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Coming Events

All events take place in
The Houlihan-McLean Center
(Mulberry Street at Jefferson Avenue)
and are free of admission charge,
unless otherwise noted

FALL 2017

SAT.. SEPT. 2, 2017, 9:00 p.m., Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton (N. Washington Ave. stage)
LA FESTA ITALIANA: University of Scranton Jazz Band performs
The University of Scranton Jazz Band is a 28 member ensemble of big band style instrumentation, made up of University of Scranton student musicians from majors spanning the curriculum. They perform five or more times per year, and the majority of their performances are open to the public, free of admission charge, and often feature a nationally or internationally renowned guest soloist.

SUN., SEPT. 10, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Univ. of Scranton, Houlihan McLean Center, Admission FREE
IN CONCERT: The Peter & Will Anderson Trio (with guitarist Alex Wintz)
Clarinet and saxophone virtuosos Peter and Will Anderson are one of the most extraordinary set of brothers performing music today, known for their unique renditions of classic jazz songs and innovative original music. They have headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Sarasota Florida Jazz Festival, South Carolina’s Jazz Corner, Seattle’s Triple Door, Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, DC’s Blues Alley, and Arizona Music Festival, and their ensemble has performed in over 40 U.S. States, toured Japan, and been featured four times in NYC’s famed “Highlights in Jazz” series. They have performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Village Vanguard Orchestra, Jimmy Heath Big Band, Wycliffe Gordon, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Paquito D’Rivera, Kenny Barron, Bob Wilber, Albert “Tootie” Heath, live on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, and are featured on the 2014 Grammy Winning Soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. 

SAT., SEPT. 23, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Univ. of Scranton, Houlihan McLean Center, Admission FREE
IN CONCERT: Trumpeter/vocalist Jumaane Smith and Friends present “Louis, Louis, Louis!” (with an appearance by The University of Scranton Singers) 
Jumaane Smith, trumpet soloist and sideman, has traveled the world, played stages in historic clubs, in massive stadiums and at cultural landmarks, recorded a solo album, appeared on national television, and performed for two sitting U.S. presidents. The recordings he’s played on have sold more than 25 million copies worldwide, garnered four Grammy nominations, and earned three Grammy wins, and the TV shows he’s appeared on total an audience of more than 100 million viewers. A member of Michael Buble’s band and the band for the Harry Connick Jr. show, his collaborations range from pop idols to jazz legends. He’s worked with Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Michael Buble’, Jackie Evancho, Alicia Keys, The Jonas Brothers, Wyclef Jean, Justin Bieber, Diddy, Natalie Cole, James Ingram, Wynton Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Chris Botti and many more. From touring the world with Bublé, playing the Grammy Awards show with Stevie Wonder and the Jonas Brothers, appearing regularly on TV with Harry Connick Jr., and recording “As I Am” with Alicia Keys, to appearing on the “American Idol” soundtrack, performing with Jackie Evancho, and scoring and performing music for the film “Handsome Harry,” Jumaane’s varied accomplishments go on and on. 

WED., SEPT. 27, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Univ. of Scranton, Houlihan McLean Center, Admission FREE
IN RECITAL
University of Scranton Performance Music Student Musicians 
University of Scranton student musicians perform in both vocal and instrumental solo, duo, trio and small ensemble performances. (More detailed program info TBA)

SUN., OCT. 22, 2017, 3:00 p.m., Univ. of Scranton, Houlihan McLean Center, Admission FREE
IN RECITAL: Daniel Ficarri, organist, performing on the Houlihan McLean Austin Opus 301 Symphonic Organ
Daniel Ficarri, a rising young star as an organist and composer, is quickly making his mark as a versatile soloist and ensemble musician in New York City. His recent performance of John Cage’s “Souvenir” for organ was listed under the “Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments” in The New York Times. In addition, Ficarri appeared as part of the WQXR Bach Organ Marathon, and he has performed in recital throughout the U.S., including at many of New York City’s most impressive spaces. His music is performed across the country and internationally. Ficarri serves as Organ Scholar at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Manhattan, and founded Sacred Sounds at St. Paul’s, a concert series promoting organ music in the Lincoln Center area and providing performance opportunities for young artists; he also spearheaded the organ restoration project underway at St. Paul’s. Ficarri is a student of Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs.

