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UT Announces Concert Series in Sykes Chapel

Published: August 04, 2011

The University of Tampa has announced its 2011-2012 Concert Artist Series in the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values.

Headlined by two evening performances by the organist of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, the series features eight performances by renowned organists, pianists, vocalists, chamber musicians and others. The traditional University of Tampa holiday concert will also be performed for the first time in the Sykes Chapel.

The concert dates follow. All concerts are free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Doors open 30 minutes before the concerts.

  • IN MEMORIAM 9/11, Sunday, Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. Haig Mardirosian, organist and dean of UT’s College of Arts and Letters, will perform works of Leo Sowerby, César Franck, Dan Locklair, J.S. Bach, Samuel Barber and Joseph Jongen. The concerts will include the “Aeolian Sonata,” a 9/11 commemorative work by Wake Forest University composer Dan Locklair.
  • CHAMBER MUSIC, Sunday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. The Tiberius Quartet, founded in 1994 at the Music Academy in Cluj, Romania, will be joined by UT pianist and Assistant Professor of Music Grigorios Zamparas.
  • FRANZ LISZT 200TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Grigorios Zamparas and Haig Mardirosian will be joined by soprano Hein Jung, soprano for a program of Liszt’s songs on his birthday, including the “Piano Sonata in B Minor” and the organ “Prelude and Fugue on B-A-C-H.” Zamparas will give a preconcert talk at 6:15 p.m.
  • ORGANIST OF THE CATHEDRAL OF NÔTRE-DAME DE PARIS, Friday, Nov. 18 at 6 and 8 p.m. The acclaimed virtuoso organist Olivier Latry occupies one of the best-known and respected musical positions in the world.
  • ET IN TERRA PAX: A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION, Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 and 4 p.m. The traditional University of Tampa holiday concert moves to its new home in the chapel. The program features the university’s combined choral ensembles, directed by Ryan Hebert, UT organist and assistant professor of music, in seasonal music as well as readings appropriate to the season. Haig Mardirosian and the Tampa Brass will accompany.
  • FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT, Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. The Countertop Ensemble, an elite eight-voice Washington, DC based ensemble, owes it name to male altos singing the topmost voices of early repertoire. The program includes music of all genres and styles including Tallis, Monk, Bach and Pearsall.
  • ARTISTRY OF THE PIANO, Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. South African-born Petronel Malan has been called “formidable…dizzying…magical” by the press.
  • THE MUSIC OF OLIVIER MESSIAEN, Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. Violinist Lei Liu, clarinetist Ted de Corso, and cellist Lowell Adams will join Grigorios Zamparas and Hebert in performing the works of Olivier Messiaen, including the masterpiece “Quartet for the End of Time,” and organ works performed by Ryan Hebert. Haig Mardirosian will present a preconcert talk at 1:15 p.m.

The Concert Artist Series 2011-2012 is sponsored by the UT College of Arts and Letters and the Sykes Chapel Center for Faith and Values. For more information, contact or go to