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Classical Pianist Polina Bespalko to Perform Sunday, 5/1

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Xavier University Music Series will conclude the current season with a solo performance by critically acclaimed classical pianist and X.U. music professor Polina Bespalko on Sunday, May 1, at 2:30 p.m. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the Music Series.

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Sound Advice: Fred Hersch

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Hersch’s return to Cincinnati for a 3 p.m. solo concert Sunday, part of Xavier University’s Jazz/Swing Series, is more than just a chance to witness a hometown boy done good; it’s a chance to witness one of Jazz music’s modern greats in peak form.

First: Win Grammy for 'Birdman' score. Next: Play Cincy.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

When Antonio Sanchez won a Grammy last month for his score to the film "Birdman," it was vindication for the jazz musician, who introduces a special screening of the film Saturday night at Esquire Theatre and performs in concert Sunday at Xavier University.

'Birdman's' Antonio Sanchez comes to Cincinnati

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Xavier Music Series will cater to fans of 2015 Oscar winner “Birdman: Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance” for its next concert with the arrival of Antonio Sánchez.

XU celebrates diversity through music

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Xavier University’s Music Department is celebrating its fourth year of the Music Series, coordinated by Dr. Polina Bespalko. A piano virtuoso, Bespalko is an adjunct professor of piano for Xavier. According to her, the direction for the music series has been outreach to an “ageless audience.”

Hello, Newman

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Brian Newman divides his talent between playing with his own Jazz combo and backing old friend Lady Gaga

Antonio Sanchez nominated for Grammy

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Nominated for Score Soundtrack for Visual Media "Birdman," Sanchez will be performing at the Xavier Music Series on March 13.

Gavin George Beginning to Fill Rachmaninoff's...Hands

Thursday, October 15, 2015

When you first meet Gavin George, he seems like any other 12-year-old boy. He loves soccer, building things with Legos, and playing with his brother, Max. Oh, he also loves playing Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, and occasionally improvising a little tune of his own.

Music Series celebrates 40th anniversary this season

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Polina Bespalko, director of the Xavier University Music Series, makes a point to organize and putting on several concerts each year. This upcoming season represents the 40th anniversary of the Music Series.

The XU Music Series Expands To Add Some Great Jazz This Season

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Xavier University music professor and organizer of the XU Music Series, Dr. Polina Bespalko, previews the upcoming concerts in their new jazz series, including a performance from the Blue Wisp Big Band on September 13, with WVXU's Ron Esposito.

REVIEW: Christian Sands "Take One"

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

In October 2014 pianist Christian Sands, a protégé of Billy Taylor, known mainly for with his work with bassist Christian McBride's trio, played two nights to remember at Copenhagen's legendary jazz club Montmartre. The highlights are captured on this Storyville double album.

Xavier music lineup includes Lady Gaga's bandleader

Friday, August 21, 2015

Xavier Music Series will celebrate its 40th anniversary next season with big names in jazz, a stellar lineup of guitarists and a few surprises on its Classical Piano Series. One of them: University of Cincinnati president Santa Ono will make his debut on cello with his brother, Momoro Ono, a distinguished pianist.