Frost School announces Spring 2010 Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Distinguished Visitors Series

December 10, 2010 — Coral Gables, FL — The University of Miami Frost School of Music together with the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation will be presenting its spring season of the 2010-2011 Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Distinguished Visitors Series. Committed to the enrichment of educational and artistic experiences for students at the Frost School of Music, philanthropists Roe and Penny Stamps established the Distinguished Visitors Series in 2003. The purpose of the series is to offer students the opportunity to expand their artistic and intellectual growth by providing unmatched educational experiences that continue the University of Miami’s tradition of excellence.

Upcoming events include two lecture presentations and one performance by Frost music students and faculty – all with free admission. The first lecture, “The Concert Hall that Fell Asleep and Woke Up as a Car Radio,” will be given by Libby Larsen on January 24, 2011 at 8 pm at UM Gusman Concert Hall. Larsen is a vigorous, articulate advocate for the music and musicians of our time. She is co-founder of the Minnesota Composers Forum (now American Composers Forum), a program that supports new composers and developing new markets for their music. She is also a Grammy Award winner with over 400 works spanning virtually in every genre from intimate vocal to massive orchestral music.

On January 25, 2011 at 8 pm, there will also be a free performance, “Music of Libby Larsen”—featuring performances by Frost students and faculty, at the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, University of Miami at 1314 Miller Drive.

The 2010-2011 series will end with a lecture presentation from Daniel Levitin, neuroscientist and best-selling author of This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession and The World in Six Songs. Levitin earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Oregon, researching complex auditory patterns and pattern processing in expert and non-expert populations. He completed postdoctoral training at Stanford University Medical School in neuroimaging and at UC Berkeley in cognitive psychology. He has consulted on audio sound source separation for the U.S. Navy, and on audio quality for several record labels and rock bands including the Grateful Dead and Steely Dan. The lecture presentation will be held on March 3, 2011 at 6 pm, in the UM BankUnited Center's Fieldhouse/Multi-Purpose Room, 1245 Dauer Drive. To view the map, please click here.

Past 2010 series visitors included Lamont Dozier writer and producer of over 54 #1 hits for The Supremes, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, and a host of others, giving them credit for being the architects of the Motown sound. Also a past performer this season was Matt Wilson who has played, toured, and recorded with various bands and musicians including the Either/Orchestra, Charlie Kohlhase Quintet, Bevan Manson, John Medeski, and Dominique Eade.

For more information on this season of Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Distinguished Visitors Series call 305-284-4940, or visit the Frost School of Music website


The Frost School of Music, one of two schools created in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded, 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 was one of the historic highlights in the life of the School. Building on its foundation as a Conservatory of Music, the Frost School has pioneered new curricula and was the first in the nation to offer professionally accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Business and Music Engineering Technology. The Frost School was also among the first to offer degrees in Studio Music and Jazz, Music Therapy, and Accompanying and Chamber Music. In addition, the Frost School was the first in a major university to develop a student-run label, ‘Cane Records, and a publishing company, Category Five. The School’s innovative programs, combined with its traditional areas of concentration, offer its students one of the widest choices of career programs of any music school in the nation. The Frost School continues to lead, having recently established a new songwriting degree; the “Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program.” Also, the world-renowned Henry Mancini Institute has relocated from Los Angeles to the Frost School.

The University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of our diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world.

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Grammy winning composer Libby Larsen will be a featured Stamps Distinguished Visitor on January 24 and 25, 2011 at the UM Frost School of Music. In addition, Daniel Levitin, best-selling author of "This is Your Brain on Music," will speak on March 3, 2011.