Tuesday, September 21, 2010

UM Frost Festival Miami:Fresh, new takes on the future of music

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Fresh, new takes on the future of music

Coral Gables, FL (September 9, 2010) – 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.

Festival Miami, the annual music festival that opens the South Florida arts season, will commence on October 8 and conclude on October 30. It will feature 20 concerts and renowned guest artists over a four-week period. Each concert falls under one of four unique themes: “Great Performances,” “Jazz and Beyond,” “Creative American Music,” and “Music of the Americas."

“Creative American Music” intertwines the many facets of contemporary music into performances that singles out the new and revolutionary. Concerts will feature contemporary music, which will demonstrate up close what’s new in the music world. Performances include Emerging Young Composers and Frost Faculty Composers, ‘Stop! In the Name of Love’ – a rock-n-roll celebration of the greatest songs of Lamont Dozier, and a Halloween children’s concert featuring four-time Grammy nominees, Trout Fishing in America.

Festival Miami has set a precedent over the last 26 years by providing a month-long series that a blend of artistically and culturally diverse music with 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 while expanding academic opportunities and cultural enrichment to all of South Florida and its visitors.

In its last two seasons, over 24,000 music patrons attended Festival Miami performances. Since its inception, Festival Miami has presented performers from six continents including 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 http://www.festivalmiami.com/ or email festivalmiami.music@miami.edu 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 http://www.music.miami.edu/.

creative american music SCHEDULE:

Sunday, October 10, 6 PM
Up Close and Personal: Frank Loesser

A Centennial CelebrationA musical salute to the Academy Award, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prizewinning 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 SullivanLoesser, 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 20, 8 PMNEW TRANSITIONS
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. Open seating, free admission, please arrive early. Location: Clarke Recital Hall in the Weeks Recording and Performance Center.
Seating: General Seating

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

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

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!
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 R&B Ensemble and the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program.
Section A - $60 Section B - $50 Section C - $25

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