The University of Tampa has announced its 2017-2018 Sykes Chapel Concert Artist Series. This series of free, public concerts has become one of UT’s most anticipated and well-attended events on campus.
“We are delighted to, again, be able to bring artists of such caliber to Tampa Bay, and to reassert our commitment to the power of the musical arts to uplift, enrich, provoke and restore,” said Haig Mardirosian, artistic director of the Sykes Chapel Concert Artist Series. “We strive to bring artists who are not only excellent, but have the knack of communicating deeply with our audiences.”
This year’s series includes performances by award-winning organist Mateusz Rzewuski, who is embarking on his first U.S. tour; Grammy-winning organist Paul Jacobs, who is chair of the organ department at The Juilliard School; cellist Nancy Jo Snider, an innovative soloist and collaborative musician; and The Philadelphia Brass, who have been called “one of the gems of Philadelphia’s cultural life.”
The concert dates follow. Seating is limited, and doors open 30 minutes before the concerts.
- American Debut Tour: Mateusz Rzewuski, Organist, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m. This concert artist from Warsaw, Poland, embarks on his first tour of the U.S. A specialist in the repertoire of the French 20th century, his program will include works of Saint-Saëns, Dupré, Messiaen, Karalow and Vierne.
- Four Concertos by J.S. Bach, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m. Soloists Nancy Chang, violin; Barbara Prescott, flute; and Grigorios Zamparas and Duncan MacMillan, harpsichords, join a chamber orchestra of the region’s premiere players in a delightful afternoon of music by Bach. Mardirosian will conduct.
- Let Heaven and Nature Sing: The University of Tampa Holiday Concert, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2 and 4 p.m. A great Tampa institution and a joyful opening to the holiday season with traditional and new music sung by the student voices of the UT Chamber Singers and Camerata.
- Paul Jacobs, Organist, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2 p.m. Jacobs has been called “one of the great living virtuosos” by the Washington Post. He is chair of the organ department at The Juilliard School in New York City, the nation’s best-recognized music conservatory, and is the only organist to ever have won a Grammy Award.
- An Afternoon of Chamber Music, Sunday, March 4, 2 p.m. Cellist Nancy Jo Snider, an innovative soloist, collaborative musician, sound designer and arts administrator, collaborates with Yuri Namkung, violin; David Yang, viola; and Griorios Zamparas, piano, in Ludwig van Beethoven’s C minor Trio, Joaquin Turina’s Piano Quartet in A minor and Andrew Norman’s Sabina.
- The Philadelphia Brass, Sunday, April 8, 2 p.m. Founded in 1988, NPR has called them “one of the gems of Philadelphia’s cultural life.” The program includes J.S. Bach, André Previn, Jennifer Higdon, Cole Porter, Frank Loesser and others.