Frost School of Music Works with National YoungArts Foundation, Arsht Center for Jazz Roots Concert

January 08, 2013 — Coral Gables — The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and Larry Rosen, together with presenting sponsor TotalBank, present Jazz Roots: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series – Jazz and the Philharmonic on January 11, 2013 in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall. This unprecedented music event will explore the intersection where jazz and classical music meet, featuring a distinguished roster of jazz and classical musicians, as well as rising stars. Produced jointly with YoungArts and the UM Frost School of Music, the concert is the third in a series of six concerts during the 2012-2013 Jazz Roots Fifth Anniversary Season.

The program, directed by Larry Rosen, will showcase legendary vocal innovator and multi- Grammy winner and YoungArts HBO Master Teacher Bobby Mcferrin, NEA Jazz Master and 16-time Grammy winner Chick Corea, acclaimed American bass-baritone and 1988 YoungArts alumnus Eric Owens, multi-Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer/arranger and pianist Dave Grusin, violin virtuoso Mark O’Connor, and noted Concord Records jazz pianist, Dean of the University of Miami Frost School of Music and YoungArts Master Teacher Shelly Berg, as well as the University of Miami Frost School of Music’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, featuring Grammy-winning trumpeter, film composer, 1981 YoungArts alumnus, and Artistic Director of the Frost School of Music’s Henry Mancini Institute Terence Blanchard, and classical piano virtuoso and YoungArts alumna Elizabeth Roe, who was named one of the classical music world’s “Six on the Rise: Young Artists to Watch” by Symphony Magazine. The evening will be hosted by internationally celebrated dancer/choreographer and Broadway star Desmond Richardson, who will also showcase his dazzling modern dance prowess in an improvisational work with Bobby Mcferrin, among other dances. Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the great modern dancers of his time,” Richardson is a former principal with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and American Ballet Theater, and a 1986 YoungArts alumnus.

The concert will feature the talents of these acclaimed artists performing themes by the world’s greatest composers – including Bach, Debussy, Aaron Copland, Henry Mancini, Dave Grusin, Chick Corea and Terence Blanchard -- in a mix of orchestral stylings and jazz improvisations. Highlights of the program include a duet by Dave Grusin and Mark O’Connor in Mountain Dance, one of Grusin’s most significant compositions; Eric Owens as soloist in a selection from Terence Blanchard’s Champion, an opera based on the story of prizefighter Emile Griffith, which will receive its world premiere in June 2013 at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis; Spanish Suite, which is based on Corea’s renowned composition, Spain, and Joaquín Rodrigo’s ever-popular Concierto de Aranjuez. The program will also offer the unique opportunity to experience duet and trio performances by Mcferrin, Grusin, and Corea. The evening will culminate with an explosive grand finale, featuring the famous fanfare from Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, which was used as the main theme in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

In celebration of the Jazz Roots Fifth Anniversary Season, this concert is an historic collaboration between the Arsht Center, the University of Miami Frost School of Music, and The National YoungArts Foundation, marking the first time that these three Miami-based arts and educational institutions have collaborated in an integrated program. The concert is also one of the special events during YoungArts Week 2013, which draws the nation’s top young artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts to Miami for performances and exhibits at the city’s top cultural venues.

Tickets range from $25 to $150* and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722 or online at

“This one-night-only concert is the crown jewel of our Jazz Roots Fifth Anniversary season, and we are incredibly proud to collaborate with UM’s Frost School of Music and our new neighbor YoungArts,” said M. John Richard, President and CEO of the Arsht Center. “The phenomenal lineup of today’s most established artists as well as the newest generation of bright talent has the potential to deliver one of the most memorable performances in the Arsht Center’s seven-year history.”

“The concept to bring our Miami based performing arts, education, and mentoring community together in celebration of our Jazz Roots 5th anniversary, and create a show that features America’s rising stars and world class legends to perform the music of the world’s greatest composers, has been in the making for nearly a year,” said producer, and concert director, Larry Rosen. “We are happy to announce that this Jazz Roots once-in-a-lifetime concert presented at the Arsht Center will be filmed and recorded for an upcoming YoungArts PBS TV special for folks around the planet to see and experience.”

