An Evening with Dave Grusin airs on WPBT2

April 12, 2011 — Dave Grusin, 10 time Grammy Award-winning and Academy Award-winning composer, conductor and pianist steps out to take center stage on An Evening with Dave Grusin, premiering on WPBT2, Thursday, May 12, 8:00 p.m.

Grusin has scored some of the most entertaining and enduring films of the past half-century. An Evening with Dave Grusin, (available on CD, Blu-ray Disc and ROBA iPad App), is a groundbreaking live program that captures him conducting and performing with a host of stars and backed by the University of Miami Frost School of Music’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.

The musical selections feature Dave’s award-winning film scores for On Golden Pond, Tootsie, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Goonies and more. Additionally, Dave celebrates the music of great American composer George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Henry Mancini’s Moon River and Leonard Bernstein’s music for the Broadway hit, West Side Story. Dave is joined by guest artists: Patti Austin, Jon Secada, Monica Mancini, Gary Burton, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres and Sammy Figueroa.

The album and Blu-Ray DVD, set for release on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, on April 26, 2011, is a collection of 12 songs from the performance. The groundbreaking ROBA Interactive iPad app for the project will also be available that day, and includes over 300 pages of photos, videos, audio options, artist interviews, “making of” footage, and more.

The concert was part of the 2009 JAZZ ROOTS: a Larry Rosen Jazz Series, conceived to be as much about education as it is about music. As one of the Adrienne Arsht Center’s largest and most dynamic outreach efforts, the JAZZ ROOTS series provides an in-depth, behind-the-scenes performance and educational component to local jazz high school students during each show.

JAZZ ROOTS producer Larry Rosen and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, ensured that the musicians play a role in fulfilling the series mission to broaden the horizons of our South Florida youth and enhance their quality of life through cultural and learning experiences by participating in pre-concert workshops with area students.

Now, through Larry Rosen Productions and Capsule Media in partnership with WPBT2 in Miami, JAZZ ROOTS is able to extend the outreach through broadcast and new media, to make one of the performances, An Evening with Dave Grusin, available to an even wider audience.

Capturing and preserving the culture and heritage of South Florida is at the core of WPBT2’s mission, advancing the cause of Jazz music has been a lifelong goal for Rosen. Equipping our nation’s most talented students with the skills to achieve the highest level or artistry and musical excellence is the tradition of the Henry Mancini Institute. With the broadcast premiere of An Evening with Dave Grusin, all those promises are being met.

About WPBT2
South Florida’s premier public broadcaster, WPBT2 is a community-licensed, not-for-profit media enterprise serving communities from the Treasure Coast to the Florida Keys. WPBT2 provides high quality content from PBS, independent acquisitions and its own original productions. WPBT2’s digital media platform, offers: 2HD, a 24-hour high definition channel; Digital 2.2, a mix of Science & Nature Channel, The Florida Channel and Create; Digital 2.3, V-me, a 24-hour national Spanish-language network; and www.wpbt2.org, the WPBT2 website including, Impromp2 (a community blog), the WPBT2 Video Player and uVu, a video sharing website.

About Frost School of Music
The mission of the Phillip and Patricia 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 of Music is a world-class music institution with 100 faculty members and 700 students. It is one of 12 prestigious schools and colleges at the University of Miami, a major research institution ranking in the top 50 of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges list. As a result, Frost School students have the freedom to explore many disciplines and carve an educational path unique to their aptitudes and interests.

Frost music programs are among the most diverse in the nation. Performance strength, creativity and scholarship are at its core. World-class faculty recently implemented the groundbreaking Frost Experiential Music Curriculum, designed to train undergraduate students more deeply and with more relevancies for the profession today. A new M.A. in Arts Presenting and a new J.D./M.M. in Music Business are two new graduate programs and the Henry Mancini Institute provides graduate students with cross-genre performance opportunities in professional settings.

About Head Up International:
For nearly 20 years, Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, has been successfully carving its niche in the world of contemporary instrumental music. Heads Up artists and releases have consistently landed on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz, Traditional Jazz and World Music charts, and have garnered numerous industry awards, including Billboard’s Contemporary Latin Jazz Album of the Year, the AFIM’s Independent Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year, eight GRAMMY® Awards and numerous GRAMMY® nominations. Heads Up was also the winner of JazzWeek’s Radio Programmers Album of the Year Award for two consecutive years, and Gibson Guitar’s Best Female Jazz Guitarist. In addition to the awards and accolades, Heads Up artists have regularly captured the No. 1 slot in national radio airplay. http://headsup.com/

About ROBA Interactive:
ROBA Interactive develops multi-media Music Apps for iPad and Android tablet devices that open up new dimensions for an immersive digital music experience. The patent-pending application starts from the artist’s music, and then layers in , videos, interviews, photographs, lyrics, histories, gaming elements, purchases of music, video, tickets, artist merchandise, and more. The company is led by Chairman Larry Rosen and CEO Larry Miller. The first ROBA Music App, An Evening with Dave Grusin, will be released April 26, 2011. ROBA is based in Miami, FL and New York, NY. www.robainteractive.com


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An Evening with Dave Grusin features the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra from the Frost School of Music