Monday, September 27, 2010


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Once again this fall, 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 commence on October 8 and conclude on 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, which include: “Great Performances,” “Jazz and Beyond,” “Creative American Music,” and “Music of the Americas."

Week one includes performances by Latin Dance artists Hansel Enrique Martinez and Raúl Alfonso (Hansel y Raúl), trumpeter and composer Gabriel Alegría, opera sensation Sandra Lopez with the Frost Symphony Orchestra and Frost Chorale, and jazz vocalist Sunny Wilkinson.
Festival Miami, the annual music festival that opens the South Florida arts season, provides superior and diverse musical programming each year, while expanding academic opportunities and cultural enrichment to all of South Florida and its visitors. It’s a musical experience no one should miss.

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, over 24,000 music patrons have attended Festival Miami performances. Since its inception over two decades ago, Festival Miami has presented performers from six continents. Past series have included concerts by artists from Argentina, Poland, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, Germany, Puerto Rico, China, France, and from throughout the U.S.
The Festival’s concert series is unparalleled in its scope of musical magnitude and includes stellar guest artists, the Frost School’s widely known artist-faculty and student ensembles, and an educational mission that includes children’s concerts, master classes, lectures, forums, and concerts that highlight historically-significant events.
The Festival Miami Advance Ticket Sales Office phone number is (305) 284-4940. Hours are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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

Building on its foundation as a Conservatory of Music, the Frost School has pioneered new curricula and was the first in the nation to offer professionally accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Business and Music Engineering Technology. The Frost School was also among the first to offer degrees in Studio Music and Jazz, Music Therapy, and Accompanying and Chamber Music. In addition, the Frost School was the first in a major university to develop a student-run label, ‘Cane Records, and a publishing company, Category Five. The School’s innovative programs, combined with its traditional areas of concentration, offer its students one of the widest choices of career programs of any music school in the nation. More information about the University of Miami Frost School of Music can be found at

The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University's mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives.

Friday, October 8, 8 PM
Frost Symphony Orchestra and Frost Chorale featuring Sandra Lopez, soprano
A Glorious Night of Strauss and Poulenc
Festival Miami opens with a dramatic concert featuring landmark works for orchestra and chorus by Richard Strauss and Francis Poulenc that reflect on life, death, the reawakening of faith and transfiguration. The excellent Frost Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Sleeper, along with the impressive Frost Chorale conducted by Joshua Habermann, present Poulenc’s Gloria, which is perhaps his greatest masterpiece, as well as Strauss’s Last Four Songs for orchestra and vocalist, featuring the incredible soprano Sandra Lopez, that offers a touching gesture of farewell.
Reserve your tickets today for this gala opening night performance.
Section A - $85* Section A - $65** Section B - $50 Section C - $25
*Concert, VIP Seating and Reception
**Concert Only

Saturday, October 9, 8 PM
HANSEL Y RAÚL! The Hottest Act in Latin Dance Music Bring Their Tropical Dance Music and Contagious Beat to Festival Miami
Hansel Enrique Martinez and Raúl Alfonso were born in Cuba. Their professional musical careers began with the world famous Charanga '76 as vocalists and co-founders of the band. Their music is based on a sophisticated version of tropical dance music that emphasizes strings and woodwinds rather than brass. In 1980 Hansel and Raul left the band and became the most famous, dynamic and charismatic duo in the history of Tropical music: Hansel & Raúl.
The integration of a brass section to the already popular Charanga Sound, spiked with a very Caribbean sense of rhythm, made Hansel y Raúl the hottest act in Latin Dance Music. Their global hit songs Maria Teresa Y Danilo and Con La Lengua Afuera became anthems and made them international recording stars. Hansel y Raúl have recorded more than 12 albums including 7 Gold albums and the double Platinum "LA MAGIA." They continue to tour worldwide and are without a doubt “The Hottest Dance Band of the Decade.” Buy your tickets early—this concert will sell out quickly.
Section A - $60 Section B - $50 Section C - $25
Sunday, October 10, 6 PM
Up Close and Personal: Frank LoesserA Centennial Celebration
A musical salute to Frank Loesser, the late Academy Award, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning composer/lyricist of Guys and Dolls, The Most Happy Fella, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The concert features an in-depth conversation with Jo Sullivan Loesser, the original star of The Most Happy Fella. Special guests include Broadway stars Susan Egan, Noah Racey, Ron Raines, and musical director Don Pippin. Hosted by Michael A. Kerker (ASCAP).
Section A - $40 Section B - $30 Section C - $20
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.
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. Reserve your tickets now!
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
“Coral Gables Night”
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

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