The Jazz Roots series originated at the Arsht Center in Miami and is now presented at major performing arts centers in five U.S. cities. Jazz Roots also features an in-depth educational partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools which has brought approximately 4,200 high school music students to the Center for a complimentary and unique behind-the-scenes experience including: a pre-concert sound check; a Q&A session with featured artists followed by a workshop with a local jazz expert that will highlight the music, the artistic process and the practical skills needed for a career in the arts; and free entry to the evening’s performance. The Jazz Roots education program is made possible in part by a grant from The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Fund and individual contributions from members of the Jazz Roots Encore Circle.

Jazz Roots: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series is presented by TotalBank, a subsidiary of Banco Popular Espanol, S.A.; WPBT Channel 2, WLRN 91.3 FM are media sponsors of Jazz Roots. The Jazz Roots series is also sponsored in part by Steinway & Sons, the official piano of the Adrienne Arsht Center.

A superstar roster of Award-winning jazz and classical musicians, YoungArts All-Star Master Teachers and Alumni, as well as rising stars will come together for an unprecedented one-night-only concert at the Arsht Center. The concert, directed by Larry Rosen, will showcase Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Dave Grusin, Terence Blanchard, Mark O’Connor, Shelly Berg, Eric Owens, Elizabeth Roe, Desmond Richardson, plus the University of Miami Frost School of Music’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. The program will feature these pre-eminent artists performing themes by the world’s greatest composers – including Bach, Debussy, Aaron Copland, and Henry Mancini, as well as Chick Corea, Dave Grusin, and Terence Blanchard -- in a mix of orchestral stylings and jazz improvisations, and culminate in an explosive grand finale!

Hosted by Tony Award nominee and 1986 YoungArts alumnus for Modern Dance Desmond Richardson, this special music event will mark the first time that the Adrienne Arsht Center, the University of Miami Frost School of Music, and the National YoungArts Foundation will join forces to present an integrated program. The concert is also one of the special events during YoungArts Week 2013 when the nation's top young artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts will perform and exhibit their works in Miami.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and the City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, as well as the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from local, state and national foundations, as well as private contributions to the Adrienne Arsht Center Foundation through corporate and individual giving, Visionary Society membership and the Encore Circle major gifts programs.

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About the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is one of the world’s leading performing arts organizations and venues. Made possible by Miami-Dade County’s largest ever public/private-sector partnership, the Center is home to the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy. In addition, numerous South Florida arts organizations perform in its theaters regularly. Since opening in 2006, the Center has emerged as a leader in offering and presenting innovative programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity, as a catalyst for development in Miami, and as a host of impactful community outreach and education programs.

Designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the venue is comprised of the 2,400-seat Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, the 2,200-seat John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, the black box Carnival Studio Theater, a restored Carnival Tower, the Peacock Foundation, Inc. Studio, the Peacock Foundation, Inc. Education Center and the outdoor Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts. Events impresario and restaurateur Barton G. Weiss brought his signature style to the Center in 2009 with prelude by Barton G, a full-service upscale restaurant.

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About Larry Rosen

Larry Rosen: musician, producer, executive producer, and music industry entrepreneur. Mr. Rosen is the Chairman of Larry Rosen Productions, Inc., Chairman of Jazz Roots, LLC, co-creator and producer of Jazz Roots - A Larry Rosen Jazz Series, co-founder of GRP Records, and co-founder and past Chairman of N2K, Inc. (NASDAQ). Mr. Rosen is the creator and producer of the PBS television series Legends of Jazz, and is the creator and producer of multi-media TV series Recording: the History of Recorded Music, with hosts Quincy Jones and Phil Ramone.

