October 21, 2013 — Coral Gables — Now beginning its third week of its 30th season, the University of Miami Frost School of Music’s acclaimed Festival Miami -- South Florida’s premier live music festival -- presents two outstanding classical programs this Tuesday October 22 and Wednesday, October 23 featuring the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor/composer José Serebrier, who is one of the most recorded classical artists in history.
Thirty years ago, Serebrier was the first artistic director of a new “International Music Festival of the Americas,” which he subsequently renamed Festival Miami. Now with numerous Grammy Awards, including the Latin Grammy for "Best Classical Album of 2004” and a celebrated career as a conductor, Serebrier returns with the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra in the spirit of the maestro’s founding vision to bring internationally acclaimed touring artists and orchestras to Miami.
The first program opens with a U.S. premiere of Imágines by acclaimed Costa Rican composer Vinicio Meza. Then, pianist Shelly Berg performs a stunning rendition of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for orchestra plus jazz trio. The concert concludes with lively music from the 1955 film, The Gadfly, composed by Russian master Dmitri Shostakovich. The Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra’s second program, on October 23, presents two more premieres: De la Sabiduría del Rey Salomón by Marvin Camacho (U.S. premiere) and They Rode Into the Sunset—Music for an Imaginary Film by José Serebrier (world premiere). Outstanding flutist Sharon Bezaly then takes the stage as featured soloist in Serebrier’s colorful Flute Concerto with Tango. The evening concludes with dance music from two popular operas: Three scenes from Carmen Symphony by Georges Bizet/arr. José Serebrier and “Polovtsian Dances” from Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin, which also features the magnificent Frost Chorale.
Both 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 Great Performances series kicked off on October 4, 2013 with renowned classical virtuosos Joshua Bell and Edgar Meyer performing with the Frost Symphony Orchestra.
Next week: Festival Miami presents a special tribute concert on October 29 in celebration of the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, one of the 20th century’s greatest composers. Tenor soloist and concert host Tony Boutte will be featured in works showcasing many of the Frost School of Music’s outstanding faculty, students, and ensembles, including the Frost Chorale in a performance of “Choral Dances from Gloriana,” and the Frost Symphony Orchestra will perform one of Britten’s final works, Suite on English Folk Tunes ‘A Time There Was…’. To round out the commemoration, Boutté will join the Frost Symphony to give the first public performance of Britten's Three Small Songs, plus the U.S. premiere of Everyone Sang, for tenor and orchestra.
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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