August 01, 2012 — Coral Gables, FL — The University of Miami Frost School of Music is pleased to present Festival Miami 2012 ——Florida’s premier live music festival. Now in its 29th season, Festival Miami features a diverse blend of exciting performers showcasing their talents alongside brilliant students and faculty artists.
The dynamic program includes 20 concerts organized into four themes: Great Performances, featuring legendary artists and composers; Creative American Music, a mélange of contemporary music, from Broadways stars to talented young composers; Jazz and Beyond, guaranteed to open your ears and engage your senses; and Music of the Americas, a musical immersion encompassing two hemispheres. In addition, visiting artists conduct free lectures and master classes to share their insight with audiences. Festival Miami begins October 2 and concludes November 4.
“Great Performances” will focus on classical music at its finest. The festival opens on October 4 with distinguished master artist Leon Fleisher conducting the Frost Symphony Orchestra. Repertoire includes Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Rachmaninoff’s sweeping Symphony No. 2. The Frost Wind Ensemble performs Pulitzer Prize-winning Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto on October 7, spotlighting Frost faculty artist Svet Stoyanov, followed by the world premiere of Point Blank by Paul Dooley. On October 12, acclaimed pianist and Frost professor Santiago Rodriguez performs solo piano favorites from Chopin to Lecuona, followed on October 13 by an intimate solo vocal recital by Grammy Award winning soprano Ana María Martínez. The Frost Chamber Players perform on October 14 in celebration of the distinguished career of Frost bassoon professor Luciano Magnanini, followed on October 21 by two of South Florida’s youth symphonies performing new contemporary classical works. The festival concludes on November 4 at the Knight Concert Hall at the Arsht Center with Carmina Burana. Karen Kennedy will be conducting a massive ensemble comprised of the Master Chorale of South Florida, Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir, the Frost Chorale and the Frost Symphony Orchestra.
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