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Employees Receive $5 Off Festival Miami Tickets with Promo Code

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 our beautiful Coral Gables campus. UM employees may take $5 off per ticket for up to four Festival Miami tickets per concert, available online at www.festivalmiami.com by using promo code EMP515 at check out. Tickets start at just $20, plus a $4 per ticket convenience fee.

From October 16 to November 7,  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 from the Frost School of Music. More than 20 performances organized into four themes—Great Performances, Jazz and Beyond, Music of the Americas, and Creative American Music—will be held in the intimate setting of the 600-seat Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive, on the Coral Gables campus.

This promotional offer ends at midnight on Thursday, October 1, so don’t wait! Order early for the best reserved seating at www.festivalmiami.com or call 305-284-4940.

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Two New Shows Added to Festival Miami’s Stellar Lineup

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Two New Shows Added to Festival Miami’s Stellar Lineup

Special to UM News


Raquel Sofía

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 17, 2015)—The University of Miami Frost School of Music, with presenting sponsor UHealth—University of Miami Health System, have added two two new shows to the lineup for its annual multi-genre music festival, Festival Miami, Florida’s premier live music festival, which runs from October 16 to November 7. Joining some of the biggest names on the music scene from around the globe will be Latin pop singer and UM alumna Raquel Sofía and  three-time Latin Grammy Award-winner Natalia Lafourcade.

They and more than 20 other performers will showcase their talents alongside the outstanding students and faculty artists from the Frost School of Music for the annual festival, which is organized into four themes: Great Performances, Jazz and Beyond, Music of the Americas, and Creative American Music.

Grammy-winning producer George Noriega describes Sofía as “one of those rare artists that come along only once in a generation.” International megastar Juanes hired the talented singer for his multiple Grammy-winning “Juanes MTV Unplugged” tour, and she’s performed with Shakira. The Frost School of Music graduate will make her Festival Miami debut on October 17 with a high-energy concert that will showcase her appealing jazz-infused vocals and sonic style that ranges from rockabilly to ska to ’80s pop-rock. It will include selections from her debut album, Te Quiero Los Domingos, which was released for digital download by Sony Music Latin in June 2015.

Festival Miami will  present LaFourcade  on October 23. The three-time Latin Grammy Award winner and double Grammy nominee replaces the concert by Spanish fusion star Macaco, who was originally scheduled to perform on this date. Described by The New York Times as a “soaring and resilient free spirit,” Lafourcade is widely considered one of the most important singer-songwriters of her generation. The Mexican-born artist’s latest album, Hasta la Raíz, debuted at No. 1 on the Mexican sales charts and remains a top seller.

Festival Miami tickets and season packages will be available to the general public beginning August 1, with single tickets starting at $15. They may be purchased at http://www.festivalmiami.com or by calling 305-284-4940.

The festival’s 32nd season kicks off on a bright note on October 16 when South Florida concert-goers will be treated to an unforgettable program featuring the music of three visionary American composers. The highlight of the evening will be a riveting performance by one of America’s newest artistic treasures— the Billboard chart-topping piano sensation Simone Dinnerstein, who will perform the Florida premiere of Philip Lasser’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra – The Circle and the Child with the Frost Symphony Orchestra. Alan Hovhaness’s landmark And God Created Great Whales and Howard Hanson’s epic Symphony No. 5 complete the program of standout works.

Additional Festival Miami highlights include the annual Songwriters Showcase – Johnny Mercer Re-Imagined, held on October 20, which will place the spotlight on the remarkable talents of songwriters and performers from the Frost School’s Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music (CAM) Program. The students will give a fresh spin on classic songs by the legendary Johnny Mercer, who penned such beloved standards as “Autumn Leaves,” “Moon River,” and “Skylark,” showcasing all new versions of classic works by this brilliant writer. This event will be hosted by Rey Sanchez, CAM program director and Jon Brielle, vice president of the Johnny Mercer Foundation.

The following evening, October 21, country music fans will be treated to an “unplugged” and “in the round” evening of music by Nashville’s songwriting giants when the Nashville Country All-Stars (Craig Carothers, Tony Arata, Dave Berg, and Annie Mosher) showcase their biggest hits recorded by Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, Rodney Atkins, and many others.

