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.
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.
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.
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 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.