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Concert Schedule and Upcoming Events

Fall 2016 Concerts

Below are the events and concerts at SXU for this fall. We also have the Fall Concert Series poster as a PDF in the right column for those who wish to download it. Tickets can be purchased at the door and pricing is free for all SXU students, faculty and staff with a current ID. General admission is $6; and 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.

Jazz Faculty Recital

Sunday, October 2, 2016
3 p.m., McGuire Hall

Dr. Shawn Salmon will be performing with his fellow band mates of Tenor Madness and feature works from their debut album "Convergence." Tenor Madness is a Chicago jazz quintet formed in the summer of 2014 when guitarist Shawn Salmon, bassist Paul Musser, drummer Peter Mack and tenor saxophonists Rytas Vygantas and Casey Fitzpatrick first got together to jam at SXU. They knew right away they had something special. They are now celebrating the 2016 release of "Convergence," featuring original jazz compositions by Salmon, Musser and Fitzpatrick. Their music is a unique blend of jazz, funk and always a touch of madness. Free concert for all.

SXU Jazz Night I

Friday, October 7, 2016
7:30 p.m., Music Performance Space

SXU Jazz Night I features the first-ever SXU Alumni Big Band. Join us Homecoming Weekend as the SXU Jazz Ensemble performs their first concert of the semester with very special guests SXU Music Alumni. The SXU Jazz Ensemble is looking forward to celebrating the future of jazz at Saint Xavier University by paying special tribute to our wonderful alumni and recognizing their amazing accomplishments since graduating from SXU. Come celebrate the music and memories of the Saint Xavier University Jazz Ensemble! 

Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, October 29, 2016
7:30 p.m., Music Performance Space

The Instrumental Music Department at SXU starts off the year with combined forces: The Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra will perform together in an evening dedicated to instrumental music through song. The Wind Ensemble will present repertoire that explores creative ways in which composers have stolen and repurposed folk tunes throughout history. Those composers include Percy Grainger, Gustav Holst, Alfred Reed and others. The Symphony Orchestra will feature works by Brazilian-American Composer Clarice Assad. Works include her unique concerto "Scattered," for piano and scat singer, both to be performed by Assad! In addition, Assad will perform on voice and percussion for her delightful song, "Tico-Tico no Fuba." We hope to see you there!

Ok-TUBA-Fest

Sunday, October 30, 2016
7:30 p.m., McGuire Hall

Please join us for an evening of polka and other low brass music! Following a day of lessons, master classes and rehearsals, the participants in the Ok-TUBA-Fest workshop will present a free evening concert in McGuire Hall. Members of the performing ensembles will include SXU faculty and students, as well as high school students and other community members. For more information regarding participation in the day's educational event, please contact Dr. Josh Thompson at jkthompson@sxu.edu or 773-298-3422.

Third Annual SXU Jazz Guitar Workshop Day

Saturday, November 12, 2016
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., G-113

Open to all guitarists from high school students to adults. This year's workshop is dedicated to the great jazz guitarist Charlie Christian on his centennial birthday year. Guitarists will get a chance to examine some of Charlie's signature riffs and melodies, as well as his incredible improvisational style. $10 registration fee, includes lunch.

Chamber Singers and University Chorale

Saturday, November 12, 2016
7:30 p.m., Morgan Park Baptist Church
11024 S. Bell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60643 

Join the University Chorale and Chamber Singers as we musically reflect on facets of peacemaking. The University Chorale sings Faure's Requiem, a setting of the Catholic burial Mass that stands out for its gentle and peaceful character; this reflects the composer's perception of death as a passing from the sufferings of the world into a place of eternal peace. The Chamber Singers share other texts that contemplate the work and search for peace, including Jerusalem my happy home, Hark I hear the harps eternal,Casals' Nigra sum, Szymko's Nada te turbe, and Betinis' Jerusalem Luminosa.

SXU Chamber Ensemble

Sunday, November 13, 2016
7:30 p.m., McGuire Hall

Come enjoy a night of music from the SXU Saxophone Quartet, Horn Ensemble, and Guitar Ensemble. Selections will include music from Bach to The Beatles.

Flute Choir Day

Friday, November 18
7:30 p.m., McGuire Hall

The SXU Flute Choir's Fall concert will feature the Chicago premiere of Robert Edward Smith's "Pavane."  The program also includes "Concerto No. IV" by Boismortier, an arrangement of Louis Moreau Gottschalk's "Souvenir de Porto Rico," as well as a medley of famous Russian melodies arranged by Judy Nishimura.

SXU Jazz Night II

Friday, December 2, 2016
7:30 p.m.,McGuire Hall

The SXU Jazz Night II will feature the Saint Xavier University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo with special guest trumpeter Roger Ingram. Renowned lead trumpeter and educator, Roger Ingram began his career in jazz at the age of 16 in the great Louis Belson Big Band. From 1985, he performed lead in the legendary Woody Herman Big Band until Woody's death in 1987. Ingram has gone on to play lead trumpet on Wynton Marsalis' Pulitzer-prize winning album "Blood on the Fields" and has worked with other musical giants, such as Frank Sinatra, Maynard Ferguson, Ray Charles, Tom Jones and Harry Connick, Jr. We are honored and delighted to have Ingram join us for the final concert of the semester! Ingram is a Jupiter XO artist, and his performance is made possible by a grant from the Jazz Education Network Jazz2U and The Herb Alpert Foundation. 

Christmas Spectacular

Sunday, December 4, 2016
3 p.m., Music Performance Space

Saint Xavier University's Christmas concert will include performances from the entire Department of Music. 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 4, 2016
7:30 p.m., McGuire Hall

The Piano Showcase is a recital featuring student pianists from the SXU Music Department, performing solo and duet literature for piano.

Fall Concert Series Poster (PDF)

Fall Concert Series Poster