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PERFORMANCE MUSIC
AT
THE UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON 

SPRING 2019 CONCERT SCHEDULE
(please click on artist name for website or bio information)
All events take place in 
The Houlihan-McLean Center (Mulberry Street at Jefferson Avenue) and are free of admission charge, unless otherwise noted

Friday, February 1, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
IN RECITAL: Jay Rattman, woodwinds and Janet Sora Chung, organ
          Jay Rattman is a freelance improvisor, composer and woodwind multi-instrumentalist based in New York City. His musical sensitivity and spontaneity have placed him in demand in a wide range of genres. He has performed at most of the major venues in NYC, in addition to the MoMA, the Coachella Festival, Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Late Show, and the Tonight Show. Dr. Janet Sora Chung is Director of Music at St. John’s Lutheran Church, New York City, and a frequent organ recitalist in the U.S. and abroad. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Manhattan School of Music where she was awarded the President’s Award and the Bronson Ragan award for most outstanding ability in organ performance, and has performed throughout North America.

Friday, February 22, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
IN CONCERT: Ron Stabinsky & “Mostly Other People Do The Killing

          Abbreviated ‘MOPDTK’ and billed as a ‘Bebop Terrorist Band’, Mostly Other People Do the Killing is a quartet founded on the idea that jazz is not only still alive and vibrant, but that it can—and should—be fun, engaging and thoroughly contemporary. Bassist Moppa Elliott writes, “Rather than settling into one style or historical period, MOPDTK fuses the entire spectrum of jazz and the various forms of improvised music it has spawned into a single, seamless mélange of uber-jass.” 

Sunday March 3, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
GENERAL RECITAL: University of Scranton Performance Music students
        RECITAL CANCELLED - this event will be re-scheduled for a later date

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
IN CONCERT: Kyle Athayde Dance Party
          KADP performances take place on both the east and west coasts, as well as in Alaska, in a wide variety of venues ranging from clubs, schools, and concert halls, to Super Smash Con convention centers! Kyle's music draws inspiration from a wide variety of sources, from video games and internet memes to jazz and classical masterworks. In addition to his wide range of original music, Kyle also writes arrangements of well-known and popular songs of all kinds, while still retaining the unique sound and excitement for which the Dance Party is known.

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
IN CONCERT: University of Scranton Jazz Band with special guests The Alumni Blues Doctors featuring Dr. Chris Adonizio, Dr. B.J. Costello, Dr. Chris Newman, & Dr. Matt Stopper  (sponsored by the family of the late Michael Zaboski, Sr. in celebration of his life and love of music)  
        The University of Scranton Jazz Band is a 25 member ensemble of big band 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. Their guest soloists for this concert are physicians who are alumni of the U. of S. Bands. Dr. Adonizio (’92) is a board certified Hematologist/Oncologist practicing at Geisinger Medical Center. He serves as the Medical Director for Oncology Innovation and Analytics, the Director for Cancer Care Delivery Research, and is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Dr. Costello (’91) is a board certified surgeon who serves as Dean and Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Chief of Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and a surgeon with the Cleft and Craniofacial Center. Dr. Newman (’94) is a board certified Internal Medicine specialist who is Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs at Penn State Health/St. Joseph’s, and is Executive Director of St. Joseph’s Medical Group. He also performs professionally with numerous bands, orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout the northeast. Dr. Stopper (’99) is a Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at Great Valley Cardiology specializing in the comprehensive treatment of cardiac arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation, and is board certified in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Diseases, Internal Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology and Adult Echocardiography.

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
IN CONCERT: Mannes School of Music Brass Orchestra & University of Scranton Singers
          The Mannes School of Music, in existence for more than a century, is one of the nation’s premier music conservatories, providing programs at the pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate level. Mannes’s brass ensembles have been under the direction of Maestro Mark Gould since 2017 and are composed of select undergraduate and graduate brass students. The University of Scranton Singers is a 50+ voice mixed choir founded more than half a century ago, composed of students from majors spanning the curriculum. All enrolled Scranton students are eligible for membership in the Performance Music ensembles, which include both vocal and instrumental ensembles. This concert is a natural outgrowth of a successful string of other musical collaborations between the groups’ respective directors. 

Friday, April 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
IN RECITAL: Kako Miura, violin
          Kako Miura, a 2017 graduate of The Juilliard School, is currently completing her Master of Music degree in Violin Performance on a full scholarship to the prestigious Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. She is a member of various professional music ensembles, including Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra and Kontrapunktus Baroque. Recipient of numerous prestigious awards in both Australia and the United States, she has had solo and chamber music performances at such distinguished venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and Aspen Music Festival. 

