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Music at Holy Cross, Fall 2019

 

Tuesday, September 10, 12:30 PM

First Tuesday Lunch Concert

Brooks Concert Hall

The First Tuesday Lunch Concert Series presents short and enjoyable concerts featuring our Artists-in-Residence, various guest artists and students.

 

Thursday, September 19, 7:30 PM

Dickinson Songs

Jennifer Ashe, soprano

Matthew Jaskot, piano

Brooks Concert Hall

Guest artist Jennifer Ashe (soprano) joins Matthew Jaskot (piano) in presenting musical works inspired by Emily Dickinson's poetry. The program includes works by Copland, Larsen and others, as well as two world premieres by Jaskot - It Still Resounds, for voice and piano, and a solo piano work inspired by Dickinson's poetry.  The evening will also include a pre-concert lecture on Dickinson's work by Professor Susan Elizabeth Sweeney at 7 PM.

 

Sunday, September 29, 3:00 PM

Holy Cross Chapel Artist Series

Ezequiel Menendez, organist

Cathedral of St. Joseph

Hartford, CT

St. Joseph Memorial Chapel

Holy Cross' Organ Professor will open this year's season with an eclectic program including works by Buxtehude, Bach, Piazzolla and Mendelssohn. Dr. Menendez is well known for his musicality and is considered a master on making the king off instruments sing.

 

Tuesday, October 1, 12:30 PM

First Tuesday Lunch Concert

Brooks Concert Hall

World-renowned pianist Roman Rabinovich performs his specialty, the solo works of Joseph Haydn, alongside his pioneering video-animation series featuring illustrations of his imagined interactions with the great composer. 

 

Tuesday, October 1, 7:30 PM

Artist-in-Residence Concert

"A Two-Piano Extravaganza"

Roman Rabinovich, piano

Artist-in-Residence Adam Golka, piano

Brooks Concert Hall

Guest Artist Roman Rabinovich, winner of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, and Artist-in-Residence Adam Golka conclude their tour of Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, and Cleveland with an exclusive Worcester appearance. Since becoming friends at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago ten years ago, Rabinovich and Golka act as a producer-pianist team in a special recording partnership with London’s First Hand Records, and the program of 20th century masterpieces includes a 2018 arrangement of Debussy’s orchestral masterpiece “La Mer” for two pianos by Golka.

 

Thursday, October 24, 7:30 PM

Mike Monaghan & Friends

Brooks Concert Hall

Renowned Jazz musician Mike Monaghan and his colleagues will perform an exciting evening of jazz improvisation.

 

Friday, October 25, 7:30 PM

"Voices of Black Women" 

Holy Cross College Choir

Family Weekend
St. Joseph Memorial Chapel

Inspired by the Africana Studies' year-long exploration of Black Womanhood, this concert will explore choral music composed by black women. The program will include works by Florence Price, born in 1887 in Arkansas, and the first black woman to have a symphony premiered by a major American orchestra (the Chicago Symphony in 1933); selections from the lush cantatas of Margaret Bonds, who collaborated with the poet Langston Hughes to create stunning large-scale compositions based on spirituals; anthems by Undine Smith Moore, who taught at Virginia State University for 45 years, starting in 1927; and the powerful a cappella works of Ysaye Barnwell, one of the founding members of the world-famous vocal ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. Works by these composers and others, such as contemporary luminaries Rosephanye Powell and Tania León, will range from transcendent to electrifying. We hope you can join us for this thrilling evening of music!

 

Friday, October 25, 9:30 PM

Holy Cross Jazz Ensemble

Family Weekend

Crossroads

 

Saturday, October 26, 2:00 PM

Ensemble Sampler

Family Weekend Concert

Brooks Concert Hall

Students involved in the Music Departments Performance Program will present samples of their work to parents and friends with solo and ensemble performances.

 

Tuesday, October 29, 7:30 PM

Holy Cross Chapel Artist Series

A Hallowe’en Concert

Michelle Sacco ’21, organ scholar

Matthew Luca ’22, organ scholar

St. Joseph Memorial Chapel

Holy Cross' Organ Scholars Matt Luca & Michelle Sacco will present a program of spooky music including the famous Toccata and Fugue in d minor by Bach. Trick-or-Treat... Come and enjoy the amazing sound of one of the finest organs anywhere.   

