Monday, October 11, 2010

Festival Miami 2010 Celebrates Its 27th Season with Spectacular Shows

One Month, 20 Musically-Diverse Concerts 
From jazz greats and Motown legends to emerging new singers and songwriters, Festival Miami is the place to be for Miami music lovers in October. Once again, the community is invited to partake in all that Festival Miami has to offer - from world premieres and symphonic concerts, to chamber music presentations and jazz performances. Expect the extraordinary and prepare to be amazed at Festival Miami 2010!

The 2010 season is scheduled to run though October 30. The 27th season of Festival Miami features 20 concerts over a four-week period. Each concert will fall under one of four unique themes: "Great Performances," "Jazz and Beyond," "Creative American Music," and "Music of the Americas."

Matt Wilson Quartet
The Festival Miami Advance Ticket Sales Office phone number is 305-284-4940. Hours are Mon.-Fri., 9am-9pm, Sat.-Sun., 10am-6pm.  For a complete listing of concerts and to order tickets online visit or email for additional information. All performances are held at the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, located at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, 1314 Miller Drive, on the University of Miami's Coral Gables Campus (unless otherwise noted). For more information on the Frost School of Music, visit

Festival Miami Schedule
Tuesday, October 12, 8 PM
New Compositions by the Faculty of the Frost School of Music 
If you've never been to a concert featuring works by the award-winning Frost composition faculty, this is the year to expand your horizons.  Organizations around the country commission their work every year, and the reason is simple: they are excellent.  Dennis Kam, Lansing McLoskey, Scott Stinson, and new Frost faculty Charles Mason will showcase their accessible contemporary works that have form, substance, and a definite sense of fractured humor. FREE; Seating: General Admission

Wednesday, October 13, 8 PM
The Inventive Sunny Wilkinson Sings New and Timeless Favorites with the Award-Winning Frost Jazz Vocal 1 Ensemble 
Described as ‘mischievous' and ‘flexible,' jazz vocalist Sunny Wilkinson brightens every concert stage that she graces with her beautiful voice and jazz interpretations of the great American songbook.  This concert features Sunny Wilkinson with our very own 2010 Downbeat College Winners, the Frost Jazz Vocal 1 Ensemble, directed by the legendary Larry Lapin.  Sunny Wilkinson performs nationwide as a solo jazz artist as well as a guest artist appearance with big bands and jazz vocal ensembles. 
Section A - $30 Section B - $25 Section C - $20

Thursday, October 14, 8 PM
Experience the Excitement of the Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Jazz Sextet
Trumpeter and composer Gabriel Alegría presents a unique form of World Jazz that combines his distinctive approach to the jazz trumpet with the rich heritage of Afro-Peruvian music. The Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet features saxophonist Laura Andrea Leguía; acoustic guitarist Yuri Juárez; bassist Ramón De Bruyn, drummer Shirazette Tinnin and master percussionist Freddy "Huevito" Lobatón, who plays the traditional Afro-Peruvian instruments cajón (box drum) and quijada (jaw bone) and adds spectacular passages of zapateo dancing to each performance. Good grooves abound!  Afro-Peruvian style is the newest musical voice to come from Latin America and Festival Miami is bringing it to YOU! Section A - $30 Section B - $25 Section C - $20

Friday, October 15, 8 PM
Pianist Santiago Rodriguez Plays the Music of Sergei Rachmaninoff and Other Musical Titans 
Faculty artist Santiago Rodriguez has been described as "a phenomenal pianist" (The New York Times) and "among the finest pianists in the world" (The Baltimore Sun). He recently recorded the complete piano works of Rachmaninoff and will perform selected great works of this amazing musical titan, plus others. Santiago Rodriguez joined the faculty of the Frost School of Music one year ago, inspired by the exciting undergraduate curricular changes that are happening in the School and by the special camaraderie between its faculty and students.  A ‘Pedro Pan' child who ended up in an orphanage in New Orleans, his determination and talent led him to the Van Cliburn competition, where he won the Silver Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1981. Presented with the Miami Civic Music Association. Section A - $40 Section B - $30 Section C - $20

Saturday, October 16, 8 PM
Sensational Mark O'Connor and His Hot Swing Put "Le Jazz Hot" on Steroids 
When violinist Mark O'Connor released his Hot Swing! CD in 2001, which was a tribute to his great friend and mentor, the legendary French jazz master, Stephane Grappelli, the Chicago Tribune called it "one of the finest discs of his career and one of the greatest jazz violin albums ever." The ensuing Hot Swing CD, Live in New York, received similar praise. Festival Miami is proud to present Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing with guitarists Frank Vignola and Julian Lage, and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi. Mark O'Connor is the 2010-2011 artist-in-residence at the Frost School of Music. Section A - $50 Section B - $40 Section C - $20

