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Upcoming Performances

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Dennis Nulty, tuba
Tuesday, January 5:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

Dennis Nulty, born in Upstate New York, was appointed principal tuba of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2009 by Music Director Leonard. He has been active in the Boston area recording a CD/DVD with Chris Botti and the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Low Brass Workshop Concert
Friday, January 24, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

Young artist solo and ensemble competition.

Low Brass Workshop Concert
Saturday, January 25, 4:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

Guest Artists Eddie Clark, Don Palmire, Athony Williams, and Dave Zerkel, with the University of Memphis' Slide Society & Bottom Line.

Low Brass Workshop Concert
Saturday, January 25, 6:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

Workshop Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble and Workshop Trombone Ensemble.

Cathal Breslin, piano
Sunday, January 26, 3:00 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

Breslin has been praised worldwide with critical acclaim such as "superb intensity and passion" (Cleveland Plain Dealer), "energized and energizing" (Belfast Telegraph) and "noble poetry" (The Independent, London). Highlights last season included a Carnegie Hall Recital in New York City, in Madrid, Lisbon, Sofia, Warsaw, an 11-concert solo tour of China, Korea and Japan, and a 5-concert tour of the U.S. with Trio Festivale.

Sima Trio
Tuesday, February 4, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
For tickets, contact Concerts International at 901-527-3067. Free tickets are available to U of M Students at the University Center

Praised for their "powerful" and "heartfelt" interpretations of classical and ethnic repertoire, Sima Trio is quickly becoming one of the leading, young trios of its generation.  Connected by their Armenian heritage, the members of this NY based ensemble have performed worldwide.

Mark Rudoff, cello
Saturday, February 8, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

Applauded by critics as "an exceptionally gifted cellist" and "a charismatic performer," Rudoff's solo and chamber performances have been recorded for broadcast on CBC. A respected chamber musician, he performs with the Galileo Trio, Jarvis Quintet, Chiarina Piano Quartet, and Marble Cliff Chamber Players. Rudoff has served as principal cello of the Calgary Philharmonic and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.

Music for Two
Sunday, February 9, 3:00 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

Performances by musician couples to celebrate the Valentine holiday. Marian and Frank Shaffer, harp and percussion; Sara and John Chiego, double basses; Mona and Ken Kreitner, piano and alto horn; Sandra Ramawy and Kevin Richmond, piano Sabrina Hu and Cathal Breslin, flute and piano; Soh-Hyun and Leo Altino, violin and piano.

Kelly Thomas, tuba and euphonium
Tuesday, February 11, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

University of Memphis Wind Ensemble and Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra
Thursday, February 13, 7:00 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

The University of Memphis Wind Ensemble will present a concert along with the Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra to kick off the University of the Memphis Honor Band Festival.

U of M Honor Band Festival Concert
Saturday, February 15, 2:00 pm
Michael D. Rose Theatre
Admission is free

The concert presents bands made up of area's finest high school student musicians.

Andy Harnsberger, marimba; University of Memphis Percussion Ensemble
Sunday, February 16, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

Percussive Notes Journal hails Andy Harnsberger as "a master of musical nuance." He has been a featured solo artist at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festival.  His compact disc, "Vertigo" has been recognized by the Percussive Arts Society as "a must purchase for anyone who collects important marimba recordings."

University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra
Monday, February 17, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
$15 General Admission, $10 Non- U of M Students and Seniors, and free to U of M Students, Faculty and Staff with ID

Winners of the University of Memphis Soloist's Competition perform with the Symphony.

University of Memphis Symphonic Band
Friday, February 21, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
$15 General Admission, $10 Non- U of M Students and Seniors, and free to U of M Students, Faculty and Staff with ID

"Early America" – music by Schuman, Ives, Copland, and Bryant.

University Singers
Saturday, February 22, 7:30 pm
Cannon Center
For tickets, contact the Memphis Symphony box office at 537-2525

Brahms "German Requiem" with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

University Singers
Sunday, February 23, 2:30 pm
GPAC
For tickets, contact the Memphis Symphony box office at 537-2525

Brahms "German Requiem" with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Contemporary Chamber Players
Monday, February 24, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

Premieres of University of Memphis student works written for the Contemporary Chamber Players. 

University of Memphis Wind Ensemble and University Band
Tuesday, February 25, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

The University of Memphis Wind Ensemble and University Band will present a joint concert featuring Michelle Vigneau performing Jennifer Higdon's Oboe Concerto and the premiere of Kamran Ince's new wind ensemble piece, Flight Box.

University of Memphis Opera
Sunday, March 2, 3:00 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

Students perform scenes from Nozze di Figaro, Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Bartered Bride, The Medium and Les contes d'Hoffmann.

Simona Barbu, cello; Nariaki Sugiura, piano
Monday, March 3, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

Simona Barbu made her solo debut performing Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme in her native Romania. Active throughout Europe and United States as a soloist and chamber musician, Barbu most recently appeared in Shanghai, China. She has performed with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, and served as principal cellist with the Eroica Ensemble.