SAT., OCT. 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Univ. of Scranton, Houlihan McLean Center, Admission FREE
IN CONCERT: University of Scranton Jazz Band with guest soloist Kenny Rampton
Kenny Rampton, a member of Wynton Marsalis’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the trumpet voice on “Sesame Street” since 2010, also leads his own quintet and performs with the Mingus Big Band, The Mingus Orchestra, The Mingus Dynasty, George Gruntz’ Concert Jazz Band, and The Manhattan Jazz Orchestra (under the direction of Dave Matthews). He has toured the world with groups as stylistically diverse as The Ray Charles Orchestra and the pop band Matchbox Twenty. As a sideman, Rampton has performed with Mingus Epitaph (under the direction of Gunther Schuller), Bebo Valdez’ Latin Jazz All-Stars, Maria Schneider, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Dr. John, Lionel Hampton, Jon Hendricks, Illinois Jacquet, Geoff Keezer, Christian McBride, and a host of others. His Broadway credits are extensive, and his discography includes hundreds of jazz, R&B, Blues, Pop, and Hip Hop recordings. Also an in-demand studio trumpeter, Kenny has recorded jingles for dozens of commercials. The University of Scranton Jazz Band is a 28 member ensemble of big band style instrumentation, made up of University of Scranton student musicians from majors spanning the curriculum. They perform five or more times per year, and the majority of their performances are open to the public, free of admission charge, and often feature a nationally or internationally renowned guest soloist.

SAT., NOV. 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Univ. of Scranton, Houlihan McLean Center, Admission FREE
IN CONCERT: Sherrie Maricle & The DIVA Jazz Orchestra Celebrate 25 Years of Swingin' Around the World (part of Diva’s 25th Anniversary Tour)  
Featuring 15 of the finest musicians of our time, The DIVA Jazz Orchestra lights up the stage with their music and personalities, riveting audiences and commanding standing ovations. They have recorded more than 12 albums as a group, performed at Carnegie Hall with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops, and raised the roof at the Playboy Jazz Festival, Tanglewood , the Montreal Jazz Festival, Kennedy Center’s “Women in Jazz”, and Verizon Jazz at Lincoln Center. DIVA has performed for appreciative crowds at many of the most renowned clubs and concert halls in the country, and was featured in the 2013 award-winning documentary The Girls in the Band. They have performed with Dave Brubeck, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Diane Schuur, Carmen Bradford, Marlena Shaw, Dee Daniels, Maurice Hines, DeeDee Bridgewater, Rosemary Clooney, Jack Jones, Clark Terry, Dr. Billy Taylor, Terry Gibbs, Tommy Newsom, Randy Brecker, Ann Hampton Callaway, and many others.

FRI., NOV. 10, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Univ. of Scranton, Houlihan McLean Center, Admission FREE
IN CONCERT: The University of Scranton String Orchestra
The University of Scranton String Orchestra is a 30-member ensemble comprised of members of the university community from majors and departments spanning the curriculum – the vast majority of them undergraduate students, joined by a few graduate students and members of the faculty and staff – none of whom are music majors, who are all brought together by their mutual love of music-making. This program includes music by a diverse group of composers spanning eras and styles. 

SAT., NOV. 18, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Univ. of Scranton, Houlihan McLean Center, Admission FREE
IN CONCERT: The University of Scranton Concert Band
The University of Scranton Concert Band is an 85-member ensemble comprised of members of the university community from majors and departments spanning the curriculum – the vast majority of them undergraduate students, joined by a few graduate students and members of the faculty and staff – none of whom are music majors, who are all brought together by their mutual love of music-making. This program includes music by many of the most respected composers for band of the late 20th and early 21st century. 

