October 24, 2010 — Coral Gables, FL — The UM Frost School of Music will present Winter Wonderful, the Frost School of Music’s annual holiday gala benefiting undergraduate music scholarships, on December 5, 2010. The event goal is to net $100,000 for the Frost music scholarship fund.
This year, the Frost School is staging Winter Wonderful at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami.
Highlights of the evening will include a Sparkling VIP Cocktail Reception, a sumptuous three-course Festive Holiday Dinner and Joyous Musical Performances featuring a 200-member Frost Choral Union and a special Frost Holiday Orchestra. The repertoire will include holiday carols from traditions from around the globe.
Broadway alum Marcus Lovett, whose son Dylan is an freshman Vocal Jazz student at the Frost School of Music, will be honored at the gala with the Frost Achievement Award and will perform selected holiday favorites. Ambassadors Charles E. Cobb, Jr. and Sue M. Cobb will be decorated for their philanthropy to the University of Miami and the South Florida community with the Frost Legacy Award.
Dean Shelton G. “Shelly” Berg said, “The Frost School of Music’s Winter Wonderful! Holiday Dinner is simply the perfect start to the holiday season. It is a magical holiday gala filled with uplifting music performed by outstanding Frost musicians. It brings good cheer to new and long-time friends of the University of Miami and patrons of the arts in our community. Best of all, the gala proceeds go directly to support undergraduate music scholarships at the Frost School of Music, including our new Frost Music-Reach mentoring program that uplifts and encourages teens all year long to succeed in school and in life.”
The Frost Choral Union, 200 members strong, will perform as a unified choir and also as members of smaller ensembles including the Frost Chorale, Symphonic Choir, Chamber Singers, Cantilena Women's Choir and Maelstrom Men’s Choir. Joshua Habermann will serve as music director for the entire evening, with assistance from Donald Oglesby and choral conducting graduate teaching assistants Rich Skirpan and Jeff Stern.
Marcus Lovett is an American performer whose Broadway stints have included “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Misérables,” and “Carousel.”
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