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ArtsLIVE returns with live classical and jazz music performances

Live classical and jazz music performances return to the University of Dayton campus this fall. The ArtsLIVE Performance Series resumes Oct. 9 with the first of several concerts scheduled for the 2022-23 academic year.

The series opens at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, with a concert by Trio Virado in Sears Recital Hall of the Jesse Philips Humanities Center. Each of the members — flutist Amy Porter, violist Jaime Amador and guitarist João Luiz — is widely sought after for their performances on recordings and the concert stage. Hailing from the United States (Porter), Puerto Rico (Amador) and Brazil (Luiz), their work as a trio allows them to pursue a warm, melodic sound.

The fall season includes two other trios: Trio Karénine and the David Hazeltine trio. Trio Karénine will appear at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in Sears Recital Hall. Acclaimed by critics and audiences for their musical integrity and passionate interpretation, they were the top prizewinner at the prestigious ARD International Competition in 2013. Their appearance at UD is one of only two performances in North America this season.

The David Hazeltine Trio performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in  Sears Recital Hall on Nov. 9, for a 7:30 p.m. show. David Hazeltine is one of the most recorded jazz pianists of his generation, with three dozen albums as a leader and hundreds more as a sideman, on various major labels globally. He will be joined for this concert by two other jazz greats, Rodney Whitaker (bass) and Joe Farnsworth (drums).

Finally, the UD community is in for a treat with a performance by the Department of Music’s Minnita Daniel-Cox in a program titled My Sister’s Keeper. Daniel-Cox, associate professor of music,  will be joined by Alexis Davis-Hazell, Marcía Porter and Rosalyn Wright Floyd in a program of songs written by African-American women and performed through the lens of African-American performing scholars. This program features music by Florence Price, Zenobia Powell Perry, Irene Britton Smith, Betty Jackson King and includes settings of poetry by Dayton native Paul Laurence Dunbar, whose sesquicentennial anniversary of birth is being celebrated this year. 

ArtsLIVE has recently undergone a change in leadership. Eileen Carr, the former ArtsLIVE coordinator, retired in April after nearly two decades of bringing the best performers from around the world to the UD community. Heather Verbeck, a performer herself, took up the reins in August as the new coordinator.

“I am very excited to take on the role of coordinator of the ArtsLIVE series,” Verbeck said. “Eileen’s work over the last several years has established a premier chamber music series and I am honored to continue the work she started.” 

Verbeck said this year’s theme is fellowship.

“Music is a form of communication that is understandable to all, regardless of spoken language. The inherent comradery between the audience and the performers in a chamber music setting allows for a warm familiarity. As Stevie Wonder said, ‘Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand.’”

ArtsLIVE concerts are made possible in part by the continued support of the Vanguard Legacy Endowment.

All ArtsLIVE performances are in Sears Recital Hall. Parking is free and C-lot is recommended because it is closest in proximity to the Humanities Center. No parking pass is required on weekends, but evening visitors are asked to stop to request a free pass at the C-lot visitor kiosk.

Individual tickets and season subscriptions are available by calling the ArtsLIVE office at (937) 229-2787. Tickets are $18 general admission; $15 for seniors, military and University alumni; $10 for University employees and retirees; and $5 for students age 21 and under. Thanks to support from the College of Arts and Sciences, tickets are free for UD undergraduate and graduate students.

Established in 1961, ArtsLIVE is one of the Dayton region’s oldest chamber music programs. An initiative of the College of Arts and Sciences, it presents concerts by visiting professional ensembles for the campus and greater Dayton communities.

Photo: Trio Virado, with flutist Amy Porter, violist Jaime Amador and guitarist João Luiz, kicks off the 2022-23 ArtsLIVE concert series.

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