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Mariam Batsashvili

Mariam Batsashvili

Sun, Sep 25, 2016 - 2:30pm

Mariam Batsashvili won First Prize at the 10th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, becoming the first female First Prize winner of the Liszt Competition. She also took home the Junior Jury Award and the Press Prize. Batsashvili has won prizes from various competitions in Georgia, Germany and Spain. Aside from her native country of Georgia, Mariam has performed in such countries as Germany, Spain, Italy, Israel, South Africa, both in recital and with orchestra. She was a soloist with the Erfurt Philharmonisches Orchester and with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra on numerous occasions.

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Artem Yasynskyy

Artem Yasynskyy

Sun, Oct 30, 2016 - 2:30pm

Artem Yasynskyy has enjoyed success as a prizewinner in several competitions for young pianists, including the Horowitz International Piano Competition for Young Pianists and winning Gold and the Audience Prize at the 2015 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati. At the inaugural German Piano Competition of Polish Music, he was awarded the Hofmann Prize as well as a concert tour of Poland, during which he performed as soloist with the Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra. He has given numerous concert appearances throughout Germany; also in Italy, South Korea, Greece, Japan, Spain, and Russia.

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Kemal Gekic

Kemal Gekic

Sun, April 2, 2017 - 2:30pm

One of today’s most formidable pianists, Kemal Gekic will be making his return to the Xavier Music Series. Flamboyant, daring, provocative, exciting, seductive and sensitive are some of the words used to describe Gekic, whose playing has been acclaimed worldwide by public and critics alike. His daring approach to tone and form, marked him as a maverick in the musical world, a distinction he welcomes: the very strength of his artistry challenges, provokes, intrigues. Performing worldwide from a vast repertoire, Gekic presents fascinating, uncompromising and ever-changing interpretations , always generating frenzied audience enthusiasm.

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Thibaut Garcia

Thibaut Garcia

Sun, Sep 18, 2016 - 2:30pm

Thibaut Garcia has won First Prize in many international guitar competitions, including the 2015 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA). The GFA competition is one of the the most prestigious and respected events in the classical guitar world and the Xavier Music Series has a long-standing tradition to present GFA winner each season. Garcia has performed around the world in solo recitals and collabortions, including France, Spain, England, Germany, Romania, Hungary, Canada, United States, Brazil, Greece, Argentina, Mexico, Russia, and China.

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Martha Masters

Martha Masters

Tue, Nov 22, 2016 - 7pm

Martha Masters has received critical acclaim as a solo recitalist, as a chamber musician with Duo Erato, and as a soloist with orchestras. Recent concert seasons have included performances on concert series and at festivals in England, Denmark, Spain, Poland, Germany, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and numerous USA cities. She is also currently General Manager and Executive Vice President of the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA), dedicated to supporting the instrument, its players and its music in the USA and throughout the world.

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Marc Teicholz

Marc Teicholz

Sun, Jan 29, 2017 - 2:30pm

First prize winner in the 1989 International Guitar Foundation of America competition, Marc Teicholz has toured throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Russia, receiving critical acclaim for his recitals and masterclasses. He has toured Southeast Asia under the auspices of the U.S.I.A. Artistic Ambassador programme and appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Spain, Portugal, California and Hawaii. He records for Naxos and Sugo records. Teicholz graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and received an MM from the Yale School of Music and a J.D. from the Boalt School of Law at the University of California-Berkeley.

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Aniello Desiderio

Aniello Desiderio

Sun, Feb 5, 2017 - 2:30pm
Conaton Board Room (Schmidt Hall)

Unlike other classical guitarists, Aniello Desiderio seems to have it both ways. While his virtuosic abilities are compared to those of Paganini and other nineteenth-century icons, he receives praise from the finest purveyors of twentieth-century music, including celebrated artists Chick Corea and John McLaughlin. And while his classical sensibilities are steeped in centuries of rich tradition, his unique approach makes his music timeless. Mr. Desiderio has toured and recorded extensively as a solo performer, the featured soloist of renowned orchestras, and with his own ensembles.

