Gloria Estefan, our very own beloved superstar, seven-time Grammy Award winner and musical icon, will perform a program of her favorite American classics from her new album, "The Standards," at the Frost School of Music’s Maurice Gusman Concert Hall at 8 p.m. on Oct. 1. The concert is part of the celebration of the 30th Anniversary Season of the UM’s Frost School of Music’s Festival Miami. And who better to open the celebration than Estefan?
According to a press release, the program will feature Esteban performing songs from the American Songbook that have special significance to her. The songs have been arranged, orchestrated and co-produced by Grammy-nominated jazz arranger Shelly Berg, who also happens to be the Dean of the Frost School of Music. The songs will include new rendition of such classics as Good Morning Heartache, Embraceable You, I’ve Grown Accustomed to His Face, Smile, and What a Wonderful World. Estefan will also perform Latin American love songs such as El Dia Que Me Quieres and Eu Sei Que Voy Te Amar.
In the press release, Estefan said, "I grew up listening to Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini and great romance recording artists in Cuba. This genre is right up my alley, since music is always a catharsis to me."
The artist said she waited until now to do a standards album to get "enough life under my belt, since there are so many torch songs requiring life experience to deliver them with proper credibility."
The idea for the concert featuring Estefan was born at a trustee dinner, and Berg, who also is a producer, asked her to sing one of the songs. Estefan sang Good Morning Heartache, the Billie Holiday classic that is featured on Estefan’s Standards album.
Festival Miami is known as South Florida’s premier music festival, and annually presents unique programming by a diverse blend of award-winning performers in a variety of genres who showcase their artistic prowess alongside astounding students and faculty artists from the Frost School of Music. This season, more than 25 concerts and events have been organized into four themes: Great Performances, Jazz and Beyond, Music of the Americas, and Creative American Music.
If you plan on attending the opening concert, you should get your tickets early. The Gusman Concert Hall is at 1314 Miller Dr. on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus. Tickets for Estefan’s opening night concert are now on sale and start at $60 each.
Festival Miami concert tickets start at $15 each and there will also be several free concerts. Season packages are also available. For tickets and more information go to: www.festivalmiami.com or call 305-284-4940.
Contest for short films, plays
The production company What If Works has partnered with Blockbuster/Dish Network to present a film festival where film will cohabit with theater under one roof, said Phillip Church, a spokesman for What If Works.
According to Church, the event is titled "305 Stage and Screen Festival" and offers screenwriters, playwrights and directors 305 hours to write, cast, rehearse, produce and submit a 10-minute film or play.
It works like this: During orientation, prior to the start of production, each team will be given a famous quote and a prop, both of which must be incorporated into the action. Ten projects will be selected: five films and five plays. All entries will be judged by film and theater professionals. The registration deadline is Aug. 30.