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2017-18 Chamber Music Series

The Carthage Chamber Music Series celebrated its 21st year with a remarkable lineup of artists! Sponsored in part through a grant from the Racine Community Foundation, 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 2017-18 Chamber Music Series featured the following signature events:


Tuesday, oct. 10, 2017

Antonio J. Garcia Jazz Residency 

Antonio J. Garcia

7:30 p.m., A. F. Siebert Chapel
Antonio J. García is a Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he directs the Jazz Orchestra I; instructs Applied Jazz Trombone, Small Jazz Ensemble, Music Industry, and various jazz courses. He also founded a B.A. Music Business Emphasis (for which he initially served as Coordinator) and directs the Greater Richmond High School Jazz Band.

An alumnus of the Eastman School of Music and of Loyola University of the South, he has received commissions for jazz, symphonic, chamber, film, and solo works—instrumental and vocal—including grants from Meet The Composer, The Commission Project, The Thelonious Monk Institute, and regional arts councils. His music has aired internationally and has been performed by such artists as Sheila Jordan, Arturo Sandoval, Jim Pugh, Denis DiBlasio, James Moody, and Nick Brignola.

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017

Deborah Masloski and the Carthage Woodwind Faculty 

Debbie Masloski

7:30 p.m., A. F. Siebert Chapel
The concert features Carthage piano faculty member Professor Deborah Masloski, an active performer and educator, who brings her expertise to Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, the Academy of Music Institute of Chicago for gifted pre-college musicians, and the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory. She performs alongside members of the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera and has appeared as a soloist with groups including the Chicago Civic Opera, New Mexico Symphony, Colorado Springs Orchestra, and the Carthage Wind Ensemble. Prof. Masloski graduated from Juilliard School with a master’s degree in performance and earned her doctorate from Northwestern University, where her research examined how social and religious trends influence piano literature. 

thursday, feb. 15, 2018 


VOCES8 2017

7:30 p.m., A. F. Siebert Chapel
The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is proud to inspire people through music and share the joy of singing. Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, the group performs repertoire from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements; versatility and a celebration of diverse musical expression is central to the ensemble’s performance ethos. With an on-going program of recordings and live broadcasts, VOCES8 is heard regularly on international television and radio. The ensemble is a Decca Classics artist and has released acclaimed recordings that have been at the top of the classical charts. 


Thursday, feb. 22, 2018

Simone Dinnerstein 

Simone Dinnerstein

7:30 p.m., A. F. Siebert Chapel
American pianist Simone Dinnerstein is a searching and inventive artist who is motivated by a desire to find the musical core of every work she approaches. The New York-based pianist gained an international following with the remarkable success of her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which she independently raised the funds to record. Released in 2007 on Telarc, it ranked No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales and was named to many “Best of 2007” lists including those of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker.


Tuesday, march 13, 2018

Calefex Reed Quintet 

Calefex Reed Quintet

7:30 p.m., A. F. Siebert Chapel
Calefax is a close-knit ensemble of five reed players united by a shared passion. For more than three decades they have been acclaimed in the Netherlands and abroad for their virtuosic playing, brilliant arrangements, and innovative stage presentation. They are the inventors of a completely new genre: the reed quintet. They provide inspiration to young wind players from all over the world who follow in their footsteps. Calefax can be defined as a classical ensemble with a pop mentality.

“Calefax - five extremely gifted Dutch gents who almost made the reed quintet seem the best musical format on the planet.”
– The Times

Saturday, march 17, 2018

Chamber Music Festival with the Merling Trio

Chamber Music Festival with the Merling Trio

7:30 p.m., H. F. Johnson Recital Hall
In partnership with the Lakeshore Youth Philharmonic under the direction of Ed Kawakami, Carthage hosts its third Chamber Music Festival. Student participants will learn in masterclasses with the Merling Trio and connect with Carthage’s own studio string quartet, the President’s Quartet.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Le Vent du Nord 

Le Vent du Nord

7:30 p.m., A. F. Siebert Chapel
Carthage welcomes the award winning and highly acclaimed band Le Vent du Nord, a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement.  The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions while enhancing its hard-driving soulful music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences.

Spring 2018: jan. 11, feb. 17, feb. 18, march 17, april 22, may 7 

The Carthage Trio and The Brahms Project 

The Brahms Project Faculty Trio

The Carthage Faculty Trio is a piano trio comprised of piano faculty member Wael Farouk, along with violin instructor Andrew Williams, and cello instructor Allegra Montanari. This newly formed trio exists to showcase the high caliber of the College’s music department and its commitment to excellence, increase the visibility of the College while bolstering recruitment efforts, and serve the Carthage and greater Kenosha communities with unique and uplifting musical experiences. 

Over a period of two years, the trio will complete all of Johannes Brahms’ chamber works involving piano in a 13-recital series named “The Brahms Project.” Rather than sticking to the “greatest hits,” Prof. Farouk wanted to showcase Johannes Brahms’ full catalog in honor of the 120th anniversary of Brahms’ death. Grouped by genre, the performances reveal Brahms’ musical progression as a composer.

Over a period of two years, the trio will complete all of Johannes Brahms’ chamber works involving piano in a 13-recital series named “The Brahms Project.” Rather than sticking to the “greatest hits,” Prof. Farouk wanted to showcase Johannes Brahms’ full catalog in honor of the 120th anniversary of Brahms’ death. Grouped by genre, the performances reveal Brahms’ musical progression as a composer.

The serious musical undertaking is a one-of-a-kind musical opportunity for the Carthage community, and includes all of the solo Brahms literature as well as the complete chamber music and special works in collaboration with Carthage wind and keyboard faculty. The final concert of the series will culminate in collaboration with internationally renowned violinist Ilya Kaler.

The Carthage President’s Quartet 

The President’s String Quartet is a recently founded collaboration of four talented students from Carthage College. Most frequently heard in the Kenosha area, as well as the widely-distinct region between Milwaukee and Chicago, the President’s String Quartet is active in the community through profound work with the local schools and elderly homes, as well as thriving on the Carthage campus.

The Quartet seeks to foster and encourage a love of music within the hearts of the next generation, as well as to share beautiful music with all at various atmospheres ranging from inner-city classrooms to scenes such as Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee or the Chicago Standard Club. As individuals, the members of the President’s String Quartet have had the privileged experience of performing in a multitude of diverse venues, from internationally renowned concert halls to local coffee houses and community schools.

Performance experience ranges from the standard classical ensembles to unique renditions of the most popular modern music. The President’s Quartet provides wonderful music for any event, including weddings, banquets, receptions, parties, and memorial services. Members of The President’s String Quartet of Carthage College consist of Mary Kelly Hutchinson, Heather Beckman, Katie Carlson, and Geng Chen. 

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