With an all-star season featuring innovators new and old, the Xavier University Music Series makes its triumphant return to fully in-person events. From NYC's all-female mariachi Flor De Toloache to renowned pianist Ivo Pogorelich, there's something in the 2021-2022 season for everyone.
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Known to many around the globe in musical and cultural circles, Mr. Bognár is host of the award-winning film series Living the Classical Life. As concert pianist, he frequently gives inspiring performances in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Zsolt Bognar's appearance at the Xavier Music Series is sponsored by the Donald Metz family.
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Winner of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) Competition in 2019 and defined as the "Classical Guitar Revelation 2017" by the french magazine "Guitar Classique", Johan Smith has been invited to perform in renowned festivals, as concert and soloist, with orchestras such as the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, and the Verbier Festival Orchestra. He released his new album with Naxos in 2020, and is currently preparing for a tour that will see him perform in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Performance Date: March 19, 2022Artist Profile
Shai Maestro (1987) is one of the most promising and talented pianists of his generation. Since his debut with his own trio in 2011, Shai has shaped a strong and unique personal identity and has portrayed an incredible musical fluidity, making Shai and his band one of the most powerful and harmonious groups in the jazz today.
Performance Date: April 9, 2022
Born in Belgrade in 1958, the son of a musician, Ivo Pogorelich started his musical education when he was seven, making, his solo concert debut at the very young age of 10. As an outstanding talent he continues his education in Moscow, where he spent the following ten years first attending the Central Special Music School, and then, studying at the P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Performance Date: April 22, 2022Artist Profile
The meditative focus and rare stillness of Armenian-American pianist Sergei Babayan’s keyboard artistry prompted the Hamburger Abendblatt to liken him to “one of those Japanese calligraphers who contemplate the white page before them in silence until, at the exact right moment, their brush makes its instinctive, perfect sweep across the paper”.
Sergei Babayan's appearance at the Xavier Music Series is sponsored by the Rockwern Charitable Foundation.
Performance Date: May 4, 2022Artist Profile
FLOR DE TOLOACHE
Latin GRAMMY Winners Flor de Toloache make New York City history as its’ First and Only All-Women Mariachi Group. Founded in 2008, Flor de Toloache is lead by singers Mireya I. Ramos & Shae Fiol.
Flor De Toloache's appearance at the Xavier Music Series is made possible thorugh the generous support of Xavier University's Women of Excellence Grant.
Performance Date: October 9, 2021Artist Information
Gerald Clayton Trio
Featuring Matt Brewer & Marcus Gilmore
Six-time GRAMMY-nominated pianist, composer and band leader Gerald Clayton earned recent Recording Academy recognition for Happening: Live at the Village Vanguard, his debut release on Blue Note Records.
Performance Date: October 27, 2021Artist Information
John Mortensen is a leader in the international revival of historic improvisation. He is a Fulbright Global Scholar, author of The Pianist’s Guide to Historic Improvisation and Improvising Fugue, and Professor of Piano at Cedarville University.
Performance Date: January 14, 2022Artist Profile