Xavier's annual Spring Music Festival offers multiple performances through Friday May 1

Choices of musical events range from brass and piano to pop and jazz and include ballet and other dance routines | April 24, 2009

The annual Spring Music Festival began on Wednesday, April 22, and continues through Friday, May 1, with performance through this weekend. Rhythm and music join together as ensembles and groups perform each night in events that are open to the public. The charge is $2 per concert for Xavier students and $5 for all others, unless specified otherwise. The schedule is:
Today, Friday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m., John DeFoor leads the Xavier University Jazz Band in several sets of its inimitable music at the Lyric in Reading. Cover charge is $5 at the door.

On Saturday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m., the ballet students of Sasha Hart present several beautiful dance scenes. The event is open to the public in the Gallagher Student Center Theatre.

On Sunday, April 26, at 3:00 p.m., piano major Alec Jones presents his senior recital in the Long Recital Hall in the Edgecliff building on campus. Included in the recital is Mussorgsky’s monumental "Pictures At An Exhibition." The recital is free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, April 29, at 12:30 p.m., Sarah Dudek presents her junior piano recital in the Long Recital Hall in the Edgecliff building. The recital is free and open to the public.

Also on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., the Xavier University Womens Chorus presents a concert of sacred and secular music in Bellarmine Chapel. The choir, conducted by Linda Busarow, is performing several selections from the "Pergolesi Stabat Mater." Also featured in the concert are harpist Katie Giuliano and pianist Megan Berneking.

On Friday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m., the Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble and the Concert Choir are performing two choral works by American composer Dominick Argento at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Oakley. The Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble is performing Argento’s "Peter Quince at the Clavier," accompanied by Xavier faculty pianist, Polina Bespalko. The second half of the program features the Concert Choir and a professional orchestra performing Argento’s "The Masque of Angels." This humorous piece follows a roving band of angels through time as they attempt to fulfill their mission. Tickets are $5 with any student ID and $10 for all others.

For more information, e-mail tatmant@xavier.edu or call 513-745-3801.