September 12, 2013 — Coral Gables — Celebrating its 30th Anniversary Season this October, the University of Miami Frost School of Music’s acclaimed Festival Miami -- South Florida’s premier live music festival -- presents 10 outstanding classical programs during Festival Miami in October 2013. The concerts will take place at UM’s Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive on the Coral Gables campus. Festival Miami annually presents unique programming by a diverse blend of award-winning performers in a variety of genres who showcase their artistic prowess alongside astounding students and faculty artists from the Frost School of Music. More than 25 concerts and events are organized into four themes: Great Performances, Jazz and Beyond, Music of the Americas, and Creative American Music.
The Great Performances series kicks off on October 4, 2013 with renowned classical virtuosos Joshua Bell and Edgar Meyer performing with the Frost Symphony Orchestra. The duo will give the Florida premiere of Meyer’s new Double Concerto for Violin and Double Bass. The program will be conducted by Thomas Sleeper and will also feature the world premiere of a new concert march by Emmy Award-winning film and television composer Joel McNeely under the auspices of the Abraham Frost Commission, established by Dr. Phillip Frost in honor of his late father.
The luminous Grammy Award winning soprano Hila Plitmann will appear as guest soloist with the Frost Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Gary Green, on October 6, in a program that includes Michael Daugherty’s Labyrinth of Love and Modest Mussorgsky’s vivid Pictures at an Exhibition, transcribed for wind ensemble by Merlin Patterson in a rich and colorful indulgence featuring over 100 winds and percussion. Two nights later, on October 8, a free concert of new music will be presented in UM’s Clarke Recital Hall, showcasing winners from the Frost School of Music’s 2013 Emerging Composers Competition.
Each year, Festival Miami presents first-rate chamber music concerts and highlights outstanding faculty performers in its annual Frost Chamber Players concert. For this 30th Anniversary concert, horn virtuoso Richard Todd assembles an outstanding program including classic chamber ensemble favorites such as Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat, Op. 20 and Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro, on October 15. The Manhattan Piano Trio, an electrifying chamber group that has quickly become one of the most creative, exciting, and dynamic young ensembles in the U.S., will perform on October 16, featuring compositions by Frost School of Music’s award-winning faculty composers, including Glisten by Lansing McLoskey, Jerusalem Windows by Dorothy Hindman, and Three Legged Race by Charles Norman Mason, alongside standard piano trio repertory.
Cuban-American Miami-based lyric soprano Elizabeth Caballero will present an enchanting vocal recital of operatic favorites on October 18. She will be honored at the concert with the Frost School of Music Distinguished Alumna Award. The delightful Caballero, described by The New York Times as “a thrilling balance of pearly tone, exacting technique and brazen physicality,” will also share the stage with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Robynne Redmon and bass-baritone Kevin Short. Scheduled repertoire includes arias, duets and trios from operas by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and more.
On October 20 powerhouse Filipina pianist Cecile Licad will perform a solo recital of works composed by piano virtuosos of the early 20th century including Edward MacDowell, Ferruccio Busoni, Cecile Chaminade, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, and more. Licad is admired for her astonishing technique and sonorous interpretations of a wide palette of piano masterworks. For this solo recital, the piano wizard has selected a beautiful program of mostly romantic works composed by renowned piano virtuosos of the early 20th century. Scheduled repertoire includes Edward MacDowell’s Woodland Sketches, Op. 51; Ferruccio Busoni’s American Indian Diary, Cecile Chaminade’s Sonata in C minor, Op. 21; Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s Grand Scherzo, Op. 57; Ballade, Op. 85; La Jota Aragonesa, Op. 14; Manchega, Op. 38; Souvenirs d'Andalousie, Op. 22; William Mason’s Silver Spring, Op. 6 and Leo Ornstein’s Piano Sonata No. 4.
The Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra will perform on October 22 and 23, led by conductor/composer José Serebrier, who is one of the most recorded classical artists in history. Thirty years ago, Serebrier was the first artistic director of a new “International Music Festival of the Americas,” which he subsequently renamed Festival Miami. Now with numerous Grammy Awards, including the Latin Grammy for "Best Classical Album of 2004” and a celebrated career as a conductor, Serebrier returns with the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra in the spirit of the maestro’s founding vision to bring internationally acclaimed touring artists and orchestras to Miami. The first program opens with a U.S. premiere of Imágines by acclaimed Costa Rican composer Vinicio Meza. Then, pianist Shelly Berg performs a stunning rendition of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for orchestra plus jazz trio. The concert concludes with lively music from the 1955 film, The Gadfly, composed by Russian master Dmitri Shostakovich. The Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra’s second program, on October 23, presents two more premieres: De la Sabiduría del Rey Salomón by Marvin Camacho (U.S. premiere) and They Rode Into the Sunset—Music for an Imaginary Film by José Serebrier (world premiere). Outstanding flutist Sharon Bezaly then takes the stage as featured soloist in Serebrier’s colorful Flute Concerto with Tango. The evening concludes with dance music from two popular operas: Three scenes from Carmen Symphony by Georges Bizet/arr. José Serebrier and “Polovtsian Dances” from Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin, which also features the magnificent Frost Chorale.
Festival Miami presents a special tribute concert on October 29 in celebration of the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, one of the 20th century’s greatest composers. Tenor soloist and concert host Tony Boutte will be featured in works showcasing many of the Frost School of Music’s outstanding faculty, students, and ensembles, including the Frost Chorale in a performance of “Choral Dances from Gloriana,” and the Frost Symphony Orchestra will perform one of Britten’s final works, Suite on English Folk Tunes ‘A Time There Was…’. To round out the commemoration, Boutté will join the Frost Symphony to give the first public performance of Britten's Three Small Songs, plus the U.S. premiere of Everyone Sang, for tenor and orchestra.
About Festival Miami
Festival Miami has set a precedent over the last 29 years by providing a series that blends artistically and culturally diverse music with educational opportunities. The festival offers 20-30 concerts each season, providing for people of all ages the chance to be enriched by live musical performances. It is unrivaled in its scope of musical presentations and is known throughout South Florida, the U.S., and the international community for its cultural contributions while expanding academic opportunities and cultural enrichment to all of South Florida and its visitors.
The Festival’s concert series features the Frost School’s widely known artist-faculty and student ensembles, and an educational mission that includes children’s concerts, master classes, lectures, forums, and concerts that highlight historically significant events.
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