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ArtsLIVE Performance Series

"... there are as many sides to American music as there are to the American People ..."

Leonard Bernstein

Composer and conductor, What is American Music? (1958)

2021-22 ArtsLive Performance Series Events Schedule

After the past year, live performance feels more important than ever.

It’s also clear that what it means to be “American” is a vital topic for us all.  

This ArtsLIVE season reflects these key points: our schedule of live performances showcases a surprising range of American diversity even within the traditionally “buttoned-up” tradition of chamber music. There will always be a place for Beethoven in the repertoire, but this year the line-up includes a glorious mosaic of composers ranging from Samuel Barber and Charles Ives, to Ruth Crawford Seeger, Dizzy Gillespie and Andy Akiho. Join us to discover your new American favorites.

American Mosaic

3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 19

ArtsLIVE Performance Series is pleased to celebrate the opening of our season with a free faculty recital. While our core concerts will continue to feature guest musicians, the fact is that it's not just out-of-town talent that deserves a listen!

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Jupiter String Quartet

3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 3

The Jupiter String Quartet, described as “an ensemble of eloquent intensity” by The New Yorker, debuts on in Dayton with a sparkling program entitled “American Prism.”

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Joel Ross, Good Vibes

7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21

Joel Ross, described as “the breakout jazz star of the moment” by NPR, exudes a cool confidence and virtuoso style that draws from a range of American musical jazz legacies.

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3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 7

Calling themselves a “bowed and fretted string quartet,” Invoke is a young ensemble devoted to reinvigorating the standard repertoire with infusions of American musical traditions.

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The Harlem Quartet

3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 27

The New York-based Harlem Quartet returns to Dayton with Cuban pianist/composer Aldo López-Gavilan, brother of the quartet’s violinist Ilmar Gavilán.


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Bria Skonberg

7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 24

Trumpeter, vocalist and songwriter Bria Skonberg is a powerhouse in the world of traditional jazz. For this concert, she’ll be joined by the UD Faculty Jazztet for a compelling evening of classics.

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New Morse Code

7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6

New Morse Code is an adventurous duo of cello and percussion. Their multidisciplinary project takes on the seductive yet troubled American landscape of the 21st century.

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