Festival Miami 2010 Celebrates 27th Season with Jazz And Beyond

Coral Gables (September 22, 2010) — Once again this fall, the community is invited to partake in all that Festival Miami has to offer – from world premieres and symphonic concerts, to chamber music presentations and jazz performances. Expect the extraordinary and prepare to be amazed at Festival Miami 2010.

Festival Miami, the annual music festival that opens the South Florida arts season, will commence on October 8 and conclude on October 30. It will feature 20 concerts and renowned guest artists over a four-week period. Each concert falls under one of four unique themes: “Great Performances,” “Jazz and Beyond,” “Creative American Music,” and “Music of the Americas."

The improvisatory nature of jazz allows musicians of the genre to communicate with each other on different levels. This type of innovative, collaborative effort can be found in Festival Miami’s “Jazz and Beyond” concerts October 10, 13, 16, 21 and 30. Listen to the musical styling of jazz vocalist Sunny Wilkinson, the New York-based Matt Wilson Quartet, the excitement of Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing, and jazz trombone musician Wycliffe Gordon. The award-winning Frost Concert Jazz Band and Frost Vocal Jazz Ensemble will also perform.

Festival Miami has set a precedent over the last 26 years by providing a month-long series that a blend of artistically and culturally diverse music with educational opportunities. The festival offers 20-30 concerts each season, providing for people of all ages and income levels 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.

In its last two seasons, over 24,000 music patrons attended Festival Miami performances.  Since its inception, Festival Miami has presented performers from six continents including Argentina, Poland, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, Germany, Puerto Rico, China, France, and from throughout the U.S. 

The Festival’s concert series is unparalleled in its scope of musical magnitude and includes stellar guest artists, 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. 

The Festival Miami Advance Ticket Sales Office phone number is (305) 284-4940.  Hours are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For a complete listing of concerts and to order tickets online visit www.festivalmiami.com or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for additional information.  All performances are held at the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, located at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, 1314 Miller Drive, on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables Campus (unless otherwise noted). For more information on the Frost School of Music, visit www.music.miami.edu.

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About the University of Miami Frost School of Music

Building on its foundation as a Conservatory of Music, 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. The Frost School was also among the first to offer degrees in Studio Music and Jazz, Music Therapy, and Accompanying and Chamber Music. In addition, the Frost School was the first in a major university to develop a student-run label, ‘Cane Records, and a publishing company, Category Five. The School’s innovative programs, combined with its traditional areas of concentration, offer its students one of the widest choices of career programs of any music school in the nation.  More information about the University of Miami Frost School of Music can be found at www.music.miami.edu.

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. www.miami.edu

 

JAZZ AND BEYOND SCHEDULE:

Wednesday, October 13, 8 PM

ESSENCE OF EXPRESSION


The Inventive Sunny Wilkinson Sings New and Timeless Favorites with the Award-Winning Frost Jazz Vocal 1 Ensemble

Described as ‘mischievous’ and ‘flexible,’ jazz vocalist Sunny Wilkinson brightens every concert stage that she graces with her beautiful voice and jazz interpretations of the great American songbook.  This concert features Sunny Wilkinson with our very own 2010 Downbeat College Winners, the Frost Jazz Vocal 1 Ensemble, directed by the legendary Larry Lapin.  Sunny Wilkinson performs nationwide as a solo jazz artist as well as a guest artist appearance with big bands and jazz vocal ensembles. Reserve your tickets now!

Section A - $30 Section B - $25 Section C - $20

Saturday, October 16, 8 PM

SIZZLING HOT SWING

Sensational Mark O’Connor and His Hot Swing Put “Le Jazz Hot” on Steroids

When violinist Mark O'Connor released his Hot Swing! CDin 2001, which was a tribute to his great friend and mentor, the legendary French jazz master, Stephane Grappelli, the Chicago Tribune called it "one of the finest discs of his career and one of the greatest jazz violin albums ever." The ensuing Hot Swing CD, Live in New York, received similar praise. Festival Miami is proud to present Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing with guitarists Frank Vignola and Julian Lage, and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi.

Mark O’Connor is the 2010-2011 artist-in-residence at the Frost School of Music. See www.festivalmiami.com for a list of master classes open to the public.

Section A - $50 Section B - $40 Section C - $20

Thursday, October 21, 8 PM

INSPIRED IMPROVISATION

Matt Wilson Quartet Pairs Up with the Stamps Jazz Quintet in an All-Out Jazz Fest

The New-York-based Matt Wilson Quartet is a mainstay at such popular jazz festivals as the Newport Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival.  At Festival Miami, Andrew D’Angelo (alto and baritone saxes) Jeff Lederer (tenor and soprano saxes), Chris Lightcap (acoustic and electric bass) and Matt Wilson (drums) will share the stage with the Stamps Jazz Quintet, outstanding sophomores at the Frost School of Music. Wrapping up a series of private master classes together, both groups will share their music in a no-holds-barred concert that is sure to please.

Section A - $50 Section B - $40 Section C - $25

Saturday, October 30, 8 PM

GIANTS OF JAZZ SALUTE

Wycliffe Gordon and Frost Concert Jazz Band, Salute the Giants of Jazz in Festival Miami’s Grand Finale Concert

Wycliffe Gordon, jazz trombone and vocals, combines unbelievable virtuosity with incredible stage presence and a deep knowledge of the history of jazz.  The combination always makes for an exciting and entertaining night of music. 

Join the Frost Concert Jazz Band (Downbeat College Winners 2010), directed by Dante Luciani, and guest artist Wycliffe Gordon (Trombonist of the Year, Jazz Journalists Association, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2002 and 2001) for a rousing closing concert that salutes the giants of jazz… and introduces the next generation of jazz greats!  This one will sell out quickly—order your tickets right away.

Section A - $85* Section A - $65** Section B - $50 Section C - $25

*Concert, VIP Seating and Reception

**Concert Only



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