September 28, 2012 — Coral Gables — The University of Miami Frost School of Music is pleased to present Leon Fleisher, pianist and conductor; Jason Moran, jazz pianist and composer; Charles Lazarus, trumpeter and composer; Steve Miller, blues-rock guitarist; Peter R. Webster, a leader in music education; and Douglas J. Cuomo, musician and writer of scores for television series, movies and independent films as part of the 2012-2013 Stamps Family Distinguished Visitors Series. The series is presented throughout the academic year on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus. With the exception of the Frost Concert Jazz Band concert featuring Steve Miller, admission to all lectures and concerts is free, but a ticket is required. Reserve tickets online at http://www.music.miami.edu or call (305) 284-4940.
The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Distinguished Visitors Series was established a decade ago through the extraordinary vision and generous commitment of E. Roe and Penny Stamps. Annually, the series brings an array of significant artists, scholars and music industry leaders to the Frost School of Music for the educational and artistic enrichment of UM students and the community.
Pianist-conductor Leon Fleisher will present a master class on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at UM Gusman Hall. In this master class, Frost professor Frank Cooper chats with world-renowned pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher about his fascinating life, career, and thoughts on music. Fleisher is the youngest-ever student of Artur Schnabel, and he debuted with the New York Philharmonic in 1944. Among other honors and awards, Fleisher received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007 for his contribution to U.S. culture. On Thursday, October 4 at UM Gusman Hall, Fleisher will conduct the Frost Symphony Orchestra in a program of Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. Tickets range from $25 to $65.
Jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran is a 2010 MacArthur Foundation Recipient and is a triple-crown winner in DownBeat’s 59th Annual Critics Poll. He will present a master class on Tuesday, October 23 at Clarke Recital Hall in the L. Austin Weeks Center for Recording and Performance. As a pianist, composer, and bandleader he mines a variety of musical styles to create adventurous jazz performances, blending classical, blues, and jazz techniques with the musical influences of his generation, including funk, hip-hop, and rock. On Wednesday, October 24, Moran brings his unique blend of traditional jazz and modern elements with his award-winning group, Jason Moran & The Bandwagon to UM Gusman Hall. Tickets range from $20 to $50.
Critically acclaimed trumpeter and composer Charles Lazarus is known for his distinctive blend of lounge/exotica and funk-fired jazz. He will present a master class entitled “Cross-Training for Brass” on Friday, February 8, 2013 at Clarke Recital Hall in the L. Austin Weeks Center for Recording and Performance. Lazarus made his main stage Carnegie Hall solo debut with the New York String Orchestra at the age of 19, while still a student at The Juilliard School in New York. He has performed with notable groups and taught at major universities all over the world. He will perform on Thursday, February 7 at UM Gusman Hall as part of the Frost Faculty Brass Quintet. The concert also features the debut of the Stamps Brass Quintet, a group comprised of five extraordinarily talented young musicians.
For more than 40 years, Steve Miller’s trademark blues-rock sound has made him one of rock music’s all-time greats. His will present a lecture on Tuesday, February 19 at UM Gusman Hall. An arena concert veteran, Steve Miller continues touring and continues to make legendary music. He will present a concert with the Frost Concert Jazz Band on Wednesday, February 20 at the BankUnited Center Fieldhouse. Tickets range from $25 to $50.
Peter Webster, a leader in music education and widely published author on technology, music cognition and creative thinking in music, will offer insight on the future of music education in his lecture on Wednesday, April 3 at UM Gusman Hall.
UM Frost School of Music Distinguished Alumnus 2011 Douglas J. Cuomo, has written extensively for concert and theatrical stages, television, and film. His Stamps Distinguished Lecture will be presented on Monday, April 8, at 2:30 p.m. at UM Gusman Hall. His expressive musical language is a natural outgrowth of his eclectic background and training. While in his teens, Cuomo became a professional guitarist, alternating years of college with years on the road, and is best known for writing the theme to Sex and the City. He will present a concert featuring Frost faculty and students on April 8 at 8:00 p.m.
About Frost School of Music
The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music is one of two schools created in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded. With over 700 students and 100 faculty, it 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 in 2003 was one of the historic highlights in the life of the School.
The mission of the 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 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, was among the first to offer degrees in Music Therapy, and Studio Music and Jazz. Renowned for its Instrumental Performance programs, it is the home of the Frost Chamber Orchestra, Frost Symphony Orchestra, and Frost Concert Jazz Band and is a leader in vocal training with the Frost Opera Theater, Frost Chorale and other notable choirs.
Frost is the exclusive home of the Frost Experiential Music Curriculum which fully integrates performance, music history, ear training, music history and composition through chamber music and skills ensembles; the Henry Mancini Institute which provides students with cross-genre performance opportunities in real-world professional settings; the Stamps Family Distinguished Visitors Series which brings free music master classes and lectures to the community; and the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program which develops the creative skills of talented young artist/songwriters by immersing them in the diverse traditions of American songwriting.
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