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A Tribute to Benny Goodman: The Julian Bliss Septet

February 19 • 7:30 pm • Hosmer Hall

Regular: $30/$27/$24 • Sen/Fac/Staff: $27/$24/$21 • Student: $17/$14/$11

Julian Bliss is one of the world’s finest clarinetists excelling as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, masterclass leader and tireless musical explorer. He has inspired a generation of young players as guest lecturer and creator of his Conn-Selmer range of affordable clarinets, and introduced a substantial new audience to his instrument.

A Tribute to Benny Goodman: The Julian Bliss Septet

Gracing the stages of Ronnie Scott’s legendary jazz club to the Wigmore Hall in London, Bermuda Jazz Festival, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Julian Bliss Septet has shared their uplifting, classy, humorous shows and exceptional musicianship around the world since their formation in 2010.

Handpicked by one of the finest clarinetists of our day, Julian Bliss, the Septet perform shows that combine over 200 years of musical heritage with and incredible command of Western classical and jazz. The band started out exploring the inspirational music of Benny Goodman – a passion of Julian’s since the age of 7 – and has gone from strength to strength with packed audiences and standing ovations around the world. The live show, and consequently their first album, showcased some of the best tunes of this era inspiring authenticity with a modern twist.


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Fourth Cania Visiting Artists
Jason Vieaux & Yolanda Kondonassis

April 7 • 3 pm • Hosmer Hall

Regular: $35/$32/$29 • Sen/Fac/Staff • $32/$29/$26 • Student: $21/$19/$16

The Kondonassis/Vieaux duo released their debut album, Together, in January 2015 on Azica Records; Gramophone Magazine praised their “almost rapturous sense of cohesion.” The  duo’s  next recording will feature several world premieres and is slated for release in 2019.

Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today's classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. NPR describes Vieaux as, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” His most recent solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo and earned a place on NPR’s “50 Favorite Songs of 2014 (So Far)” for Vieaux’s recording of “Zapateado.”

Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of performing, teaching, and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the U.S. and abroad. His solo recitals have been a feature at every major guitar series in North America and at many of the important guitar festivals in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Mexico.

Yolanda Kondonassis is celebrated as one of the world’s premier solo harpists and is widely regarded as today’s most recorded classical harpist. With “a range of colour that’s breathtaking” (Gramophone Magazine), she has been hailed as “a brilliant and expressive player” (Dallas Morning News), with “a dazzling technique unfailingly governed by impeccable musical judgment” (Detroit News). She has appeared around the globe as a concerto soloist and in recital, bringing her unique brand of musicianship and warm artistry to an ever-increasing audience. Also a published author, speaker, professor of harp, and environmental activist, her many passions are woven into a vibrant and multi-­faceted career.

The first harpist to receive the Darius Milhaud Prize, Kondonassis is committed to the advancement of contemporary music through both the performance and commissioning of new works for the harp. She has premiered works by composers such as Bright Sheng, Donald Erb, Hannah Lash, Keith Fitch, Lauren Keiser, and Gary Schocker, among others. Current projects include a Harp Concerto commission with Jennifer Higdon.