Music Series

2022-2023 Performers

Riding on the coattails of the immensely successful 2021-2022 season, The Xavier University Music Series now turns its attention inward to the Buckeye State. From hometown heroes to up-and-coming innovators, the 2022-2023 season is sure to impress Ohioans and out-of-towners alike.

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Concerts are held in the Gallagher Student Center Theatre, accessible via University Drive.
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Bryan Wallick

Classical pianist Bryan Wallick is gaining recognition as one of the great American virtuoso pianists of his generation. He has performed on Chicago’s WFMT Fazioli Series and “Live on WFMT,” on BBC's radio show "In Tune," National Ukrainian Television and Radio, on Danish National Radio, and on NPR's "Performance Today." In addition to his wide range of musical skills, he was born with synesthesia, a condition with which he sees colors with each musical pitch. He has created a computer program that projects images of his colored visions to the audience.

Classical Piano | Performance Date: September 28, 2022

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Spencer Myer

Lauded for “superb playing” and “poised, alert musicianship” by The Boston Globe and labeled “definitely a man to watch” by London’s The Independent, Cleveland native Spencer Myer is one of the most respected and sought-after artists on today’s concert stages. He has toured globally, teaming up with award-winning orchestras and solo acts throughout the years. Spencer Myer’s orchestral, recital and chamber music performances have been heard throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. Today, he continues as half of the Daurov/Myer Duo, after having teamed up with cellist Adrian Daurov in 2012.

Classical Piano | Performance Date: Novermber 2, 2022

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Fred Hersch Trio

A select member of jazz’s piano pantheon, Fred Hersch is a pervasively influential creative force who has shaped the music’s course over more than three decades as an improviser, composer, educator, bandleader, collaborator and recording artist. He has been proclaimed “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade” by Vanity Fair, “an elegant force of musical invention” by The L.A. Times, and “a living legend” by The New Yorker.  A fifteen-time Grammy nominee as both jazz pianist and composer, Hersch has regularly garnered jazz’s most prestigious awards, including recent distinctions as a 2016 Doris Duke Artist, 2016 and 2018 Jazz Pianist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association, and the 2017 Prix Honorem de Jazz from L’Acádemie Charles Cros for the totality of his career.

Jazz Trio | Performance Date: November 10, 2022

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Jordan Dodson

Jordan Dodson, described by Performance Today as “one of the top young guitarists of his generation,” is a musician and educator. A passionate advocate of contemporary music, Dodson has given the premiere of hundreds of new works. In 2013 he was the first guitarist to graduate from the Curtis Institute of Music’s new guitar program. In the same year he won Astral Artists’ National Auditions and was selected to be Young Artist in Residence on American Public Media.

Classical Guitar | Performance Date: November 19, 2022

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Mambo Combo

There has long been a love affair between jazz and Latin rhythms, with American jazz musicians finding Latin styles exotic and Latin musicians equally fascinated by jazz. Both cultures have independently drawn on the music of Africa, which forms the third leg of this love triangle – producing music that is powerfully exciting rhythmically, deeply felt in the body, by turns celebratory and yearning. In Cincinnati, the latest expression of that love affair is Mambo Combo.

Latin-Jazz Combo | Performance Date: January 28, 2023

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Joe Lovano Quartet

Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer and producer Joe Lovano is fearless in finding new modes of artistic expression. With a Grammy Win for his 52nd Street Themes and 14 other nominations, he has won DownBeat Magazine’s Critics and Readers Polls countless times as Tenor Saxophonist, Musician of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year and Triple Crowns from DownBeat. He has also received numerous awards from Jazz Times and the Jazz Journalists Association for Tenor Saxophone, Album of the Year and Musician of the Year.

Jazz Quartet | Performance Date: February 25, 2023

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Chris Wilke

Christopher Wilke, DMA, integrates modern and historical performance on guitar and lute with his interests in composition and research. He holds degrees from Mt. St. Joseph University (guitar and composition), CCM (classical guitar) and the Eastman School of Music (lute and 19th century guitar under Paul O’Dette). He has had recordings released on Centaur Records (USA), original compositions published by Les Productions d’Oz (Montreal, Canada) and editorial work printed by Le Luth Doré (Paris, France).

Classical Guitar | Performance Date: March 4, 2023

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Aaron Diehl Trio

“Diehl gracefully melds two worlds, merging the improvisational spirit of jazz with the compositional intricacies of Western classical music.”
 - DownBeat

Pianist and composer Aaron Diehl mystifies listeners with his layered artistry. At once temporal and ethereal, his expression transforms the piano into an orchestral vessel in the spirit of beloved predecessors Ahmad Jamal, Erroll Garner and Jelly Roll Morton. His forthcoming solo record promises an expansion of that exploration in a setting at once unbound and intimate. Aaron conjures three-dimensional expansion of melody, counterpoint and movement through time.

Jazz Trio | Performance Date: April 1, 2023

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Maria Schneider and the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra

CCJO Featuring Maria Schneider

"Her latest album, some 10 years in the making, shows just what a supple and powerful instrument a jazz orchestra can be."
-The Telegraph

Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, imaginative, revelatory, riveting, daring, and beyond categorization.” Blurring the lines between genres, she is among a small few to receive GRAMMYS in multiple genres, having received the award in jazz and classical, as well as for her work with David Bowie. Here, she joins forces with the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Cincinnati's foremorst ensemble in the exploration of contemporary repertoire.

Jazz Orchestra | Performance Date: April 28, 2023

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Past Events


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, 2021

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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, 2021

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Stephen Hough

One of the most distinctive artists of his generation, Stephen Hough combines a distinguished career as a pianist with those of composer and writer.

Performance Date: Novemeber 11, 2021

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John Mortensen

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, 2022

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Johan Smith

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, 2022

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Zsolt Bognar

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.

Performance Rescheduled: March 30, 2022

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Shai Maestro

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

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