September 12, 2013 — Coral Gables — Celebrating its 30th Anniversary Season this October, the University of Miami Frost School of Music’s Festival Miami is thrilled to present its acclaimed month-long music festival that will open in grand style this year with seven-time Grammy Award-winning international superstar Gloria Estefan performing a unique jazz-influenced program on October 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM at UM’s Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive on the Coral Gables campus. The multi-media concert promises to be a memorable evening of music featuring the singer-songwriter-entrepreneur performing standards from the American Songbook that have special significance to Estefan and are featured on her upcoming album (to be released on September 10 by Sony International), The Standards, arranged, orchestrated and co-produced by Grammy-nominated jazz arranger and Dean of the Frost School of Music Shelly Berg. The concert is part of the Festival’s 6-concert Music of the Americas series.
Additional concerts under the banner of the Music of the Americas series include: international salsa singer-songwriter-guitarist Luis Enrique -- who is renowned for his popular hit single “Yo No Sé Mañana” -- will perform his “romantic salsa style” on October 12. Celebrated Brazilian vocalist/guitarist Paulinho Garcia -- named “Best International Brazilian Vocalist” in 2012 by the Brazilian International Press -- will make his Miami debut on the Festival, performing selections from his new solo recording, Beautiful Love, as well as showcase the works of Brazilian master composers such as Noel Rosa, Ari Barroso, Dorival Caymmi, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, on October 17.
The following week, the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra will perform on October 22 and 23, led by conductor/composer Jose 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 Vincio 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 by Latin American composers: De la Sabiduría del Rey Salomón by Marvin Camacho (U.S. premiere) and They Rode Into the Sunset—Music for an Imaginary Film by Jose 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.
The Music of the Americas series closes out on October 26 with Latin jazz icon Arturo Sandoval who will bring his unabashed virtuosic trumpet talents and beautiful ballad playing to Miami, this time performing a variety of selections from his latest project, Tango Como Yo Te Siento (“Tango, How I Feel You”); his 2013 Grammy Award winning album Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You), plus his multi-Latin Grammy Award winning CD Time for Love described by Billboard magazine as “a dinner-jazz gem that could be the zenith of his 20-plus-year recording career.”
Festival Miami -- South Florida’s premier live music festival—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.
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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