Festival Miami Opening Weekend: Pick of the Week by The Miami Herald

October 16, 2015 — Coral Gables, Fla. — The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music at University of Miami is pleased to announce that Opening Weekend of its 32nd annual Festival Miami, presented by UHealth—University of Miami Health System, received a music Pick of the Week recommendation today by The Miami Herald. The Festival was also featured on the front page of The Miami Herald's Tropical Life section.

Presented October 16 through November 7, 2015, the Festival will offer vibrant performances by the biggest names on the music scene, who will showcase their talents alongside the outstanding students and faculty artists from the Frost School of Music. More than 20 performances will be held in the intimate setting of the 600-seat UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive.

When the Festival’s 32nd season kicks off tonight, October 16, South Florida concert-goers will experience an unforgettable program featuring the music of three visionary American composers. The highlight of the evening will be the Billboard chart-topping piano sensation SIMONE DINNERSTEIN, who will perform the Florida premiere of Philip Lasser’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra – The Circle and the Child with the FROST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. Additional Festival highlights include a concert on October 17 by Latin pop singer RAQUEL SOFÍA, whom Grammy-winning producer George Noriega says is “one of those rare artists that come along only once in a generation.” At 4 p.m. this Sunday afternoon, October 18, Festival Miami presents prize-winning violinist CHARLES CASTLEMAN in a rousing solo violin concert, his festival debut.

Charles Greenfield interviews Dean Shelly Berg with an in-depth look at the upcoming 2015 Festival Miami at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

Other Festival Miami highlights include Cuban-born piano master GONZALO RUBALCABA on October 22, who has been heralded by The New York Times as “one of the greatest musicians in jazz…a pianist of almost supernatural abilities,” and three-time Latin Grammy Award winner NATALIA LAFOURCADE on October 23. Then Grammy- and Emmy-winning tenor and 2015 Frost Distinguished Alumnus JOHN EASTERLIN will thrill audiences with Broadway and opera favorites on October 24.

CYRILLE AIMÉE, who is an extraordinary revelation in contemporary vocal jazz, will perform with the 2015 DownBeat Collegiate Award winning FROST STUDIO JAZZ BAND and JAZZ VOCAL 1 ENSEMBLE on October 29. Multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter and pianist BEN FOLDS will perform his critically acclaimed Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with the Frost School’s HENRY MANCINI INSTITUTE ORCHESTRA on October 30. The Festival continues on November 1 with an exhilarating sonic celebration when the violin/viola hip-hop duo BLACK VIOLIN. For the full Festival Miami schedule, visit www.festivalmiami.com.

Single tickets start at $15. They may be purchased at www.festivalmiami.com or by calling 305-284-4940.

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Thomas Sleeper, University of Miami Frost School of Music professor of music and director of orchestral activities, conducts the Frost Symphony Orchestra at the opening of Festival Miami tonight, October 16, at UM Gusman Concert Hall.