Jazz Week - University of Memphis Jazz Combos
Tuesday, March 4, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

Student jazz combos play the small group works of the jazz tradition and new compositions.

Jazz Week - University of Memphis Jazz Singers
Wednesday, March 5, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

Under the direction of Tim Goodwin, the singers perform music in the tradition of jazz vocal groups from the 1940's to today. The singers will also perform original songs and arrangements as well as crossover and ethnic styles.

Jazz Week - Faculty Jazz Night
Thursday, March 6, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

The performance features University of Memphis jazz faculty and guest artists, the Temple, TX Community College Faculty Jazz.

Jazz Week - Jazz Ensemble II
Friday, March 7, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

An evening of the big band sound from the University of Memphis' Jazz Ensemble II.

Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra featuring drummer Matt Wilson
Saturday, March 8, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
$15 General Admission, $10 Non- U of M Students and Seniors, and free to U of M Students, Faculty and Staff with ID

The University's premier jazz ensemble is joined by New York based drummer and Grammy nominee Matt Wilson, one of today's most celebrated jazz artists. He is universally recognized for his musical and melodic drumming style. In addition, Wilson's dedication to jazz has helped establish him as a beloved world ambassador for music, both on and off the bandstand.

Marcos Machado, double bass
Thursday, March 20, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

Marcos Machado enjoys an international career as a concert artist, teacher and chamber musician. At home in both the classical and jazz genre, he has participated in the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Vienne Jazz Festival (France), Encontro de Cordas da Amazônia (Brazil), Northern Lights Music Festival (USA) and Spoleto Festival (USA).

Memphis Woodwind Quintet
Friday, March 21, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

The quintet has toured extensively in its thirty year history, including performances in more than twenty states and an appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Displaying mastery and sensitivity of musical styles of all eras, the ensemble possesses a remarkable sense of expression and group harmony. The quintet brings together musicians of unusually rich experience as soloists, chamber musicians, orchestral musicians and teachers.

Faculty and Friends Chamber Music
Sunday, March 23, 3:00 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

Join us for another eclectic program of chamber music performed by faculty musicians and outstanding chamber musicians from the community and beyond.

American Brass Quintet
Tuesday, March 25, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
For tickets, contact Concerts International at 901-527-3067. Free tickets are available to U of M Students at the University Center

Recipient of Chamber Music America's highest honor for significant and lasting contribution to the field, the American Brass Quintet celebrated its 50th anniversary this past season with a gala performance at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. They have been hailed as "the high priests of brass" by Newsweek and "positively breathtaking" by The New York Times.

Capitol Quartet
Wednesday, March 26, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

Since its formation in 1991, the Capitol Quartet has earned wide acclaim for their musical versatility and innovative style. The Quartet's performance of the Philip Glass "Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra" with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was lauded in The Baltimore Sun for "superb technical control, ... seamless blend, and exceptional wealth of character in their phrasing."

University of Memphis Wind Ensemble
Thursday, March 27, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
$15 General Admission, $10 Non- U of M Students and Seniors, and free to U of M Students, Faculty and Staff with ID

The highly acclaimed Capitol Quartet will join the University of Memphis Wind Ensemble for an evening of saxophone music.  Featured on this concert is William Bolcom's Concerto Grosso for Saxophone Quartet and Band.

Violaine Melancon, violin; Seth Knopp, piano; with Soh-Hyun Altino, violin; Lenny Schranze, viola; Leonardo Altino, cello
Monday, March 31, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

Guest artists Violaine Melançon, violin, and Seth Knopp, piano will perform the Mozart Sonata for Piano and Violin in E-flat major, K. 380, Bach Sonata for Violin in A minor, and Shulamit Ran's Inscriptions. The Shostakovich Piano Quintet will include University of Memphis faculty, Soh-Hyun Altino, violin; Lenny Schranze, viola; and Leonardo Altino, cello.

Contemporary Chamber Players
Tuesday, April 1, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

Performances of University of Memphis student works combined with works from international repertoire written in the past 10 years.

New York Wind Quintet
Thursday, April 3, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
For tickets, contact Concerts International at 901-527-3067. Free tickets are available to U of M Students at the University Center

The New York Woodwind Quintet is recognized as the world's premiere woodwind quintet and is a resident ensemble at the Juilliard School. Its members all are internationally recognized performers:  Carol Wincenc, flute; Stephen Taylor, oboe; Charles Neidich, clarinet; Marc Goldberg, bassoon; and William Purvis, horn.

Memphis International Guitar Festival - Lily Afshar, classical guitar
Friday, April 4, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Ticket prices

Lily Afshar, classical guitar, is the recipient of the 2000 Orville H. Gibson Award for Best Female Classical Guitarist and a National Endowment for the Arts Recording Award. She has performed concerts world-wide in prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall in London, the Salle Cortot in Paris, the Jerash Festival of Arts in Amman, Jordan, the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, and the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming. She has recorded 7 CDs.

