It"s Double or Nothing at Xavier University

September 6, 2012

Xavier University’s Department of Music and Theatre announces its first Ensemble-in-Residence, the Double or Nothing Ensemble.

Double or Nothing will perform two free concerts on Xavier’s campus this semester:
Sept. 17 at 7:30 pm: Inaugural Concert in Bellarmine Chapel on Xavier’s campus
Nov. 12 at 7:30 pm: Collaborative Concert in Bellarmine Chapel with the Ohio State University double reed faculty. It will feature both groups individually, and they will play some pieces as an octet.

The members of the ensemble - Julie Grasso, Connie Ignatiou, Lauren Piccirillo and Melissa Walding - are professional double reed players and teachers in the greater Cincinnati area. Double or Nothing performs repertoire from the Baroque period to contemporary music, offering creative and inspired programming for audiences of all ages. Their concerts often include works by composers such as Bach, Handel and Debussy, as well as members’ original compositions and arrangements of popular hits by well-known contemporary artists.

"The collaboration between Xavier University's Department of Music and Theatre and the Double or Nothing Ensemble is part of a new era of wind music at the university,” says Matt Westgate, director of instrumental activities. “Instrumental ensembles on campus are performing at a high level, and we are excited to collaborate with other professional groups and artists on a more regular basis. The Double or Nothing Ensemble is young, energetic, and innovative. As the newest members of our department family, they will expand our ability to bring high quality music to the Xavier campus and Cincinnati community."

The ensemble will collaborate with Matthew Westgate and players from the Xavier University Symphonic Winds in rehearsals and performances throughout the year. In addition to their work with the Symphonic Winds, Double or Nothing will coach student chamber ensembles, perform outreach concerts at local high schools, and perform their own concert series on Xavier's campus. Double or Nothing and the Xavier University Music and Theatre Department, will host a double reed summer camp for local junior high and high school students at Xavier in 2013.

For further information please contact Matthew Westgate westgatem@xavier.edu.