March 28, 2013—The Department of Performing Arts’ Friday Music Series features acclaimed artists in concerts on select Fridays throughout the year. These free concerts begin at 1:15 p.m. in McNeir Hall. This series continues for three more shows on April 5, 12, and 19. More details about upcoming performances can be found here. Photos by Tess O’Conor.
- February 1, Modern Musick: Part of Jesuit Heritage Week, this concert included 17th- and 18th-century instrumental and vocal music composed for Jesuit schools. The show featured the acclaimed period-instrument ensemble Modern Musick, in residence in the Department of Performing Arts’ Music Program
- February 8, Sean Gallagher and Richard Giarusso: Baritone Richard Giarusso returned to the Friday Music Series for a recital of Schubert lieder—including the late Leitner settings and “Die Taubenpost,” the last song that Schubert wrote—accompanied by pianist Sean Gallagher of Boston.
- February 15, Gerdan: Playing acoustic folk instruments, these three exceptional musicians performed an energetic concert drawing from the musical traditions of Eastern Europe. The concert included original arrangements of traditional songs alongside classical and modern compositions by Dvořák, Skoryk, Monti, and Gershwin.
- February 22, Kevin Deas and Lura Johnson: Bass-baritone Kevin Deas and pianist Lura Johnson performed a recital as part of the PostClassical Ensemble’s Dvořák in America festival.
- March 15, Leo Lucini and friends, co-presented by the Center for Latin American Studies: Brazilian-born bassist Leo Lucini, who is also a member of the band Origem, performed a unique brand of Brazilian jazz.
- March 22, Sara MacKimmie, Jennifer Ellis Kampani, Mark Janello, and Amy Domingues: Featuring “Leçons de Ténèbres” (Music for Holy Week) by François Couperin and other selected French Baroque works, the quartet showcased early musical instruments: the portative organ and viola da gamba.