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
IN CONCERT: University of Scranton String Orchestra with guest soloist Kako Miura
          The University of Scranton String Orchestra is a 30+-member ensemble comprised of members of the university community - mostly undergraduate students, joined by a few members of the faculty and staff - who play violin, viola, cello, or string bass and are brought together by a mutual love of music-making. The ensemble performs four or five times per academic year, and most of their performances are open to the public and are free of admission charge.

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
36th ANNUAL WORLD PREMIERE COMPOSITION SERIES CONCERT: featuring the premieres of two new works by guest composer/conductor Alex Nguyen, performed by The University of Scranton Concert Band & Concert Choir
          Trumpeter, composer, arranger, music director and curator Alex Nguyen has performed throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. His contributions as a composer and arranger span from choral music to big band, and he was composer/performer for residencies at Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center and Ravinia's Steans Music Institute. Nguyen has composed and arranged numerous works of sacred music, and blended traditional hymns, spirituals, jazz and gospel in worship services. The premieres of the new works for Scranton will be performed by the university’s student ensembles, made up of University of Scranton student musicians from majors spanning the curriculum, with Mr. Nguyen conducting the premieres of his compositions.

Friday, May 10, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
11th ANNUAL GENE YEVICH MEMORIAL CONCERT: featuring David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band and renowned Armstrong historian Ricky Riccardi (sponsored by Dave & Janet Wenzel), with an appearance by The University of Scranton Jazz Band
          This concert, in celebration of the memory of former Scranton Superintendent of Fires Gene Yevich and sponsored by Former Mayor Dave Wenzel and his wife Janet, features David Ostwald and his highly-acclaimed Louis Armstrong Eternity Band, joined by internationally renowned Armstrong historian Ricky Riccardi, teaming up to present a unique multimedia presentation full of photos, videos, commentary and live music, all about the unparalleled entertainer and great humanitarian Louis Armstrong. Inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and their colleagues, David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band (a/k/a Gully Low Jazz Band) breathes life and passion into America’s own great art form. Since 1980, this acoustically electrifying group has appeared nationally and internationally in varied settings - currently in the seventeenth year of its open-ended weekly Wednesday evening engagement at New York City’s Birdland, at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer’s Night Swing, at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, at Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y, at Lionel Hampton’s New Orleans-style funeral procession, and at four appearances at Scotland’s Nairn International Jazz Festival.

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Events you may have missed in fall 2018

Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert MusicTalk at 6:30)
IN CONCERT: Loren Schoenberg and The National Jazz Museum in Harlem present “Tribute to Prez: The Life and Music of Lester Young” featuring The Michael Kanan Quartet, with saxophonist Larry McKenna.
          Larry McKenna is one of the world’s finest jazz saxophone players. He is known for his gorgeous, velvety sound, the unparalleled beauty of his balladry, and his fluid, bebop inspired improvisations. For years, Larry’s status as a jazz great has been affirmed by his myriad fans and the jazz stars with whom he has played and recorded including Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney and
Frank Sinatra.          

Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 7:30 p.m. (guitar masterclass at 4:30, pre-registration requested)
IN RECITAL: Matt Munisteri, guitar (collaborative bassist TBA)

          Matt Munisteri is a critically lauded songwriter and nimble lyricist; an urban banjo-warrior and a sometime session musician; a selfless and devoted sideman; a wry-yet-honest singer; an engaging and winning front-man; and an arranger whose ear-pulling re-inventions of well-traveled songs have contributed to Grammy winning CDs.

Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
FAMILY WEEKEND PRESIDENT’S CONCERT:
Celebrating the inauguration of Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., featuring The University of Scranton Concert Band and Concert Choir with special guests Dr. Wycliffe A. Gordon, H. ’06  and Joshua Rosumblum (and other surprise guests)

          Wycliffe Gordon, critically and popularly acclaimed and award-winning musician, composer, arranger, educator, leader, and musical ambassador - and widely regarded as one of the greatest trombonists in history! -  and acclaimed composer/conductor Joshua Rosenblum, composer of the new piece commissioned in honor of the inauguration, will perform with the university’s student musicians in a concert celebrating the inauguration of Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. as the 27th President of The University of Scranton. The University of Scranton Concert Band is an 80+ member ensemble and the Concert Choir is a 60+ member ensemble, both 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. 

Fri., Oct. 12, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
IN RECITAL: Greg Zelek, organ
(This recital was originally to be performed by Australian organist Alessandro Pittorino, but international travel complications interfered with his scheduled appearance. We are grateful to be fortunate to have such an excellent "sub" joining us for the evening.)
     Greg Zelek concertizes with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and throughout the U.S., and regularly performs with orchestras as both a soloist and professional ensemble member, and is in demand as a recitalist throughout the U.S. and abroad. He was chosen by The Diapason magazine as one of the top “20 Under 30” organists, a feature which selects the most successful young artists in the field. 
     Built in 1910, the 3,178 pipe Austin Opus 301 organ is one of very few authentic examples of fully restored early 20th-century American symphonic organs. Since the organ's restoration and re-dedication in 2006, concerts enjoyed by students, faculty, staff, and members of the greater Scranton community have included internationally renowned organists, student ensemble performances of significant instrumental and choral works with organ accompaniment, and even a national radio broadcast featuring the instrument.

Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 7:30 p.m. (woodwind masterclass at 4:30, pre-registration requested)
IN RECITAL: Jeremy Ajani Jordan, piano, and Mark Dover, clarinet
          Jeremy Jordan is a concert pianist who is constantly working to fuse his extensive conservatory training in classical music with jazz and other improvised music, and Mark Dover is a member of Imani Winds who has performed with everything from major symphony orchestras to popular American funk group Vulfpeck. The two share a passion for innovative music of all genres.

Sat., Oct. 27, 2018, 7:30 p.m. (brass masterclass at 3:30, pre-registration requested)
IN CONCERT: The University of Scranton Jazz Ensemble
with guest soloist Joseph Boga, trumpet/piano

     Joseph Boga is equally comfortable performing in both classical and jazz genres, and has performed across four continents in a diverse array of venues, both in the U.S. and abroad, with an impressive array of both established and emerging artists. 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. 10, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
IN CONCERT: The University of Scranton Symphonic Band
          
The University of Scranton Symphonic Band is a 75-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. 

Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
IN RECITAL: The Andrew Gonzalez Trio
(with Andrew Gonzalez, viola; Bixby Kennedy, clarinet; and Carlos Avila, piano)  

          Hailed by the Strad Magazine for his "warm-hearted playing and mellow tone", Andrew Gonzalez has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Shmuel Ashkenasi, and many others, and maintains an active career around the world as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and entrepreneur in music. Clarinetist Bixby Kennedy has performed solo recitals, and chamber music and orchestral concerts around the world and is an advocate of music both old and new. Both are members of Carnegie Hall’s “Ensemble Connect”. Their pianist Carlos Avila is one of the most in-demand pianists on the international classical music scene, and is also the pianist for The Boreal Trio.

Sat., Nov. 17, 2018, 7:30 p.m. (strings masterclass at 3:00 p.m., pre-registration requested)
IN CONCERT: The University of Scranton String Orchestra
with guest soloist Andrew Gonzalez
          Hailed by the Strad Magazine for his "warm-hearted playing and mellow tone", Andrew Gonzalez has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Shmuel Ashkenasi, and many others, and maintains an active career around the world as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and entrepreneur in music. 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. 

Sat., Dec. 1, 2018, 8:00 p.m. (prelude from 7:00 p.m.)
51st ANNUAL NOEL NIGHT: featuring The University of Scranton Singers with guest harpist Marg Davis (prelude provided by String Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles)
          This year marks the 51st 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 will be joined by leaders of the university community offering greetings and readings of the Nativity Martyrology and St. Luke Nativity Narrative, as well as guest accompanists on piano, harp, and trumpet.

Sun., Dec. 9, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
EMPTY STOCKING FUND BENEFIT CONCERT: featuring The Scranton Brass Orchestra, The University of Scranton Singers, and the Scranton Prep Cavalyrics (admission charge is one new unwrapped toy, new toiletry items, or a cash donation.)
          This event is open to the public, and all who attend the concert are asked to bring a new toy, new toiletry items (toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, comb/brush, etc…), 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. 

Sun., Jan. 6, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
IN CONCERT: THE SCRANTON BRASS ORCHESTRA
          Now in its eighth season, The Scranton Brass Orchestra is a fully professional 27 member ensemble comprised of brass & percussion players/teachers from the region. The group made its debut before hundreds of appreciative audience members in June 2011, and has since garnered acclaim from both audiences and musicians alike.