The Carthage Performing Arts Series is in its 25th year, providing exceptional performing artists to the southeastern Wisconsin community. Our remarkable lineup of guest artists provides concerts, masterclasses, and educational programming at Carthage and in the broader community.

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2021-22 Performing Arts Series

TUESDAY, OCT. 5, 2021

Janus Adams Janus Adams

7:30 p.m., Campbell Student Union Auditorium

Janus Adams is a renowned scholar, producer, entrepreneur, writer, and speaker. With a focus on applying a historical perspective to current events, Ms. Adams specializes in African American and women’s history. She is the author of eleven books, including “Glory Days: 365 Inspired Moments in African American History,” which has reached over 3 million readers. Her achievements also include being the author of over 500 essays, columns, and essays, and is the creator of BackPax (a children’s publishing company) and Harambee (the first national book club for African American literature). With her work being featured in The New York Times, Newsday, USA Today, The Washington Post, and more, Ms. Adams has positively and permanently altered the publishing landscape for readers and authors alike. As a speaker, Ms. Adams has been an on-air guest on networks such as ABC, CNN, Fox News, NBC’s The Today Show, and NPR.

A pioneer since childhood, Ms. Adams was one of the four children first selected to break New York’s de facto segregation in public schools, following Brown v. Board of Education. She then went on to graduate from New York’s High School of Performing Arts as a classically-trained pianist. Her educational achievements did not stop there though. Ms. Adams went on to earn her master’s degree from Mill’s College, the first graduate degree in Black Studies in the nation. Carthage is honored to welcome Emmy Award-winning journalist, dynamic speaker, and influential scholar, Ms. Adams to campus this fall.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 24, 2022

Bridge and Wolak Bridge and Wolak

7:30 p.m., A. F. Siebert Chapel

Classically-trained international soloists Michael Bridge (accordions and piano) and Kornel Wolak (clarinet and piano) are an internationally-acclaimed music and comedic duo, integrating traditional acoustic instruments with 21st century digital technology.

Following the reception of their first album “Rock Bach,” their second album, “Tales from the Dinarides,” was commissioned by the University of Alberta in collaboration with Professor Guillaume Tardif. Performing their own uniquely reimagined repertoire of classical, world, and jazz fusion with deft virtuosity and endless wit, Bridge and Wolak have been called the “Victor Borges of the 21st century.” Their serious musical goods coupled with an entertaining, high-energy stage presence has led to critical acclaim in Europe, and North and South America. Bridge and Wolak bring an unforgettable musical experience you do not want to miss!

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Huntertones Huntertones

7:30 p.m., A. F. Siebert Chapel

Huntertones brings people together around the globe with fun, imaginative, and fearless music. Their high-energy sound features genre-bending composition and unconventional covers. Adding depth and contrast to their live set, Huntertones shift from a dynamic six-piece ensemble to a trio featuring saxophone, sousaphone, and beat-boxing, keeping their listeners’ eyes and ears open at every turn.

The band formed at The Ohio State University and hosted their first shows at a house on Hunter Avenue. They have since relocated to New York City; released three albums, including their latest release, “Passport” — a collection of songs inspired by their experiences sharing music with people from all over the world; and performed in over 20 countries worldwide. Individually, members of Huntertones have compiled a diverse resume of collaborations with top artists in pop, jazz, soul, and musical theater. This includes work with Jon Batiste and Stay Human, O.A.R., Snarky Puppy, Stevie Wonder, Andy Grammer, Ed Sheeran, Allen Stone, Gary Clark Jr., Phillip Phillips, We Banjo 3, Umphrey’s McGee, Vulfpeck, and more.

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Alash Alash

7:30 p.m., A. F. Siebert Chapel

The ancient art of throat singing (xöömei) developed among the nomadic herdsmen in Tuva, a tiny republic in the heart of Central Asia. All members were trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, first learning from their families and later becoming students of master throat singers. Alash remains grounded in this tradition while expanding its musical vocabulary with new ideas from the West; practicing on hybrid Tuvan-European instruments and listening to new trends coming out of America. Members of Alash enjoy working across musical genres. They have collaborated with such diverse musicians as the innovative jazz ensemble Sun Ra Arkestra, the bluegrass/fusion/jazz band Béla Fleck and Flecktones (whose Grammy-winning holiday CD “Jingle All the Way” features Alash as guest artists), the beatboxer Shodekeh, and the pioneering classical chamber music group from Chicago Fifth House Ensemble.

Both the Alash ensemble and individual members have consistently won top honors in throat singing competitions. The ensemble was awarded first prize in Tuva’s International Xöömei Symposium competition in 2004. At the Fifth International Xöömei Symposium in 2008, three Alash musicians swept the top prizes for individual throat singing, and the fourth took top honors for his duet performance with his wife. In 2007, Alash member Bady-Dorzhu Ondar was named People’s Xöömeizhi of the Republic of Tuva, the youngest person ever to receive this prestigious award. Alash member Ayan Shirizhik was named a Merited Artist of Tuva in 2009, and Alash member Ayan-ool Sam was named People’s Xöömeizhi of the Republic of Tuva in 2015. Even Alash’s American manager, Sean Quirk, was named a Merited Artist of Tuva for his contribution to Tuvan culture. In addition, Mr. Quirk and all Alash members play in the Tuvan National Orchestra, which has won both first prize and grand prize in the All-Russia National Orchestra and Ensemble Competition.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2022

Chanticleer Chanticleer

7:30 p.m., A. F. Siebert Chapel

Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for its seamless blend of twelve male voices ranging from soprano to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz and popular genres, as well as contemporary composition. Since the group began releasing recordings in 1981, they have sold well over a million albums and won two Grammy awards. Chanticleer’s recordings are distributed by Warner Classics, Chanticleer Records, Naxos, ArkivMusic, Amazon, and iTunes. “Then and There, Here and Now,” Chanticleer’s most recent studio recording, was recorded for Warner Classics.

Named for the “clear-singing” rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Chanticleer was founded in 1978 by tenor Louis A. Botto, who sang in the ensemble until 1989 and served as Artistic Director until his death in 1997. Chanticleer became known first for its interpretations of Renaissance music and was later a pioneer in the revival of the South American baroque, recording several award-winning titles in that repertoire. Chanticleer was named “Ensemble of the Year” by Musical America in 2008 and was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame the same year.

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Sponsorship Information

Sponsored in part through grants from the Racine Community Foundation and Kenosha Community Foundation, the Performing Arts Series brings exceptional artists to southeastern Wisconsin for concerts and educational programming at Carthage and in local schools.

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