[ skip to content ]

Toggle Mobile Menu

F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series

Up Next

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Sybarite5
Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center
$5 for ODU Students, $10 ODU Faculty/Staff, $15 General
Free Parking: Garage E, 4904 Bluestone Ave.

Free Talk on Entrepreneurship, Nov. 1, 12:30 p.m., Chandler Recital Hall
Free Master Class, Nov. 1, 1:30 p.m., Diehn 1105

In today's turbulent modern world we need to come together more. Diversity is a strength and Sybarite5 is known for bridging genre gaps to bring unexpected musical combinations together to create unique, dynamic, and intoxicating concert experiences. Sybarite5 brings this concept full circle and performs music with roots in classical, rock, jazz, hip-hop, Armenian folk, and the avant-garde. Expect works from John Coltrane, Radiohead, Xavier Foley, Komitas, The Punch Brothers, Pedro Giraudo, Marc Mellits, Jessica Meyer, Kenji Bunch, Shawn Conley, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Astor Piazzolla, Aleksandra Vrebalov, to name a few.

Program will be announced from the stage, subject to change.


2022 - 2023 Season

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Sybarite5
Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center
$5 for ODU Students, $10 ODU Faculty/Staff, $15 General
Free Parking: Garage E, 4904 Bluestone Ave.

Free Talk on Entrepreneurship, Nov. 1, 12:30 p.m., Chandler Recital Hall
Free Master Class, Nov. 1, 1:30 p.m., Diehn 1105

In today's turbulent modern world we need to come together more. Diversity is a strength and Sybarite5 is known for bridging genre gaps to bring unexpected musical combinations together to create unique, dynamic, and intoxicating concert experiences. Sybarite5 brings this concept full circle and performs music with roots in classical, rock, jazz, hip-hop, Armenian folk, and the avant-garde. Expect works from John Coltrane, Radiohead, Xavier Foley, Komitas, The Punch Brothers, Pedro Giraudo, Marc Mellits, Jessica Meyer, Kenji Bunch, Shawn Conley, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Astor Piazzolla, Aleksandra Vrebalov, to name a few.

Program will be announced from the stage, subject to change.

Monday, Dec. 5, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Seraph Brass
Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center
$5 for ODU Students, $10 ODU Faculty/Staff, $15 General
Free Parking: Garage E, 4904 Bluestone Ave.

Free Master Class, Dec. 5, 12 p.m., Chandler Recital Hall
Free Talk on Entrepreneurship, Dec. 6, 12:30 p.m., Chandler Recital Hall

Seraph Brass is a dynamic brass ensemble drawing from a roster of America's top female brass players. Performing primarily as a brass quintet or sextet, Seraph also performs as a larger ensemble of 10 performers. Committed to engaging audiences with captivating programming, Seraph Brass presents a diverse body of repertoire that includes original transcriptions, newly commissioned works, and well-known classics. Seraph released their debut studio album, Asteria, on Summit Records in January 2018, winning a Silver Medal Global Music Award.

Monday, Feb. 6, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

So Percussion
Diehn Concert Series
Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center
Free Parking: Garage E, 4904 Bluestone Ave

Free Master Class, Feb. 7 at 12:30 p.m.

So is: Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting

For twenty years and counting, So Percussion has redefined chamber music for the 21st century through an "exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam" (The New Yorker). They are celebrated by audiences and presenters for a dazzling range of work: for live performances in which "telepathic powers of communication" (The New York Times) bring to life the vibrant percussion repertoire; for an extravagant array of collaborations in classical music, pop, indie rock, contemporary dance, and theater; and for their work in education and community, creating opportunities and platforms for music and artists that explore the immense possibility of art in our time.

Monday, Apr. 17, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

John Fedchock, trombone
Diehn Concert Series
Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center
Free Parking: Garage E, 49th Street and Bluestone Avenue & in the circular lot between the F. Ludwig Diehn Center for the Performing Arts and Webb University Center

"...dazzling trombone virtuosity..."

-THE NEW YORK TIMES

John Fedchock's illustrious career in jazz has spanned over four decades. Since his emergence on the scene in 1980, Fedchock has established himself as a world-class trombone soloist, a heralded bandleader, and a Grammy-nominated arranger. An in-demand performer and writer in New York City, his multifaceted talents have led him to become one of NYC's premier jazz artists. His critically acclaimed John Fedchock New York Big Band has become a marquee group, showcasing Fedchock's trombone and arranging as well as the band's all-star soloists. The JFNYBB's five CDs on the MAMA and Reservoir Music labels have all received high praise from critics and extraordinary success on national jazz radio charts. The early success of the band resulted in Fedchock's name appearing in DOWNBEAT's Readers Poll under the categories of Trombone, Arranger and Big Band, simultaneously for several consecutive years. In recognition of his formidable arranging skills, Fedchock is a two-time GRAMMY Award nominee for "Best Instrumental Arrangement". The JFNYBB's recordings have appeared in jazz radio's Top Ten, and the New York Times has applauded the band's "Cheerful Syncopation, Served With Spit-and-Polish Precision." Small group projects with his quartet and NY Sextet showcase A-list sidemen along with Fedchock's "incomparable trombone playing, which seems to have no limit, technically or musically" (JazzReview.com).

