The University of Miami Frost School of Music launches its 29th Festival Miami this week with two appearances by renowned pianist Leon Fleisher.
Admission is free but tickets are required for a master class at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the university’s Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables, in which the 84-year-old Fleisher will discuss his life and career.
At 8 p.m. Thursday at the same venue, he will conduct the Frost Symphony Orchestra in Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 and Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Fourth Concerto, with pianist and Frost student Anastasiya Naplekova as soloist. Tickets are $25-$65.
The festival, which concludes Nov. 4, continues with Nuevo Tango concerts Friday and Saturday and an Oct. 7 performance by the Frost Wind Ensemble featuring works by Jennifer Higdon, Paul Dooley and Paul Hindemith.
A complete schedule and tickets are available at 305-284-4940 or festivalmiami.com.
GableStage producing artistic director Joseph Adler will be honored at New World School of the Arts before the school’s first production of the season, Lanford Wilson’s Balm in Gilead. Adler is being celebrated for his contributions as a donor and director, theater dean Patrice Bailey said, and for his support of South Florida actors. She also cited his generosity in allowing New World students to see GableStage shows and use its space for fundraisers.
“Joe has consistently cast our alumni in his productions, aiding them in their transition into the professional world,” Bailey said. Case in point: The current GableStage production of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined, running through Oct. 7, which features New World grads Lela Elam, Marckenson Charles, Renata Eastlick and Devon Dassaw along with New World professor David Kwiat.
Adler will be honored Friday at an invitation-only pre-show reception at the New World Gallery. He’ll also be recognized before the 7:30 p.m. performance of Balm in Gilead in New World’s eighth-floor Louise O. Gerrits Theater. The play continues at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 12-13 and 2 p.m. Oct. 7 and Oct. 14. Tickets are $12 (students and seniors pay $5); nwsa.mdc.edu.
New ‘Art Rush’
Segafredo L’Originale on Lincoln Road this month kicks off a monthly art series showcasing celebrated local and international artists on the first Saturday of every month through January 2013. In collaboration with Wynwood-based Alberto Linero Gallery, the “Art Rush” event series features a dozen artists and their work, including multi-media pieces and live body painting performances.
Its Oct. 6 event starts at 8 p.m. with life-size figure painting by Santiago Betancur; urban living with steel structures by Luis Jimenez; nature’s destruction by Sarah Allen; abstract neo-expressionism by world-renowned Pedro Sandoval and more. A live painting performance by Cristina Botero is scheduled for 10 p.m.
Segafredo L’Originale is at 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Information: 305-673-0047; www.sze-originale.com.
Vote for South Florida stars
Between voting for their favorites on The Voice and Dancing With the Stars, South Floridians can have their say in another artistic competition.
Five arts organizations — 6th Street Dance Studio, Arts Garage, FUNDarte, LAB Miami and Urgent Inc.— are in the running for $20,000 in the first Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award.
Each of the nominees has a video at KnightArts.org/peopleschoice. Voters can send a text message to the number on the website to choose their favorite. Votes can be cast by text through Oct. 22.
The People’s Choice nominees are also finalists for the 2012 Knight Arts Challenge, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Each group is still eligible for a challenge grant as well as the popular vote award.
The Knight Arts Challenge is in its fifth year.
Winners will be announced for both awards on Dec. 3.
Season of the Arts
Last Sunday’s Season of the Arts section omitted the names of the artists whose Wynwood Walls murals graced the cover. They are: image of music by Trek6 and Chorboogie; dance and theater images by Kobra; and visual arts by Camy, 131 and Victor.
Compiled by Miami Herald staff. Send news about theater to cdolen@MiamiHerald.com; dance, pop and Latin music to jlevin@MiamiHerald.com; visual arts to jwooldridge@MiamiHerald.com and classical music and jazz to kmartin@MiamiHerald.com. Add events to our calendar at MiamiHerald.com/events.