Saint Xavier University Music Department

Music

Concert Schedule and Upcoming Events

Fall 2017 Concerts

Tickets can be purchased at the door and are free for all SXU students, faculty and staff with a current ID. General admission is $6; 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.

SXU Jazz Night I "Prophetic Notes From Dreamers"

Friday, October 13, 2017
7:30 p.m.
McGuire Hall (Room L-216)
Warde Academic Center

SXU Jazz Night I will feature the SXU Jazz Ensemble and the SXU Jazz Combos, performing works that resonate in jazz's deep spirit of hope, change and unity. The concert will feature some of jazz's influential voices including Charles Mingus, Frank Sinatra and Oliver Nelson.

Flute Choir

Sunday, October 15, 2017
3 p.m.
McDonough Chapel

The SXU Flute Choir's fall concert includes a Greek Tableaux by Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda, Memories of East Tennessee by Austin Alan Scott, Slumber My Darling by Stephen Foster, Mignonette from Grandmother's Garden by Amy Marcy Beach, Let There Be Peace on Earth by Sy Miller/Jill Jackson, and Winter's Journey by Lewis Kocher.

Ok-TUBA-fest

Sunday, October 29, 2017
7:30 p.m.
McGuire Hall (Room L-216)
Warde Academic Center

The brass faculty will host an exciting day of brass music, master classes and clinics (including a polka or two!). The event is open to high school students who want to improve their performance skills on any brass instrument. For more information and to register, visit the OkTUBAFest page.

Community Joint Choral Concert

Featuring: Oak Lawn Community High School, Harold L. Richards High School, Reavis High School and Saint Xavier University

Thursday, November 9, 2017
7 p.m.
St. Albert the Great Catholic Church
5555 W. State Road
Burbank, IL 60459

Come out to this collaborative choral concert to benefit a local Oak Lawn charity!

Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, November 11, 2017
7:30 p.m.
Music Performance Space (Room G-200M)
Warde Academic Center

For the 2017-2018 season, the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra will be focusing on Leonard Bernstein's centennial celebration. One of the most prolific orchestra conductors in history, Leonard Bernstein captivated audiences around the world by way of his adventurous tempo selections and brave programming. His infamous tenure with the New York Philharmonic as their music director, combined with his countless recording projects and collaborations, led him to truly become a musical icon of his time. He was also an accomplished pianist and composer with international acclaim. Although our spring concert series will present a variety of Bernstein's music directly, our first concert this fall will feature works by composers who are very similar to Bernstein, through their influence on the musical areas that surrounded them, combined with their propensity for creativity, inspiration and grandeur. Repertoire will include works by Richard Wagner, Georges Bizet, Ludwig van Beethoven, Dmitri Shostakovich, Modest Mussorgsky, Gustav Holst and others. We hope you can join us!

Combined Concert: Chamber Singers, University Chorale and the Cathedral Choir

Sunday, November 12, 2017
3 p.m.
Cathedral of Saint Raymond Nonnatus
604 N. Raynor Avenue
Joliet, IL 60435

Saint Xavier University Chorale and Chamber Singers, Cathedral Choir of Saint Raymond Nonnatus and the Ecclesiastical Choral Society of Joliet, presented in collaboration by the Saint Xavier University's Music Department and the Cathedral Music Series of the Cathedral of Saint Raymond Nonnatus

Join us for this collaborative choral concert headlined by Louis Vierne's 19th century French Romantic masterpiece "Messe Solennelle." The program also includes music by Handel, Brahms, Durufle, Hoover, Grzadzinski and others.

The Cathedral Music program is directed by James Grzadzinski, assisted by associate organist Richard Siegel. The Saint Xavier University Chorale and Chamber Singers are directed by Laura Kempa Bogan.

A freewill offering will help to offset the costs of the program. Ample free parking is available on the Cathedral campus. If you have any questions, please contact the Cathedral Music Office at 815-722-6653 (ext 222) or music@straymond.net.

Jazz Guitar Workshop Day "Let's Play the Blues"

Saturday, November 18, 2018
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Room G-113
Warde Academic Center

This year's workshop will examine the blues, from its roots through it's evolution in jazz and rock 'n' roll. Topics will include blues progressions, chord voicings, rhythmic patterns, use of pentatonic scales and modes, and soloing concepts. For more information and to register, please visit the Jazz Guitar Workshop Day page.

SXU Chamber Ensemble

Sunday, November 19, 2017
3 p.m.
McGuire Hall (Room L-216)
Warde Academic Center

The Saint Xavier University Chamber Singers will share a musical depiction the awesome beauty of nature's Northern Lights, musical illustrations of searching for light within and around, ultimately ending with the encouragement from the well known tune "This Little Light of Mine."

Join Voices, Chicago!

Friday, December 1, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Shannon Center (Main Gym)

Join Voices, Chicago! is a choral festival bringing together elementary, middle, and high school choral students from across the city of Chicago. Last year, the choirs performed for one another, received feedback from a master clinician and concluded the day with a group performance by a choir of 500 students. This year's clinician is Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout.

Hosted by Saint Xavier University's Music Department, the event is a collaboration between SXU, the American Choral Director's Association, Chicago Public Schools and Illinois State University's Choral Department. Student volunteers from SXU and ISU support the events of the day; Laura Bogan, director of choral activities, SXU, Dr. Karyl Carlson, director of choral activities, ISU, and Grace Jeong, director of choirs, Whitney Young High School, CPS, serve as coordinators for the event. Join Voices, Chicago! is an initiative funded by the American Choral Director's Association Fund for Tomorrow and private donations. For more information about this event, contact Laura Bogan at bogan@sxu.edu.

SXU Jazz Night II "Buddy Rich Birthday Tribute"

Friday, December 1, 2017
7:30 p.m.
McGuire Hall (Room L-216)
Warde Academic Center

SXU Jazz Night II will feature the SXU Jazz Ensemble and SXU Jazz Combos. "Tribute to Buddy Rich" will be celebrating the music of Buddy Rich and his Big Band to commemorate his centennial birthday year. Works will include "Big Swing Face," "Channel One Suite" and "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy."

Christmas Spectacular

Sunday, December 3, 2017
3 p.m.
Music Performance Space (Room G-200M)
Warde Academic Center

SXU's Christmas concert will include performances from the entire Music Department. Performing groups will include the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Chorale and Chamber Singers, as well as a variety of chamber ensembles. Repertoire will include contemporary works, as well as holiday standards with something for the whole family to enjoy!

Piano Showcase

Sunday, December 3, 2017
7:30 p.m.
McGuire Hall (Room L-216)
Warde Academic Center

Fall 2017 Poster

Check out our Fall Concert Series Poster (PDF)!

Fall Concert Series Poster