Fedchock began his career as a jazz trombonist when he joined the legendary Woody Herman Orchestra in 1980. He toured with Woody's "Thundering Herd" for seven years, during which time he was musical director and a featured soloist. He served as musical coordinator and chief arranger in the production of Herman's last two Grammy Award nominated albums "50th Anniversary Tour" and "Woody's Gold Star", and received accolades from jazz journalists worldwide. Famed jazz critic Leonard Feather called him the "unsung hero" of Woody's "50th Anniversary Tour" album and Woody said of Fedchock, "He's my right hand man. Everything I ask of John he accomplishes, and I ask a lot. He's a major talent." DOWNBEAT magazine stated that, "it was the young blood of musicians like Fedchock that helped keep Woody Herman's last years musically healthy and growing". Fedchock still maintains a close association with the Herman orchestra, performing with the group on occasion and continuing to add his own compositions and arrangements to the band's library.

Fedchock has toured with T.S. Monk, Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band, Louie Bellson Big Band, Bob Belden Ensemble, Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and has performed at jazz festivals and concert halls around the world. As a solo artist, he appears throughout the United States and abroad performing as guest trombonist/composer/conductor. To add to his already diverse list of multiple talents, Fedchock is also a producer of note, and has lent his studio expertise to several recent recording projects.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Fedchock is a graduate of The Ohio State University with degrees in Music Education and Jazz Studies. He also holds a master's degree in Jazz Studies And Contemporary Media from the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He is an in-demand clinician, and conducts seminars and workshops at colleges and universities across the country. His compositions and arrangements are published by Jazzlines Publications, Kendor Music Inc, and Walrus Music Publishing. John Fedchock is a trombone artist for XO Professional Brass and plays XO trombones exclusively. His collaboration with the prominent instrument company to create the XO1632 trombone has proven to be an overwhelming success in both innovative design and industry popularity.

ODU Residency Schedule:

Thursday, April 13

  • 1:30 p.m. Informal participation in Jazz History Class
  • 3:00 p.m. Clinic, Diehn 1201
  • 4:30 p.m. Open rehearsal with ODU Jazz Orchestra. Diehn 1105

Friday, April 14

  • 10:00 a.m. Clinic, Diehn 1201
  • 1:00 p.m. Open rehearsal with ODU Jazz Choir, Chandler Hall

Sunday, April 16

  • 4:00 p.m. Concert, ODU Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Choir, Chandler Hall (Free)

Monday, April 17

  • 1:00 p.m. Clinic, Diehn 1201
  • 7:30 p.m. Concert with John Toomey Trio, Chandler Hall (Diehn Concert Series)


2021 - 2022 Season

Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022 at 3 p.m.

Andrew Willis, Piano (LIVESTREAM AND IN-PERSON)
Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center
$5 for ODU Students, $10 ODU Faculty/Staff, $15 General
Free Parking: Garage E, 4904 Bluestone Ave.

Free Master Class, Feb. 5, 2 p.m., Chandler Recital Hall
Free Lecture, Feb. 7, 2 p.m.: "Recording Beethoven Sonatas on Historical Pianos"

For Andrew Willis, artistry and scholarship go hand in hand. For several decades he has explored the historical development of keyboard instruments and their performance practice while maintaining a commitment to the study, performance, and teaching of the widest possible range of repertoire.

At ODU, Andrew Willis will perform:

Fantasia, Op. 77 (1809)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Polonaise, Op. 89 (1814)

Sonata in A major, Op. 101 (1816)
Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung
Lebhaft Marschmäßig
Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll
Geschwinde, doch nicht zu sehr, und mit Entschlossenheit

Sinfonia No. 6 in E-flat major (1821)
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Allegro
Menuetto
Prestissimo

Old Dominion University Symphony Orchestra
Paul Sanho Kim, conductor

Concerto in E-flat major, K. 271 (1777)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Allegro
Andantino
Presto; Menuetto; Tempo primo


Monday, Apr. 11, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Lori Williams, Jazz Vocalist
Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center
$5 for ODU Students, $10 ODU Faculty/Staff, $15 General
Free Parking: Garage E, 4904 Bluestone Ave.

"Lori Williams seamlessly moves from Jazz to R&B in ways the listener can feel at home with her in either genre. She has set the bar for vocalists to come."

-Terri Lyne Carrington (3x Grammy-winning drummer/composer/producer)

Acclaimed international Jazz and Soul vocalist Lori Williams is turning a corner. In possession of a most impressive resume as a performing artist, music educator, songwriter, producer, vocalist and musical theater actress, her reputation and level of respect are top shelf and unimpeachable. Many aspiring singers and vocal students look up to Lori as well - be it in classrooms, the multiple church, community and concert choirs she conducts, or the clinics she runs through her organization - Positive Music for Positive Minds (PositiveMusicPM.org / PMPM). Her annual summer vocal jazz symposium and tour have taken her to Europe (Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Russia, Switzerland, Czech Republic, and Ukraine), Japan and across the USA, performing in festivals and conducting vocal jazz workshops. She is currently teaching voice privately through PMPM.

Thursday, April 7
3 p.m. Clinic, Diehn 1201
4:30 p.m. Open rehearsal, Jazz Orchestra, Diehn 1105

Friday, April 8
10 a.m. Clinic, Diehn 1201
1 p.m. Open rehearsal, Jazz Choir, Chandler Hall

Sunday, April 10
4 p.m. Concert, Jazz Orchestra and Choir, Chandler Hall

Monday, April 11
1 p.m. Clinic, Diehn 1201
7:30 p.m. Concert, John Toomey Trio, Chandler Hall



About the F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series


The F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series is made possible by an endowment established by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and a generous gift from F. Ludwig Diehn. Concerts in this series bring significant classical and jazz musicians to Hampton Roads.


$5 for ODU Students, $15 General