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Carthage announces 2013-14 Chamber Music Series

  • Third Coast Percussion of Chicago will visit Carthage in October 2013 as part of the 2013-2014 Carthage Chamber Music Series.
    Third Coast Percussion of Chicago will visit Carthage in October 2013 as part of the 2013-2014 Carthage Chamber Music Series.
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September 27, 2013

Third Coast Percussion will open the 2013-14 Carthage Chamber Music Series with a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. The performance will be held in the Campbell Student Union Auditorium.

Since its formation in 2005, the percussion ensemble has drawn international attention with concerts and recordings that meld the energy of rock music with the precision and nuance of classical chamber works. Called “hard-grooving” musicians by the New York Times, Third Coast is known for groundbreaking collaborations, including concerts and residency projects with engineers at the University of Notre Dame, architects at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, astronomers at the Adler Planetarium, and more.

Third Coast Percussion, Chamber Music Series 2013-2014The performers will lead a free discussion before the concert at 6:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the H. F. Johnson Center for the Fine Arts.

Carthage faculty receive two complimentary season passes. Carthage students receive one complimentary season pass, which can be picked up in Room 211 of the H. F. Johnson Center for the Fine Arts. No reservations are required, and tickets will be available at the door.

Two other concerts are scheduled during the upcoming season of the Chamber Music Series, which is made possible by a grant from the Helen C. Smolenski Chamber Music Fund of the Racine Community Foundation. One common thread that Professor Peter Dennee identified among the three groups is an innovative approach.

“They have a fresh view of chamber music,” he said.

This year’s grant, Carthage’s largest to date, also covers an educational outreach component. Some of the performers will hold master classes or workshops with Carthage students the day before they perform. All groups will provide some sort of instruction for students from nearby Racine County.

In addition, several Carthage students will coach chamber music ensembles in the Racine Unified School District. They’ll apply the guidance they’ve received from Fifth House Ensemble, Carthage’s ensemble-in-residence and one of the scheduled groups in the series.

Besides music instruction, Prof. Dennee said the visiting performers could offer students valuable insight into the entrepreneurial side of their work. He said aspiring musicians should learn how to market themselves and the importance of networking.

“Schools have been good about training them to be musicians, but when they get out, how do they make a career for themselves?” he said.

The 2013-14 series also includes concerts in winter and spring at A. F. Siebert Chapel:

Feb. 21, 2014: Fifth House Ensemble

Fifth House breathes life into repertoires both established and emerging, and is equally at home on the most prestigious stages and venues such as aquariums, train stations, and bars.

May 14, 2014: Das Kapital

Das Kapital unites German saxophonist Daniel Erdmann, Danish guitarist Hasse Poulsen, and French percussionist Edward Perraud. The group uses elements and grooves from rock, pop and jazz music mixed with experimental and electronic music, as well as contemporary classical sounds.

For information, call 262-551-5859. For more information on the Chamber Music Series and performers, visit: