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Coming Events


PERFORMANCE MUSIC
AT
THE UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON 

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 7, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
    

IN CONCERT: Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet & Rossano Sportiello, piano
     Trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso, leader of The EarRegulars and a member of Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, has enjoyed performing and recording with many of the greatest jazz musicians of our time. Recent engagements include a week in Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola with Wynton Marsalis celebrating Louis Armstrong's Hot 5s and 7s; leading the EarRegulars at the Detroit Jazz Fest and Moab Music Fest; various appearances on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" live Public Radio International show, including a live cinecast to movie theaters everywhere with Elvis Costello; several jazz fest at sea cruises; concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. with John Lithgow; tours of the U.S. and Japan with Ken Peplowski's Kingdom of Swing big band; annual appearances in jazz clubs and festivals in New Orleans; and jazz parties, festivals, and concerts all over the world. He can be heard on several tv  and movie soundtracks, including “Ghost World,” "The Aviator," "The Good Shepherd," "Bessie", "Mildred Pierce," "Revolutionary Road," and "Boardwalk Empire," for which the Nighthawks won a Grammy.
     Rossano Sportiello has performed with many jazz luminaries, such as Slide Hampton, Clark Terry, Barry Harris, Dan Barrett, Kenny Davern, Bucky Pizzarelli, Bob Wilber, Warren Vache, Bob Cranshaw, Mickey Roker, Harry Allen, Howard Alden, Joe Wilder, Eddie Locke, Joe La Barbera, Scott Hamilton, Jake Hanna, Houston Person, Bill Charlap, Dick Hyman, ad many others. Since moving to the U.S. in 2007 he has been in great demand both in the U.S. and abroad. Rossano has recorded four award-winning solo piano CDs, and numerous other jazz ensemble CDs.

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 7:30 p.m. 
IN CONCERT: The University of Scranton Jazz Ensemble with special guests Laurie BurdettMike LesneskyKen Luckey, and Elaine Ort
     Special guest soloists for the evening are four local high school music teachers who taught, mentored, and inspired a number of members of our student jazz ensemble during their high school years! The concert will feature Laurie Burdett (Scranton School District), Mike Lesnesky (Valley View School District), Ken Luckey (Tunkhannock School District), and Elaine Ort (Western Wayne School District.)
     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, none of them majoring in music. They perform five or more times per year, and the majority of their performances are open to the public, free of admission charge.

Wednesday March 11, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
GENERAL RECITAL: University of Scranton Performance Music students
     University of Scranton Performance Music student musicians present a program of vocal and instrumental selections in solo, duo, trio, quartet, and small ensemble performances. This recital features strings, vocalists, percussionists, and woodwind players. The student musicians represent majors spanning the curriculum, none of them music majors, brought together by their love of making music and sharing it with their audiences.

Sunday, March 29, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

IN CONCERT: Mannes School of Music Brass Orchestra (Mark Gould, Director) & The University of Scranton Concert Choir
     This concert is a natural outgrowth of a successful string of other musical collaborations between the groups’ respective directors. 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 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.

Friday, April 3, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
IN RECITAL: Alexander Pattavina, organ
     Alexander Pattavina is a second–year graduate student in the organ studio of Paul Jacobs at The Juilliard School, where he also earned his Bachelor’s degree. He is the Director of Music at the Church of Saint Agnes in New York City. A native of Stoughton, Massachusetts, Alex received First Prize in the 2014 L. Cameron Johnson Competition sponsored by the Northeastern Connecticut Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and was also awarded the 2014 Ruth and Paul Manz Scholarship from the Lutheran Seminary in Chicago. Formerly, he worked as Organ Scholar of Christ Church in Bronxville, NY under composer and conductor Philip Stopford. Alex was an editor and proofer for The St. Paul’s Hymnal (2015), and his composition for choir and organ, All in a Stable Cold and Bare, was recently published by Hal Leonard. Alex has performed with the Juilliard Orchestra and performs frequently on the East and West coasts.
     The Houlihan McLean Center’s Austin Opus 301 symphonic organ was built in 1910 by the Austin Organ Company of Hartford Connecticut for the Immanuel Baptist Church in Scranton, PA and was restored and re-dedicated by the university in 2005. It is one of the few rare surviving original examples of early 20th-century organ building and the impressive instrument possesses a total of 3,178 pipes, 45 ranks and four manuals. The instrument is maintained by Clem, Cole and Steve, artist/technicians from Emery Brothers/Dieffenbach organs.

