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Friday Music Entertains Campus, Surrounding Community

Friday Music Series

Soprano Jennifer Ellis Kampani sings Italian opera in McNeir Hall as baritone Richard Giarusso waits to perform during the first Friday Music Series performance of the fall semester.

September 19, 2011 – Nearly 150 members of the university and local community gathered in Georgetown’s McNeir Hall to hear Italian opera Sept. 16 as Georgetown launched its fall semester Friday Music Series.

Each Friday at 1:15 p.m. the university’s music program offers free music, with this semester’s concerts ranging from the works of 19th-century Czech composer Antonín Dvoƙák to high-energy percussion and various forms of jazz.

“Each year, we schedule a diverse range of traditions and genres with a balance of local artists and national or international performers” explained music program director Anthony DelDonna.

Engaging Community

Soprano Jennifer Ellis Kampani and baritone Richard Giarusso performed Italian opera works by Domenico Cimarosa and Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi at the first concert, co-sponsored by Lauinger Library’s Special Collections Research Center.

The library is featuring an exhibit showcasing works by the two 18th-century Italian composers than last through March.

“We continue to search for new and innovative ways of engaging our students and the community at large,” said DelDonna.

Wonderful Tradition

Manny Rokni, a retired pediatrician who lives in Potomac, Md., has been attending the series for about six years.

“It is nice to see that many seniors like myself are also finding out about and coming to [the] Friday Music [Series],” he said. “I hope the university will continue this wonderful tradition.”

The next performance, on Sept. 23, features Brazilian guitarist Rogério Souza. The concert is co-sponsored by the university’s Center for Latin American Studies and the history department.

Linking Curriculum

Deldonna said such partnerships are a hallmark of the Friday Music Series, which strives to link performances to the music curriculum.

Guest artists also have led master classes, free and open to the public, during their visits to campus. DelDonna said that one-on-one instruction proves invaluable to the students.  Kafele Kossally (C’13) says the Friday Music Series is one of his “favorite things” about Georgetown.

“The opportunity to hear great artists performing great music is … [something] I can at least always count on [for] Fridays.” the Chinese and philosophy major explained.

For more information on performances, visit Friday Music Series.

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