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UM Welcomes Class of 2020 Stamps Scholars

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UM Welcomes Class of 2020 Stamps Scholars

UM students awarded prestigious Stamps Scholarships

StampsScholarsCORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 1, 2016) – The University of Miami welcomes nine new Stamps Scholars from across the country for the 2016-2017 academic year. Stamps Scholars are chosen for their strong leadership potential, academic merit, outstanding talent, and exceptional character.

The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation supports promising students who are eager to make their contributions to the world and have the work ethic to make their dreams a reality. The University’s most prestigious undergraduate merit awards, Stamps Scholarships are funded by the generosity of Penny and Roe Stamps through the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation and UM.

“Stamps Scholars have the opportunity to engage in extraordinary educational experiences at the University of Miami and around the world,” said UM President Julio Frenk. “We are grateful to Penny and Roe Stamps for their generous support of these future leaders.”

The Stamps Scholarship covers all expenses for four years of undergraduate study and provides additional funds to support enrichment opportunities. Other benefits include: participation in a national day of service; access to a growing network of scholars and alumni; and opportunities to attend biennial conventions, where scholars are able to network with one another and learn from recognized leaders.

Four incoming freshmen have been selected as Stamps Scholars across a range of disciplines. They include: Joshua Kleinman, Naperville, Ill., international studies; Alanna Muldowney, Ormond Beach, Fla., electrical engineering; Ezra Remer, New Orleans, La., motion pictures; and Rebecca Wagner, Menomonee Falls, Wis., marine science and computer science.

“I am forever grateful for the generosity of the Stamps family for giving me a life-changing opportunity to pursue my dreams and attend the University of Miami. I am so very excited to become a member of the Stamps Scholars community and to connect with other passionate, like-minded students,” said Muldowney.

Five incoming freshmen have been selected as Stamps Scholars at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music. These talented students benefit from a unique transformative academic and musical experience, and represent the Frost School when they perform at prestigious venues.

The incoming Frost School of Music Stamps Scholars are Logan Butler, Glen Saint Mary, Fla.; Cameron Daly, Albany, Ca.; Thomas Graf, Succasunna, N.J.; Peter McFarland, Yorktown, Ind.; and Cameron Zhen, Coral Springs, Fla.

As instrumental performance majors, the freshmen scholars will make up the Stamps Brass Quintet. The Stamps Distinguished Ensembles also include the Stamps String Quartet, the Stamps Woodwind Quintet and the Stamps Jazz Quintet.

Daly, a Stamps Scholar in the Stamps Brass Quintet, said “the opportunities this scholarship affords me—extra time with professors, more performance opportunities, travel, exposure to a quintessential style of music—are exciting both personally and academically. Music means everything to me, so being able to study it at a high level in a school as prestigious and innovative as Frost is really amazing.”

“The University of Miami appreciates the generosity and commitment to higher education by Penny and Roe Stamps,” said Thomas J. LeBlanc, UM’s executive vice president and provost. “The Stamps Scholars program provides UM with the ability to attract some of the most extraordinary students in the country and empowers them to realize their highest aspirations.”

“We’re very excited about this new class of Stamps Scholars,” said Roe Stamps, founder and chairman of the Stamps Foundation. “A hearty congratulations to the University of Miami for selecting and attracting such a wonderful group of students.”

Penny and Roe Stamps served as campaign vice chairs for Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami. Roe is a member of UM’s Board of Trustees and the Visiting Committee at the Frost School of Music, and also recently served on the Presidential Search Committee.

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Discover How Music Relates to the Arts with Frank Cooper

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Frank Cooper

The Frost School of Music’s Professor Emeritus Frank Cooper is reviving his popular musicology series with a lecture on “Shakespeare–Drama, Music & Art,” on Thursday, September 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weeks Center for Recording and Performance’s Clarke Recital Hall.

The Thursday night series aims to increase awareness of and appreciation for festivals, concerts, and exhibitions by connecting the dots between public and campus concert halls, museums, galleries, and cinema. The cost is $40 for a single lecture or $135 for the series, which will continue at 7:30 p.m. in Clarke Recital Hall on the following dates:

September 22: American and French Music and Fashion in the 1970s

September 29: Patronage and Commissions in Music and Art

October 13: Similarities, Cross-Currents, and Analogies among the Arts

For more information, call 305-284-2400.



