Sunday, April 23, 2:00 p.m.
Irving Park Lutheran Church
4100 N. Harding Ave., Chicago
The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee is pleased to present the Carthage Faculty Trio in the final concert of our 2016-2017 season. The trio is comprised of Wael Farouk, piano, Andrew Williams, violin and Allegra Montanari, cello. The concert will be held at Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding Ave.
Egyptian-American pianist Wael Farouk has performed on five continents in such venues as the White Hall in St. Petersburg, Schumann’s house in Leipzig and Carnegie Hall in New York. In 2014 Farouk performed a five recital series featuring the complete solo works of Rachmaninoff, a feat the Chicago Tribune hailed as “historical.” He is a professor of piano at Carthage College. You can read more about Farouk here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/chi-wael-farouk-pianist-20150120-story.html.
Violinist Andrew Williams has established himself as an extraordinary chamber musician, soloist and teacher. As a former member of the critically acclaimed Fifth House Ensemble, he has performed at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre on their Composer Portrait series and on Rush Hour’s yearly summer music series. Williams is an adjunct Professor of Violin at Carthage College and teaches at the renowned Merit School of Music.
Cellist Allegra Montanari has has had the pleasure of playing principal for orchestras of the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Round Top Festival Orchestra and the Spoleto Festival USA. Montanari has served as an Associate Member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and is a section member of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. She is an adjunct faculty member at Carthage College and is the founder of Sharing Notes non-profit.
The Trio will perform an all-Brahms program, which includes Brahms’ Trio No.3 in C minor. op. 101 and sonatas for violin and cello. A reception with the artists follows the concert. Admission is free; donations are welcome. Fine Arts concerts feature polished, professional musicians, but the concerts are relaxed and casual, lasting a little over an hour. Perfect for families!
The Irving Park Fine Arts Series, now in its 23rd season, was begun by Roger Bingaman, the series artistic director. Carlson Community Services, which sponsors the Irving Park Fine Arts concert series, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Its mission is to connect the Irving Park community with programs that enrich lives through education, culture and service.