Festival Miami Announces 31st Season of ‘Great Performances’ Concerts

June 26, 2014 — Coral Gables, FL — Presenting its 31st Season along with new presenting sponsor UHealth at Coral Gables the University of Miami Frost School of Music’s acclaimed Festival Miami – Florida’s premier live music festival – stages a stellar line-up of acclaimed performing artists in a diverse blend of styles and cultural backgrounds this October 10 through November 8. World-class instrumentalists, orchestras, singers, songwriters, composers and other musical icons showcase their artistic prowess alongside astounding faculty artists and students from the Frost School of Music. More than 25 concerts and events are organized into four genre themes: Great Performances, Jazz and Beyond, Music of the Americas, and Creative American Music.

With over a dozen concerts and master classes presented under the Great Performances theme, Festival Miami’s 31st season opens on October 10, 2014 as the Frost Symphony Orchestra presents Made in America featuring Thomas Sleeper conducting outstanding works by American composers Barber, Bernstein, Creston, Ives, and Ruggles. The program begins with Leonard Bernstein's feverish Candide Overture followed by Charles Ives's haunting miniature, The Unanswered Question. Internationally acclaimed saxophonist Dale Underwood appears as soloist on Paul Creston's Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra and virtuoso violinist Michael Ludwig performs Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto. The all-American program also features Carl Ruggles's powerful one-movement work, Sun-Treader and a new gem, Three Glorious Days, by Matthew Evan Taylor, which will receive its world premiere.

Violinist Michael Ludwig will also present a master class at 10:00 a.m. the following morning, Saturday, October 11 which is free and open to the public in the Weeks Center for Recording and Performance, located at 5501 San Amaro Drive on the UM Coral Gables campus.

Opening weekend also features the masterful trio Time For Three (“Tf3”) at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12 performing a blend of classic and contemporary styles. Featuring Zach De Pue and Nick Kendall both on violin, and Ranaan Meyer on bass, Tf3 performs music from Bach and Brahms, to their own arrangements of The Beatles, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Justin Timberlake. The concert is co-hosted by Universal Music U @ Frost. It’s time to experience a new kind of classical music concert—it’s Time for Three!

Another inventive new chamber group Pulse explores appealing repertoire by composers from around the world on October 15. Hailed for their virtuosity and creativity, Pulse features Frost faculty clarinet artist Margaret Donaghue Flavin; violinist Scott Flavin, concertmaster for the Florida Grand Opera and music director of Miami Mozarteum; and pianist Marina Radiushina, prizewinner of numerous international competitions and artistic director of the Miami Chamber Music Society. For its Festival Miami debut, PULSE has selected an appealing repertoire mix by composers representing China (Tibetan Dance by Bright Sheng), Cuba (Danzas Cubanos by Rene Touzet), Hungary (Mulatosh Stomp by Derek Bermel), Russia (Suite by Alexander Arutiunian) and the USA (Bridges by Victoria Bond and the world premiere of Heroic Measures by Dorothy Hindman).

On October 21, classical guitar buffs will enjoy the ever-popular Concierto de Aranjuez and other great guitar masterworks by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo featuring guitar virtuosi Rafael Padrón, Rene Izquierdo, Isaac Bustos and Federico Musgrove. They will be supported by fabulous string musicians from the Frost School of Music conducted by J. Steven Moore. Cuban-born guitar virtuoso Rafael Padrón opens the program with Fantasía para un gentilhombre. Rene Izquierdo, praised by Classical Guitar Magazine for his “unforgettable versatility, sensitivity and sublime musicianship,” is showcased on Rodrigo’s ever-popular Concierto de Aranjuez. The concert culminates with Concierto Andaluz for four guitars and orchestra, with multi-award winning Isaac Bustos in the solo chair—hailed by Guitarra Magazine as “an extraordinary ambassador of the classical guitar.”

Padrón, Izquierdo and Bustos also present a classical guitar master class the day prior, Monday, October 20 at 5:00 p.m. in the Weeks Center for Recording and Performance that is free and open to the public.

Additional Festival Miami Great Performances highlights include renowned Metropolitan opera star soprano Dawn Upshaw and composer-conductor Maria Schneider in the Florida premiere of their three-time Grammy Award winning project Winter Morning Walks with the Frost School of Music’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra on October 25. NPR describes it as “lyrical, flowing, intimately expressive… music to fall in love with the first time.” Dawn Upshaw was deemed “one of the most consequential performers of our time” by the Los Angeles Times and has performed at the Met over 300 times. Maria Schneider’s compositions are hailed as “evocative, majestic, magical.” In this amazing nine-part song cycle, Schneider melds her compositional mastery to the poetry of Ted Kooser, Poet Laureate of the United States from 2004 to 2006. The second half of the program features Schneider’s music set to English translations of Carlos Drummond de Andrade poetry by Mark Strand. Auditioned Frost Opera Theater singers, coached by Dawn Upshaw, will also participate. This will be the first performance of the music since the project was originally recorded by the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Maria Schneider participates in a 7:00 p.m. Q&A session directly preceding the 8:00 p.m. concert.

