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Saint Xavier Classics comes to a close

Lunch-hour concert series wraps up

Chicago (March 8, 2006) – The Xavier Classics at Noon Concert Series will conclude with “Guitar: From Classics to Jazz!” featuring guitar soloist Frederick Miller at 12 p.m. on Friday, April 7, at Saint Xavier University’s McGuire Hall, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

Miller, an adjunct professor of guitar at Saint Xavier University, will perform a variety of guitar music, including “Canarios” by Gaspar Sanz, “Pavane for a Dead Princess” by Maurice Ravel, “Leyenda” by Isaac Albeniz, “Gymnopedie #1” by Erik Satie, “Etude No. 1” by Heitor Villa-Lobos, “The Red Blouse/One Note Samba” by Antonio Carlos Jobim, “I’ve Got the World on a String” by Harold Arlen, “My Romance” by Richard Rodgers, and “Relaxin’ at Camarillo” by Charlie Parker.  

Miller is director of the University Guitar Ensemble and works with several professional theater orchestras throughout the Chicago area and the Midwest as a soloist and in ensembles. Since 1998, he has been a member of the Swing Shift Orchestra, performing Thursday nights at the Green Mill Lounge in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood; he has also performed at Chicago Jazz Festival, Taste of Chicago, and university recitals.

The Xavier Classics at Noon Concert Series is founded by artistic director Jan Bickel, Ph.D., professor of music and director of vocal studies at Saint Xavier University. It provides 50 minutes of fine classical music to the university and the neighboring communities. Since 2005, the series has been supported by the Illinois Arts Council. 

“Guitar: From Classics to Jazz!” is the final concert in the series. The concerts are open to the public and admission is $5. The Xavier Classics at Noon Concert Series will begin again in September 2006. For more information, please contact the Saint Xavier University Music Department at (773) 298-3421. 

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