November 8-11, 2017
15th Annual Band Festival
Carthage is proud to announce the 15th annual Lakeside Band Festival to be held from November 8-11, 2017.
The guest composer is James M. Stephenson. Leading American orchestras, instrumentalists, and wind ensembles around the world have performed the music of this Chicago based composer, both to critical acclaim and the delight of audiences. The Boston Herald raved about “straightforward, unabashedly beautiful sounds,” suggesting “Stephenson deserves to be heard again and again!” A formal sense of melody and tonality characterize his music, each embedded in a contemporary soundscape. These qualities, coupled with the composer’s keen ability to write to each occasion, have led to a steady stream of commissions and ongoing projects.
Most recently, Charles Vernon, Chicago Symphony bass trombonist, asked Stephenson to write a new concerto, a work to be premiered in their 2018/2019 season under the direction of Riccardo Muti. A second bass trombone concerto will receive its orchestral premiere with the St. Louis Symphony and soloist Gerry Pagano, in 2017. “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band commissioned a symphony (the composer’s second in this genre) and gave the work its premiere in 2016 at the prestigious Midwest Clinic, and subsequently recorded the work. Additionally, Compose Yourself!, Stephenson’s landmark young-audience work has now been performed over 300 times since its creation in 2002, engaging children in New Zealand and Canada and across the U.S.
His residency at Carthage will include clinics and masterclasses in addition to rehearsing and conducting the Carthage Wind Orchestra and Festival Band. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 in the A. F. Siebert Chapel and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Fine Arts Office at 262-551-5859.
The goal of the Lakeside Band Festival is to provide an opportunity for area musicians to observe, engage and interact with world-class musicians. Each festival is conducted by a noted composer/conductor.
Distinguished artists who have participated in past Lakeside Festivals include:
- Larry Combs — principal clarinet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
- Woodrow Hodges — bassoon, Carthage College
- Dr. Jay Gilbert — Doane College (guest conductor)
- Dr. Andrew Boysen Jr. — University of New Hampshire (guest conductor)
- Daniel Bukvich — University of Idaho (guest composer)
- Gregory Flint — horn, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- James Barnes — University of Kansas (guest conductor)
- Susan Cook — alto saxophone, DePaul University and Carthage College
- Timothy Mahr — St. Olaf College (guest conductor)
- Scott Tegge — tuba, Carthage College
- Jonathan Newman — BCM (guest conductor)
- Frank Ticheli — University of Southern California (guest conductor)
- Melissa Snoza — flute, Carthage College
- Dana Wilson — Ithaca College (guest conductor)
- Alvin Lowrey — principal trumpet emeritus, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
- Johan de Meij — Amstel Music (guest conductor)
- Paul von Hoff — trombone, Carthage College
- Ralph Hultgren — Queensland Conservatorium (guest conductor)
- Libby Larsen — American Composers Forum (guest composer/clinician)
If you can’t join us in person, you can stream the event. The stream is available on: