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Sir James Galway Dazzles with His Flute and Talent for Teaching

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Sir James Galway Dazzles with His Flute and Talent for Teaching


Sir James Galway, Distinguished Presidential Scholar, inspires flute students with his artistry and masterful teaching

 By Julia D. Berg
UM News

Galway2CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 10, 2017)—With an Irish twinkle in his eye and a bounce in his step, Belfast-born and world-revered flutist Sir James Galway conducted a master class at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music on Thursday, entertaining the audience with musical stories from his vast solo and orchestral career, sharing his practice routines, and coaxing student performers to the top of their artistry with a laser-sharp focus on intonation, intent, and interpretation.

The master class was a warm respite in the middle of a long recital tour across the country with his wife and musical soul mate, Lady Jeanne Galway.

A household name with over 30 million recordings sold worldwide, and over five decades of touring and teaching, Sir James, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2001, coached four flutists from the Frost School in the Weeks Center for Recording and Performance. They are all students of Associate Professor Trudy Kane, who was principal flutist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 32 years before joining the Frost School’s faculty.

“The bad news about flute playing is it requires time to be good,” he joked at the start of the class. “I think about Arnold Schwarzenegger in his body-building days. When he posed for a photo, he had all these muscles showing everywhere. He didn’t get them from just doing bench presses! He worked all of his muscles. So, we have to do the same, and practice the nitty-gritty bits.”

Galway trained with famed French flutist Marcel Moyse, whose published

Daily Exercises are used the world over. He then performed with several opera orchestras in London, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic, before launching a solo career.

The master class students, Mackenzie Miller, Maria Vallejo, Trey Bradshaw, and doctoral candidate Emilio Rutllant, M.M. ’14, performed repertoire for solo flute and piano by beloved French composers Philippe Gaubert, Jules Mouquet, and Charles-Marie Widor, accompanied by Frost faculty pianist Oleksii Ivanchenko, D.M.A. ’15.

At first Galway coached each on technical matters such as breathing and fingering, but soon moved on to tone and timbre. “We have to train the embouchure, not the fingers,” he said, referring to the use of facial muscles and mouth on an instrument.

Galway praised the quality of Frost’s rising young talent, and encouraged them to shoot high. He suggested Bradshaw perform a line again without taking a breath, even though most flutists breathe in the passage. “As a teacher, I like my students to strive to be better than me,” he shared. “You don’t want to be the same as the guys before; you want to be outstandingly better.”

On interpretation, he advised, “Don’t be afraid to play soft; it is really impressive to the audience. Show off your dynamics, show what you can really do!” At the end of a pastoral passage: “Look for the color. What does this ending mean? Serenity. You have to bring it into the music,” he said.

When asked about his legacy, Galway, now 77, humbly reflects, “I would like to leave behind a number of committed flute players. That is, committed to playing music, not just a dexterous reading of the score… really committed to showing their soul. I’d like to think I’ve shown a few people how to play a phrase from within, to play a good line, to devote themselves to really making music on another level.”

As the one of the first Presidential Distinguished Scholars, the highly decorated Galway will return again in the fall from his home in Switzerland to work and perform with orchestras in the Frost School, and continue his lessons with the flute studio.

“James Galway reveals his soul to the audience every time he performs, and that inspires everyone who performs with him to do the same,” said Shelton Berg, dean of the Frost School. “Students who were in his presence today will never forget it. I know they will aspire to bolder musical heights, and I can’t wait until he returns for an extended time. I’m proud that our University treasures artistic excellence, and is naming musicians such as Sir James Galway as Distinguished Presidential Scholars.”

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James Galway Named Presidential Scholar

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James Galway Named Presidential Scholar


The world renown flautist  joins the Frost School of Music 

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GalwayCORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 6, 2017) – Sir James Galway, the internationally acclaimed flautist from Belfast, Northern Ireland, is joining the Frost School of Music as a Distinguished Presidential Scholar, as part of an initiative introduced by UM President Julio Frenk.

“Sir James Galway is a world-class artist and educator who enriches our world through the power of music. The University of Miami is honored to welcome him as one of its inaugural Distinguished Presidential Scholars. Students from the Frost School of Music and from our entire community will benefit greatly from his creativity, proficiency, and dedication,” said Frenk.

As an endowed talent, Galway will conduct his first Master Class on March 9 with Trudy Kane, associate professor of flute at the Frost School of Music.

“We are so delighted to welcome Sir James Galway to the Frost flute studio,” Kane said. “It is a thrilling opportunity for our flute students and the entire Frost community. We look forward to interacting with him and learning from his lifetime of experience.”

As a Distinguished Presidential Scholar, Galway will instill his talents in various settings, including performances and lectures, among the students, faculty and staff. Regarded for his diverse talents as an interpreter of the classical flute repertoire, Galway is also noted as an entertainer with the ability to span generations and genres.

“This is the most exciting thing happening to me since I left the Berlin Philharmonic,” Galway said. “I am looking forward to sharing all the experience I have had in the last 40 years with the students and faculty of this distinguished school.”

“Sir James Galway is one of the greatest musicians of our time, who embodies a panoply of Frost School ideals—performance at the highest level of artistry, breadth of style, dazzling stage presence, entrepreneurship, and citizenship. It is a thrill to have his imprint on our students, faculty, and culture,” said Shelly Berg, dean of the Frost School of Music.

One of the most highly regarded musicians in the world, Galway has sold more than 30 million recordings worldwide and has collaborated with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell, and Sir Elton John. His musical talents can also be heard throughout television and film soundtracks, including “The Lord of the Rings.”

“The idea of introducing new talent is to infuse our environment with the world’s best thinkers and doers,” said Berg. “And Sir James Galway is certainly fitting to take on the role.”

 

 

 

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Festival Miami Brings Out the Stars


The Frost School of Music’s 33rd Annual Festival Miami wrapped up this past weekend after more than 20 performances that featured Frost School ensembles, Grammy-Award winners, Broadway performers, chart-topping DJs, international legends, and rising stars, including Emily Estefan, whose festival debut drew such celebrities as her parents, Emilio and Gloria Estefan, and Jackie Cruz, star of the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black. 

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Festival Miami Opens This Week with Something for Everyone

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Festival Miami Opens This Week with Something for Everyone


Festival-MiamiFrom a live-to-screen concert featuring Emmy- and Golden Globe-Award-winning music from Netflix’s House of Cards, to the seductive Cuban fusion of Tiempo Libre, and from The Pop Ups Live—Rock and Roll Concert for Children to a hybrid evening of jazz and opera with mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran, there’s something to please every musical palate during Festival Miami’s opening week, which begins Thursday, January 19. View the schedule.

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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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