’Canes in the Community… Frost Musicians Performing Across South Florida this Spring

February 04, 2014 — Coral Gables, FL — Frost School of Music students start the year 2014 off in style, taking their talents beyond the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus and into a myriad of performance events and venues in South Florida.

The Frost Opera Theater returned for a seventh year to Fort Lauderdale for a performance under the stars in January at the beautiful Bonnet House Museum and Gardens as part of its Young Artist Music Series.

Coming up, Frost students will perform afternoon concerts on selected Sundays during the months of February and March in conjunction with Sunday Sounds at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Coordinated through the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute, students and faculty pair up to perform chamber music in varied styles and provide interesting insights about the music. Sunday Sounds takes place at 1:00 pm at the Glasshouse Café. Concerts are free with price of admission to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. For more information, visit www.fairchildgarden.org.

Selected Frost ensembles continue their outdoor performances celebrating Miami’s beautiful spring weather in the Gifford Arboretum, every third Wednesday in January through April at 6 p.m. Audience members are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy music and a sunset under the trees.

The Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra will perform in concert with Arturo Sandoval and Monica Mancini on March 8, 7:30 p.m. at the Festival of the Arts Boca, Mizner Park Outdoor Theater, Boca Raton. In addition, Frost students will perform with Forte – the popular operatic tenor trio on March 15, 7:30 p.m., also at Mizner Park Outdoor Theater. For tickets, visit: www.festivaloftheartsboca.org.

Dean Shelly Berg and the Frost Concert Jazz Band will be featured on Saturday, March 15, 8:00 p.m. as part of the South Motors Jazz Series at Pinecrest Gardens. The Frost Concert Jazz Band, now under the direction of new department chair and trumpet artist John Daversa, has been the University of Miami's premiere large jazz ensemble for over 30 years. The band has numerous recordings to its credit, which showcase their long lineage of world-class talent. Experience a night that runs the gamut from beautiful ballads to exciting and dynamic swing. Visit www.pinecrest-fl.gov for tickets and details.

Later in the month, Women of the Frost Symphonic Choir join the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra on March 21 and March 22 at the Adrienne Arsht Center, as they perform The Planets by Gustav Holst. From fiery Mars to serene and distant Neptune, this experience promises to be “out of this world!” To purchase tickets, visit clevelandorchestramiami.com

To close out the Frost School’s spring community engagement activities, Frost Symphony Orchestra will perform Sergei Prokofiev’s musical fairytale, Peter and the Wolf with celebrity storyteller Martin Bookspan on Sunday, March 23 at 3:00 p.m. for the Sunday Afternoons of Music for Children series. The Frost Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Thomas Sleeper, is a stellar ensemble that performs and records standard orchestral literature as well as new repertoire. The orchestra maintains an active performance schedule, on campus and beyond. To purchase tickets, visit sundaymusicals.org

The mission of the University of Miami is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and provide service to our community and beyond. In that spirit, students and faculty of the Frost School of Music perform frequently throughout the community, as well as on the University of Miami campus, and also provide free music lessons to over 450 students in Miami-Dade County through its Frost MusicReach programs.

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