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Grisha Goryachev

Grisha Goryachev

Sun, Feb 26, 2017 - 2:30pm

Grisha Goryachev is renowned for his extraordinary musical sensitivity and technical virtuosity in both classical and flamenco styles. He is one of very few guitarists in the world who is reviving the tradition of solo flamenco guitar in a concert setting that was practiced by legendary flamenco masters such as Ramón Montoya and Sabicas.? Grisha exposes audiences to some of the best guitar compositions flamenco has to offer. Instead of merely copying, he creates his own interpretations of these masterpieces, using dynamics and tone colors usually associated with classical music.

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***PLEASE NOTE: Chick Corea Trio has Special Event pricing and is NOT included in the season package.
Four Freshmen

Four Freshmen

Sun, Sep 11, 2016 - 3pm

The Four Freshmen return to the Xavier Music Series, collaborating with the XU Men’s Chorus for a special 9/11 Tribute performance. The Four Freshmen were one of the top vocal groups of the 1950s, and formed the bridge between ‘40s ensembles like Mel-Tones and harmony-based rock & roll bands such as the Beach Boys. The group’s roots go back to the end of the 1940s and a barbershop quartet-influenced outfit called Hal’s Harmonizers, organized by two brothers, Ross and Don Barbour, Bob Flanigan, and Hal Kratzsch. New lineups of the group have continued to perform into the 21st century, however, and are considered an artistically valid ensemble.

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Chick Corea Trio

Chick Corea Trio

Sat, Oct 8, 2016 - 7pm
***Special Event Pricing***
  • VIP Seats (Front Center section): $90
  • Front Left/Right: $80
  • Row G Center: $85
  • Row G Left/Right: $80
  • Rear Center: $70
  • Rear Left/Right: $65
  • Handicap: $50
  • Students: $25 (limited to rows L-H)

Chick Corea will be joined by Brian Blade and Eddie Gomez for a special 75th birthday concert tour, landing at the Xavier Music Series for the first time ever! Chick has attained iconic status in music. The keyboardist, composer and bandleader is a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, as well as the fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy Awards history with 63 nods – and 22 wins, in addition to a number of Latin Grammys. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to jazz-rock fusion, children’s songs to chamber and symphonic works, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his career since playing with the genre-shattering bands of Miles Davis in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

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The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus

Fri, Dec 9, 2016 - 8pm

The Bad Plus will make their debut in Cincinnati at the Xavier Music Series. Bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King came together at the end of the 20th century and have won critical hosannas and a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, unique sound and flair for live performance. Based in New York City, the intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync. The trio continues to explore myriad musical forms born of jazz along with any sonic source that forwards music that is uniquely The Bad Plus.

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Anat Cohen Quartet

Anat Cohen Quartet

Sun, Jan 15, 2017 - 3pm

The clarinet – once the king of popular, classical and folk music – has been forgotten. In recent years, Israeli woodwind virtuoso Anat Cohen has been “bringing the Clarinet to the world” (Terry Gross, Fresh Air, 2013) and making it relevant in today’s musical landscape. Universally critically acclaimed, Anat has been labeled a “Master” by The New York Times, and voted best clarinet player by DownBeat, JazzTimes and other associations— what better advocate for an instrument with so much virtuosity and potential. Cincinnati debut.

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Bill Charlap

Bill Charlap

Sun, March 26, 2017 - 3pm

One of the world’s premier jazz pianists and two-time Grammy nominee, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with many leading artists of our time, ranging from jazz masters Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis to singers Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Charlap, along with Tony Bennett, received a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop album for their 2015 release, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern. Charlap is the artistic director of New York City’s Jazz in July Festival at the 92nd Street Y, and he has produced concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center, the JVC Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl.

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Christian McBride Trio

Christian McBride Trio

Fri, April 28, 2017 - 8pm

Five-time Grammy-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride makes his return to the Xavier Music Series. Currently Artistic Director of the Newport Jazz Festival and host of NPR’s Jazz Night in America, he can be likened to a force of nature, fusing the fire and fury of a virtuoso with the depth and grounding of a seasoned journeyman. Powered by a relentless energy and a boundless love of swing, McBride’s path has described a continuous positive arc since his arrival on the scene. With a career now blazing into its third decade, the Philadelphia native has become one of the most requested, most recorded, and most respected figures in the music world today.

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