Recent History: Defining the Future

The University of Dayton is one of just a few dozen institutions to have a performing arts series over 50 years old. The Arts Series celebrated its 50th anniversary season in 2011/12, and did so in style. A retrospective exhibition of memorabilia was featured in a Roesch Library exhibition, and the year was begun with a gala reception marking a performance by Menahem Pressler, founder of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio.

While celebrating the past is comforting, the Arts Series prides itself on looking forward. The last few years have strongly featured new directions in music: Phyllis Chen on the toy piano; So Percussion challenging listeners with Steve Reich's latest work; Missy Mazzoli's experimental compositions for Victoire, her all-female ensemble. These are among the fresh faces and innovative sounds brought to campus to stimulate conversation about the future of the arts.

Top of Page: Awadagin Pratt plays the inaugural concert on the Sears Recital Hall Bösendorfer grand piano. Photo by Adam Alonzo.

2012-2013

  • Basia Irland, Eco artist
  • Fatoumata Diawara*
  • ProMusica Chamber Orchestra with the Assad Brothers
  • Music From China
  • The Cuban Connection: Jane Bunnett, Hilario Duran and Candido Camero*
  • Genghis Barbie
  • Michael Mizrahi
  • The Hot Club of Detroit*

*World Rhythms Concerts co-presented by Cityfolk.

At Right: Michael Mizrahi in concert at the Sears Recital Hall. Photo by Alexandria Digby.

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2011-2012

  • Menahem Pressler
  • The Baroque Bach: Rob Turner & David Schrader
  • Hunn Huur Tu*
  • Taylor Mali, Spoken Word Poet
  • Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba*
  • Sō Percussion, with Michael Bashaw
  • Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
  • Imani Winds
  • Missy Mazzoli’s Victoire
  • Eric Singer's Gamelatron, with Taylor Kuffner
  • De Temps Antan*
  • Patrick Dougherty

*World Rhythms Concerts co-presented by Cityfolk.

At Right: So Percussion, with Michael and Sandy Bashaw at the Dayton Art Institute. Photo by Skip Peterson.

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2010-2011

  • Awadagin Pratt
  • Sō Percussion
  • Phyllis Chen
  • Simon Shaheen*
  • The Richter-Uzur Duo
  • Patrick Dougherty
  • Libby Larsen
  • Le Vent du Nord*

*World Rhythms Concerts co-presented by Cityfolk.

At Right Upper: Toy pianist Phyllis Chen speaks with a student. Right Lower: So Percussion in their first UD concert appearance in Boll Theatre, 2011. Photos by Adam Alonzo.

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