006, and he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Organ Performance from Carthage. During his time at Carthage, Mr. Paisar studied organ with Richard Hoskins and piano with Jane Mac Alla-Livingston. After the completion of his undergraduate studies, he attended the University of Kansas, where he received his Master of Musical Arts in Church Music with both organ performance and choral conducting concentrations. During his graduate career, he had the privilege of attending and performing in masterclasses under the direction of notable performers including David Higgs from the Eastman School of Music, Christopher Marks from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Olivier Latry from the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris. Mark continued his studies at the University of Kansas and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Church Music. During his time at the University of Kansas, Mr. Paisar studied with both Professor James Higdon and Professor Michael Bauer. Mr. Paisar currently serves as the associate director of music at Bethlehem Lutheran Church – Twin Cities. Through this position, he is tremendously blessed to work with a variety of wonderful ensembles including handbells, a women’s choral ensemble, and a mixed voice adult choral ensemble. Mr. Paisar and his wife, Becca, currently reside in Eden Prairie, Minn., with their two cats, Ellie and Lily.

Tickets are free and must be obtained in advance. To obtain your reserved tickets, please visit 24/7 or call the Fine Arts Box Office 262-551-6661 from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. You can also join us from home through our livestream. Protecting the health of our guests, students, and employees is a top priority. We will continue to evaluate our event safety policies to protect our campus community, neighbors, and guests as much as possible. Visit our #StaySafeCarthage Fine Arts page for event protocols.

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