Friday, April 17, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
IN CONCERT: The University of Scranton String Orchestra with guest soloist Eddie Barbash, saxophone
 
     Eddie Barbash plays American roots music on alto saxophone. He is a founding member of Jon Batiste Stay Human, the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He has performed with stars in almost every genre: jazz with Wynton Marsalis, classical with Yo-Yo Ma, rock with Lenny Kravitz, country with Vince Gill, funk with Parliament. He brings his horn and sensibility to Texas and Appalachian fiddle tunes, bluegrass, old time, R&B, soul, and classic New Orleans. He debuted at Carnegie Hall with Stay Human in 2013, and his portrait graced the t-shirt for the Newport Jazz Festival two years later. He has performed at a long list of major venues and festivals worldwide, and he has taught masterclasses, clinics and residencies throughout the world. Eddie is also a member of the Kyle Athayde Dance Party.
     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, April 25, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
37th ANNUAL WORLD PREMIERE COMPOSITION SERIES CONCERT: featuring the premieres of two new works by guest composers/conductors Peter & Will Anderson, performed by The University of Scranton Concert Band & Concert Choir
    “Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone” (New York Times), identical twins Peter and Will Anderson are extraordinary jazz woodwind performers and composers/arrangers. Graduates of The Juilliard School, they’ve performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, Frank Vignola, and can be heard on the 2014 Grammy-winning soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks.  They’ve headlined major jazz clubs throughout the country, have performed in over 40 U.S. states, throughout Brazil, Japan, the U.K., and six times in NYC’s famed Highlights in Jazz series, and have received numerous awards, ranging from a Drama Desk nomination to a Bistro Award. They are also members of the Kyle Athayde Dance Party.
     The Andersons will compose two works – one for concert band and one for SATB choir, and the premieres of these  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 the Andersons conducting the premieres of their compositions.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
BRASS ATTACK: a brass recital with appearances by Dr. Wycliffe Gordon (H. ’06)
    Members of the brass sections of University of Scranton student ensembles and the Scranton Brass Orchestra welcome brass players, teachers, and students from the region to join with them in presenting a special recital featuring brass solos and a variety of brass ensembles, coached by the legendary Dr. Wycliffe Gordon, H. ’06 (see May 8 entry for bio information.)

Friday, May 8, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

IN CONCERT: The University of Scranton Singers and Jazz Band with guest soloist Dr. Wycliffe Gordon (H. ’06)
     Performer, composer, arranger, bandleader, and music educator Dr. Wycliffe Gordon experiences an impressive career touring the world performing to great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Jazz Journalists Association named him “2019 Trombonist of the Year” for the 12th time, and Downbeat Critics Poll named Wycliffe “Best Trombone” again for 2018 (2018, 2016, 2014, 2013 & 2012). The awards and honors he has earned are numerous, and include the “Louie Award” honoring his dedication and commitment to the music of Louis Armstrong; the International Trombone Association Award recognizing the highest level of creative and artistic achievement; an honorary doctorate from The University of Scranton; the “Satchmo Award” from the Sarasota Jazz Club; the “Louis Armstrong Memorial Prize” of the Swing Jazz Culture Foundation, “Artist of the Year” by the Augusta Arts Council; the ASCAP Foundation “Vanguard Award”, and many others. Musicians and ensembles of every caliber perform his music throughout the world and his arrangement of the theme song to NPR’s “All Things Considered” is heard daily across the globe. Gordon is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and has been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor's "Jazz at the Kennedy Center" Series. Gordon is also one of Americaʼs most persuasive and committed music educators; he is Visiting Artist in Jazz Studies at the Arizona State University in Phoenix, and is Director of Jazz Studies at Augusta University in Augusta, GA.
     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. 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.

Saturday, May 9, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
12th ANNUAL GENE YEVICH MEMORIAL CONCERT: featuring David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band with Dr. Wycliffe Gordon (H. ’06) and renowned Armstrong historian Ricky Riccardi 
(sponsored by Dave & Janet Wenzel) 
     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 eighteenth 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 2019:

Friday, September 6, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
IN RECITAL: Dan Ficarri, organist 

Dan Ficarri is recognized as a performer of both new music and the standard classical repertoire — The New York Times listed his performance of John Cage’s “Souvenir” under the “Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments,” and WQXR broadcast his live all-Bach performance as part of their “Bach Organ Marathon.” He has performed with orchestras in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, and he has given solo performances at New York City’s towering Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine and St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Other engagements have taken him around the country, from concerts with The Florida Orchestra to appearances in the Oregon Bach Festival. Ficarri also serves as Organ Scholar at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Manhattan. In 2015, he founded Sacred Sounds at St. Paul’s, a concert series promoting organ music in the Lincoln Center neighborhood and providing performance opportunities to young artists.

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
FAMILY WEEKEND CONCERT: The Aaron Diehl Trio 
with an appearance by The U. of S. Concert Choir 

Grammy Award winning 32-year-old classically trained pianist and composer Aaron Diehl has made an indelible mark on the jazz world over the last 15 years. Showing an affinity for early jazz and mid-20th century “third-stream” music, his latest evolution comes as he begins to tackle modern classical works, recently performing Gershwin with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Diehl has collaborated with living masters ranging from from NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson to 20th century classical titan Philip Glass, while establishing himself as one of the preeminent interpreters of the Great American Songbook in his own trio and with the vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant. Jazz critics from The New York Times have extolled Mr. Diehl’s “melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint,” while the same paper’s classical critics have noted, “Mr. Diehl play[s] magnificently.” His meticulously conceived performances, collaborations, and compositions are refreshing, as his highly personal aesthetic spearheads a union of tradition and original artistry, while bounding ahead on an uncharted course.

