Opera workshop comes to music department

By: Jonathan Hogue ~Opinions & Editorials Editor~ The music department offered an opera workshop this semester focused on bringing new life to the art form in Cincinnati. Professors Thom Dreeze and Matthew Umphreys lead a class of seven music and nonmusic majors through several movements of Mozart’s “Così fan tutte.” The workshop culminates with a free performance of “Così” and is the department’s way of bringing opera performance to Xavier students. “Singing opera is like rubbing your tummy and patting your head,” Dreeze said. “Different from musical theater, it combines performing on stage and singing the drama of the text with … Continue reading Opera workshop comes to music department

Xavier Music Series hosts Brian Newman

By: Nick McGill The Xavier University Music Series has built a reputation around consistently featuring world-class musicians, many with Cincinnati connections. The Music Series will host Brian Newman and his quintet along with The Nati’ 6 led by Dan Karlsberg On Jan. 24. CET will be in attendance recording the show for television. Brian Newman, Lady Gaga’s jazz bandleader, is perhaps best recognized for his work with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett on the 2014 Grammy-winning album “Cheek to Cheek.” This album featured arrangements by Newman and his band. He is widely recognized as one of the top jazz performers and … Continue reading Xavier Music Series hosts Brian Newman