The Chamber Series is supported in part by audience donations at each event. Unless otherwise noted, all performances are in St. Mary’s Chapel, County Line and Spring Mill Roads (Rt 320). For directions to campus, click here. For more information about any listed event, contact the Office of Music Activities.
2009 - 2010 Chamber Series @ St. Mary's Chapel
This year we are pleased to welcome the Pyxis Piano Quartet! Join us for this free concert on Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 3pm in St. Mary's Chapel. While this is a free event, reservations are required. Reserve your seat by visiting http://pyxisvillanova.eventbrite.com/. We do encourage your free-will donation at the door - your generosity will help fund the Chamber Series. Wondering how much to donate? A ticket for a similar event in the city would cost about $20-$25 (plus parking or a train ticket). We welcome any contribution however, and a contribution to our series is certainly not required! Children are welcome to our events.
Parking in the lot of St. Mary's Hall is limited. Parking at the high-rise (3 story) lot on the other side of Spring Mill road is plentiful. St. Mary's parking lot entrance is on County Line Road. The exact location of the lot entrance may be found by searching for 1740 county line road, 19085 in any online map program or with GPS. There is no access for visitors to the portion of the lot beyond the gate with card access.
The High-Rise Lot (or Law School Lot) is on the South side of Spring Mill Road. The exact location of the lot entrance may be found by searching for 380 spring mill road, 19085 in any online map program or with GPS. The lot is very visible from the street.
The Pyxis Piano Quartet
The Pyxis Piano Quartet was founded in 2009 to perform chamber music of the highest caliber. Having forged outstanding individual careers as recitalists, soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestral players, the musicians of Pyxis have joined together to offer exciting programs which include works from the sonata, duo, and trio repertoire as well as standard and adventurous works for piano quartet. The group takes its name from the Pyxis constellation, also known as the Mariner’s Compass, and has as its symbol the compass rose. The points of the compass rose mark the directions of the four winds and represent the new artistic directions the group will travel together while drawing upon the individual backgrounds and experiences of its musicians.
Maurice Ravel - Sonata for Violin & 'Cello
Gabriel Faure - Piano Quartet No. 1 in c minor
About the Artists
Amy Leonard, viola, has studied viola, piano, and voice, with viola performance degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music. As well as having a teaching career, she is an active recitalist and chamber musician and performs with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Philly Pops, Princeton Symphony, Relache, Brandywine Baroque, and Tempesta di Mare.
Meredith Amado, violin, has been heard as a soloist, orchestra player, and chamber musician throughout the United States and abroad. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School. The former Associate Concertmaster of the Delaware Symphony, she has also played in The Saint Louis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet, American Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Ms. Amado is currently on the faculty of the Pennsylvania Academy of Music.
Jie Jin, cello, has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Houston Symphony, and New World Symphony, as well as at festivals world-wide. Lauded in her native China, she appeared in Isaac Stern’s Oscar-winning documentary From Mao to Mozart. Ms. Jin received her Bachelor’s degree in cello performance from Shanghai Conservatory of Music and her Master’s from Rice University. She is currently principal cello of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and section cello of the Delaware Symphony, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and Harrisburg Symphony.
Hiroko Yamazaki, piano, has performed throughout the United States and abroad as both a soloist and a collaborator. In 2009, she was featured in the Delaware Symphony Champagne Chamber Series. Ms. Yamazaki graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano degree from the University of Maryland. She teaches and coaches both locally and also at the Aspen Music School and Festival.
A Sampling of Past Chamber Series Events
The American Piano Trio
Faculty ensemble-in-residence at Ball State University
The Pablo Baptista Percussion Ensemble
Presenting the rhythms of Yoruba and other Afro-Caribbean nations
Jazz for Children presents Ella Fitzgerald Sang Bop Boo Day
Through songs, poems, and stories, Louise Rogers celebrates the jazz greats who influenced Ella Fitzgerald. Featuring songs from Louise Rogers' albums "Bop Boo Day!" and "Jazzy Fairy Tales" (being released in Spring 2007). Visit the Louise Rogers website.
The Denis DiBlasio/George Rabbai Jazz Quintet
with special guest Jim McFalls, trombone
The Elysium Concert Opera of Philadelphia presents A Celebration of Mozart
The program included favorite scenes and arias from Don Giovanni, Abduction from the Seraglio, The Magic Flute, Così fan Tutte, and The Marriage of Figaro; and sacred music from Mozart Requiem and the Mass in C.
The Elysium Concert Opera of Philadelphia features many local young artists, including Wayne Bylsma, Veronica Chapman-Smith, Noël Graves-Williams, Baily Hale, Christine Nass, James Osby, and Charity Wicks.
It's time for Carnivale! This group of international musicians brings the feel of Rio to Villanova.
The dePasquale String Quartet
One of our most anticipated performances of the entire season.