Sunday, September 29, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
IN RECITAL: Carlos Avila, pianist

Carlos Avila is one of the most in-demand pianists on the classical music scene. His concerts have taken him across North and South America, Europe, and Asia. In recent seasons, he performed in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s All-Access Chamber series and the New York Philharmonic’s Leonard Bernstein salon series, and also performed on a nationwide 29-city tour with award-winning Baritone Leon Williams. Carlos has also been showcased on New York’s WQXR, in an all-transcription recital broadcast. He has been a guest at music festivals around the world, where he had the opportunity to work with luminaries such as the late Isaac Stern, Daniel Barenboim, Michael Tilson Thomas, Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode and members of the St. Lawrence, Tokyo, Guarneri, Juilliard, Ying, and Borodin String Quartets. Carlos is pianist of the Boreal Trio, is a member of the Collaborative Piano Faculty at the Heifetz Institute, and is also the studio pianist for Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School.

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
IN CONCERT: Dan Levinson’s Palomar Jazz Band with vocalist Molly Ryan 
The 2017 winner of Hot House Magazine’s “NYC Jazz Fans Decision” award for Best Clarinetist, Dan Levinson is equally at home as both leader and sideman. During a 30-year career specializing in traditional jazz and swing music, he has appeared alongside a long list of prominent artists, and since 1993 Dan has been a member of Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, with whom he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, on  Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio program, in addition to the band’s bi-weekly appearances at Iguana Restaurant in Manhattan. Dan has performed on over 150 CDs, including nine under his own name. He can also be heard on the soundtracks to the films The Cat’s Meow, Ghost World, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, and Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, as well as on virtually all of the newly recorded music used on the soundtrack of the Grammy Award-winning HBO television series Boardwalk Empire Though based in New York City, Dan’s busy schedule takes him across the continent and around the world.

Sunday, October 20, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
IN RECITAL: Wil Kellerman, baritone voice 

American baritone Wilbert Kellerman has been described as "superb...a promising voice" (OperaWire) and "winning" (Schmopera) in recent performances. His roles in recent seasons have included the Secret Police Agent in Menotti's “The Consul”, the title role in “The Mikado” with Bronx Opera, Colline in “La Bohème”, and the roles of Alcade and Chirurgo in “La Forza del Destino” with New Amsterdam Opera. He has served as Apprentice Artist at Teatro Nuovo and Young Artist at Songfest in Los Angeles. He recently made his international debut in Sicily, singing Marco in “Gianni Schicchi” and Baron Douphol in an updated staging of “La Traviata”. Originally from Radford, Virginia, Wilbert currently resides in New York City, and is also an accomplished violinist.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
GENERAL RECITAL: University of Scranton Performance Music student musicians
University of Scranton Performance Music student musicians present a program of vocal and instrumental selections in solo, duo, trio, quartet, and small ensemble performances. The student musicians represent majors spanning the curriculum, and are brought together by their love of making music and sharing it with their audiences.


Saturday, November 2, 2019 7:30 p.m.
IN CONCERT: The University of Scranton Jazz Band with guest soloist Erica von Kleist, woodwinds

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.


Friday, November 15, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
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 - 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, November 23, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
THE VACLAV NELHYBEL CENTENNIAL CONCERT 

The University of Scranton Symphonic Band with special guest Chris Jaudes, trumpet

Internationally renowned composer Vaclav Nelhybel was one of the most acclaimed, respected,  and prolific composers of the 20th century. After World War II he was affiliated as composer and conductor with Swiss National Radio, was lecturer at the University of Fribourg, and became the first musical director of Radio Free Europe, a post he held until immigrating to the United States in 1957. During his long career in the United States he worked as composer, conductor, teacher, and lecturer throughout the world, winning many international prizes and awards for his work. At the time of his death on March 22, 1996, he was composer in residence at The University of Scranton, which is now home to The Nelhybel Collection, which includes his published and unpublished compositions, personal papers, manuscript scores and other materials, His music is performed all over the world. The evening's performance of Nelhybel's epic work "De Profundis", commissioned in 1975 for a first performance by Doc Severinsen, will feature special guest Christian Jaudes,  international trumpet soloist, Juilliard faculty member , and Broadway and studio trumpeter on numerous GRAMMY Award-winning recordings. 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, none of whom are music majors, who are all brought together by their mutual love of music-making. 

Saturday, December 7, 2019, 8:00 p.m. (prelude at 7:00)
52nd ANNUAL NOEL NIGHT: The University of Scranton Singers and Chamber Ensembles with organist/pianist Timothy E. Smith and trumpeter Mark Gould  
This year marks the 52nd 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 organist and pianist Tim Smith and trumpeter  Mark Gould.

Sunday, December 15, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
EMPTY STOCKING FUND BENEFIT CONCERT: Ken McGraw with Brass and Ivory

The 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. 

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
IN CONCERT: The Scranton Brass Orchestra

Now in its ninth 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.