Sunday, October 17, 6 PM
Renowned Bergonzi String Quartet Meets the Stamps String Quartet in their Debut Performance 
Bergonzi String Quartet members Glenn Basham, Scott Flavin, Pamela McConnell and Ross Harbaugh perform some of their favorite string quartet repertoire; then will have the pleasure of introducing the Stamps String Quartet, outstanding freshman string artists who are receiving scholarship support from the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation. $20 Adults/$10 Students; Seating: General Admission

Tuesday, October 19, 8 PM
The Frost Wind Ensemble with soprano Amy Burton performs spine-tingling music by John Corigliano—and premieres an exciting new composition by Mason Bates 
The Frost Wind Ensemble, with soprano Amy Burton (described as ‘lustrous' by the New York Times) performs a multi-leveled and adventurous wind ensemble orchestration of John Corigliano's Grammy award-winning Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan, a deconstructive orchestral song cycle that pays homage to the iconic ‘60s singer-songwriter. In this work, Corigliano composed new music to Dylan's emotionally charged and poetic lyrics, much like Brahms did with Goethe in his day. Conducted by Gary Green, the music ranges from gorgeously melancholy, to gut-jolting and wild.
Section A - $30 Section B - $25 Section C - $20

Wednesday, October 20, 8 PM
Emerging Young Composers Showcase their Latest Works 
The Frost School of Music's Department of Theory and Composition hosts their annual Young Composers Showcase, featuring new works by talented up-and-comers that incorporate both acoustic and electronic instruments, inspired by thought-provoking and timeless observations on transitions in life. Location: Clarke Recital Hall in the Weeks Recording and Performance Center. FREE; Seating: General Seating

Thursday, October 21, 8 PM
Matt Wilson Quartet Pairs Up with the Stamps Jazz Quintet in an All-Out Jazz Fest 
The New-York-based Matt Wilson Quartet is a mainstay at such popular jazz festivals as the Newport Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival.  At Festival Miami, Andrew D'Angelo (alto and baritone saxes) Jeff Lederer (tenor and soprano saxes), Chris Lightcap (acoustic and electric bass) and Matt Wilson (drums) will share the stage with the Stamps Jazz Quintet, outstanding sophomores at the Frost School of Music. Wrapping up a series of private master classes together, both groups will share their music in a no-holds-barred concert that is sure to please. Section A -$50; Section B-$40; Section C-$25

Friday, October 22, 8 PM 
The Momentum Dance Company Showcases Modern and Historic Dance Repertory 
Directed by Delma Iles
One of the most established contemporary dance companies in the Southeastern USA, the Momentum Dance Company is celebrating its 28th year with over 40 performances, including this very special appearance at Festival Miami.  Join us for an amazing night of modern dance featuring eight stunning dancers, beautifully choreographed works by celebrated modern dance pioneers, plus such new works directed by Delma Iles - Cobia, Negotiation, Obanamomics, and Requiem - capped off by a mesmerizing dance choreographed to the composition Window by Frost School of Music faculty Dennis Kam, inspired by paintings of Miro. Section A - $40 Section B - $30 Section C - $20

Saturday, October 23, 8 PM
Tiempo Libre Pays Tribute to Beloved Cuban Big Bands and the Music of their Heritage 
Three-time Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre is one the hottest young Latin bands today. Tiempo Libre's members were all classically trained at La ENA, Cuba's premiere conservatory during the "Special Period" in Cuba. Today, the group is a hit in the U.S. and abroad, celebrated for its incendiary, joyful performances of timba, an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of high-voltage Latin jazz and the seductive rhythms of son. This concert is dedicated to the era of Cuban big band, with works by Xavier Cugat, Beny More, Perez Prado, and Chano Pozo/Dizzy Gillespie; it will also feature traditional Cuban music (cha-cha-chas, sones and congas) arranged especially for Tiempo Libre and orchestra. They will perform with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and Big Band. 
Sec. A-$50; Sec. B-$40; Sec. C-$20

Sunday, October 24, 3 PM
Grammy Nominated Kids-Duo Performs Selections from ‘My Name is Chicken Joe' and Other Favorites 
Four-time Grammy nominees, Trout Fishing in America is the long-standing musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. The name, taken from a Richard Brautigan novel, seems almost as incongruent as a picture of this musical duo - Ezra Idlet (guitar) stands six feet nine inches and Keith Grimwood (bass), five feet five and one half inches. What is more intriguing is the musical career these two have carved out in three decades of writing, recording and performing together.  The Los Angeles Times describes the duo as "…some of the most lyrically creative, musically sophisticated, vocally muscular music-makers in the family music business." Sponsored in part by Sunday Afternoons of Music. $12 Adults/$10 Children 2-12 years old

Sunday, October 24, 8 PM
World Premiere of Rivera's Concierto de Miami with the Miami Symphony Orchestra at the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center 
Festival Miami pairs up with the Miami Symphony Orchestra to present great trumpet legend Arturo Sandoval. The program will include Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A major; the world premiere of the Rivera's Concierto de Miami for Trumpet and Orchestra featuring Arturo Sandoval, and Ravel's Bolero. Arturo Sandoval can burn through an Afro-Cuban groove, tear up a bebop tune, soar over a Mozart concerto and sooth you with a luscious ballad; with equal power and grace.  He was a protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie. He began studying classical trumpet at the age of 12, and has evolved into one of the world's most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugel horn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer. 
Golden Ticket - $150; Section A - $75 Section B - $65 Section C - $50 Section D - $20' To purchase tickets for this event, please visit or call 305-275-5666