 

Tuesday, November 5, 12:30 PM

First Tuesday Lunch Concert

Brooks Concert Hall

 

Thursday, November 7, 7:30 PM

"Music and Musings, Genius and Gender"

Gabby Diaz, violin

Betty Anne Diaz, piano

Brooks Concert Hall

Boston area favorite, violinist Gabriela Diaz and pianist Betty Anne Diaz will perform works for violin and piano by exceptional women from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.  From the dreamy impressionism of Lili Boulanger and the soulful Romanticism of Clara Schumann, to the fiery virtuosity of Grazyna Bacewicz and new sound worlds of Kaija Saariaho, this program showcases the incredible talents of these extraordinary women composers.

Gabriela and Betty Anne will speak about each of the composers and their works, giving insight into the lives of these great composers.

 

Tuesday, November 12, 7:30 PM

Artist-in-Residence Concert

Brooks Scholars

Brooks Concert Hall

This program will present masterpieces of the classical chamber music repertoire, featuring students of the Music Department in collaboration with Holy Cross Artists-in-Residence.

 

Saturday, November 16, 7:30 PM

Madrigals, Old and New

Holy Cross Chamber Singers

Brooks Concert Hall

The Chamber Singers fall program will be centered on "Madrigals, Old and New." This form of a cappella music originated in Renaissance Italy as passionate settings of love poetry and has been transformed through many cultures and centuries since then.  Come hear four centuries of a cappella songs about every possible topic, ranging from sublime passion to cacophonous battle to chirping insects!

 

Sunday, November 17, 2 PM

Madrigals, Old and New
(encore performance)

Holy Cross Chamber Singers

Worcester Art Museum

 

Tuesday, November 19, 7:30 PM

Holy Cross Chapel Artist Series

Oliver Latry, organist

Titulaire, Cathedrale-Basilique de Notre Dame, Paris

St. Joseph Memorial Chapel

Olivier Latry, Titular Organist at Cathédrale-Basilique de Notre Dame, Paris returns to Holy Cross. Monsieur Latry regarded as one of the best organists in the world and true master of the art of improvisation has promised to end the program with an improvisation. This will be a Recital not to miss.

 

Wednesday, November 20, 7:30 PM

"Mozart and Wagner: Parallels and Paradoxes" 

Holy Cross Orchestra

Brooks Concert Hall

Holy Cross College Orchestra will present a concert featuring Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and Mozart’s Piano Concert no. 23 with Artist-in-Residence Adam Golka as conductor and piano soloist.

 

Thursday, December 5, 7:30 PM

Holy Cross Jazz Ensemble

Winter Concert

Brooks Concert Hall

The Holy Cross Jazz Ensemble and Brooks Jazz Combo will present their Winter concert featuring all-time great jazz classics.

 

Friday, December 6, 4:00 PM

Student Chamber Music Recital

Brooks Concert Hall

Student ensembles will present the works studied during the semester as part of the chamber music program.

 

Sunday, December 8, 1:00 PM

Holy Cross Percussion Ensemble

Hogan Lobby

 

Sunday, December 8, 2:00 PM

Holy Cross Concert Band

Winter Concert

Hogan Ballroom

The Holy Cross Concert Band Winter Concert will feature standard and contemporary works for wind ensemble. 

 

Tuesday, December 10, 6:00 PM

End of Semester Student Recital

Brooks Concert Hall

Students who took private lessons through the music department performance program will present works from the solo repertoire they worked on during the semester.

 

Thursday, December 12, 8:00 PM

Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols

Holy Cross College Choir &

Orchestra

St. Joseph Memorial Chapel

Join us for one of Holy Cross’s most beloved traditions, the annual Lessons & Carols in the beautiful St. Joseph Memorial Chapel. Both the College Choir and the Chamber Singers will sing Christmas music both familiar and brand-new. Enter into the Christmas spirit with this beautiful meditation on the story of Christ’s birth. This service will be live-streamed from the College’s YouTube page.

 

Friday, December 13, 7:30 PM

Gamelan Gita Sari Concert

Brooks Concert Hall

Under the direction Nyoman Catra, one of Bali’s most renowned master artists of traditional dance/theatre, our Balinese dance and Gamelan students collaborate with guest artists for this fall concerts.  It is always a highlight of our season and a treat for all ages.  The Balinese dance concert provides an opportunity for the community to experience the awe and wonder of the sacred art of Bali.