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Concert Schedule and Upcoming Events

Spring 2017 Concerts

Below are the events and concerts at SXU for this fall. Tickets can be purchased at the door and pricing is free for all SXU students, faculty and staff with a current ID. General admission is $6; and admission for senior citizens, visiting students and members of the military is $5. This is the standard cost for all concerts, unless listed as otherwise.

Please check out our Warde Academic Center map for location details. 

Faculty Recital - Shawn Salmon with Tenor Madness

Sunday, February 12, 2017
3 p.m., McGuire Hall

Tenor Madness is a jazz quintet formed by Shawn Salmon with bassist Paul Musser, Peter Mack on drums, and dueling tenor saxophones, Casey Fitzpatrick and Rytas Vygantas. Tenor Madness combines swing and bebop with funk and fusion for a completely unique mix of musical madness. Tenor Madness will be performing works from their recently released debut album, "Convergence."

Jazz Ensemble - Tribute to the First Lady of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald

Friday, February 24, 2017
7:30 p.m., McGuire Hall

The Saint Xavier University Jazz Ensemble will be honoring Ella Fitzgerald during her centennial celebration by performing five of her classic songs from some of America’s finest composers, like Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin. The jazz ensemble will be joined by four talented SXU vocalist, as we start the first concert of the semester swinging. The SXU Jazz Combo will open the concert.

Wind Ensemble

Saturday, February 25, 2017
7:30 p.m., Music Performance Space

Jazz Combo Festival - with guest Junius Paul

Saturday, March 18, 2017
6:30 p.m., McGuire Hall

The SXU Combo Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in McGuire Hall and Butler Hall as high schools, middle schools, and community college jazz combos from all across the Chicago-land area perform for guest judges and clinicians. The festival is open to the public to attend all the performances and clinics. At 5 p.m. join guest artists and Chicago bassist Junius Paul for master-class in McGuire Hall.

The 3rd Annual SXU Jazz Combo Festival Concert featuring The Junius Paul Quartet. The Combo Festival concludes with an evening concert, with a performance by the SXU Jazz Combo, festival participants, and concluding with The Junius Paul Quartet.  Junius was born and raised in the Chicago area and is a graduate of the Music Department at Saint Xavier University. He is an active composer and arranger and is well-established in many genres of music, ranging from jazz to hip-hop, house music, funk, classical and gospel.

Junius Paul has shared the stage and recorded with some of the top artists in music including Wynton Marsalis, Curtis Fuller, Donald Byrd, Fred Anderson, Roscoe Mitchell, Kahil El'Zabar, KRS-One, Dee Alexander, Roy Hargrove and Corey Wilkes.

Wind Ensemble with the Lake Mills High School Concert Band

Monday, March 20, 2017
7:30 p.m., Music Performance Space

Irish Music Concert

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
7:30 p.m., McGuire Hall

This concert with feature music from the group The Dirty Wellies.

Honors Recital

Friday, March 31, 2017
7:30 p.m., McGuire Hall

Orchestra

Thursday, April 6, 2017
7:30 p.m., Music Performance Space

Flute Choir

Friday, April 7, 2017
7:30 p.m., McDonough Chapel

The spring concert will feature the flute choir in pieces for the entire ensemble, as well as in smaller groups of trios, quartets and quintets. Repertoire includes folk songs such as Sakura (Japanese) and Shenandoah (American), arrangements of dance music such as Sephardic Medley and Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns, and pieces by Gabriel Faure and Scott Joplin to round out the program.

Chorale and Opera Workshop

Sunday, April 9, 2017
3 p.m., Music Performance Space

George Frideric Handel, best known for his work Messiah with its ubiquitous “Halleluia” chorus, wrote several pieces for the coronations of British monarchs, including Let thy hand be strengthened. This setting includes a stately opening of the title’s text, a contemplative middle section on the text “Let justice and judgement,” and a joyful “Alleluia” section to close the piece.

Dido and Aeneas tells the story of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and the Trojan Prince Aeneas, who has taken refuge in Carthage after the burning of Troy. Though smitten, Dido initially refuses Aeneas. After much encouragement, she accepts his proposal. Meanwhile, the Sorceress and witches plot Dido’s destruction and conjure a storm that arrives when the couple goes to celebrate with a hunting party. The storm descends and the couple hastens back to town. Meanwhile, the Sorceress sends an impersonator of Mercury to instruct Aeneas to leave Dido and sail for Italy to found the new Troy. Aeneas and his sailors prepare to depart, to the delight of the Sorceress and witches. Aeneas, choosing between love and what he believes to be his duty, leaves Dido. Heartbroken, she ends the opera singing the despondently beautiful (and well-known) aria “When I am laid to rest.”

Chamber Music Concert

Sunday, April 9, 2017
7:30 p.m., McGuire Hall

The SXU Chamber Music Concert featuring the SXU Saxophone Quartet, SXU Guitar Ensemble, and SXU Horn Ensemble. Join us for an evening of chamber music from Classical to Contemporary and beyond. 

Wind Ensemble

Saturday, April 22, 2017
7:30 p.m., Music Performance Space

Chamber Singers - with guest artists La Caccina

Sunday, April 23, 2017
3 p.m., McDonough Chapel

“Be like the bird that, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her -- and sings -- knowing she hath wings.” - Victor Hugo

Two female vocal ensembles, La Caccina and the Saint Xavier University Chamber Singers, feature the music of prolific female composers, poets, and repertoire that speaks of enduring faith, renewed hope, and communal strength.

Repertoire includes:

Be like the bird            Abbie Betinis              

Cassiopeia                  Timothy Takach         

Faith is the Bird           Elizabeth Alexander               

Today this spring        Libby Larsen                                                              

O virga mediatrix        Karen Thomas/Hildegard of Bingen                          

Warrior                        Kim Baryluk               

Still I Rise                    Rosephanye Powell   

SXU Jazz Night II - The Funky Side of Jazz

Friday, April 28, 2017
7:30 p.m.,McGuire Hall

Join us for an evening of music that features deep funk and heavy grooves. The SXU Jazz Ensemble will perform works by John Scofield, Steely Dan, Radiohead, and more. We will also be paying tribute to our graduating seniors in the their final concert as SXU students. 

Flute Studio Showcase

Saturday, April 29, 2017
7:30 p.m., McDonough Chapel

The spring flute studio showcase recital will feature Saint Xavier University students as well as community members playing favorite pieces by Bach, Handel, Rutter and Clarke. Please join us!

Piano Showcase

Sunday, April 30, 2017
7:30 p.m., McGuire Hall