January 16, 2013 — Coral Gables — The University of Miami Frost School of Music presents blues-rock legend Steve Miller as part of the 2012-2013 Stamps Family Distinguished Visitors Series. Miller will present a lecture on February 19 and also appear in concert with the Frost Concert Jazz Band on February 20.
Steve Miller is one of rock music’s all-time greats. The Steve Miller Band has sold more than 30 million records in a career spanning more than 40 years. Defining classic rock, in 1976, “The Joker” was Miller’s breakthrough hit, going all the way to number one. “Take the Money and Run” was the first of six consecutive smashes—“Rock ‘n Me,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Jet Airliner,” “Jungle Love,” and “Swingtown” from the multimillion-selling Fly Like an Eagle—that kept the Steve Miller Band in the Top Ten. In May 2010, after a 15-year hiatus, Bingo! was released followed by Let Your Hair Down in 2011. An arena concert veteran, Steve Miller continues touring. Recent special appearances include the opening of “Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, and the gala opening of the new “Austin City Limits” facility.
The free lecture by Steve Miller will be held at 3:00 p.m. on February 19 in Gusman Hall on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus. Miller will share personal anecdotes, including those regarding his humble start, his rise to fame, and what he feels is important for the success of today’s young musicians. Admission is free, but a ticket is required. To reserve, call (305) 284-4940 or visit music.miami.edu/events.
On February 20 at 8:00 p.m., Steve Miller and the Frost Concert Jazz Band will perform a concert at the BankUnited Fieldhouse. They will perform classic blues tunes and some of Miller’s biggest hits arranged by Frost students specifically for Miller with big band. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit music.miami.edu/events.
The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Distinguished Visitors Series was established a decade ago through the extraordinary vision and generous commitment of E. Roe and Penny Stamps. Annually, the 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 UM students and the community.
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 and master 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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