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February 14, 2013

This Week at Xavier: Feb. 16-21

by xaviermagazineextra

In 1965, a movie came out that featured a nun, played by Julie Andrews, who claimed that the Austrian hills were alive with the sound of music. In the movie, the sound spilling from the hills inspired her character to sing, dance and ride bikes with children in a synchronized fashion.

Well, the hills of Cincinnati seem to be singing—at least the ones around Xavier—because the upcoming week is filled with on-campus musical performances for your enjoyment. From jazz to classical music to pop hits of yesteryear, Xavier offers a performance that will inspire you. Who knows, maybe you’ll even do a little synchronized bike riding of your own—after the concerts, of course.

_XX_4394Xavier Music Series Presents Classical Guitar
Sunday, Feb. 17
2:30 p.m., Gallagher Student Center Theater
Madrid. Tokyo. Rome. London. Xavier? Yes, Xavier. Grammy award-winning musician David Russel is used to playing in front of big audiences in big cities, but he’s set to strum his strings for a smaller audience during an intimate night of classical music this week. Tickets run $3-$15.

Piano Concert
Monday, Feb. 18
7:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m., Gallagher Student Center Theater
Christoph Traxler, who is performing works by Beethoven, is considered to be one of the most promising young Austrian pianists. And with a track record as impressive as his—performing with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic, among others—it’s a concert you won’t want to miss. Free admission.

Chamber Orchestra Winter Concert
Tuesday, Feb. 19
7:30 p.m., Bellarmine Chapel
Chamber Orchestras are, by definition, small. But that doesn’t mean the players in them can’t perform big hits. And XU’s chamber orchestra is ready to bring on the big sound. They’ve been gearing up all winter to perform works by musical artists like the Beatles, Grieg and Warlock. Free admission.

Men’s and Women’s Choral Concert
Wednesday, Feb. 20
7:30 p.m., Bellarmine Chapel
The Xavier men’s and women’s choruses partnered up to celebrate the month of February with a winter concert. Including love songs and pop ballads for Valentine’s Day, spirituals in honor of Black History Month and a special appearance by the Northern Kentucky Children’s Ensemble, the concert is full of voices and harmony. Free admission.

Screen shot 2013-02-13 at 1.29.58 PMJazz Ensemble: Pop Music Throughout the 20th Century
Thursday, Feb. 21
7:30 p.m., Ryan’s Pub (Gallagher Student Center)
Pop and jazz. Two very different genres of music. One stems from the Deep South, while the other stems from… well, the radio. Not convinced the two can combine harmoniously? Hear for yourself. Free admission.

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