Cuban-born piano master Gonzalo Rubalcaba, who has been heralded by The New York Times as “one of the greatest musicians in jazz…a pianist of almost supernatural abilities,” will be joined by his fellow Frost School faculty artists, including percussion virtuoso and winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition Svet Stoyanov with trumpeter/bandleader John Daversa directing the Frost Concert Jazz Band. They will enthrall audiences with a thrilling jazz program on October 22.

The Grammy- and Emmy-winning tenor John Easterlin will thrill audiences with Broadway and opera favorites and classic arias by Mozart, Bernstein, plus more celebrated composers on October 24 on a program that features Grammy-nominated jazz arranger and dean of the Frost School of Music Shelly Berg as special guest.

On October 25, the inimitable Los Angeles Guitar Quartet — recognized as one of the nation’s most groundbreaking and virtuosic instrumental ensembles — will present music from their album New Renaissance and arrangements of classics by Ralph Towner, Pat Metheny, and Chet Atkins from their Grammy-winning project Guitar Heroes, as well as premiere works by Atanas Ourkouzounov, Tilman Hoppstock, and Dweezil Zappa.

Musical sparks will fly in a new interpretation of Brahms’s Horn Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 40 on October 28 when admired Frost horn faculty member, motion picture and solo recording artist Richard Todd performs with violin soloist and Cleveland Institute of Music’s President Joel Smirnoff and award-winning pianist and NPR’s From the Top host Christopher O’riley. Todd will also perform Olivier Messiaen’s solo horn work “Appel Interstellaire.” Solo piano and violin works by Bach and chamber music gems round out the evening’s program.

Cyrille Aimée, who is an extraordinary revelation in contemporary vocal jazz, will perform with the 2015 DownBeat Collegiate Award-winning Frost Studio Jazz Band and Jazz Vocal 1 Ensemble on October 29. The young, New York-based French singer Aimée blends standards with Gypsy swing and bossa nova. Since she won the 2012 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, she has quickly become widely acclaimed as a favorite of jazz aficionados.

Multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter and pianist Ben Folds will perform his critically acclaimed Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with the Frost School’s stellar Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra on October 30. His concerto, which he composed in 2013 and has since been performed by symphony orchestras to sold-out audiences around the globe, will be featured on his upcoming new album So There, which is slated for release in September.

On Halloween afternoon, the Frost Symphony Orchestra presents Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Children’s Suite for Orchestra) by John Williams, plus music by Saint-Saëns and Mussorgsky. Children are invited to dress in Halloween costumes and enjoy post-concert treats courtesy of Whole Foods Coral Gables.

The Festival continues on November 1 with an exhilarating sonic celebration when the violin/viola hip-hop duo Black Violin, comprised of string musicians Kev Marcus and Wil B, will once again shatter stereotypes of classical musicians by offering their fresh take on classical music, incorporating influences from R&B and soul to rock and beyond. Named one of the hottest new bands at the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW), Black Violin is sure to “wow” audiences with their high-energy, genre-bending sounds.

Grammy nominated jazz organist extraordinaire Joey DeFrancesco will entertain audiences on November 3 with his swinging style and astounding originality as he performs in the great tradition of the unforgettable Jimmy Smith. Freda Payne, who will forever be associated with her 1970 breakthrough R&B hit “Band of Gold,” returns to her musical roots as an American jazz singer in the tradition of Nancy Wilson and Ella Fitzgerald on November 5. She will captivate audiences with her artistic prowess on a program that includes “Save Your Love for Me,” plus more enthralling selections with a trio that will feature Berg, the Frost School of Music dean, on piano.

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2015 Grad Tal Cohen Is Finalist for Freedman Jazz Fellowship


2015 Grad Tal Cohen Is Finalist for Freedman Jazz Fellowship

Special to UM News

Tal Cohen

Tal Cohen

Coral Gables, Fla. (July 2, 2015) — Pianist Tal Cohen, who is from Perth, Australia, and earned his master’s degree in jazz performance from the Frost School of Music this past May, is one of four finalists who will compete for a prestigious Freedman Jazz Fellowship at the Sydney Opera House later this month.

