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"Winds of CUBE" concert at Saint Xavier University

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Chicago (Sept. 21, 2006) - The Xavier Classics at Noon Concert Series presents the second in a series of six concerts with a performance by CUBE, Chicago’s premiere contemporary chamber ensemble, on Friday, October 6, at the University’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

Titled “The Winds of CUBE,” the concert features a varied program, including Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for Oboe and Piano, Patricia Morehead’s Edible Flute, Bruce Saylor’s Cantos from the Inferno for clarinet and piano, Rodney Sharman’s After Truth for flute and percussion, and Divertimento, Op. 37, for flute, oboe and clarinet by Malcolm Arnold.   

CUBE’s members are internationally recognized for their “cheerfully eclectic programs and refusal to subscribe to academic modernist dogma or fashion,” as quoted from a Chicago Tribune review by critic John von Rhein. In an earlier article, von Rhein wrote, “When it comes to tirelessly proselytizing for new music while keeping an audience seriously entertained, nobody does it better than the CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.” 

CUBE members who will perform at the Xavier Classics at Noon concert include Patricia Morehead, Doug Brush, Christie Miller, Philip Morehead, and Caroline Pitman.

Patricia Morehead, composer/oboist and artistic co-director of CUBE, is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and has performed concerts as a soloist in Brazil, Canada, Europe and the United States. She has had more than 40 works written especially for her and made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1977. As a composer, Ms. Morehead has been widely commissioned and is currently on the faculty of Columbia College and the Merit School of Music. She has also taught in the music department at Saint Xavier University.

Percussionist Doug Brush has performed in many CUBE concerts, including performing world-premiere performances by William Ferris, Sebastian Huydts, Ilya Levinson and many others. Brush studied classical music at Roosevelt University; jazz in Chicago’s streets; Hindustani music in Ahemdabad, India; Afro-Cuban music in Matanzas, Cuba; flamenco in Sevilla, Spain; and gnowa music in the Moroccan Sahara. He writes, records and performs in a variety of settings including theatre, chamber music, jazz, rock and world music. He also writes articles for Down Beat magazine every month and is currently working on a world percussion method book called Rhythm Tools. Brush
is a percussion instructor at the Merit School of Music and teaches all over the Chicago area.

Clarinetist Christie Miller is an active orchestral and chamber musician in the greater Chicago area. She has performed recently with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Contemporary Chamber Players, New Music DePaul and others. She has premiered new works by many Chicago composers and is currently the artistic director for Mostly Music at Northeastern Illinois University. She has performed as a soloist in Europe and Cuba. She earned her master of music performance degree from DePaul University and studied with Chicago Symphony clarinetist Larry Combs and Richard Nunemaker of the Houston Symphony.

Pianist and conductor Philip Morehead is well known in Chicago as head of the music staff of Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists.  He has also served the Lyric as music administrator and chorus master. Mr. Morehead made his Lyric Opera of Chicago conducting debut during the 1998-99 season, conducting performances of Anthony Davis’ Amistad. He has been musical director of the Bach-Elgar Choir in Hamilton, Ontario; the New England Chamber Opera Group; the Brookline Symphony; and Boston Lyric Opera.

Caroline Pitman, flutist and founding member of CUBE, has been principal flute for the Joffrey Ballet, Mostly Mozart Chamber Players, Baroque Masterplayers and Camerata Virtuosi. Formerly principal flutist of the Mexico City Philharmonic, The Ballet and Opera Orchestra of Bellas Artes in Mexico City, and the Ballet Chicago Orchestra, she is currently principal flutist for the Park Ridge Symphony. Her degrees are from Stetson University and the Manhattan School of Music.

Within its varied and imaginative programs, CUBE brings the music of today to Chicago audiences and explores music from around the world – as well as local works from Chicago’s estimable music community. Specializing in chamber music for winds, piano and percussion, performances may also include dance, performance art and sculpture.

The Xavier Classics at Noon Concert Series was founded by artistic director Jan Bickel, D.M.A., professor of music and director of vocal studies at Saint Xavier University. Each concert in the series provides 50 minutes of fine classical music to the University and neighboring communities. Since 2005, the series has been supported by an Illinois Arts Council grant. The concerts in this series are open to the public and students, age 7 and above. A $5 donation will be accepted at the door.

For more information, please contact the Saint Xavier University music department at (773) 298-3421.  


Contact the Saint Xavier University music department at (773) 298-3421  

Saint Xavier University, a Catholic institution inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, educates men and women to search for truth, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good.

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