Music Series’ Grisha Goryachev enchants

By: Soondos Mula-Ossman ~Staff Writer~ Music Series coordinator Dr. Polina Bespalko had the pleasure of introducing Xavier University’s latest performer in the Music Series. Guitarist Grisha Goryachev, like Bespalko, is a Russian native. Bespalko described his music as “fiery” and an appropriate finale to the guitar series of the overarching music sequence. Goryachev is renowned for musical prowess in classical and flamenco styles. He seeks to revive the dying tradition of solo flamenco guitar in concert settings. When Goryachev strode onto the stage, he held his warm-wooded flamenco guitar and dressed simply. He let his guitar speak before he did. … Continue reading Music Series’ Grisha Goryachev enchants

Four Freshman kick of music series in tribute

By: Kevin Thomas ~Guest Writer~ The Four Freshmen kicked off the 2016-17 Xavier University Music Series with a memorial and a 9/11 tribute in the Gallagher Student Center (GSC) Theater this past Sunday. Dr. Polina Bespalko, a music professor and the director of the Series, opened up the stage by introducing The Four Freshmen, a swing and jazz group that has been together since 1948 with rotating members. She then described the upcoming shows and offered a tribute to those who lost their lives in the attacks on Sept.11 2001. The group hails from Las Vegas, Nev. and consists of … Continue reading Four Freshman kick of music series in tribute

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