June 25, 2013 — Coral Gables, FL — Festival Miami—Florida’s Premier Live Music Festival—announces it will open its 30th anniversary season on Friday, October 4, 2013 with famed violinist Joshua Bell and virtuoso bassist Edgar Meyer. The duo will perform the Florida premiere of Meyer’s new Double Concerto for Violin and Double Bass with the Frost Symphony Orchestra in its beautiful and intimate 600-seat Maurice Gusman Concert Hall. The program will be conducted by Thomas Sleeper and will also feature the world premiere of a new concert march by Emmy Award-winning film and television composer Joel McNeely under the auspices of the Abraham Frost Commission, established by Dr. Phillip Frost in honor of his late father.
For its 30th season Festival Miami offers vibrant programming October 4th through November 1st with a diverse blend of award-winning performers showcasing their talents alongside astounding students and faculty artists from the Frost School of Music. Over 25 concerts and events are organized into four themes: Great Performances, Jazz and Beyond, Music of the Americas, and Creative American Music. Special artwork created especially for Festival Miami’s 30th season by young, upcoming local artist Alexander Mijares will be featured on all festival promotional materials and advertising campaign.
Concerts are held primarily in the UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive, on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus. Tickets start at $15 and several free concerts are also offered. All tickets and season packages will be available to the public starting August 1st. Details at: http://www.festivalmiami.com or 305-284-4940.
Ten classical music concerts will be presented at this year’s Festival Miami, including the opening night concert on October 4 featuring Joshua Bell and Edgar Meyer. The luminous Grammy Award winning soprano Hila Plitmann will appear on October 6 with the Frost Wind Ensemble under the direction of Gary Green. Delightful lyric soprano Elizabeth Caballero will present an enchanting vocal recital of operatic favorites on October 18 also featuring two Met Opera favorites, mezzo-soprano Robynne Redmon and bass-baritone Kevin Short.
On October 20 powerhouse Filipino pianist Cecile Licad will perform a solo recital of works composed by piano virtuosos of the early 20th century including Edward MacDowell, Ferruccio Busoni, Cecile Chaminade, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, and more.
The Manhattan Piano Trio, an electrifying chamber group that has quickly become one of the most creative, exciting, and dynamic young ensembles in the US will perform one concert featuring compositions by Frost School of Music faculty Charles Mason, Lansing McLoskey and Dorothy Hindman. In addition, Frost faculty and students will present two additional chamber concerts.
Eight-time Grammy Award winning conductor, composer and orchestrator José Serebrier returns to the Festival Miami stage on October 22 and 23 to guest conduct two classical music programs with the touring Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra. Thirty years ago, Serebrier was the first artistic director of a new “International Music Festival of the Americas,” now known as Festival Miami. For “Program I,” Serebrier will conduct the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra in two U.S. premieres by acclaimed Costa Rican composers: Overtura by Vinicio Meza, and Obra by Marvin Camacho. Pianist Shelly Berg will also perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for orchestra plus jazz trio and the concert will conclude with lively music from the 1955 film, The Gadfly, composed by Russian master Dmitri Shostakovich. The Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra’s “Program II” will feature two more US premieres by Latin American composers: Suite Latinoamericana by Vinicio Meza and Music for an Imaginary Film by Jose Serebrier. The evening concludes with dance music from three popular operas: Ballet Music from Aida by Giuseppe Verdi; Three Scenes from Carmen Symphony by Georges Bizet/José Serebrier; and “Polovtsian Dances” from Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin, which also features the magnificent Frost Chorale, under the direction of Karen Kennedy.
Then, Festival Miami presents a special concert on October 29 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, one of the 20th century’s greatest composers. Tenor soloist and concert host Tony Boutté will be featured in works showcasing many of the Frost School of Music’s outstanding faculty, students, and ensembles including Frost Chorale in a performance of “Choral Dances from Gloriana,” and Frost Symphony Orchestra will perform one of Britten’s final works, Suite on English Folk Tunes ‘A Time There Was…’. To round out the commemoration, Boutté will join the Frost Symphony to give the first public performance of Britten's Three Small Songs, plus the U.S. premiere of Everyone Sang, for tenor and orchestra.
JAZZ AND BEYOND
Under Festival Miami’s Jazz and Beyond theme, the opening weekend revs up on Saturday, October 5 with foot-stomping fun featuring celebrated singer-songwriter and funk-blues artist Dr. John & The Nite Trippers as he performs works from such Grammy winning projects as Locked Down, Tribal, and City that Care Forgot. A pianist, guitarist and actor, Dr. John’s music combines blues, pop, jazz as well as zydeco, boogie-woogie and rock.
On October 11 the Frost Studio Jazz Band under the direction of Stephen Guerra performs a high-energy tribute to multi-Grammy winning singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby featuring new arrangements of music from throughout his illustrious career.
Then, on October 24 the incredible four-time Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson will perform with the DownBeat Student Award-winning Frost Jazz Vocal 1 Ensemble (JV1). The next night Festival Miami will present the music of composer-orchestrator-arranger Vince Mendoza who has earned six Grammy Awards and 25 Grammy nominations with such artists as Björk, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin, Sting and Joni Mitchell. His music is often described as abstract impressionism—a sophisticated blend of chamber music and jazz, a la Gil Evans. Here, Mendoza pairs up with the Frost Concert Jazz Band and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra for an amazing concert of original works in both big band and full orchestral settings.
