The lineup for the 2014 installment of the University of Miami Frost School of Music’s Festival Miami has just been announced, and it features a wide range of music — classical, jazz, pop, blues, new music and more.
Running Oct. 10 to Nov. 8, the festival offers its most intriguing classical program on opening night. Thomas Sleeper leads the Frost Symphony Orchestra in “Made in America,” a program of homegrown music featuring two concertos. Michael Ludwig will perform Samuel Barber’s popular Violin Concerto, and Dale Underwood will be the soloist in Paul Creston’s rarely heard Saxophone Concerto. The program will also feature Charles Ives’ The Unanswered Question, Carl Ruggles’ Sun-Treader and the world premiere of Matthew Evan Taylor’s Three Glorious Days.
On Oct. 15, the Pulse chamber trio will offer an international program with music by Bright Sheng, Rene Touzet, Derek Bermel, Alexander Arutiunian, Victoria Bond and the world premiere of Heroic Measures by Dorothy Hindman.
Classical guitar’s greatest hits will be heard Oct. 21 with Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and Fantasía para un gentilhombre. The evening will feature a quartet of guitarists: Rafael Padrón, Rene Izquierdo, Isaac Bustos and Federic Musgrove. On Oct. 28, a Jazz Guitar Summit will feature John Hart, Diego Figueiredo and the New West Guitar Group.
Also on tap this year is the piano duo of Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov Oct. 29, crossover cellist Dave Eggar Oct. 26 and the free Emerging Composers concert Oct. 27. A children’s concert by In the Nick of Time is set for Oct. 19, and the Songwriters Showcase takes place on Oct. 23.
Other events include the Frost Wind Ensemble in an all-Gershwin program Nov. 2 with violinist Mark O’Connor and the Frost’s dean, pianist Shelly Berg. The crossover trio Time for Three performs Oct. 12, playing “music from Brahms and Bach to their own arrangements of the Beatles, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Justin Timberlake.
Jazz offerings include the Bass Extremes duo of Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten Oct. 14, steel pan artist Leon Foster Thomas Oct. 16 and the Jazz Cruise All-Stars Oct. 17. Singer Patti Austin performs an Ella Fitzgerald tribute with the Frost Studio Jazz Band Oct. 22, and composer-bassist John Clayton performs with the Frost Concert Jazz Band Oct. 30. Gretchen Parlato sings Nov. 5 with the Frost Jazz Vocal 1 Ensemble and performs a duo set with Berg.
Jefferson Airplane singer-guitarist and founding member Jorma Kaukonen performs Oct. 24, singer-songwriter Fantine on Nov. 1, and Latin Grammy award winner Gaby Moreno on Nov. 6. Blues singer-guitarist Keb’ Mo’ closes out the festival Nov. 8.
Season ticket packages go on sale July 21, individual tickets Aug. 4. Concerts are in UM’s Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables, unless otherwise indicated. 305-284-4940 or www.festivalmiami.com.
Florida International University’s ongoing Alternative Theatre Festival 2014 has a pair of plays coming up. Juan C. Sanchez, whose script won the New Play Development Project, offers his new work Catherine’s Wheel. Teased with the tag line “what the living don’t know, the dead can teach,” the play is directed by Michael Yawney. Performance are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and July 17-19.
The festival’s final play is Play On by Rick Abbot. Directed by Marina Pareja, the comedy is about a theater group trying to put on a play despite the interference of the script-revising playwright. Performances are July 24-26 and July 31-Aug. 2. Admission is $10 (cash or check only, at the door), and performances take place in the Black Box Theatre at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center, 10910 SW 17th St., Miami. 305-348-2895 or carta.fiu.edu/theatre/productions/current-season/.
Stein, who launched the Carbonell Award-winning Actors’ Playhouse in 1988 with her husband Lawrence Stein, led the extensive 1995 restoration of the not-for-profit company’s home at the Miracle Theatre, a former movie house. Under Stein’s leadership, Actors’ Playhouse has become a major cultural institution and the second largest professional Equity theater in Miami-Dade County.
Two Miami improv companies are performing very different shows on Saturday, one across the state at the sixth annual Sarasota Improv Festival, the other at Just the Funny in Coral Gables.
Miami’s Improv Against Humanity — featuring performers Carlos Rivera, Alex Suarez-Mondshein, Charlie Clifford, Jonathan Cabrera, Joseph Nay, Linda Marie Williams-Taylor, Michael Schiavinato and Sean Morin — performs at 6 and 10:30 p.m. in the Goldstein Cabaret at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. 941-366-9000 or www.floridastudiotheatre.org.
Closer to home, the musical improv group Cheap Trills will usher in the World Cup’s final match with Goooollll!!!!, an improvised musical about, well, the World Cup. That show goes on at 9 p.m. at the Just the Funny Theater, 3119 Coral Way, Coral Gables. Tickets are $10-$14. 773-895-0134 or www.justthefunny.com/tix.
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