Jazz is very much alive at Xavier University. As part of its 2015 “Master of Swing Series,” Xavier hosted the Bone Voyage Jazz Band, featuring local jazz singer Nancy James, on Jan. 18 at the Gallagher Student Center Theatre.
Polina Bespalko from the Xavier University Department of Music is in the studio with David Lewis to preview the remaining concerts in the Xavier Music Series, including swing, classical guitar and classical piano performances.
As part of the 2014 Xavier University Music Series, the Xavier community was treated to
a solo performance by renowned classical guitarist Berta Rojas on Nov. 9 in the Gallagher Student Center Theatre. The two-hour program had classical Latin folk songs, waltzes and salsas by composers such as Manuel M. Ponce, Agustin Pio Barrios Mangore and Julio Cesar Oliva.
Forty Fingers is comprised of four of our region’s finest jazz pianists who share one stage with two concert grand pianos. They spontaneously and playfully improvise renditions from the Great American Songbook in a constantly changing format: two pianos, solo piano, piano trio (with bass and drums) and everyone together! You will hear four very personal approaches to the music and witness joyous creative communication happen in the moment!
Pianist and host of NPR's, "From the Top", Christopher O'Riley presented a master class at the School for Creative & Performing Arts (SCPA) in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 29, 2014. SCPA 7th grader, Adanya Stephens, performed Schubert's "Impromptu Op.90 No. 4" in this excerpt that includes Chris' comments. The master class was part of the Mayerson Master Artists Series.
O'Riley is known to the public not only as a piano recitalist, but also as the host of popular classical radio show, "From the Top," which introduces new Classical music performers. The show has been going on for 15 years and currently reaches audiences through more than 200 radio stations every week.
He’s a well-respected classical pianist and the host of NPR’s From the Top, heard locally Saturday mornings at 9am on 90.9 WGUC. Christopher O’Riley joined David Lewis to discuss his long-running radio program and preview his September 28 performance as part of the Xavier University Music Series.
Almost from birth, Polina Bespalko’s life has been filled with music. Records of the great classicists spun endlessly in her Russian home. Her first piano lessons began before she was old enough to count all 88 keys.
Christopher O’Riley is the host of “From the Top”, a popular radio show that showcases young talent. He will be at SCPA on September 29 after his concert opening the Xavier Music Series on September 28.
Acclaimed for his engaging and deeply committed performances, the pianist Christopher O’Riley is known to millions as the host of NPR’s From the Top. Now in his fifteenth year on air, O’Riley introduces the next generation of classical-music stars to almost a million listeners each week. He performs around the world and has garnered widespread praise for his untiring efforts to reach new audiences.
Polina Bespalko is challenging stuffy perceptions about classical music in her second season as coordinator of Xavier University's Music Series. She's starting by introducing young artists who are putting the glamour back into classical music.
The Xavier Music Series is one of the most prestigious and longest running music series throughout the country, featuring classical piano, classical guitar and swing. Their mission is to contribute artistically and intellectually to the cultural life of their university and throughout our community.