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Camner Family Donates Rare Musical Treasures to the University of Miami

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Camner Family Donates Rare Musical Treasures to the University of Miami

By Sarah Block
Special to UM News

Finding hard-written notes on original scores, like this notation in the Rossini book,

Frost School Dean Shelton Berg said finding old, hand-written notes, like this one in a book of Rossini scores, is exhilarating for present-day musicians.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 13, 2016)—University of Miami Trustee Alfred Camner, his wife, Anne Camner, and their four children, all of whom are UM alumni, have made a donation to the University of rare and valuable scores composed by musical giants—from Beethoven to Gershwin—that were printed and bound during the composers’ lives.

Alfred, J.D. ’69, and Anne, J.D. ’72, along with children Danielle Camner Lindholm J.D. ’95, Errin Camner L.L.M. ’99, Lauren Camner Winter M.B.A. ’98, and Andrew Camner B.A. ’09, donated several hundred scores, collectively forming the Camner Family Music Collection, to the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library and Technology Center at the Frost School of Music, where it will be available to UM students, researchers, and the public.

“It is our family’s desire that this collection of first and early printed music editions form the true start to creating an extraordinary musicological resource, unmatched by modern editions,” said Alfred Camner, who, with his wife, also endowed UM’s Camner Center for Academic Resources.

The collection features historical works spanning three centuries and with origins in many parts of the world. Collection materials include rare lithography-printed and leather-bound editions of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Alceste (1767), Georges Bizet’s Carmen (1875), and Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (1913), among many others published between the 18th and 20th centuries.

Shelton Berg, dean of the Frost School, calls the gift a “transformative” resource for members of the Frost School and beyond. “When we look at a recently published score of a musical work from 100 years ago or more, we are seeing the music as something ‘from the past,’” Berg says. “Conversely, when a student performer or researcher examines an original edition score, with the marginal notations, the music is suddenly ‘in the present.’ They are experiencing it in the time of its creation. It’s hard to describe the exhilaration that produces.”

The Camner Collection arrives as the University is preparing to carry out new initiatives supporting educational innovation and encouraging new pedagogical approaches in the classroom. Frank Cooper, research professor emeritus at the Frost School, says this timing is important. “In an age where electronic media have taken over, there are no research materials to compare to original objects, in this case, printed scores from the times of the composers themselves. How invaluable for researchers today and for many generations to come.”

In details such as marginal notations, Camner says, the collection reveals how scores were studied and used in practice, in concerts, and in opera houses through time. Additionally, notes may point to how the music has evolved. “There is no substitute for the feeling a scholar or music student gets from handling a score that might have been used by Beethoven or Verdi or Puccini or Stravinsky, scores published in their lifetimes, edited by them, and often later corrected or changed,” Camner says. “These first and early editions are the closest we get to a sense of the time and place and world of the composer, a time when the composers often depended on the sales of these scores for their livelihoods.”

Nancy Zavac, who heads the Weeks Music Library, says that the Camner Collection brings a new level of research prestige to the library, which houses a wide range of musicology resources, including modern books, journals, and recordings, as well as unique and distinctive materials. “All music librarians are eager to have treasures in their collections. The Camner Collection is such a thing. It is exciting for me and my staff to care for, and greatly enhances our holdings.”

Dean of Libraries Charles Eckman expressed deep gratitude to the Camner Family for donating this important collection. “Miami is notable for the presence of several individual collectors of rare and unique cultural and bibliographic treasures,” he said. “The Camner Family is to be commended for their appreciation of the scholarly and teaching value of this private collection, and we celebrate their generosity of spirit in enabling the exposure and application this collection will have at the University of Miami for current and future generations of researchers and students.”


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Festival Miami Packages Now on Sale

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Festival Miami Packages Now on Sale

Choose from 20 incredible live music concerts at UM’s Gusman Concert Hall January 20 through February 10, 2017

Grammy-winning La Santa Cecilia, a spirited Latin fusion band that is a passionate musical voice for a new generation of Latino Americans, performs January 27 as part of Festival Miami.

Grammy-winning La Santa Cecilia, a spirited Latin fusion band that is a passionate musical voice for a new generation of Latino Americans, performs January 27 as part of Festival Miami.

Festival Miami, Florida’s premier live music festival, presented by the University of Miami Frost School of Music and UHealth—University of Miami Health System, wants you to enjoy an incredible array of live music on the Coral Gables campus. UM employees are taking advantage of Festival Miami’s annual ticket package deals, ranging from $99 to $150 without ticket fees. Select packages come with free valet service.

From January 20 to February 10, 2017, the Festival will offer vibrant performances by the biggest names on the music scene from around the globe who will showcase their talents alongside the outstanding students and faculty artists of the Frost School of Music. Choose from 20 performances organized into four themes: Great Performances, Jazz and Beyond, Music of the Americas, and Creative American Music. Performances will be held in the intimate 600-seat Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive, on the Coral Gables campus.

This promotional offer ends at midnight on Friday, October 28, so don’t wait! Order early for best reserved seating at www.festivalmiami.com or call 305-284-4940.

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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

Frank Cooper

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

Special to UM News

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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