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Festival Miami: The Impact Beyond the Orchestra

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter-pianist Bruce Hornsby performs with fellow UM Frost School of Music alumnus and bassist Chris Croce on February 4 at Festival Miami

By Jennifer Palma
UM News


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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 7, 2016) — Each year, musical guests and students at the University of Miami Frost School of Music come together to captivate audiences of varying musical interests and passions.

As Florida’s premier live music festival, Festival Miami promotes a broad range of genres and musical talents to provide students and guests with innovative and inspiring performances. For many students, involvement in Festival Miami brings perspectives full circle.

For Frost School of Music alumnus Chris Croce, B.M. ’14, this year’s Festival Miami experience is unique compared to his past festival performances. For the first time since graduating, Croce is returning to UM to showcase his talents with Bruce Hornsby, B.M. ’77, and the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra as part of the Creative American Music series.

For Croce, the upcoming show truly brings him back to where his career started. He recalls the moment during his time as a student when he first worked with Hornsby preparing for a Festival Miami concert. “Members of the Frost Studio Jazz Band created their own arrangements of Bruce Hornsby tunes and performed for Bruce,” said Croce. “As a bass player, I tend to sit near the piano and ended up next to Bruce during our performance. I think that was the first time he took notice of my interest in both contemporary and jazz music.”

Interactions such as the one with Croce and Hornsby happen frequently at the Frost School. Their brief meeting sparked a larger conversation and prompted Hornsby to reach out to Croce a few years later when he returned to Miami Beach for a concert with the New World Symphony. This time, Hornsby invited Croce to join him on stage for that symphonic performance, which was praised as “musically arresting” and “entertaining” by South Florida Classical Review. While the two haven’t had a chance to perform together since, Hornsby knew Croce would be the ideal musician to join him during his Festival Miami performance with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra.

“During my time playing with the Studio Jazz Band at the Frost School of Music, Chris played great and had this beautiful, joyous spirit as a player and a person. It was great to play with him at the New World Symphony concert, and I knew he would be a perfect fit for the Festival Miami show,” said Hornsby.

Hornsby knows well the impact visiting performers, especially alumni, can have on students. “One of the first concerts I attended as a student was The Dixie Dregs, a band comprised of former UM music students,” shared Hornsby. “The performance inspired and amazed me.”

It’s moments and opportunities like this that keep Hornsby, Croce, and others returning to perform and take part in Festival Miami. With an eclectic mix of performers and genres, the festival appeals to musically diverse interests and cultures, including everything from Cuban fusion to American pop.

“At Festival Miami, the performances are unique in the sense that they often cross genres, sounds, and styles,” said Croce. “When you attend a performance, it’s not just jazz or songwriting. It always goes much deeper. I think that speaks to the diversity of the Frost School of Music in general.”

While Festival Miami performances will continue to impress audiences regardless of genre or style, connections like the one between Croce and Hornsby communicate the value of merging the past and the present on center stage. “While I was a student, it was opportunities like working with Bruce Hornsby, taking part in songwriting competitions, and opening for other artists that shaped me into an all-around musician. Each of these occasions is unique to Festival Miami, and I know many other students who have had similar interactions and now have similar stories to tell,” said Croce.

“Bruce Hornsby is one of the most moving and innovative songwriter/composers of our time,” said Frost School of Music Dean Shelly Berg. “It is thrilling to me that he is returning to his alma mater to inspire and collaborate with our student artists. The thrill is amplified by Bruce’s selection of Frost alum Chris Croce to join in as a performer.”

On February, 4, 2017, when Hornsby and Croce take their talents center stage for their Festival performance with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, they will perpetuate the legacy of Festival Miami, fostering lifelong connections that create musical adventures for years to come.

Also slated to appear at Festival Miami on February 9 is renowned violinist Mark O’Connor with The O’Connor Band, along with alumnus bassist Geoff Saunders, M.M. ’13, now a D.M.A. candidate at the Frost School. O’Connor was artist-in-residence at Frost when he met Saunders, whom he then invited to record and tour with The O’Connor Band. Their Coming Home album debuted at No. 1 in August on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart.

Festival Miami kicks-off on January 19, 2017 and runs through February 11, guaranteeing another year of Grammy Award-winning and internationally acclaimed musical guest artists, master faculty artists, and award-winning student ensembles. For a full listing of performers, concerts and ticket availability, visit festivalmiami.com.

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UHealth at Coral Gables Named First Presenting Sponsor for Festival Miami

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UHealth at Coral Gables Named First Presenting Sponsor for Festival Miami

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Drumsticks and CymbalsCORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 26, 2014) — UHealth at Coral Cables, a new comprehensive outpatient location of UHealth – University of Miami Health System now under construction on UM’s Coral Gables campus and scheduled to open in summer 2016, is the first presenting sponsor for the Frost School of Music’s renowned Festival Miami, now in its 31st season.

Running this year from October 10 through November 8, Festival Miami presented by UHealth Coral Gables will present 35 concerts, master classes, and lectures grouped into four themes: Great Performances, Music of the Americas, Jazz and Beyond, and Creative American Music. The festival will bring hundreds of guest, faculty, and student artists together to perform and interact with more than 12,000 music patrons.

Festival Miami is widely considered Florida’s premier live music festival by artists and audiences alike. Events are generally held in the recently renovated 600-seat Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive, on the Coral Gables campus. The festival provides a comfortable, affordable, and acoustically excellent opportunity for area residents and visitors to enjoy great music.

UHealth at Coral Gables will be located at the corner of Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Dickinson Drive on the Coral Gables campus. The state-of-the-art facility will provide convenient access to UHealth’s expertise in specialty care—including its acclaimed Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Services will include urgent care, outpatient surgery, physical therapy, sports medicine, diagnostic imaging, and more. There will also be a dedicated 1,000-space parking garage, valet parking, and on-site café.

“We sincerely thank UHealth at Coral Gables for stepping up as the presenting sponsor of Festival Miami,” said Frost School of Music Dean Shelton G. Berg. “Their sponsorship demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to the overall well-being of the residents in our community. Hearing and enjoying live music is proven to have countless physical and mental health benefits. It enriches and enlivens the world we share.”

Berg said the UHealth at Coral Gables sponsorship “ensures that, in addition to enjoying greater access to world-class health care when the new UHealth facility opens, residents of Coral Gables and surrounding communities will continue to enjoy an incredible array of uplifting concerts by world-class artists.”


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