The Xaverian Jazz Band performed live Friday, January 14, 2011, in the Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center, as part of the New York Encounter.

The New York Encounter is an annual four-day public cultural festival organized by Communion and Liberation and Crossroads Cultural Center.

New York Encounter intends to offer to a large audience opportunities for education, dialogue, and friendship through conferences, artistic performances, and exhibits. Its goal is to foster, in a friendly and welcoming setting, interest in the full spectrum of reality and appreciation for what is beautiful, true, good, and worthwhile in various expressions of human life. This openness and desire are the fruit of the education received in the Roman Catholic Church.

Communion and Liberation is an international movement in the Roman Catholic Church founded in 1954 by the late Msgr. Luigi Giussani. Its purpose is the education to the Catholic faith of its adherents.

Crossroads Cultural Center was founded in 2004 by members of Communion and Liberation who share
an interest in the relationship between religion and culture. St. Paul's suggestion, "Test everything, retain what is good," sums up Crossroads' ideals.

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