Also during the festival, Maria Schneider offers an orchestrating workshop on Thursday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m. and Dawn Upshaw conducts a vocal master class on Friday, October 24 at 1:25 p.m. Both sessions will be held at the Frost School of Music’s Weeks Center for Recording and Performance and are free and open to the public.

The following evening, October 26 at 6:00 p.m., Grammy nominated cellist Dave Eggar, National YoungArts alumnus and U.S. Presidential Scholar of the Arts, performs and hosts a National YoungArts Foundation Interdisciplinary Showcase with other notable YoungArts alumni who are making big waves in the art world. Featured cellist Dave Eggar performs as a classical soloist worldwide and with top artists in virtually every musical genre. Eggar is the recipient of the Sony Records Elevated Standards prize for accomplishments in the field of classical music, and was decorated by Time magazine, ASCAP, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional artist(s) to be announced. For more information about the National YoungArts Foundation, visit youngarts.org.

Festival Miami’s annual free Emerging Composers concert takes place on October 27. Adjudicated winners of the Frost School of Music’s 2014 Emerging Composers Competition will present newly composed works for varied instrument and vocal combinations, including several new works for soprano and percussion performed by a new group, Resound Duo.

The acclaimed piano duo Genova and Dimitrov then performs two-piano, four-hand favorites by Chopin, Arensky, Liszt and others on October 29. The husband-and-wife piano duo of Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov brings unforgettable artistry and fiery passion to the stage every time they step into the spotlight. Genova and Dimitrov are the artistic directors of the Dranoff International Two Piano Competition. Their playing is described as “Pure Harmony! Captivating” by Berliner Morgenpost and Claudio Abbado called them “THE piano duo of the younger generation.” Hear their brilliant piano magic unfold as they perform two-piano masterworks such as Chopin’s Rondo in C Major, Op. 73; Arensky’s Suite No. 3, Op. 33 “Variations;” Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances” from Prince Igor arranged for two pianos by Victor Babin; and Liszt’s highly challenging Reminiscences de “Norma” for two pianos, inspired by Bellini’s famed opera. They will also perform Martha and Mary Meditation by Frost School’s Dean Shelly Berg that was commissioned by St. Martha’s Church in Miami Shores for the most recent Dranoff International Two Piano Competition.

The colorful and spirited Frost Wind Ensemble presents an all-Gershwin Sunday afternoon program at 3:00 p.m. on November 2 under the direction of Gary Green with a new arrangement of Gershwin’s Fascinating Rhythm featuring Mark O’Connor (violin), Shelly Berg (piano), Chuck Bergeron (bass), Steve Houghton (drums), as well as a transcription of the classic “I Got Rhythm” Variations. The concert also includes Donald Hunsberger’s adaptation of Gershwin’s Cuban Overture as well as his multi-movement suite based on Porgy and Bess featuring Broadway touring sensation Alicia Hall Moran and operatic favorite Kevin Short.

Then, Gold Medalist of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Vadym Kholodenko offers a thrilling solo piano recital on November 4 featuring works by Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy and Balakirev. Praised for his “absorbing melodic shadings” and “glittering passage work,” Kholodenko performs Handel’s Suite in F Major, HWV 427; Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310; Beethoven’s Andante favori; Debussy’s Children’s Corner and Pour le piano; and Balakirev’s Islamey (“Oriental Fantasy”). Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Kholodenko also won First Prize at the 2011 Schubert Piano Competition (Dortmund, Germany), First Prize at the 2010 Sendai Piano Competition (Sendai, Japan) and the Grand Prix at the Maria Callas Competition (Athens, Greece).

Recommended along with Festival Miami’s Great Performances themed concerts is Seraphic Fire as they perform Vivaldi: Gloria with the New York-based period orchestra The Sebastians, at UM Gusman Concert Hall on November 7 (tickets are available through the Seraphic Fire box office at 305-285-9060 or online at http://www.seraphicfire.org).

For the complete listing of Great Performances, please click here.

Concerts are held in the intimate 600-seat UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive, on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus, unless otherwise indicated. Tickets start at $15 and several free events are also offered. Season packages will be available to the public starting July 21 and all individual tickets will be available to the public starting August 4th. For tickets and the full Festival Miami 2014 schedule, visit festivalmiami.com, or call 305-284-4940.

About Festival Miami
Festival Miami has set a precedent over the last three decades 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.

For a complete listing of concerts and to order tickets online visit festivalmiami.com or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for additional information. The Festival Miami Advance Ticket Sales Office phone number is (305) 284-4940. Hours are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All performances are held at the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, located at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, 1314 Miller Drive, on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables Campus (unless otherwise noted).

About the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music
The mission of the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music at the University of Miami is to foster musical leadership by providing an innovative, relevant, and inspiring education; advance performance, creativity and scholarship; and enrich the world community with meaningful outreach and brilliant cultural offerings. 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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