September 20, 2011 — Coral Gables, FL — The University of Miami Frost School of Music is pleased to present Festival Miami 2011 — Florida’s premier live music festival. Now in its 28th season, Festival Miami features a diverse blend of exciting performers showcasing their talents alongside brilliant students and faculty artists.
Festival Miami begins on September 30 and concludes on November 4.
The dynamic festival includes over 20 concerts organized into four themes: Great Performances, featuring legendary artists and composers; Creative American Music, a mélange of new compositions by student and faculty composers; Jazz and Beyond, guaranteed to spark your groove; and Music of the Americas, a cultural firestorm spanning two hemispheres. In addition, visiting artists who conduct free lectures and master classes will give audiences an insider’s insight.
This year Festival Miami brings two Pulitzer Prize-winning American composers—Gunther Schuller, headlining opening night with the Frost Symphony Orchestra and Frost Chamber Players, and Michael Colgrass, who unveils two contemporary works with the Frost Wind Ensemble. The festival also offers three piano concerts, including Chopin Competition winner Claire Huangci, renowned Liszt expert Jerome Lowenthal, and a two-piano concert featuring the incredible Santiago Rodriguez and UM Frost School of Music Dean and acclaimed pianist Shelton “Shelly” Berg performing music by George Gershwin.
Other highlights include NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson, singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor, salsa music master Willy Chirino, and the vivacious Lucie Arnaz, performing her father's sensational arrangements. For closing night, Festival Miami is co-presenting a concert with JazzRoots: A Larry Rosen Series at the Adrienne Arsht Center, featuring UM Frost School’s own Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra with new Artistic Director Terence Blanchard; and an all-star roster of guests including Michael Feinstein, Dave Grusin, Mark O’Connor, Denyce Graves, and Monica Mancini.
Festival Miami has set a precedent over the last 27 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 is unparalleled in its scope of musical magnitude and includes stellar guest artists, 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.
About the University of Miami Frost School of Music
The Frost School of Music, one of two schools created in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded, is one of the largest and most relevant schools in the U.S., and one of the most comprehensive in all of higher education. The naming gift from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost was one of the historic highlights in the life of the School. The Frost School has pioneered new curricula including the ground-breaking Frost Experiential Music Curriculum, and was the first in the nation to offer professionally accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Business and Entertainment Industries, Music Engineering Technology, and a master’s in Arts Presenting. Its premier ensembles include the Frost Symphony Orchestra, Frost Wind Ensemble, Frost Opera Theater, Frost Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Frost Concert Jazz Band. Now the home of the Henry Mancini Institute, the Frost School also offers a songwriting minor through the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program and was among the first to offer degrees in Music Therapy, and Studio Music and Jazz. Its graduate jazz program is ranked among the top three in the nation. The University of Miami School of Law and the Frost School now offer the first-ever joint degree program in law and music business (J.D./M.M.). The Frost School’s innovative programs, combined with its traditional areas of concentration, offer its students one of the widest choices of career programs of any music school in the nation. www.music.miami.edu.
About the University of Miami
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University's mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. www.miami.edu.
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