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The Frost School of Music’s Festival Miami week one


The Frost School of Music’s Festival Miami week one

The opening week performances for the Frost School’s acclaimed Festival Miami will range from the music of emerging young talents  to master jazz greats, and more.

Wednesday, October 7
Emerging Young Composers
8 p.m.

The 21st century is still young, but already graced by remarkable works from some of the brightest and best composers working at the Frost School of Music. A memorable evening of classical and contemporary music will unfold in varied genres, instrument combinations, and styles. These future leaders of American music will move you as well as provoke discussion of modern music and where it’s headed in our non-stop society. Don’t miss this fascinating and enjoyable showcase of works by the Frost School of Music’s finest creative young minds.

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Charles Mason named UM Frost School of Music 2009 Distinguished Alumnus

Charles Norman Mason is recipient of the 2009 Frost School of Music Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dean Shelton G. Berg will publicly recognize Mason’s achievement at the October 2 opening concert of Festival Miami 2009.

Mason has received many awards for his compositions, including the 2005 Samuel Barber Rome Prize Fellowship, the 1998 Premi Internacional de Composició Musical Ciutat de Tarragona Orchestra Music prize, and a 1994 National Endowment of the Arts Individual Composers Grant.

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Festival Miami 2009 Great Performances: Seven classical concerts featuring homegrown talent and big-name artists

Festival Miami 2009 will feature a diverse line up of 20 concerts over the course of one month grouped into four themed categories: Great Performances, Creative American Music, Music of the Americas, and Jazz and Beyond.

Great Performances will include seven classical music concerts featuring homegrown talent and big-name visiting artists. “We’re excited to feature the first-class artistry of Frost School faculty and students alongside acclaimed guest artists during Festival Miami 2009,” said Frost School Dean Shelton G. “Shelly” Berg, artistic director of the festival.

The festival’s opening night on Friday, October 2 at 8 p.m. in Gusman Concert Hall will feature the Frost Symphony Orchestra performing Robert Schumann’s Overture to Faust, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor), and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1.

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Festival Miami 2009 brings the world’s great performers to UM

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Festival Miami 2009 brings the world’s great performers to UM

Festival will feature four full weeks of artistic excellence and more than 20 Concerts

FestivalFestival Miami, in its 26th year as one of South Florida’s most exciting traditions, is back to kick off the fall season with great and inspiring music. From October 2-30, the festival will present a diverse roster of recognized musical artists from around the world. Festival Miami audiences will enjoy world-class music and dance programming in four themed weeks, which will include Great Performances, Creative American Music, Music of the Americas, and Jazz and Beyond.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 1.

“We highlight music from various historical periods and genres drawn from around the globe,” says Frost School of Music Dean Shelton Berg. “In addition to providing extraordinarily diverse music to the public, this format exposes our students to these multiple traditions.”

Classical music lovers have five Great Performances in Festival Miami, beginning on the festival’s opening night, October 2, with the Frost Symphony Orchestra “Celebrating the German Romantic Tradition.” The orchestra, conducted by Thomas Sleeper, will perform Robert Schuman’s overture to Faust and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1. Also during that concert, Frost School faculty pianist Tian Ying will perform Beethoven’s great Emperor Concerto. The Frost Chamber Players and Frost Wind Ensemble bring more outstanding UM faculty and student artists to the stage, while the Frost Opera Theater will present Six Operas in Sixty Minutes! Pianist Kevin Kenner, winner of the International Chopin Competition, plays music of that beloved composer, and the Miami Symphony Orchestra adds to this series’ exciting classical range.

The not-to-be-missed kickoff to the Creative American Music theme is the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Tribute to Henry Mancini with Monica and Ginny Mancini on Saturday, October 3. Mancini is best known for composing film scores such as The Pink Panther and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, among many others. Daughter Monica Mancini, a multi-Grammy-nominated vocalist, will perform classics including “Moon River” and “Days of Wine and Roses.” Ginny Mancini, the wife of the late composer, will offer anecdotes, remembrances, and insights.

Other series artists include three-time Grammy winner Shawn Colvin together with UM alumnus and multi-Grammy winner Bruce Hornsby in a performance of some the most beautiful songs in popular music. Colvin and Hornsby will also judge and select the best student work during the Songwriter’s Showcase. Children’s favorite Red Grammer, known for his glorious voice and award-winning songs, performs for the young at heart in a Halloween concert.

The Music of the Americas series features Latin Grammy winner and jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval presenting a Softer Side on Saturday, October 17, with music from his new CD for Concord Records. Also in this series, the exciting and visually stimulating IFÉ-ILÉ Afro-Cuban Dance Company will have the audience dancing in the aisles. The acclaimed Chilean singer/songwriter Claudia Acuña brings her vocal “instrument of wonder” to the Gusman stage, and Carlos Reyes, a virtuoso of violin and the Paraguayan harp, offers an infectious blend of Latin, jazz, and rock. Also this year, Festival Miami presents the master of salsa, Willy Chirino performing his distinctive “Miami Sound.”

Concerts under the heading Jazz and Beyond include six-time Grammy winner and jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton, who will bring his performance mastery to Gusman Concert Hall on Saturday, October 10. Burton, who has been at the forefront of jazz for more than 40 years, will lead a master class and perform with student ensembles the Stamps Jazz Quintet and the Frost Jazz Sextet. Carmen Bradford, former vocalist with the Count Basie Orchestra, will appear with the award-winning Frost Jazz Vocal-1 Ensemble, along with pianist and Frost School Dean Berg.

Festival Miami will close with two outstanding nights of jazz with seven-time Grammy-nominated bassist and composer John Clayton. Clayton has arranged for Queen Latifah, Diana Krall, and Natalie Cole, and he teams with the versatile and dynamic drummer Jeff Hamilton. The first concert will feature Clayton and Hamilton with Dean Berg and other Frost jazz faculty artists. The concluding evening on October 30 brings the duo together with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and the Frost Concert Jazz Band for an unforgettable evening of symphonic and big band music.

The Festival Miami Advance Ticket Sales Office phone number is 305-284-4940. Hours are  9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Saturday and Sunday. For a complete listing of concerts and to order tickets online, visit www.festivalmiami.com, or e-mail [email protected] for additional information.

All performances will be held at Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, located at the Frost School of Music on UM’s Coral Gables campus, unless otherwise noted.

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