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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, 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 

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 guests
TBA

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 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
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 accompanists on piano, harp, and trumpet.

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.

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EVENTS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED IN SPRING 2019:

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

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.

Wednesday May 8, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
GENERAL RECITAL: University of Scranton Performance Music students

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.