September 13, 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 five diverse programs as part of its Creative American Music series 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 Creative American Music series kicks off on October 9 with Festival Miami’s annual free Songwriters Showcase -- one of the most anticipated popular events at Festival Miami each year -- featuring songs composed and performed by Frost School of Music students enrolled in the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music program. The following night, will feature multi-Platinum singer-songwriter Joan Osborne who will enthrall audiences with her sultry, muscular voice as she performs an unforgettable acoustic duo concert on October 10, with pianist Kevin Cotton, featuring her Grammy-nominated breakthrough hit single “One of Us,” which sold over 3 million copies on first release, and was featured in the TV show Glee. Osborne will also perform newer originals and covers from her 2012 Grammy-nominated album, Bring It On Home, a raw, woolly collection of vintage blues, R&B and soul songs that make up the seventh album from this spirited artist.
Then, on October 13, Festival Miami presents Fiddles on Fire, featuring the return of multi-Grammy Award-winning crossover violinist Mark O’Connor, a Festival Miami favorite who brilliantly melds folk, country and classical traditions into distinctive forms. He will be joined by Glenn Basham for an extraordinary display of violin virtuosity of epic dimension with fingers flying, toes tapping, and a blaze of excitement as they create an improvisatory mash-up of roaring bluegrass, jazz and country fiddle. Student fiddlers and national champion finalists from the Frost School of Music also showcase their prodigious talents.
Multi-nominated Blues Music Award artist Ana Popovic, whose fiery, passionate playing and singing have earned her the moniker “the female Jimi Hendrix,” will perform a crowd-pleasing show on October 19. Considered one of the best blues players on the scene today, the Memphis-based Serbian guitarist/singer-songwriter is an international touring artist who has shared the stage with such American blues icons as B. B. King, Buddy Guy, and Robert Cray. Her most recent release, Can You Stand the Heat, was featured in USA Today as a “Pick of the Week.” In addition, the chart-topping blues sensation was a featured special guest artist on NPR Music and has appeared on the cover of Vintage Guitar magazine and American Blues Scene, among others.
Festival Miami collaborates with Sunday Afternoons of Music for Children to present a Halloween concert on Sunday, October 27 with The Okee Dokee Brothers, 2013 Grammy Award winners in the “Best Children’s Album” category and two-time Parent’s Choice Award recipients. They have garnered praise from the likes of NPR's All Things Considered and USA Today. All children are invited to dress in Halloween costumes and enjoy an after-concert A-B-C party: Apple juice, Balloons and Cookies.
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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