Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Annual Summer Concert Series Line Up Announced for Coral Gables

Coral Gables Congregational
United Church of Christ
Community Arts Program
2012 Summer Concert Series
June 7 - August 16, 2012

Twenty-seven years ago, an evening summer concert series was born to present classical and jazz musicians within the Spanish-revival architecture and intimate setting of Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ. Magic happened! 150-plus concerts and upwards of 62,000 attendees later, the Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ Summer Concert Series has become a longstanding tradition.  The Summer Concert Series is now part of a year-round Community Arts Program (CAP).

The Community Arts Program (CAP), in addition to its acclaimed Summer Concert Series, affords every child, despite circumstances, an after-school Conservatory for the Arts and Young Musicians’ Summer Master Classes (for the young-at-heart too!) with renowned artists who perform on the Summer Concert Series.

Below is the exciting line-up for the Community Arts Program 2012 Summer Concert Series and Summer Master Classes.  Purchase your concert tickets early; concerts sell out quickly!

 Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Thursday, June 7, 8pm - Concert
Friday, June 8, 10am to noon - Master class
By popular demand, Preservation Hall Jazz Band returns to the Summer Concert Series for another incredible opening, as the Band celebrates its golden anniversary! The Band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter. Preservation Hall Jazz Band has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. Once again, there's no better way to begin the Summer Concert Series than with toes a tappin' and spirits a soarin'!  

Andrew York
Thursday, June 21, 8pm - Concert
Friday, June 22, 10am to noon – Master Class
In any generation there are many musicians, but very few artists who communicate on a profound cultural level. Andrew York is one of these rare artistic voices. He is one of the most visible and innovative classical guitarists and composers on today's concert scene. Mr. York's discography includes recordings for Sony Japan, three solo CD's for the GSP label, ten CD's with the Los Angeles Guitar Quintet (LAGQ)--with whom he shares a Grammy--on Delos, Sony and Telarc labels, as well as inclusion on Rhino Records Legends of Guitar and numerous other compilations. His compositions have been recorded by guitar luminaries John Williams and Christopher Parkening, and Japanese pianist Mitsouko Kado. In an enchanting evening of his music and that of J.S. Bach, Andrew York will capture the audience.  

The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Thursday, July 5, 8pm - Concert
Nobody put more Americans "In the Mood" for great swing music than the legendary Glenn Miller, who fronted the most famous big band of all time. The hit-maker's legacy continues with the Glenn Miller Orchestra's incomparable performances of such beloved tunes as Moonlight Serenade, American Patrol, Pennsylvania 6-5000, Chattanooga Choo-Choo and A String of Pearls. This Independence holiday, concert goers can treat themselves to wonderful music from America's Swing Era! It'll ignite a smile and bounce like nothing else!
Ahn Trio
Thursday, July 19, 8pm. - Concert
Friday, July 20, 10am to noon – Master Class
Born in Seoul, Korea, and educated at Juilliard, the members of the Ahn Trio--sisters Maria (cello), Lucia (piano) and Angella (violin)--are redefining the art and architecture of chamber music and breathing new life into the standard piano trio literature with commissioned works from visionary composers. The trio's latest CD, Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac, made No. 8 on the Billboard charts in the U.S. and is now available on the RCA Red Seal label. Join in an exceptional evening that includes compositions by Pat Metheny, Brazilian composer Nelson Ayres and the New York Times "Composer to Watch," Kenji Bunch!  

Roseanna Vitro
Thursday, August 2, 8pm - Concert
Friday, Aug. 3, 10am to noon – Master Class
Roseanna Vitro is a reigning member of the jazz community where she is hailed for her range of music and stylistic directions, as a soulful communicator with a thirst for swinging hard and for possessing an ear for melodic invention. Ms. Vitro's rhythmic acuity and free-spirited spontaneity can be heard in her improvisations, where she uses both scat syllables and lyrics. Her signature energy and grace is found within a host of recordings, notable among them, her breakout recording on Telarc, Passion Dance. ­In 2011,Roseanna joined the Motéma Music labeland released The Music of Randy Newman, which earned a Grammy nomination in the vocal jazz category.  Joined by Mark Soskin (piano), Sara Caswell (violin), Dean Johnson (bass) and Tim Horner (drums), Roseanna brings an evening full of artful jazz singing, brimming with heart and soul!

Christian McBride Trio
Thursday, August 16, 8pm – Concert
Bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, educator, curator and administrator, Christian McBride has been one of the most important and most omnipresent figures in the jazz world for 20 years. Beginning in 1989, this Philadelphia-born bassist moved to New York City to further his classical studies at the Juilliard School, only to be snatched up by alto saxophonist, Bobby Watson. Since then, McBride's list of accomplishments has been nothing short of staggering, including the 2012 Grammy Award for his latest album, The Good Feeling. Save the date now, for when Christian McBride presents his trio--McBride (bass), Christian Sands (piano) and Ulysses Owens (drums)--for an historic close to the Community Arts Program 2012 Summer Concert Series!  

Coral Gables Congregational
United Church of Christ

3010 De Soto Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL  33134

Concert Tickets and
Master Class Registration at:
(305) 448-7421, ext. 153

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