To commemorate the 120th anniversary of Johannes Brahms’ death, Carthage will present a series of 10 faculty recitals over the next two years, highlighting Brahms’ vast output. The Brahms Project features Carthage’s newest piano faculty member, Wael Farouk, and the new Carthage Faculty Trio. Along with faculty guest musicians, they will present Brahms’ complete chamber music as well as the composer’s complete solo piano works.
Seven of the performances in 2017 and 2018 will feature piano soloist Prof. Farouk. Raised in Egypt, he entered a conservatory at age 7, won a Fulbright fellowship, performed on five continents, and became the first pianist since Vladimir Horowitz to play Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s piano.
The Carthage Faculty Trio will perform six of the shows. The trio is composed of Prof. Farouk; adjunct music faculty member and cellist Allegra Montenari; and adjunct music faculty member and violinist Andrew Williams.
The Brahms Project will feature additional Carthage faculty and students, including Carthage keyboard instructors, violinist Mary Kelly Hutchinson ’19, and pianist Shiqi Xu ’20.
On May 7, 2018, the College will welcome Ilya Kaler, a renowned violinist who teaches at DePaul University, as a guest artist to wrap up the concert series. This final concert will commemorate the 185th anniversary of Brahms’ birth.
Rather than sticking to the “greatest hits,” Prof. Farouk wanted to expose students to Johannes Brahms’ full catalogue. Grouped by genre, the Carthage performances will reveal the German musician’s progression as a composer.
“It’s great for students to have that vast repertoire performed in their back yard,” Prof. Farouk said. “They learn about many pieces they didn’t know before.”
All performances will be held in A. F. Siebert Chapel. The public is welcome to attend these free events. For more information, contact the Fine Arts office at 262-551-5859. Specific event details will be added as they are finalized.