August 01, 2013 — Coral Gables, FL — The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music at the University of Miami proudly announces that students from its critically acclaimed cross-genre Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra performed with Gloria Estefan during a live television special taping at the New World Center in Miami Beach, featuring selections from her new album GLORIA ESTEFAN: THE STANDARDS (Sony Masterworks). The album was arranged, orchestrated and co-produced by the Frost School's dean, Shelly Berg, which also features the Shelly Berg Trio as rhythm section. The album is a new take on the American Songbook from the international superstar.
The television special will be broadcast on PBS television stations nationwide beginning August 3, 2013 (check local listings).
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Over the course of her illustrious career, Gloria Estefan, the seven-time Grammy® Award-winning international superstar, has recorded many classics from the American Songbook and collaborated with musical icons such as Frank Sinatra, BB King, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and, most recently, with the legendary Tony Bennett. It has been a lifelong dream of Gloria’s to record an entire album of standards — songs that have a very special meaning in her life—and now that dream is a reality. GLORIA ESTEFAN: THE STANDARDS is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations beginning August 3, 2013 (check local listings" title="check local listings">check local listings).
“I chose some of the most beloved songs of all time, songs that spoke to me personally,” says Gloria. “We recorded the album live in the studio with a core group of four incredibly talented musicians, all maestros of this genre, and a wonderful orchestra. Something really special happens when musicians record together live — it was magical, and this PBS special will actually be the first time that I’m performing these songs live in concert.”
On her new album, simply titled Gloria Estefan: The Standards (Sony Masterworks), she recorded songs that were written by some of the most well-known songwriters of all time, including Jerome Kern, Chaplin and Gershwin. Featured on the album are Grammy Award-winners Laura Pausini and Joshua Bell, and saxophone great Dave Koz, who also performs in the PBS concert special.
“This Standards album and concert special bring everything full circle for me,” Estefan says. “It has been a labor of love in so many ways and has allowed me to record and perform these classic songs in a new and modern way.”
Gloria performs The Standards with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, led and conducted by Grammy-Award nominee Shelly Berg at the renowned New World Center. Gloria personally selected some of her all-time favorite songs, from the Billie Holiday classic “Good Morning Heartache” and her adaptation of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile,” to her wedding song, “El Dia Que Me Quieras,” translated into English for the first time as “The Day You Say You Love Me.”
Gloria’s signature and distinctively sultry contralto voice perfectly embraces some of the most recognizable and beloved tunes from past musical eras in this unforgettable, intimate performance.
GLORIA ESTEFAN: THE STANDARDS features these performances, plus some surprises:
• “Good Morning Heartache”
• “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”
• “You Made Me Love You”
• “I’ve Grown Accustomed to His Face”
• “The Day You Say You Love Me (El Dia Que Me Querias)”
• “How Long Has This Been Going On” (featuring Dave Koz)
• “Embraceable You”
• “What a Wonderful World”
• “Young at Heart”
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Executive Producers: E. Estefan, G. Estefan, F. Amadeo, T. Swift
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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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