The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra at the Frost School of Music is a highly selective graduate ensemble that is inspiring a whole new spectrum of artistic creation and exploration. The artistic director is film composer James Newton Howard.
Resident conductor Scott Flavin greets violinist Midori at a recent master class at the Frost School of Music.
At the core of the Henry Mancini Institute (HMI) is a multi-genre ‘cross-over’ orchestra that provides an avenue for aspiring top-level students to learn an expansive array of music. Mentored by HMI artistic director Terence Blanchard and artistic coordinator and resident conductor Scott Flavin, the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra provides unique and ‘real-world’ experiences. HMI assembles the very best classical and jazz student musicians from around the world and trains them to play a full range of musical genres– from traditional and contemporary classical styles, to pop, jazz, rock, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban, Latin, Asian, and other world music. By doing so, they are introducing—and creating—new musical works that are attracting younger, larger and more diverse audiences to the performing arts.
The HMI Orchestra is the resident orchestra of the Larry Rosen JazzRoots series at the Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami. Recent recording projects include three landmark PBS specials, An Evening with Dave Grusin (2011), Gloria Estefan: The Standards (2013) and Jazz and the Philharmonic (2014). The Dave Grusin project was released on a Blu-ray DVD, i-pad app, and a CD that earned a Grammy nomination in the Best Surround Sound category. Okeh Records also released the Jazz and the Philharmonic project as a CD, to critical acclaim. The HMI Orchestra was also featured on an HBO television show with comedian Robert Klein entitled Unfair and Unbalanced (2010).
The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra has performed with such marquee guest artists as violinist Mark O’Connor, rock musicians Bruce Hornsby and Steve Miller, bluegrass star Ricky Skaggs, vocalists Denyce Graves, Dawn Upshaw, Eric Owens, Michael Feinstein, Patti Austin, Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Monica Manicini, Take 6, and instrumental greats Arturo Sandoval, Terence Blanchard, Maria Schneider, John Clayton, Gary Burton, Dave Koz and Nestor Torres. Guest artists also work with HMI students in the classroom, concert stage, recording studio and other collaborative settings.