September 23, 2011 — The University of Miami Frost School of Music presents musical icon Gunther Schuller as part of the 2011-2012 Stamps Family Distinguished Visitors Series. Schuller will lecture at the University of Miami campus on September 30 at 3:30 p.m. in the Clarke Recital Hall, and appear in concerts with the Frost Symphony Orchestra and Frost Chamber Players on October 1 and October 2 (respectively). Both performances will be at 8 p.m. in the Gusman Concert Hall.
The free lecture, Into the Creative Mind of a Total Musician, by prize-winning composer Schuller will discuss current music trends as well as the history of music. Admission is free, but a ticket is required. To reserve, call (305) 284-4940 or visit www.music.miami.edu/concerts or www.festivalmiami.com.
Gunther Schuller is one of America’s most distinguished musical icons, a winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the MacArthur Foundation “genius” award, as well as two Guggenheim fellowships. He has composed over 160 original works, helped trigger the ragtime revival in the 1970s, and written definitive books on the history of jazz and French horn technique. He has taught composition at Yale University, served as president of the New England Conservatory, and has been elected an NEA Jazz Master and to membership in the Classical Music Hall of Fame. Today, maintains a busy conducting schedule.
The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Distinguished Visitors Series was established in 2003 through the extraordinary vision and generous commitment of Roe and Penny Stamps. The annual 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 its students, as well as the community.
The October 1 concert, Frost Symphony Orchestra - French Horn Celebration, will feature Schuller’s Concerto No. 1 for Horn and other classic works for French horn and orchestra and on October 2, Schuller will conduct the Frost Chamber Players and introduce his new composition, Quintet for Horn and Strings, featuring hornist Richard Todd and the Bergonzi String Quartet. Tickets range from $15 to $85. For more information or to reserve tickets, please call (305) 284-4940 or visit www.music.miami.edu/concerts.
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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. www.music.miami.edu
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