Tuesday, October 26, 8 PM
The Frost Chamber Players Present Virtuosic Works by Celebrated Composers 
The Frost Chamber Players are faculty virtuosi who delight in playing chamber music together.  Join Pamela McConnell, artistic director, and Richard Todd, new French horn faculty, for an evening that will refresh and renew your senses. You'll hear Saint-Saëns Septet for strings, piano, and trumpet; Poulenc Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano; Caliendo Sonata for Horn and Piano; and the striking Dohnanyi Sextet for strings, clarinet, horn, and piano. Featured faculty artists to include the Bergonzi String Quartet, Craig Morris (trumpet), Richard Todd (French horn), Robert Weiner (oboe), Margaret Donaghue (clarinet), Luciano Magnanini (bassoon), and Shelton Berg (piano). $20 Adults/$10 Students; Seating: General Admission

Wednesday, October 27, 8 PM
The Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program Showcases New Songs and Fresh Faces 
One of the most popular Festival Miami tickets every year is our annual Songwriters Showcase presented by the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program, with a panel of judges personally selected by the celebrated Frost alum, Bruce Hornsby.  Come out and support our stellar songwriting students, and treat yourself to an evening of fresh and youthful new music. The winning songwriter gets to open the concert the following night. Get your tickets for both events now! FREE; Seating: General Admission

Thursday, October 28, 8 PM
A Rock-n-Roll Celebration of the Greatest Songs of Lamont Dozier, the #1 Songwriter in America 
If you love music by The Supremes, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, and Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, then you simply must attend this hit-filled concert featuring the Motown era songs of Lamont Dozier …and meet the songwriter himself who penned 54 number one hits! You'll be singing along to such favorites as Baby Love, Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch; Baby I Need Your Loving; Stop! In the Name of Love; Back in My Arms Again; Come See About Me, Where Did Our Love Go and Give Me Just a Little More Time. Lamont Dozier's music is in your heart; now you'll see and hear him share the stage of UM Gusman Concert Hall with students from the Frost American Music Ensemble.
Section A - $60 Section B - $50 Section C - $25

Friday, October 29, 8 PM
Amazing Nestor Torres Explores a Rainbow of Musical Colors Ranging from Baroque to Big Band, Latin to Fantasy 
Nestor Torres, flute, performs an ambitious program with Frost students from the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra ranging from the timeless Pergolesi Flute Concerto in G (a Baroque concerto for flute, strings and harpsichord), the ever-popular Ibert Flute Concerto, to exciting works accompanied by Latin rhythm section such as El Condor Pasa, Vuelvo Al Sur and Soñando Con Puerto Rico.  His program closes with Tiger Tales and (Somewhere) Over the Rainbow with the Mancini Institute Orchestra and Big Band.  Don't miss this incredible concert, featuring the spell-binding flautist Nestor Torres, conducted by HMI resident conductor, Scott Flavin. Section A - $60 Section B - $50 Section C - $25

Saturday, October 30, 8 PM
Wycliffe Gordon and Frost Concert Jazz Band, Salute the Giants of Jazz in Festival Miami's Grand Finale Concert 
Wycliffe Gordon, jazz trombone and vocals, combines unbelievable virtuosity with incredible stage presence and a deep knowledge of the history of jazz.  The combination always makes for an exciting and entertaining night of music. Join the Frost Concert Jazz Band (Downbeat College Winners 2010), directed by Dante Luciani, and guest artist Wycliffe Gordon (Trombonist of the Year, Jazz Journalists Association, 2001-2002, 2006-2008) for a rousing closing concert that salutes the giants of jazz, and introduces the next generation of jazz greats! This one will sell out quickly; order tickets right away. 
Section A - $85* Section A - $65** Section B - $50 Section C - $25
*Concert, VIP Seating and Reception
**Concert Only

Festival Miami has set a precedent over the last 26 years by providing a month-long series that contains a blend of artistically and culturally diverse music and educational opportunities.  The festival offers 20-30 concerts each season, providing for people of all ages and income levels the chance to be enriched by live musical performances. It is unrivaled in its scope of musical presentations and is known throughout South Florida, the U.S., and the international community for its cultural contributions.  In its last two seasons, more than 24,000 music patrons attended Festival Miami performances.  Since its inception two decades ago, Festival Miami has presented performers from six continents, including concerts by artists from Argentina, Poland, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, Germany, Puerto Rico, China, France, and from throughout the U.S. 

Photos courtesy of Festival Miami. Photo of the Matt Wilson Quartet is courtesy of Tom Foley, via Festival Miami. 

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