Grammy-Winning Artist Gloria Estefan to Open Festival Miami

Annual music festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

Coral Gables (July 23, 2013) — Seven-time Grammy Award-winning artist and University of Miami alumna Gloria Estefan kicks off the Frost School of Music’s 30th anniversary season of Festival Miami with a unique jazz-influenced performance on October 1 at 8 p.m. in UM’s Maurice Gusman Concert Hall.

The multimedia concert, part of Festival Miami’s Music of the Americas series, promises to be a memorable evening of melody, as Estefan will perform standards from the American Songbook that are featured on her upcoming album, The Standards. The album, which will be released on September 10 by Sony International, is orchestrated and co-produced by Shelly Berg, Grammy-nominated jazz arranger and dean of the Frost School.
Concert-goers will enjoy new renditions of timeless classics such as “Good Morning Heartache,” “Embraceable You,” “I’ve Grown Accustomed to His Face,” “Smile,” and “What a Wonderful World,” plus Latin American love songs “El Dia Que Me Quieres” and “Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar.” The program will also feature behind-the-scenes video footage from Estefan’s studio recordings as well as highlights from the upcoming PBS Standards concert that the singer-songwriter recorded with the Frost School of Music’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, conducted by Berg, at the New World Center in Miami Beach.

“I grew up listening to Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini, and great romance recording artists in Cuba,” said Estefan. “This genre is right up my alley, since music is always a catharsis to me.”

Estefan waited until now to do a standards album because she wanted to have “enough life under my belt, since there are so many torch songs requiring life experience to deliver them with proper credibility,” she explained. The concept really took off at a trustee dinner at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.

It was there that Estefan and Berg, who has produced and arranged for artists such as Patti Austin, Elliot Smith, and Arturo Sandoval, sat down together at a piano. “He [Berg] asked me to sing a song,” said Estefan. It was during this evening that she sang “Good Morning Heartache,” the Billie Holiday classic that is now featured on The Standards.
“This album brings everything full circle for me,” she said, adding that the tracks were all chosen “by my heart and what I feel.” She brought a list of standards to Berg that “spoke to me personally and made me cry.”

Said Berg, “From the first moment of going through songs with Gloria I got that goose-bump feeling that told me this was going to be a very special and important recording. The artistry and heart that Gloria brings to The Standards will resonate with people across a spectrum of generations and cultures. With this recording she has given us a beautiful gift.”

Festival Miami, South Florida’s premier live music festival, annually presents unique programming by a diverse blend of award-winning performers in a variety of genres who showcase their artistic prowess alongside astounding students and faculty artists from the Frost School. More than 25 concerts and events are organized into four themes: Great Performances, Jazz and Beyond, Music of the Americas, and Creative American Music.
Concerts previously announced under the Music of the Americas banner include international salsa superstar Luis Enrique on October 12; Brazilian vocalist/guitarist Paulinho Garcia on October 17; the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of multi-Grammy winning conductor Jose Serebrier, on October 22 and 23; and Latin jazz icon Arturo Sandoval on October 26.

Additional Highlights of Festival Miami 2013
Highlights of Festival Miami 2013 include renowned classical virtuosi Joshua Bell and Edgar Meyer with the Frost Symphony Orchestra on October 4; the inimitable blues-funk legend Dr. John & The Nite Trippers on October 5; opera star Hila Plitmann as guest soloist with the Frost Wind Ensemble on October 6; multi-Platinum singer-songwriter Joan Osborne on October 10; the acclaimed Manhattan Piano Trio on October 16; Cuban-American Miami-based lyric soprano Elizabeth Caballero on October 18; internationally celebrated blues artist Ana Popovic on October 19; the sensational jazz chanteuse Karrin Allyson on October 24; and jazz bassist extraordinaire Christian McBride on October 30.

Young, up-and-coming Miami artist Alexander Mijares, who has wowed the local and national art world with his stunning paintings and sculpture, has created special artwork for the festival’s 30th anniversary season. The artwork will be featured on all of the festival’s publications and promotional materials.
For the full Festival Miami 2013 schedule, visit http://www.festivalmiami.com.


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