November 12, 2012 — Coral Gables — The University of Miami Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music will present its holiday gala dinner, Winter Wonderful, at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, Florida. The festive candlelight dinner features holiday music performed by hundreds of talented student musicians from the Frost School of Music who are pursuing their dream of a life, and career, in music. The goal of Winter Wonderful is to raise $100,000 for music mentoring scholarships at Frost. Individual gala tickets begin at $250; gala tables of 10 begin at $2,500 and go up to $25,000.
“The Winter Wonderful Holiday Dinner is simply the perfect start to the holiday season. It brings good cheer to new and long-time friends of the University of Miami and honors the wonderful patrons of the arts in our community. Best of all, the gala proceeds go directly to support music scholarships at the Frost School of Music, including our new Frost Music-Reach mentoring program that uplifts at-risk teens in our community all year long and encourages them to succeed in school and in life,” said Dean Shelton G. Berg Frost School of Music.
During the holiday dinner festivities, Dean Berg will present the 2012 Frost Legacy Award to Michael and Lynda Gordon, in honor of their inspiring support of the Frost School’s MusicReach mentoring program and other institutions of excellence throughout our community. Dr. and Mrs. Gordon are longtime Miami residents who are actively involved in charitable work, for children, cancer, religious causes, animal rights and multiple areas within the University of Miami including the Frost School of Music.
Highlights of the Winter Wonderful evening will include a sparkling cocktail reception, a sumptuous three-course holiday dinner and joyous musical performances by youthful voices of the Frost Chorale, Symphonic Choir, Cantilena Women’s Choir and Maelstrom Men’s Choir and instrumentalists in the Frost Holiday Orchestra, featuring holiday carols from around the globe. The music director is Karen Kennedy, program director for Choral Studies at the Frost School of Music.
Dr. Michael Gordon is an avid music lover; and in the 1920s his mother sang and danced on Broadway for Florenz Ziegfeld. A cardiologist, he received his B.S., M.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He carried out his residency at the Mayo Clinic while a Research Fellow of the NIH, and received his Cardiology training at Georgetown University. In 1966, Dr. Gordon joined the University of Miami School of Medicine where he is now the Director of the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education and Associate Dean.
He pioneered the application of technology to medical education and developed systems used for training at over 1800 medical centers and agencies worldwide, including “Harvey,” the Cardiopulmonary Patient Simulator that can simulate essentially any cardiac disease at the touch of a button.
Lynda Sosso Gordon grew up in Pittsburgh and attended the University of Memphis. After a career in the cosmetics and fashion industry, she became an event planner and met Michael while working with the Winterfest Boat Parade. The Gordons describe the Frost School of Music and Dean Berg as “absolutely extraordinary” and feel privileged to support the MusicReach mentoring program.
About Frost MusicReach Mentorship Program
The Frost MusicReach Mentorship Program uses music as a motivating tool to encourage teens to graduate from high school and continue on to college. Recent research by the Rand Corporation and others suggests that MUSIC is more effective than sports or any other school activity in keeping kids enrolled in school.
The Frost MusicReach program collaborates with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony to provide safe and fun music instruction on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus for motivated at-risk 7th graders from the Miami-Dade region, pairing them with freshman music majors from the Frost School of Music who mentor them for four years! The MusicReach program has recently expanded to provide free after school group music lessons at Aspira Charter Schools in North Miami, and also assists with music instruction at Mays Conservatory for the Art in Goulds.
Learning to play a musical instrument provides three key elements that are essential for successful learning: risk-taking/public performance; hands-on learning; consistent and ongoing mentoring from a caring adult.
Proceeds from Winter Wonderful! will help to scholarship dozens of NEW mentors—for four years each—inspiring and teaching 40 NEW teens toward their pursuit of excellence. The benefits are lifelong, and proven.
About the 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, 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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