The Freedman Music Fellowships are offered and awarded annually to Australian classical and jazz music instrumentalists. Based on an invite-only process, nominees aged 35 and under are selected by senior industry figures in each state. Those nominated for a Freedman Jazz Fellowship compiled a project proposal, and from this, four finalists were selected to perform at The Studio, Sydney Opera House on July 20. The jazz judges for 2015 are distinguished Australian musicians: bassist Zoe Hauptmann, saxophonist David Theak, and pianist Chris Cody.

Cohen’s project proposal was, in his own words, “a recording session with some of the finest musicians in the world, which I had the privilege to play with and collaborate with in my time in Miami and at the Frost School of Music. I suggested a collaboration between the finest American musicians and the finest Australian musicians to create an amazing recording with many different influences.”

At the end of the July 20 event, one finalist will be announced as the 2015 Freedman Jazz Fellow and will receive a $15,000 fellowship. ABC Jazz will cover the event with photos, interviews, and videos, as well as recording the night for later broadcast. ABC Jazz also has announced that the finalist will be offered three days of studio time in the ABC Sydney recording studios.

Cohen is excited about the opportunity, to say the least. “Leading up to this event, will be extensive media coverage about the four finalists, sharing their stories and recordings. This is a huge opportunity and honor for me,” he said. “Just to be nominated, let alone make the finals, is an amazing accomplishment and playing in the Sydney Opera House with my band is really a dream come true.”

The fellowships are funded by the Freedman Foundation and were conceived by Laurence Freedman and Richard Letts. The first fellowships were awarded in 2001 and until 2013 have been managed by the Music Council of Australia. In 2014, management passed to The Music Trust.

Awards are administered by Sydney Improvised Music Association, a nonprofit organization founded in October 2013.

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Knight Foundation Grant to Help Fund New Recital Hall

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Knight Foundation Grant to Help Fund New Recital Hall

By Julia Berg
Special to UM News


The generous gift will enable the Frost School of Music to move forward with the final design and construction of a “high-tech recital hall befitting its reputation.”

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 20, 2015) — The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music at the University of Miami was awarded a $7.5 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to name and support construction of a new John S. and James L. Knight Recital Hall at the Frost School of Music, on UM’s Coral Gables campus.

Announced by Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of the Knight Foundation, at a March 8 community gathering at the Perez Art Museum Miami, the generous gift will be  combined with other donor pledges, including $2 million from the Paul J. DiMare Foundation and $1.2 million from Dorothy and David Weaver, to  enable the Frost School of Music to move forward with the final design and construction of the estimated $15 million project.

Knight Foundation’s naming gift also puts the Frost School of Music over its $40 million fundraising goal for Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami.

The Frost School, Ibargüen said, is already considered one of the top music schools in the country and will now “build a high-tech recital hall befitting its reputation.”

He announced the gift in conjunction with a total $25 million Knight Foundation investment in South Florida that also includes $5 million for the Perez Art Museum Miami, and $5 million for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. The balance will be allocated to fund challenge seed grants via the Knight Arts Challenge in South Florida through 2018.

“Great art defines and lifts the soul of a community. The arts create a sense of place and help bind us to each other with common experience. They help us explain the way we feel and represent who we are,” Ibargüen said. “Knight’s goal is to help build the community we all want to live in, a community where art is general and available to everyone, in all of our neighborhoods.”

The new Knight Recital Hall at the Frost School of Music, which is planned to seat approximately 200, will be designed for live acoustic and recorded music presentations, live streaming, multi-camera video projection, and other high-tech capabilities that will help meet the growing interactive performance needs of students and faculty of the Frost School, as well as the surrounding community.

The school presents more than 350 high-quality concerts, recitals, and events each academic year.

“This incredible endorsement from Knight Foundation will enable the Frost School of Music to build its vision of the recital hall of the future, with emphases on how to bring young audiences to classical and other treasured art music, partner with other arts organizations both regionally and nationally to premiere interactive multi-media creations, and broadcast the creativity of our students and faculty in groundbreaking ways,” said Shelly Berg, dean of the Frost School of Music.

Knight Foundation’s generosity has recently funded other key institutions in the Miami region, including a naming gift for the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and major support for New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, and Miami International Film Festival. Through the Knight Arts Challenge it continues to fund grassroots artists and arts organizations annually “that are providing fresh and innovative work so that everyone has a chance to make their idea a reality.”

