May means Xavier University Spring Musical Festival
Spring is wafting across Xavier University’s campus. From Wednesday, April 22 through Friday, May 1, rhythm and music will join in Xavier’s Spring Music Festival. Ensembles and groups will perform each night open to the public. The charge for Xavier students is $2 per concert; $5 for all others, unless specified otherwise. The schedule is:
Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m.: The dance students of Diane Campbell. This energetic group of students will present several choreographed numbers to popular favorites. Open to the public in the Gallagher Student Center Theatre.
Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m.: Xavier instrumentalists perform. Hear the Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Heuser, conductor; Percussion Ensemble, Brady Harrison, director; and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Matthew Westgate, director. Open to the public in the Gallagher Student Center Theatre.
Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m.: John DeFoor leads the Xavier University Jazz Band in several sets of the inimitable music at the Lyric in Reading. Cover charge is $5 at the door.
Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.: The ballet students of Sasha Hart will present several beautiful dance scenes. Open to the public in the Gallagher Student Center Theatre.
Sunday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m.: Piano major Alec Jones presents his senior recital in the Long Recital Hall in the Edgecliff building. Included in the recital is Mussorgsky’s monumental Pictures At An Exhibition. The recital is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, April 29 at 12:30 p.m.: Sarah Dudek presents her junior piano recital in the Long Recital Hall in the Edgecliff building. The recital is free and open to the public.
7:30 p.m.: The Xavier University Womens Chorus will present a concert of sacred and secular music in Bellarmine Chapel. The choir, conducted by Linda Busarow, will feature several selections from the Pergolesi Stabat Mater. Also featured on the concert are harpist Katie Giuliano and pianist Megan Berneking. Tickets are $2 with any student ID and $5 for all others.
Friday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.: The Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble and the Concert Choir will perform two choral works by American composer Dominick Argento at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Oakley. The Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble will perform Argento’s Peter Quince at the Clavier, accompanied by Xavier faculty pianist, Polina Bespalko.
The second half of the program will feature the Concert Choir and a professional orchestra performing Argento’s The Masque of Angels. This humorous piece follows a roving band of angels through time as they attempt to fulfill their mission. Tickets are $5 with any student ID and $10 for all others.