The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra (HMI Orchestra) is a magnificent ensemble comprised of a full orchestra (strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion), plus an additional complement of jazz instruments (saxophones, trombones, trumpets), rhythm section instruments (piano, bass, drums, guitar) and world percussion. Its musicians are called upon to play classical, jazz, Latin, film and world music—and work with cutting edge film and contemporary composers who blend these diverse genres to create amazing new works.
The HMI Orchestra is the resident orchestra for the popular JazzRoots concert series produced by Larry Rosen at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The participants’ youthful zeal, musical talent and breadth of stylistic acumen are among the reasons the HMI Orchestra was selected.
For similar reasons, HBO chose the HMI Orchestra to perform for comedian Robert Klein’s television special, Unfair and Unbalanced, filmed at the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale.
Mancini Fellows bring their creative openness and sense of exploration to every HMI Orchestra performance and the special performances they participate in inform their musical expression after they graduate and and transition to the professional world.