The Frost School of Music was a recipient of a $500,000 Knight Arts Challenge grant three years ago to build its Henry Mancini Institute’s HMI: Outbound community outreach music program, to bring high-quality genre-blending chamber music programming to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and numerous public schools in Miami-Dade County.

The University of Miami recently dedicated its new Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios, a 41,089-square-foot twin-building complex featuring 77 multi-purpose chamber music and teaching studios, two extra-large studios, a reception and information center, and a furnished breezeway. Designed by award-winning architects Yann Weymouth and HOK and built by Skanska USA, the facility is touted as the first building project in Coral Gables designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, with sustainable features such as energy-efficient windows, rooftop solar panels, and cisterns that reduce water and electricity usage.

The complex was made possible by the benefactors, Phillip and Patricia Frost, whose landmark gift back in 2003 renamed UM’s music school in their honor. Featuring a new grand entrance into the school, the studios honor Patricia Frost’s lifelong commitment to music education as an elementary school principal and higher education advocate.

Julia Berg can be reached at 305-284-4895.

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Frost School Benefactors Donate $1 Million to Rename Community Music Program for President Shalala

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 18, 2015) — The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music’s naming benefactors, Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost, have donated $1 million to support and rename the school’s highly effective Frost MusicReach community music program in honor of UM President Donna E. Shalala, who will step down at the end of the 2015 academic year.

In early December, the Frosts surprised Dean Shelton G. Berg with the news of the gift at the Frost School’s annual holiday gala fundraiser, Winter Wonderful. The announcement was made after the performance of Frost School of Music undergraduate mentors and their young mentees from the outreach program. Proceeds from the holiday gala fund music mentoring scholarships. The Frosts’ new $1 million gift is the largest commitment to the MusicReach program and is in support of Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami.

In its seventh year, the program, now known as the Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, provides free weekly hands-on music instruction to more than 450 elementary, middle, and high school students in Miami-Dade County, taught by Frost School students. Thanks to this new gift from the Frosts, The Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program will annually serve more than 1,500 youth.

“I can’t think of a better way to honor President Shalala and her legacy than to have one of the crown jewel programs of the Frost School of Music to be named in her honor,” Phillip Frost said. “The Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program at the Frost School of Music exemplifies excellence and meaningful community engagement, and those are both legacies of her 14 years leading UM.”

“We witnessed the strong bond that developed between the young mentors and their younger mentees and understand how much it means to assist the younger students,” Patricia Frost said. “Since Dean Berg arrived on campus, President Shalala has been a strong supporter of his work, and we thought it would be nice to honor her association with the Frost School by dedicating a program in her name that combines academic excellence and strengthens the community.”

President Shalala said she is deeply honored by the Frosts’ extraordinary gesture. “By ensuring the Shalala MusicReach Program’s continued success in our community, they created a culture of music and learning that spans the educational continuum from primary to post-secondary and beyond. I am proud this vital and vibrant outreach effort will continue my legacy,” Shalala said.

When Berg arrived at UM eight years ago from Los Angeles, his goal was to establish a large community music outreach program similar to the one he had founded as a professor of music at the University of Southern California. In addition to assisting young students to excel, Berg also “wanted to inspire undergraduate music majors at UM to engage in community service in proximity to campus, with the hope of instilling a lifelong commitment to serving others.”

“Learning to play a musical instrument provides a proven, positive experience on every level for children, from enhanced self-esteem to improved neurologic development,” said Berg. “We are all grateful for this generous gift from Phillip and Patricia Frost as it validates our collective efforts and President Shalala’s to enhance the vibrancy of our community.”

Today more than 40 Frost undergraduate and graduate students and four graduate teaching assistant supervisors provide semi-private music lessons, life mentoring, and group instruction in local public school and community centers. The program, funded predominantly through private donations, is administered by UM Frost School alumna Melissa Lesniak, Ph.D., former executive director of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony.

Phillip and Patricia Frost have contributed generously to UM, including their naming gift for the music school in 2003, and their support continues. A new state-of-the-art Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios complex, which has more than 77 individual teaching and chamber music studios plus large classrooms for percussion and contemporary music production, opened last month. It is the first LEED Platinum building to open in the city of Coral Gables. Phillip Frost, M.D., is a UM trustee and served as chairman of the UM Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004.

The Frosts have also contributed to other educational institutions in the South Florida region, including the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in downtown Miami, currently under construction.

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