Rounding out its Jazz and Beyond offerings, Festival Miami presents bassist extraordinaire Christian McBride and his audience-friendly jazz trio on October 30. A three-time Grammy Award winner, and co-director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, McBride has worked with the best of the very best in jazz, R&B, and pop including Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, James Brown, Sting, and Queen Latifah, to name a few. While at Festival Miami, the Christian McBride Trio will mentor the new freshman Stamps Jazz Quintet, who will also perform. The Stamps Jazz Quintet are five top-recruited jazz musicians selected for a special four-year full scholarship program at Frost, made possible through the generosity of the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation.
MUSIC OF THE AMERICAS
In addition, Festival Miami presents several blockbuster artists for its Music of the Americas themed concerts.
On October 12 Festival Miami welcomes salsa singer-songwriter-guitarist and international superstar Luis Enrique, winner of a Grammy Award for “Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album,” winner of a Latin Grammy Award for “Best Salsa Album,” as well as a Latin Grammy Award for “Best Song the Year” for his popular hit single “Yo No Se Mañana.”
On October 17, the soothing sounds of Brazilian jazz guitar and vocals will be performed by award winning recording artist Paulinho Garcia—named “best vocalist” at the 16th Annual Brazilian International Press Awards (2013).
On October 26, Latin Jazz icon Arturo Sandoval brings his unabashed virtuosic trumpet talents and beautiful ballad playing to Festival Miami’s 30th Anniversary season, this time performing a variety of selections from his latest project, Tango Como Yo Te Siento (“Tango, How I Feel You”) and his 2013 Grammy Award winning CD Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You), plus his multi-Latin Grammy Award winning CD Time for Love described by Billboard magazine as “a dinner-jazz gem that could be the zenith of his 20-plus-year recording career.” Sandoval will sing and play the piano, too!
CREATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC
Concerts under the Creative American Music banner will include Festival Miami’s annual free Songwriters Showcase on October 9 featuring songs composed and performed by Frost School of Music students enrolled in the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music program. Top songwriters and faculty serve as judges, and the audience is polled for their favorite selections.
Festival Miami presents Fiddles on Fire—Featuring Mark O’Connor and Glenn Basham on October 13. With fingers flying, toes tapping, and a blaze of excitement lighting up the stage these violinists extraordinaire will create a roaring bluegrass, jazz and country fiddle mash-up. Student fiddlers and national champion finalists from the Frost School of Music will also stoke the musical fire with their prodigious talents.
For the very young, and young at heart, Festival Miami collaborates with Sunday Afternoons of Music for Children to present a Halloween concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 27 with The Okee Dokee Brothers, 2013 Grammy Award winners in the “Best Children’s Album” category and two-time Parent’s Choice Award recipients. Originally from Denver, these two witty singer-songwriters, Justin Lansing on banjo and Joe Mailander on guitar have garnered praise from the likes of NPR's All Things Considered and USA Today. Their Grammy winning CD, Can you Canoe? was inspired by a month-long adventure paddling down the Mississippi River. They will also perform new songs inspired by recent travels on the Appalachian Trail. All children are invited to dress in Halloween costumes and enjoy an after-concert A-B-C party: Apple juice, Balloons and Cookies.
Other artists to be announced.
Festival Miami concludes its 2013 season in collaboration with Jazz Roots—A Larry Rosen Jazz Series and presents Pink Panther at 50. This spectacular concert staged on November 1 at the beautiful Adrienne Arsht Center celebrates the 50th anniversary of the iconic film, The Pink Panther, and its composer—the musical genius Henry Mancini, who is renowned for his memorable film and television scores. This one-night-only tribute program features an all-star roster of special guest artists, backed by the University of Miami Frost School of Music's extraordinary Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. Guest soloists include international superstar Jon Secada; sultry vocalist and Grammy nominee Monica Mancini—daughter of the late Mancini; Nicole Henry, the powerhouse vocalist heralded by the Huffington Post as “this generation's First Lady of Jazz” and the Miami debut of New York based French singer Cyrille Aimée, who recently took top prize in the first-ever Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition. Tickets through the Arsht Center Box Office at 305-949-6722 or online at http://www.arshtcenter.org
All artists, dates, locations, times and repertoire are subject to change without notice.
About Festival Miami
Festival Miami has set a precedent over the last 29 years by providing a series that blends artistically and culturally diverse music with educational opportunities. The festival offers 20-30 concerts each season, providing for people of all ages the chance to be enriched by live musical performances. It is unrivaled in its scope of musical presentations and is known throughout South Florida, the U.S., and the international community for its cultural contributions while expanding academic opportunities and cultural enrichment to all of South Florida and its visitors.
The Festival’s concert series features the Frost School’s widely known artist-faculty and student ensembles, and an educational mission that includes children’s concerts, master classes, lectures, forums, and concerts that highlight historically significant events.
About the University of Miami
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University's mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. http://www.miami.edu
Mari Beth Bittan
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