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Berg Named Artistic Advisor of JAZZ ROOTS


Berg Named Artistic Advisor of JAZZ ROOTS

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Shelton D. 'Shelly" Berg

Shelton G. ‘Shelly’ Berg

MIAMI, Fla. (July 12, 2016)—The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County has appointed Frost School of Music Dean Shelly Berg as artistic advisor for its thrilling six-concert JAZZ ROOTS 2016-2017 season. A world-renowned musician, composer, and educator, Berg has been involved as a collaborator on JAZZ ROOTS since its inception. The Arsht Center invited Berg to expand his role to include assisting with creative direction for the series following the passing in 2015 of JAZZ ROOTS co-founder and co-creator Larry Rosen, with whom Berg also collaborated for many years.

The ninth season of JAZZ ROOTS will launch befittingly with an all-star tribute to Rosen, commissioned especially for the 10th anniversary of the Arsht Center. The extraordinary season will continue with five musically diverse concerts, each starring some of the most celebrated headliners in the music industry today.

“It is hard to imagine JAZZ ROOTS without Larry Rosen,” said John Richard, president and CEO of the Arsht Center. “Together we realized a vision that has become one of the most celebrated jazz series in the world. In passing the torch to Dean Berg, the 2016-2017 season promises to reach the high standards of musicality and diversity that have become the mainstay of the concert and educational series that has established the Arsht Center as one of the most recognized concert halls in the world for jazz. Shelly has long been part of our JAZZ ROOTS family, and we are excited to welcome him as our new artistic advisor.”

“Larry and I shared so many visions over our many years of friendship and working together, most notably our love of jazz, educating young people about jazz, and creating an awareness among the masses about the roots of America’s true art form,” Berg said. “While I am so saddened he is no longer with us both personally and professionally, I am honored the Arsht Center has entrusted me to take the helm of the extraordinary program he set forth. I look forward to paying tribute to Larry in our opening concert and presenting all the exciting shows we have scheduled this upcoming season.”

A four-time Grammy nominee who was named one of the “educators of the millennium” by the Los Angeles Times, Berg has recorded and performed with many diverse artists, including Gloria Estefan, Renee Fleming, KISS, Chicago, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Count Basie Orchestra. He composed a piece for the Dali Lama’s World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles, in addition to composing for top network television series and major studio films.

For the JAZZ ROOTS 2016-17 lineup visit the Adrienne Arsht Center.

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‘Jazz Latino’ Explores the Cuban Connection

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‘Jazz Latino’ Explores the Cuban Connection

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Jazz.LatinoCORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 1, 2016) – The Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies (ICCAS) has produced and released  “Jazz Latino,” a video that tells the story of the music genre’s connection to Cuba through interviews and performances with prominent jazz performers, producers, and musicians, including such notables as Paquito D’Rivera, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Nat Chediak, and John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie.

“We felt that it was important to tell the story of Latin jazz from its infancy to its present state and to highlight the exceptional role that Cuba and Cuban musicians had in its development,” said Jaime Suchlicki, director of ICCAS. “It is a testament to Cuban creativity and talent.”

The 31-minute Spanish-language video is narrated by Jorge Sotolongo, a Cuban-American filmmaker and journalist who created the video and conducted several of the interviews. Using archival footage, historical pictures, and original interviews, the film chronicles the history of jazz, beginning with the blending of African roots and European and American influences and how it morphed into what today is known as Latin jazz.

In a candid interview, Frost School of Music Professor Raul Murciano details how  jazz Latino originated from different African rhythms slaves brought to Cuba, and how it was later married to European classical music and other American genres, such as spirituals and blues. The film provides a comprehensive overview of the jazz era and its influencers, including short performances by Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, Ed Calle, and de Rivera.

The video features a seminal interview with Gillespie, in which the legendary jazz trumpeter reminisces about meeting Luciano Pozo González, better known as “Chano Pozo,” the famous Afro-Cuban percussionist and composer with whom Gillespie created Latin jazz.

The video is available for sale for $20 by contacting ICCAS at 305-284-2822 or iccas@miami.edu .





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Frost Wind Ensemble Selected for Prestigious Performance

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Frost Wind Ensemble Selected for Prestigious Performance

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frost wind ensembleCORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 3, 2016) — The Frost Wind Ensemble is one of nine ensembles from around the country selected through a blind audio recording adjudication process to perform next March at the College Band Directors National Association Conference in Kansas City’s renowned Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. “This year was particularly competitive in part due to the location,” said Robert Carnochan, the ensemble’s director and conductor. Guest solo artists, including Frost School of Music faculty Margaret Donaghue, on clarinet, and Svetoslav Stoyanov, on percussion, will join about 60 students for their performance.

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