March 18, 2013 — Coral Gables — The University of Miami Frost School of Music presents award winning composer and 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Douglas J. Cuomo as part of the 2012-2013 Stamps Family Distinguished Visitors Series. Cuomo will present a master class on April 8 and also appear in concert later that evening.
Douglas Cuomo has composed highly acclaimed and original music for concert and theatrical stages, television, and ﬁlm. Elements of jazz, world music, classical, and popular sources can be heard in Cuomo’s compositions, and his music is as personal, distinctive, and recognizable as it is wide-ranging. His compositions range from well-known television themes — Sex and the City and Now with Bill Moyers, among others — to large scale works for theater, including the operas Doubt and Arjuna's Dilemma. The free master class will be held at 2:30 p.m. on April 8 in Gusman Hall on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus. Admission is free, but a ticket is required. To reserve, call (305) 284-4940 or visit music.miami.edu/events.
Douglas Cuomo’s compositions will be highlighted in concert on April 8 at 8 p.m. at UM Gusman Hall. Cuomo will bring his works to life by describing his compositional process and inspirations, and then perform his own works with Frost faculty members Tony Boutte, Alan Johnson, Brian Lynch, Robynne Redmon, and Frost School of Music students. Program highlights include selections from his opera Doubt, which was recently premiered by Minnesota Opera; selections from A Winter's Journey, a re-imagining of Wilhelm Müller's text used in Schubert's Winterreise song cycle; selections from Arjuna's Dilemma, an opera-oratorio inspired by the Bhagavad Gita; Disbelievers for solo cello; A Far Playground for cello and piano; selections for jazz quintet; and How to Survive in the Woods for vocal quartet.
The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Distinguished Visitors Series was established a decade ago through the extraordinary vision and generous commitment of E. Roe and Penny Stamps. Annually, the series brings an array of significant artists, scholars and music industry leaders to the Frost School of Music for the educational and artistic enrichment of UM students and the community.
About Frost School of Music
The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music is one of two schools created in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded. With over 700 students and 100 faculty, it is one of the largest and best music schools located in a private university in the U.S., and one of the most comprehensive in all of higher education. The naming gift from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost in 2003 was one of the historic highlights in the life of the School.
The mission of the Frost School of Music 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.
The Frost School has pioneered new curricula and was the first in the nation to offer professionally accredited bachelor and master degrees in Music Business and Music Engineering Technology, was among the first to offer degrees in Music Therapy, and Studio Music and Jazz. Renowned for its Instrumental Performance programs, it is the home of the Frost Chamber Orchestra, Frost Symphony Orchestra, and Frost Concert Jazz Band and is a leader in vocal training with the Frost Opera Theater, Frost Chorale and other notable choirs.
Frost is the exclusive home of the Frost Experiential Music Curriculum which fully integrates performance, music history, ear training, music theory and composition through chamber music and skills ensembles; the Henry Mancini Institute which provides students with cross-genre performance opportunities in real-world professional settings; the Stamps Family Distinguished Visitors Series which brings free music master classes and lectures to the community; and the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program which develops the creative skills of talented young artist/songwriters by immersing them in the diverse traditions of American songwriting.
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