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Music at Notre Dame Concert Series 2015-16

Ernest Ragogini, Director



Michael Cedric Smith, Guitar
October 10, 2015, 7 p.m., LeClerc Auditorium

Michael Cedric Smith, internationally acclaimed for his performances as soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist, is noted for the broad spectrum of his repertoire, from Baroque through the Classical and Romantic eras and American contemporary music. Appearances include Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the renowned Guitars International Artists Series in Cleveland, the National Festival of t he Guitar in the Dominican Republic, and as collaborative musician with the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble in New York.

A Treasured Half-Century Relationship
Ernest Ragogini, piano

November 14, 2015, 7 p.m., LeClerc Auditorium

A reflection on and performance of Franz Schubert's piano masterpiece, Sonatqa in B-Flat Majro D. 960. Op. Posth.

Ernest Ragogini, Piano
March 19, 2016, 7 p.m., LeClerc Auditorium

Ernest Ragogini has performed to critical praise throughout the United States, Europe, Central and South America, and Canada including Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Teatro Olimpia in Rome, and the National Gallery, Corcoran Gallery, and Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. He has recorded for National Public Radio, WQXR in New York and WETA in Washington. He is the founder/director of Arts for Hearts' Sake, a series to which artists contribute their services. In 2007, Ragogini was the interview/cover subject of Clavier Magazine.

Ismar Gomes, Cello
Wan-Chi Su, Piano
April 9, 2016, 7 p.m., LeClerc Auditorium

Ismar Gomes, an award-winning cellist, has established himself as a captivating young artist with a commanding voice and reputation for delivering exciting performances and innovative programming. Gomes' schedule includes solo and duo recitals, chamber music, and concertos. An avid proponent of new music, he has given more than 50 world premiere performances. Recent collaborations include members of the Pittsburgh and Baltimore symphonies. As a recording artist, he has collaborated with the Harlem Quartet and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, David Lang. Gomes performs on a Grand Freres cello made in Paris in 1852.

Wan-Chi Su enjoys an active career as a solo and chamber musician, having performed to great acclaim at prestigious venues in Asia, Europe, and the United States. A prize winner at national and international piano competitions, she has been invited to participate in music festivals such as the Taos School of Music (New Mexico), the Beethoven Institute (New York), the NTSO International Piano Program in Taiwan, and the Paris Piano Program in France. Among the venues in which she has performed ar Weill Recital Hall at Carnegia Hall, the Salle Cortot in Paris, Canyon Wren Recital Hall in Washington state and National Concert Hall in Taiwan.

Maryland's Legacy in Word and Music
Carolyn Black-Sotir, Soprano, and Friends
April 16, 2016, 7 p.m., LeClerc Auditorium

This evening, conceived, produced, and directed by Carolyn Black-Sotir, pays tribute to some of Maryland's finest performing artists, writers, and composers. Performers include Black-Sotir, pianist Timothy McReynolds, brass players Robert Suggs, Wayne Wells, original members of the famed Annapolis Brass Quintet, Elise Kohler, Ken Bell, Milton Aldana, and dancer-choreographer Shaela Davis. The program features works by distinguished composers Ray Sprenkle and Dominick Argento and Maryland Poet Laureate, Lucille Clifton.

Funded in part by the Peggy and Yale Gordon Charitable Trust.

Commodores Jazz Ensemble
Senior Chief Musician Philip M. Burlin

April 23, 2016   7 p.m., LeClerc Auditorium

The Commodores, the United States Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, return to LeClerc Auditorium for the sixth consecutive season. Having established a wide-based Baltimore following, the Commodores is deemed a national treasure and has been so since it became a Navy Band unit in 1969. Appearances include high-level state functions, performances at the White House, collaborations with all-time jazz greats, and special appearances at major jazz festivals in the United States and abroad.

Liszt-Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition


Nancy Roldán, Director/Chair
October 21-25, 2015
LeClerc Auditorium

The 2015 Festival examines Magyar folklore, the inspiration for much of the music of Franz Liszt (1811-1886) and Béla Bartók (1881-1945). History and research reveal a legacy of diversity borne out of unique ethnic elements inherent in language, melody, rhythm, and other traditions. Such is the elusive configuration of the Magyar folklore. A treasure trove to a fertile, creative mind and a heart sensitive to heritage, such diversity would bring about related yet individual musical styles in Liszt and Bartók.  Folklore roots would in turn motivate composers around the world to search into their own countries’ traditions providing them with a distinctive personal voice in compositions of extraordinary beauty.

Inaugurated in 2005, the festival/competition for pianists and duo-ensembles, has made its home at Notre Dame of Maryland University since 2007, co-sponsored by the American Liszt Society Baltimore-Washington Chapter and Music at Notre Dame Concert Series. General admission is $30 for the entire event. Please visit lisztgarrisoncompetition.org for special offer ticket/payment information and festival details. Phone: 410 833-5782. 


Concert Choir of Notre Dame of Maryland University
Dr. Jennifer Brimhall, Director

Music for the Christmas Season
December 13, 2015, 2 p.m., LeClerc Auditorium

In Celebration of Spring
May 8, 2015, 2 p.m., LeClerc Auditorium

All concert admissions are free, except where noted. 

Information: 410-532-5386