The Carthage Chamber Music Series celebrated its 22nd year with a remarkable lineup of artists! The Chamber Music Series, now called the Performing Arts Series, brings exceptional performing artists to southeastern Wisconsin for concerts and educational programming at Carthage and in local schools.
The 2018-19 Chamber Music Series featured the following signature events:
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019
Ryan and Ryan Piano Duo
7:30 p.m., A. F. Siebert Chapel
Ryan and Ryan is a father and son piano duo developing an innovative style which blends classic and contemporary music to create a new and exciting concert experience for audiences of all musical backgrounds. The duo’s repertoire spans countless musical eras, including music from Rachmaninoff to Gershwin to Billy Joel. Donald Ryan, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, came to the United States to study music, and is a master of various styles, earning him a place in the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. His son, Barron, followed in his footsteps, performing as a featured soloist at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.
With experience in classical, jazz, ragtime, and funk styles, the duo reimagines old classics and provides audiences thrilling renditions of beloved repertoire. They also boast an impressive dedication to music education, each pianist boasting extensive experience as featured performers and speakers from the elementary to the university level. Between their immense musical knowledge, decades of experience, and infectious love for music and life itself, Ryan and Ryan inspires audiences of all ages.
Saturday, march 16, 2019
Misa Tango Project
7:30 p.m., H. F. Johnson Recital Hall
The concert will feature the Master Singers of Milwaukee, led by Carthage’s own Prof. Eduardo García-Novelli, in a performance of the “Misa Tango,” composed by Argentinian composer Martín Palmeri. The piece reimagines the traditional mass setting within the context of traditional Argentinian tango style. “Misa Tango” features choir, piano, strings, and the bandoneón, a traditional tango instrument originating from Germany. Palmeri has written numerous other choral and instrumental works and operas, including “Tango del Bicentenario,” “Canto de la lejanía,” “Oratorio de Navidad,” and many more. Carthage is honored to welcome composer Martín Palmeri to play piano at the event. With the delicate musicality of Prof. García-Novelli and the Master Singers, and Argentinian flavor of Palmeri’s epic work, the Misa Tango Project performance is a fresh take on age-old tradition.
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Carthage Trio — Canceled
The concert will feature works by some of history’s most prominent composers of chamber music. Selections include César Franck’s violin sonata in A Major, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s cello sonata in G Minor, and Joseph Haydn’s piano trio in F major. The evening will also feature the world premiere of a piece for piano trio by Carthage faculty member and composer Mark Petering, which has been composed specifically for the Carthage Trio, which includes pianist Wael Farouk, cellist Marie Sinco Warren, and violinist Andrew Williams.
Professor Wael Farouk has previously taught at Cairo Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and the Chicago School of the Arts at Roosevelt University. He has also performed as a soloist for the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Manhattan Symphony, and more. Marie Sinco Warren is a cellist and teacher whose main interests lie in outreach and youth advocacy. When not at Carthage, Ms. Warren, a Milwaukee native, performs in another ensemble called The Ardamore Duo with violinist Laura Thompson. Andrew Williams is a member of the Fifth House Ensemble, and has given stunning solo violin performances of works such as David Rakowski’s “When the Bow Breaks.”