Department of Music Performances and Events


Guest Recital: Chi Him Chik, saxophone

Tuesday, September 11, 7:30 pm; Studio 88 (Center for Performing Arts)
Free Admission

Hong Kong Saxophonist Chi Him Chik is an active performer and improviser who has performed in several countries of different continents, including Croatia, Germany, Singapore, and the United States. He has appeared in conferences like World Saxophone Congress and North American Saxophone Alliance, as well as new music events like New Music Gathering, Society of American Music National Conference, Darmstadt Summer Course, and more.

As an advocate of new music, Chi Him has premiered more than twenty works by composers of diverse cultural backgrounds, including American composers Mikel Kuehn and James Mobberley, Japanese composer Dai Fujikura, Chinese composer Chen Yi, Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen, and more. He performed the world premiere of the completed version of Chen Yi’s Chinese Folk Dance Suite for Soprano Saxophone and Piano, as well as the United States orchestral premiere of Narong Prangcharoen’s saxophone concerto Maha Mantraswith the Bowling Green Philharmonia.

Convocation: Harmonic Brass of Munich

Thursday, September 13, 11:40 am; Presser Hall, Room 222

Guest Recital: Harmonic Brass of Munich

Friday, September 14, 7:30 pm; Oxford Presbyterian Church.
Free Admission

Since 1991, Harmonic Brass has been renowned for big elegant brass sound. New York Carnegie Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Leipzig Gewandhaus: the four gentlemen and a charming lady are welcomed and feel at home everywhere in the world. Harmonic Brass travel around the globe playing around 120 concerts a year with changing programs. An ensemble that spreads good humor: meticulous filing at their performance combined with baroque joie de vivre. For more information visit Harmonic Brass.

Deceptive Cadence: Stories from Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Shchedrin

Friday September 14, 7:30 pm; Gates-Abegglen Theater
Saturday September 15, 2:00 pm; Gates-Abegglen Theater
Free Admission

This collaborative performance brings together the music and biographies of Russian Composers Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Shchedrin in an imaginative and dramatic evening exploring the question, "Who decides what makes art good?" Featuring live music, acting, and projections.

Guest Recital: Carlos Elias, violin

Friday, September 28, 7:30 pm; Souers Recital Hall
Free Admission

Carlos Elias is Violin Professor and Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra at Cedarville University. He has performed in solo recitals and in orchestras in the United States, El Salvador, Argentina, Bulgaria, Japan, and Korea, and represented El Salvador at the World Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Lorin Maazel. He and his wife, pianist Andrea Arese-Elias, gave their New York debut at Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall in 2002. Their recently released CD “Let’s Tango” was named “Best of the Best” in the International category on eMusic in the US and the United Kingdom.


Symphony Orchestra: The Daniel Pearl World Music Days

Friday, October 5, 7:30 pm; Hall Auditorium
Free Admission

The Daniel Pearl World Music Days concerts inspire audiences with a sense of unity and purpose, reaffirming our commitment to international friendship by taking a stand against divisive forces. It is part of an international network of concerts that use the power of music to spread a commitment to tolerance and humanity.

This year our program is based on the topic of the Summer Reading Program: the 1960s and the Civil Rights Movement. The 1960s were times of turbulent changes, and to start the program we will perform the world premiere of a new composition based on the protest song “We Shall Overcome,” which became a key anthem of the Civil Rights Movement. This new work is written by Roger Davis, a prominent composer and faculty member of the Department of Music, and received the title of “WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS."

The piece will be followed by Three Black Kings by Duke Ellington. Three Black Kings was the last major work written by Duke Ellington. As he lay dying in his hospital bed in 1974, he gave his son, Mercer, final instructions on how it was to be completed and orchestrated. The first movement with its African rhythmic motifs, depicts Balthazar, the Black king of the Nativity; the second is concerned with Solomon, King of Israel; and the third celebrates, with warm “down-home” feeling, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ellington’s good friend whose triumphs are celebrated in the inspiring finale. At its premiere, The New York Times noted “…with its crescendo of gospel rhythms and its expressionist symbols of marches and martyrdom…moves the spectator” and The Daily News hailed the work as “An intensely moving vision…” Our rendition will be based on the version for jazz ensemble with symphony orchestra, with Jeremy Long - our saxophone professor - as soloist for the first time with the Miami Orchestra.

The concert will conclude with the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, one of the landmarks of the 1960s. West Side Story was originally a Broadway musical inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The movie released in 1961 was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning in 10 categories. This year we celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s centennial with this tribute to his art.

Morpheus Chamber Singers

Sunday, October 7
3:00 pm, Cathedral Basilica, Covington KY;
7:30 pm, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Oxford OH.

Free Admission

Performing Arts Series: David Fray, piano

Monday, October 8, 7:30 pm; Oxford Community Arts Center.
For ticket information and more visit the Performing Arts Series.

Described by the press as a "poet," French classical pianist David Fray has long gained attention for his musical interpretation and his playful demeanor as documented in the ARTE documentary about him titled Swing, Sing and Think.

Mr. Fray is a force of nature, and he has collaborated with leading orchestras under distinguished conductors such as Marin Alsop, Paavo Jarvi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Riccardo Muti. His emotionally compelling and critically acclaimed recordings include his unforgettable interpretations of Chopin, Schubert, Bach, and Boulez.