Mr. Rosen is the producer/executive producer of over 350 albums, of which 80 have been nominated for GRAMMY Awards, winning 33 GRAMMYS, as well as numerous award winning film/video productions and television specials. Mr. Rosen and multi-GRAMMY and Academy Award winning pianist/composer Dave Grusin co-founded GRP Records, the award winning contemporary jazz label featuring major artists, Chick Corea, Diana Krall, Patti Austin, BB King, Dave Grusin, Ramsey Lewis, Arturo Sandoval, Diane Schuur, Michael Brecker, Kevin Eubanks, Spyro Gyra, Lee Ritenour, Gary Burton, Dave Valentin, John Patitucci, Larry Carlton, David Benoit, Tom Scott, Gerry Mulligan, The GRP All-Star Big Band, Yellowjackets, Rippingtons, among others. GRP Records, known as “The Digital Master Company” was the first non-classical company in America to release CDs, and was instrumental in the launching of the CD format.

Mr. Rosen received the Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in New media and Entertainment, the GRAMMY Governor Honor Roll, he serves on the boards of the Dave Brubeck Institute, The Music for Youth Foundation, The Frost School of Music Steering Committee, and with Dave Grusin is the founder of the National Foundation for Jazz Education.

About TotalBank

TotalBank is a leading integrated retail-commercial bank in South Florida with more than $2.3 billion in assets and 19 convenient locations throughout Miami-Dade County. Headquartered in Miami, TotalBank has served the South Florida community for 38 years, offering a broad range of domestic and international financial services to corporations, small businesses and individual consumers. The bank offers superior customer service focused on meeting the financial needs of customers while earning their confidence and loyalty. A member of Grupo Banco Popular Español, with more than $230 billion in assets and more than 2,700 branches, TotalBank is strengthened by its parent, one of the largest banking groups in Spain.

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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 theory 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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About the National Young Arts Foundation

The National YoungArts Foundation (formerly known as the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to identify and support the next generation of artists, and to contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts. YoungArts provides emerging artists with life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers to help ensure that the nation’s most outstanding emerging artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts.

To date, YoungArts has honored more than 16,000 young artists with over $6 million in monetary awards; facilitated in excess of $100 million in college scholarship opportunities; and enabled its participants to work with master teachers who are among the most distinguished artists in the world, such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jacques d'Amboise, Plácido Domingo, Bill T. Jones, Quincy Jones and Martin Scorsese. In addition, at the request of the Commission on Presidential Scholars, which is appointed by the President of the United States, YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the country's highest honor for artistically talented high school seniors.

In early October 2012, YoungArts acquired the historic Bacardi buildings in Miami and began converting the organization’s first national headquarters into a campus that will become a thriving arts and cultural center for young artists ages 15 and up, allowing YoungArts to carry forward an expansion of activities unprecedented in its history. World-renowned architect Frank Gehry has been commissioned to design the master plan for the historic Bacardi campus, creating a multi-disciplinary arts complex that will include a park with state-of-the-art video projection capabilities and arts programming for the benefit of the community. In order to help with its expansion, YoungArts has named Frank Gehry, Plácido Domingo and Bill T. Jones as Artistic Advisors. As part of this initiative, the organization will produce events year-round in New York City, including performances programmed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, master classes and screenings at The Museum of Modern Art, and performances at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In Los Angeles, YoungArts will inaugurate a new program, providing young artists with master classes, workshops, performances and exhibitions. The new YoungArts campus will host year-round programming in Miami, including master classes and forums, interdisciplinary performances and exhibitions, screenings of the Emmy-nominated HBO YoungArts MasterClass series, and an art gallery offering exhibitions with free admission, curated in partnership with Miami Art Museum, among others.

YoungArts alumni who have gone on to become leading professionals in their fields include actresses Vanessa Williams, Viola Davis, and Kerry Washington; four-time Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza; Executive Director of American Ballet Theatre Rachel Moore; recording artists Nicki Minaj and Chris Young; musicians Terence Blanchard, Eric Owens, and Jennifer Koh; choreographer Desmond Richardson; and internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Doug Aitken.

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Bobby McFerrin will preform on Jan. 11 at Jazz and the Philharmonic with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, Dean Shelly Berg, Terence Blanchard and Mark O'Conner.