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Xavier Classics at Noon Concert Series Kicks Off

Chicago (Jan. 30, 2006) –The Xavier Classics at Noon Concert Series kicks off with Canciones de España – Songs of Nineteenth Century Spain featuring soprano Suzanne Rhodes Draayer accompanied by pianist Daniel Surma at noon on Friday, Feb. 17, in McGuire Hall at the university’s Chicago campus located at 3700 W. 103rd St. Admission is $5.

Draayer will perform a variety of songs from the second volume of her book, “Canciones de España.” The history and culture of Spain will also be featured in a PowerPoint presentation during the concert. 

An accomplished Spanish vocalist and writer, Draayer has published two books as well as written numerous articles for The National Association of Teachers of Singing Journal of Singing. In 2001, she was reviewed by Classical Singer magazine for a Rodrigo Centennial concert presented at Carnegie Hall honoring the Spanish composer, Joaquin Rodrigo. Draayer teaches voice and related studies at Winona State University in Winona, Minn.

Surma, a well-known Chicago pianist, is an adjunct professor of piano at Saint Xavier University. He also accompanies the University choral ensembles, the opera workshop productions, and the student and faculty recitals. Surma acts as professional accompanist annually for the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, in addition to regularly playing keyboard in the Indiana, Elgin, and Illinois Symphony Orchestras, and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra.

The Xavier Classics is founded by artistic director Dr. Jan Bickel, professor of Music and Director of Vocal Studies at Saint Xavier University. It is intended to provide a 50-minute lunch hour of fine classical music to the university and the southwest Chicago community. Since 2005, the series has been supported by the Illinois Arts Council. 

Canciones de España – Songs of Nineteenth Century Spain will be the first of three noon concerts. The concerts are open to the public and admission is $5. For more information, please 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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