With a fluid style like no other, Mr. Fray has won multiple awards, including the prestigious German Echo Klassik Prize, the Young Talent Award from the Ruhr Piano Festival, and Newcomer of the Year by BBC Music Magazine. As BBC Music Magazine notes, "Fray’s command of colour and imaginative highlighting is intoxicating, and there is a freshness which makes for indisputably rewarding listening." In other words, David Fray is an unbelievable talent who is not to be missed.

Sponsored by Jack Keegan

In collaboration with the Department of Music and the Oxford Community Arts Center

Wind Ensemble

Wednesday, October 10 7:30 pm; Hall Auditorium
Free Admission

The October Wind Ensemble concert will celebrate the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, featuring two of his works and the works of other American composers including Aaron Copland and George Gershwin.

Convocation: Evan Mirageas, Cincinnati Opera

Tuesday, October 16, 11:40 am; Presser Hall, Room 222

Jazz Ensembles

Tuesday, October 16, 7:30 pm; Hall Auditorium
Free Admission

Men's Glee Club & Collegiate Chorale

Friday, October 19, 7:30 pm; Hall Auditorium
Tickets are $10 adult/$7 student, and may be purchased at the Miami University Box Office.

Guest Recital: Jerry Wong, piano

Monday, October 22, 7:30 pm; Souers Recital Hall
Free Admission

Faculty Recital: Heather MacPhail, organ

Tuesday, October 23, 7:30 pm; Kumler Chapel
Free Admission

Choraliers and Chamber Singers

Wednesday, October 24, 7:30 pm; Hall Auditorium
Free Admission

Bassoon Studio Halloween Recital

Sunday, October 28, 4:00 pm; Souers Recital Hall

Studio Recital: Flutes and Spooks

Sunday, October 28, 7:30 pm; Souers Recital Hall

Faculty Chamber Recital

Monday, October 29, 7:30 pm; Souers Recital Hall
Andrea Ridilla, oboe, Tom Sherwood, horn and Frank Huang, piano will present a chamber recital.


Steel Band

Friday, November 2, 7:30 pm; Hall Auditorium.
Admission $7, $5 for students/seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the Miami University Box Office

The Miami University Steel Band proudly welcomes Department of Music alumnus Peter Boyer (marimba) to perform a new piece for marimba and steel band, Burning House, composed by Ben Wahlund. The title of the piece refers to the image of the Hindu deity Shiva, manifest in bronze sculpture as Nataraja's Dance. The composer writes: "Of particular interest to me is this deity pictured dominating a 'demon of ignorance' for all of eternity by standing on it with one leg and kicking it with the other – this while showing signs of love, rebirth, and hope in his hands and surrounded by a righteous fire purging the world of malice, shame, greed, and derision."

Ben Wahlund is a Grammy nominated, award-winning music educator, composer, and performer who lives in the Chicago area. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a masters degree in music theory and composition and a performance certificate in percussion. Mr. Wahlund serves as full-time percussion instructor at Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL), the Director of Percussion at the College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, IL), and conducts the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Percussion Ensembles (Chicago, IL).

In addition to Mr. Wahlund's work, the MU Steel Band will perform staples of the steel band repertoire, including calypso, soca and other Caribbean and Latin American musical styles. The ensemble is preparing to celebrate its 25th anniversary in Spring 2019.

Faculty and Guest Percussion Recital

Saturday, November 3, 3:00 pm; Souers Recital Hall
Free Admission

Chamber Ensemble

Tuesday, November 6, 3:00 pm; Hall Auditorium
Free Admission

Grand Night

Thursday-Saturday, November 15-17, 7:30 pm; Hall Auditorium

Percussion Ensemble

Monday, November 19, 7:30 pm; Hall Auditorium

Guest Recital: Rob Schwimmer, theremin

Monday, November 26, 7:30 pm; Souers Recital Hall

Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, November 28, 7:30 pm; Hall Auditorium

The intersection of music and movies sparks startling connections in the way it allows for the manipulation of the emotions of the audience. This transdisciplinary project will combine the efforts of Miami’s Film Studies program with our orchestra, as we premiere the composition Vocalise by Yovcho Krushev while accompanying a new movie produced by students of the Film Studies program.

Professor Siok Lian Tan will be soloist for the Spellbound Piano Concerto, based on the soundtrack from the movie Spellbound, which won the Oscar for the composer Miklós Rózsa. The movie was directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and featured Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman in the main roles. A unique characteristic of the music is the use of the “theremin,” an eerie electronic instrument that perfectly portrays the chills associated with movie thrillers.

Performing the theremin we will bring the artist Rob Schwimmer, former Co-Director of the NY Theremin Society. He will be the soloist for the Love Scene from the movie Vertigo, also by Hitchcock. The program will be completed by famous excerpts from popular movies such as Princess Mononoke and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Men's Glee Club & Collegiate Chorale

Friday, November 30, 7:30 pm; Hall Auditorium
Tickets are $10 adult/$7 student, and may be purchased at the Miami University Box Office.


Wind Ensemble

Tuesday, December 4, 7:30 pm; Hall Auditorium

Jazz Ensembles

Thursday, December 6, 7:30 pm; Hall Auditorium

Ceremony of Carols

Friday, December 7, 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm; Kumler Chapel
Tickets are $10 adult/$5 student, and may be purchased at the Miami University Box Office.

The Choraliers will perform Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols with special guest, harpist Jacquelyn Davis. The Miami University Chamber Singers will perform additional sacred choral works.