Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Florida's Finest Summer Concert Series Begins this Week in Coral Gables

Community Arts Program (CAP) 
2018 Summer Concert Series
(33rd Season)

A Summertime Full of Cultural and Educational Easy livin'!

Community Arts Program (CAP)
Summer Concert Series marks its 33rd season,
at the historic Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ,
with an attractive Summer Concert Series line-up.
MIAMI, FL - This summer, June 7 through August 16, 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) 2018 Summer Concert Series. A Summertime full of cultural and educational easy livin'!

The Community Arts Program Summer Concert Series has entertained more than 67,000 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 an attractive 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) 2018 
Summer Concert Series Line-Up
Miami’s talented, young jazz musicians within the award-winning Community Arts Program (CAP) Miami Jazz Institute ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble raise the roof on opening night! From Count Basie and Glenn Miller to Neal Hefti and more, this high-energy evening guarantees to entertain and bring concertgoers to their feet!

Twenty-two-year-old violinist Miclen LaiPang is a star of his generation. He has garnered top prizes from, among others, the Stradivarius International Violin Competition. With pianist Jennifer Snyder, Miclen brings a mesmerizing evening of César Franck, Camille Saint Saëns, John Corigliano, and Jenő Hubay!
A force to be reckoned with.” The New York Times

DownBeat magazine recently named Hilary Gardner "an artist to watch" and a Rising Star Female Vocalist. With pianist Joe Alterman, Hilary and her silky-smooth voice appear in a South Florida, first performance. Concertgoers will enjoy a holiday program of Great American Songbook standards and delightful surprises!
"Gardner evokes memories of another time and place." NPR
"An uninhibited answer to the young Doris Day." The New York Times

Included on Blue Note Records Jazz compilation, Jazz Drumming Legends, Ignacio Berroa is one of the greatest drummers of our time. Upon Dizzy Gillespie’s request in 1982, Ignacio joined Gillespie’s Quartet. In Straight Ahead from Havana, pianist Martin Bejerano and bassist Josh Allen join Ignacio Berroa for a tremendous time of Afro-Cuban jazz and beyond!
“The only Latin drummer in the world in the history of American music that intimately knows both worlds: his native Afro-Cuban music as well as jazz.” Dizzy Gillespie

Five-time GRAMMY-nominated pianist Christian Sands brings a fresh look at the entire language of jazz. With bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Jonathan Barber, the CAP 2018 Summer Concert Series is thrilled to welcome Christian Sands!
“The FIRST young musician I’d met who had the drive, passion and skill of my peers like Roy Hargrove, Eric Reed, Greg Hutchinson and Antonio Hart.” Christian McBride

Pepe Romero is a true living legend in the world of classical music, honored by kings, heads of state and major institutions. Revel in a great ambassador of classical music, and of the classical guitar!
"Orchestral power and vocal lyricism!"  The New York Times 
"Pepe Romero makes his guitar talk to itself!"  The Los Angeles Times

Summer Concert Series Ticket 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. 

FREE Community Arts Program (CAP) Summer Master Classes
There are also FREE CAP Summer Master Classes by the following artists on the Friday morning (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) after their Thursday evening concert: Miclen LaiPang, Ignacio Berroa, Christian Sands, and Pepe Romero. Anyone can attend. CAP Summer Master Classes offer fascinating topics and fun discoveries, as artists discuss their musical journey and answer questions. CAP Summer Master Classes are in the historic Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ sanctuary (where CAP Summer Concert Series concerts are also).   
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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