Thursday, May 25, 2017

Coral Gables Community Arts Program (CAP) Summer Concert Series Announced

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Starry, Starry Nights!
World-Renowned Jazz & Classical Musicians
Gather in Coral Gables, Florida for the
32nd Community Arts Program (CAP) 
Summer Concert Series!
Community Arts Program (CAP)
Summer Concert Series marks its 32nd Season,
at Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ,
with a Spectacular Summer Concert Series Line-up.

This summer, June 8 through August 17, in a quiet Miami neighborhood within the historic Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ’s intimate, Spanish-revival style setting, concertgoers will have the unique opportunity to be awed and entertained by some of the music industry’s most talented and revered classical and jazz figures. These artists will perform and delight audiences at the Community Arts Program (CAP) 2017 Summer Concert Series!

The Community Arts Program Summer Concert Series has entertained more than 64,000 people since it began in 1985. The Series has grown into a time-honored tradition and, more recently, part of a Community Arts Program that provides music education to children in its Conservatory for the Arts. “The Community Arts Program (CAP) Summer Concert Series is a rare opportunity to hear world-renowned artists in the intimate and beautiful Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ,” says Shelton G. Berg, University of Miami Dean of the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music. “The CAP Conservatory for the Arts provides high-quality music education to children, many of whom would otherwise be denied access to the wonder of music and the beauty of the artistic spirit.”

We are very excited to again present a diverse and world-class line up of artists,” says Mark Hart, Executive & Artistic Director of the Community Arts Program. “It’s an honor to welcome concertgoers locally, from across the state, and as far away as Europe; and rewarding to see the growth of our music education program for kids! In all, we’ve come to provide exceptional cultural- and educationally-enriching experiences for more than 3,000 children and adults each year!”

Community Arts Program (CAP) 2017 
Summer Concert Series Line-Up

The award-winning Community Arts Program (CAP) 2017 Summer Concert Series (32nd season) begins 8:00 p.m. next Thursday, June 8 with the first female instrumentalist and the first South American ever to win the prestigious Thelonious Monk Competition, tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana. Melissa is also a recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award from Jazz at Lincoln Center and a two-time recipient of the Altazor Award, Chile’s highly prestigious national arts prize. With her Quartet—Aldana, saxophone; Sam Harris, piano; Pablo Menares, bass; and Craig Weinrib, drums—and a program that includes the music of jazz sax legends, Melissa is sure to kick off the CAP 2017 Summer Concert Series with a roar! The evening will open with the CAP Miami Jazz Institute ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble! Tickets are $35-$50 in advance at 305.448.7421, ext. 153 or

June 22 - AMIT PELED
Israeli cellist Amit Peled is acclaimed as one of the most exciting instrumentalists on the concert stage today, and he charmed the CAP Summer Concert Series audience two years ago. Back by popular demand, Amit Peled performs with pianist Noreen Polera in a program that features the Cello Sonatas of Johannes Brahms, almost indisputably the most important cello sonatas from the second half of the nineteenth century. JUST IN! Amit Peled will perform this exciting recital on Pablo Casals’ exact cello, a Goffriler ca. 1733, personally handed to him by Casals' widow, Mrs. Marta Casals Istomin. This promises to be an incomparable evening of music.  

Critically acclaimed singer and pianist Tony DeSare has played jazz clubs, Las Vegas, Carnegie Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and appeared on the CBS Early Show, NPR, A Prairie Home Companion, and the Today Show, to name a few. With three top ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt, Tony continues to bring his fresh take to old-school class. This is a sensational holiday concert not to miss: an enchanting evening of American jazz standards and classics.

New Orleans’ Grammy Award-winning musician and actor Chris Thomas King is one of the world’s most influential artists, and has changed the way we think about blues. He is also known for his role as itinerant bluesman Tommy Johnson in the George Clooney film O Brother, Where Art Thou? Chris has sold more than 10 million records in this country, and is the leading blues guitarist of his generation. With guitar in hand, Chris Thomas King creates a passage from the folk blues revival of the ’60s and reinvigorates the blues as a living African-American art. This is to be an unforgettable evening!

If one hasn’t yet heard Tony Monaco play the hottest B-3 around, they are in for a treat! In 2000, Joey DeFrancesco produced Tony’s debut recording, Burnin’ Grooves, and an international success was born, secured by eight more releases and tours around the globe. In a rousing evening with guitarist Tim Jago and drummer David Chiverton, Tony’s Hammond B-3 virtuosity on jazz standards absolutely promises to raise the roof… and raise concertgoers out of their seats! 

The CAP 2017 Summer Concert Series concludes with one of the most multifaceted groups in any genre: the Grammy Award-winning LAGQ. Comprised of four uniquely gifted and accomplished musicians, the LAGQ consistently plays to sold-out houses around the world. They break new ground with their inventive, critically acclaimed transcriptions, from concert masterworks to contemporary and world-music realms. In a program that spans Latin, African, Far East, Irish, folk, European and American classics, concertgoers will be transported around the globe in a breathtaking concert experience!
Summer Concert Series Ticket Prices & Order Information
Early Ordering Recommended; Concerts Sell Out Quickly!

General Admission Ticket:  $35 advance, $40 at the door (based on availability). 

Individual Patron Ticket: $50 advance; $55 at the door (based on availability). Individual Patron ticket includes reserved, general seating within rows 1 through 9 and pre-concert receptions: a wine and non-alcohol beverage bar and light hors d’oeuvres.

Patron Series: $270 (All SIX Concerts) Patron Series includes reserved, general seating within rows 1 through 9 and pre-concert receptions: a wine and non-alcohol beverage bar and light hors d’oeuvres.

Patron Mini-Series: $190 (Your choice of FOUR concerts) Choose four concerts. Patron Mini-Series includes reserved, general seating within rows 1 through 9 and pre-concert receptions: a wine and non-alcohol beverage bar and light hors d’oeuvres.
Order Information
Order tickets by calling (305) 448-7421, ext. 153. VISA and MasterCard are accepted. For instant processing and confirmation anytime: order tickets quickly, safely, and conveniently online at All concerts are Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. Free and convenient parking is available. 

One can also inquire about Young Musicians’ Summer Master Classes, to be given by the following artists on the Friday morning (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) following their concert: Amit Peled, Chris Thomas King, Tony Monaco, and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ). 

Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 3010 De Soto Boulevard (directly across from the Biltmore Hotel and five miles from Miami International Airport) in Coral Gables.  

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