April 28, 2017
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Fine Arts on Campus: Simply Three concert tonight

Carthage hosts free event with local guest performers

By Jessica Stephen



Simply Three is not your average cover band.

From “Shake it Off” and “Take Me to Church” to “Bad Romance” and “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” the classically-trained cello, violin and bass trio has amassed tens of millions of views on YouTube with their string-centric versions of pop songs. (Their version of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” has nearly 16.5 million views alone.)

Tonight, they’re coming to Carthage College.

And the show is free.

With tickets for an upcoming show in Galesburg, Ill., selling for $15 to $35, it’s a bit of a coup for Carthage — one made possible because of community-based funding for Carthage’s Chamber Music Series, which focuses on small groups of performers — usually three or four — who, historically, played classical music in a chamber or small room.

“We have a fantastic grant through the Racine Community Foundation. They help underwrite these performances,” explained Ed Kawakami, assistant professor of music, director of orchestral activities and music director for Carthage Philharmonic.

“We bring in a number of fairly high-profile artists through that grant, and the really exciting thing is we’re actually performing alongside them.”

In fact, student players from Lakeshore Youth Philharmonic, Tremper High School, The Brompton School and the Carthage Philharmonic will join Simply Three for two songs.

The student-involved concert is just part of the educational outreach Simply Three will do while they’re in town; the trio also will perform at schools in Racine while they’re here.

Between the show and the school visits, Kawakami said, the Internet-acclaimed musicians of Simply Three are helping students to engage with their instruments in a new way.

“We’ll show the students that the instruments they’re studying on are not just for Bach and Mozart. It gets their wheels turning, (thinking) ‘Maybe I can do something like this?’”

Tonight’s show starts at 7:30 p.m. in A.F. Siebert Chapel at Carthage, 2001 Alford Park Drive. Admission is free.

UWP Wind Ensemble, Community Band perform

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight (April 20)

Where: Bedford Hall, Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Road

Tickets: $10 general admission, $5 seniors

Synopsis: Enjoy the UW-Parkside Wind Ensemble and Community Band in one of the final performances of the semester.

Saxophonist Robin Verheyen at Parkside

When: 4 p.m. Monday (April 24)

Where: Bedford Hall, Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities, UW-Parkside, 900 Wood Road



Synopsis: Russ Johnson, a trumpet player and director of jazz studies at UW-Parkside, joins internationally known Belgian saxophonist and composer Robin Verheyen for this special performance.

Student recitals continueat UW-Parkside

When: 3 p.m. Sunday (April 23)

Where: Bedford Hall, Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities, UW-Parkside, 900 Wood Road

Tickets: Free

Synopsis: A series of student recitals continues this weekend with percussionist Eliana Firmani Alcocer, a member of the UW-Parkside Percussion Ensemble.

Carthage Faculty Recital Series: The Brahms Project

When: 7:30 p.m. Monday (April 24)

Where: A.F. Siebert Chapel, Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive

Tickets: Free

Synopsis: The Carthage Faculty Trio continues The Brahms Project, their series of 10 recitals over two years, commemorating the 120th anniversary of composer Johannes Brahms’ death.

Coming up

* UW-Parkside orchestra and choirs, April 29 and 30, UW-Parkside

* Peace Paper Project, April 28 to June 15, UW-Parkside

* UW-Parkside Foreign Film Festival: Brooklyn, April 27 to 30, Student Center Cinema, UW-Parkside


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