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Fall ArtsLIVE Concerts Showcase World Traditions

Music is often called a universal language. While probably true, it’s also a fact that every cultural tradition has its own distinctive language and music. Several of these traditions are celebrated this fall in chamber music concerts at the University of Dayton.

Presented by the University’s ArtsLIVE Performance Series, three concerts in October and November will introduce listeners to the worlds of early Estonian, ancient Spanish and Sepharic, and the more contemporary tango music of Argentinian Astor Piazzolla.

“No passport is needed to enjoy these international performances,” said Eileen Carr, ArtsLIVE coordinator.

The tiny Baltic nation of Estonia is home to hundreds of choral ensembles, and one of the best is Ensemble Heinavanker. Traveling first to New York City to perform at the highly regarded Metropolitan Museum of Arts’ Cloisters, the group will appear in Dayton at 7:30 p.m Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. The ensemble’s repertoire is rooted in liturgical chant and Renaissance polyphony, but ranges from Estonian folk hymns to sacred contemporary work by fellow Estonian Arvo Part.

Born in Argentina, Astor Piazzolla (1921-92) became famous for his creation of “nuevo tango,” a brilliant synthesis of classical composition, jazz and older tango traditions. Piazzolla’s music is the focus of a Vanguard Legacy Concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3, in the Sears Recital Hall of the Jesse Philips Humanities Center. Led by a master bandoneon player born in Marseille, France, The Julien Labro Chamber Collective will lead the audience on a century-long celebration of this distinctive musical tradition.

Unfortunately, the final (Nov. 12) ArtsLIVE concert of the fall semester, featuring Me La Amargates Tu, an early music ensemble with a passion for Sephardic music, was canceled due to visa difficulties. 

The ArtsLive Performance Series is a program of the University of Dayton College of Arts and Sciences. The series offers a platform for introducing students and the wider community to a wide range of cultural traditions. Throughout the academic year, the chamber-scale performances include classical, jazz, world and adventurous genres. This program has served both the community and campus audiences since 1961.

General admission tickets are $18; $15 for alumni and anyone 60-years-old and older; $10 for UD employees; and $5 for children. With support from the College of Arts, admission for UD students is free.

Tickets are available through the Kennedy Union Box Office at 937-229-2545 or visit

More information about ArtsLIVE events is available at

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