2015-16 Classical Piano Series

2:30 p.m. on Sundays

Reserved Seating

James Tocco

Sun. Sep 27, 2015

James Tocco will begin the season as he returns for the third time to the Xavier Music Series. His playing has been described as "lively" and "unstoppable." Tocco performed in 1987 and made his first encore performance in 2010. The pianist’s illustrious career, which began as a child prodigy, includes performances with the world’s greatest orchestras. Tocco currently serves as Eminent Scholar in Chamber Music at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

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Momoro Ono feat. Santa Ono

Sun. Nov 1, 2015

Pianist Momoro Ono will perform with a guest appearance from his brother and President of the University of Cincinnati, Santa Ono playing the cello. As part of the faculty at Creighton University, he teaches piano and collaborates while filling in extra time with recitals and performances.

Gavin George

Sun. Jan 17, 2016

12-year-old prodigy Gavin George will be the youngest performer ever at the music series. He began formal training at the age of 3½ and made his symphonic debut with the Newark-Granville Symphony at age seven. His talent is described as "of the absolute purest kind" and Gavin "really dreams of being a concert pianist."

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Sara Davis Buechner

Sun. March 6, 2016

Sara Davis Buechner is one of the leading keyboard artists of our time. She has been praised on four continents for her "intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess" (New York Times). Buechner has won many performance awards and is known for her vast repertoire of piano concertos. While serving as principal music consultant to Dover Publications, she is Associate Professor of Piano at the University of British Columbia.

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Polina Bespalko

Sun. May 1, 2016

Polina Bespalko will close out the series in her third performance with the music series, having performed in 2006 and 2007. Bespalko has been described as an "amazing virtuoso" and being "complex, vigorous and demanding energetic attitude at piano." Her playing career has taken her around the world including Holland, Czech Republic, and a series of performances broadcast on radio in Sweden. She is a featured artist as she currently serves as the Coordinator for the Xavier University Music Series.

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All programs, dates, times and artists are subject to change.