SAT., DEC. 2, 2017, 8:00 p.m., Univ. of Scranton, Houlihan McLean Center, Admission FREE 
50th ANNUAL NOEL NIGHT: The University of Scranton Singers & Chamber Ensembles with guest trumpeter Mark Gould and pianist Ron Stabinsky (with special appearances by U. of S. Singers alumni)
(doors open at 6:50, prelude begins at 7)
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Noel Night, The University of Scranton's Christmas gift to the community. Seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis. Prelude music and instrumental accompaniment will be provided by members of the Performance Music instrumental ensembles. During the course of the performance, the 60 voice student mixed choir and representative choir alumni will be joined by: leaders of the university community offering greetings and readings of the Nativity Martyrology and St. Luke Nativity Narrative; Mark Gould, who served as principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera for more than thirty years, teaches at The Juilliard School, co-founded the Scranton Brass Orchestra and teaches in The Scranton Brass Seminar, and leads The New York Trumpet Ensemble; and Ron Stabinsky, who is one of the most sought after free-lance pianists in the northeast, is particularly well known for his versatility, and performs as a solo, ensemble, and collaborative pianist in concerts and events spanning a wide variety of genres throughout the world.

SUN., DEC. 10, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Univ. of Scranton, Houlihan McLean Center, Donation requested
EMPTY STOCKING FUND BENEFIT CONCERT: The Scranton Brass Orchestra with special guests The Scranton Preparatory School Cavalyrics (Daniel Marx, Director) 
The event is open to the public, and all who attend the concert are asked to bring a new toy or article of children’s clothing, or a monetary donation.  The collection will benefit children of local families in need this holiday season. The evening will include performances of a variety of holiday favorites and an audience Christmas caroling sing-along. 

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What you may have missed in spring 2017:

Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, 7:30 p.m.  IN CONCERT The Scranton Brass Orchestra

Saturday, February 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m.  IN CONCERT Jon-Erik Kellso and the EarRegulars

Sunday, February 19, 2017, 7:30 p.m.  9th ANNUAL GENE YEVICH MEMORIAL CONCERT The Wycliffe Gordon Quintet  (sponsored by Dave & Janet Wenzel)

Sunday, March 5, 2017, 3:00 p.m.   IN RECITAL   Frederick Hohman, organist

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 7:30 p.m.   GENERAL RECITAL  University of Scranton Performance Music student musicians

Friday, March 24, 2017, 7:30 p.m.   IN RECITAL   David Whitwell, bass trombone, and Carl Bolleia, piano & organ

Saturday, April 1, 2017, 7:30 p.m.  JAZZ CONCERT IN CELEBRATION
OF THE LIFE OF
REV. J.A. PANUSK
A, S.J. 22nd President of The University of Scranton The University of Scranton Jazz Ensemble with guest soloist Loren Schoenberg, tenor sax and piano (AND five special guest alumni musicians from the Panuska years!)

Sunday, April 9, 2017, 7:30 p.m.  IN CONCERT  Manhattan School of Music Brass Orchestra and The University of Scranton Singers

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 7:30 p.m.   IN RECITAL   Kako Miura, violinist

Saturday April 29, 2017, 7:30 p.m.   34th ANNUAL WORLD PREMIERE COMPOSITION SERIES CONCERT
featuring the premieres of two new works by composer/conductor Erica Von Kleist performed by The University of Scranton Concert Band & Concert Choir

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 7:30 p.m.   IN CONCERT  The University of Scranton String Orchestra

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 7:30 p.m.   PRE-COMMENCEMENT CONCERT The University of Scranton Symphonic Band, Singers and String Orchestra

Sunday, June 18, 2017, 7:30  IN CONCERT  The Scranton Brass Orchestra