Xavier's Fall Music Festival this week features voice, jazz and chamber orchestra events

The evening performances are presented by the Department of Music | October 26, 2009

The Department of Music’s annual Fall Music Festival offers evening performances Wednesday, Oct. 28, through Friday, Oct. 30.

The festival opens on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. with the premier of Miguel Roig-Francoli's "Missa Pro Pace" performed by the Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble and a string ensemble. After a brief intermission, the Concert Choir, the new Xavier Alumni Choir and a professional orchestra perform Mozart's "Requiem." Tickets are $5 with a student ID and $10 for all others. 

On Thursday at 7:30 p.m., the Xavier Symphonic Winds and Chamber Orchestra perform at the Gallagher Student Center. The Chamber Orchestra is joined by Xavier faculty Rebecca Andres on flute and Jackie Davis on harp in a performance of Howard Hanson's exotic "Serenade for Flute, Harp and String Orchestra."

Memorable music by Mozart is being featured alongside the "Capriol Suite for String Orchestra" by Peter Warlock. The Symphonic Winds take the stage for the second half with pieces by notable American composers such as Ron Nelson, Eric Whitacre, Stephen Bryant, Vincent Persichetti and a few other surprises. A tour-de-force arrangement of Leonard Bernstein's "Symphonic Dances from West Side Story" and John Philip Sousa's most famous march, "Stars and Stripes Forever," closes the program. Tickets are $2 with a student ID and $5 for all others.

On Friday at 7:30 p.m., the Xavier University Men's and Women's Choruses are joined by a guest choir from Sycamore High School. The performance takes place in Bellarmine Chapel. The choirs combine at the end for a performance of Donald Busarow's arrangement of "Down to the River to Pray." Tickets are $2 with a student ID and $5 for all others. 

Also on Friday at 7:30 p.m., the Xavier University Jazz Ensemble is transforming the Gallagher Center atrium into a Jazz Club, with audience members seated at tables where they can imagine they are listening to Charlie Parker at Birdland, Dizzy Gillespie at the Blue Note or even B.B. King at The Palladium. This concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the music department’s web site.