October 07, 2013 — Coral Gables, FL — University of Miami trustees, President Shalala, Dean Shelly Berg, friends, students, faculty and staff of the Frost School of Music gathered on Friday, October 4 to honor Dr. Phillip Frost and Patricia Frost at a reception to celebrate their $33 million naming gift a decade ago.
The reception, held in the Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus, was followed by a sold-out Festival Miami concert in UM’s Gusman Concert Hall, featuring violinist Joshua Bell and bassist Edgar Meyer with the Frost Symphony Orchestra. The Frosts were honored at the concert, as well.
Another new work was premiered, Celebration March, composed by Frost Distinguished Alumnus Joel McNeely (B.M. ’82). It was commissioned under the auspices of The Abraham Frost Commission Series for new works, an endowment established in 1989 in honor of Dr. Frost’s late father.
The University of Miami School of Music was renamed the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music on October 16, 2003. Dr. Frost was the co-chairman of the University of Miami Board of Trustees at the time, and the Frosts naming gift was a lead gift in the university’s Momentum campaign that raised $1.4 billion in total. William Hipp, who retired in 2007, was dean of the music school at the time.
The mission of the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music at the University of Miami 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.
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