Memphis International Guitar Festival - Aaron Larget-Caplan, classical guitar
Saturday, April 5, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Ticket prices

Aaron Larget-Caplan, classical guitar, is is that rare musician that can deliver both virtuosic fireworks and poetic reflection, often integrated into a single interpretation. The Washington Post writes, "He is a unique talent not to be missed." Larget-Caplan founded ¡Con Fuego! in 2006 as a collaboration that juxtaposes classical guitar masterpieces with contemporary and flamenco dance choreography by international flamenco dancers, La Conja and Gabriela Granados. Past performances include the Waltham Symphony Orchestra, Tabor Opera House, and the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, CT.

Memphis International Guitar Festival - Rene Izquierdo, classical guitar
Sunday, April 6, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Ticket prices

Rene Izquierdo, classical guitar, a native of Cuba, has appeared as a guest soloist and in chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Cuba and EuropeHe was winner of JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition in 2004, Extremadura International Guitar Competition, Schadt String competition, Stotsenberg International Guitar Competition among others.

University Singers and Chamber Choir
Sunday, April 6, 4:00 pm
St. Anne Catholic Church; 706 S Highland Street
Admission is free

The University Singers and Chamber Choir will perform their annual spring concert with an eclectic blend of some of the most beautiful choral music ever written.  The Memphis audience favorites will perform in the beautiful and acoustically amazing St. Anne Catholic Church.

Sound Fuzion
Tuesday, April 8, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
$15 General Admission, $10 Non- U of M Students and Seniors, and free to U of M Students, Faculty and Staff with ID

Continuing with the celebration of 25 years as official ambassadors of the University, Sound Fuzion will again bring its high energy concert to rock Harris Concert Hall.  This ensemble, made up of some of the most talented singers and instrumentalists in the country, continues on its yearly charge of bringing the University of Memphis to literally thousands of high school students in the Mid-south.

Dunamis Trio
Friday, April 11, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

An open dress rehearsal by the Trio: Victor Asuncion, piano; Soh-Hyun Altino, violin;
and Leonardo Altino, cello; performing works by Beethoven, Ravel, and Smetana.

University of Memphis Jazz Singers
Monday, April 14, 7:30 pm
University Center Theater
Admission is free

The big band sound of jazz combined with music from the traditions of vocal jazz groups from the Hi-Los to Manhattan Transfer.

University of Memphis Jazz Combos
Tuesday, April 15, 7:30 pm
University Center Theater
Admission is free

The small ensembles take the stage for music that ranges from jazz classics to new interpretations of recent pop hits.

University of Memphis Percussion EnsembleWednesday, April 16, 7:30 pm
CFA Building #137
Admission is free

The ensemble's repertoire includes traditional, contemporary, jazz, pop and multimedia.

University of Memphis Symphonic Band and University Band
Thursday, April 24, 7:30 pm
Michael D. Rose Theatre
$15 General Admission, $10 Non- U of M Students and Seniors, and free to U of M Students, Faculty and Staff with ID

"The Evolution of the Dancer" Music by Allan Bell, Warren Benson, and Jules Massenet.

University of Memphis Opera
Friday, April 25, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall

$20 General Admission,$15 Non-U of M Students and Seniors, and free to U of M Students, Faculty and Staff with ID

Trouble in Tahiti
Leonard Bernstein

Miss Havisham's Wedding Night
Dominick Argento

University of Memphis Collegiate Choir
Sunday, April 27, 1:00 pm
St. Luke's United Methodist Church
480 S. Highland
Admission is free
The Collegiate Choir will sing a joint concert with the Memphis Area Children's Choir.

University of Memphis Opera
Sunday, April 27, 3:00 pm
Harris Concert Hall
$20 General Admission,$15 Non-U of M Students and Seniors, and free to U of M Students, Faculty and Staff with ID

Trouble in Tahiti
Leonard Bernstein

Miss Havisham's Wedding Night
Dominick Argento

 

University of Memphis Wind Ensemble
Monday, April 28, 7:30 pm
Michael D. Rose Theatre
$15 General Admission, $10 Non- U of M Students and Seniors, and free to U of M Students, Faculty and Staff with ID

The Tiger Youth Wind Ensemble, which is a select group of musicians from the Memphis area high school bands, will join forces with the university's Wind Ensemble to wrap up the semester's series of band concerts.

Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble II
Tuesday, April 29, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
$15 General Admission, $10 Non- U of M Students and Seniors, and free to U of M Students, Faculty and Staff with ID

Big band jazz shines with both of the University's large jazz ensembles.

New Sounds
Wednesday, April 30, 7:30 pm
Harris Concert Hall
Admission is free

Performances of new chamber works written by University of Memphis student composers.

Rudi E. Scheidt
School of Music
The University of Memphis
Music Building, Room 123
3775 Central Ave.
Memphis, TN 38152-3160
901-678-2541

music@memphis.edu

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