Performing Arts

Festival Miami’s 2014 lineup features classical, jazz, pop and more

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 IvesThe Unanswered Question, Carl RugglesSun-Treader and the world premiere of Matthew Evan Taylor’s Three Glorious Days.

Vadym Kholodenko, gold medal winner of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will present a recital Nov. 4 featuring music of Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy and Balakirev. Soprano Dawn Upshaw will perform the Florida premiere of Maria Schneider’s song cycle Winter Morning Walks with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra on Oct. 25. The second half of the program features other Schneider works performed by Frost students.

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

Alt fest

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


Barbara Stein, executive producing director and co-founder of Actors’ Playhouse in Coral Gables, has been honored with the George E. Merrick Award of Excellence from the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes the achievements of an individual who has perpetuated the vision Coral Gables founder Merrick had for the city.

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

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


• The Downtown Hollywood Mural Project has chosen Miami artist

Daniel Fila

(also known as Krave) to pain the next mural in the city’s historic business district. The artist, who has created dozens of large-format outdoor paintings locally and abroad, will transform the wall of Budowsky & Budowsky, 201 S. 21st Ave., by the end of the month.

• Pérez Art Museum Miami welcomes new PAMM Contemporaries members to its annual “Friendraiser” at the Dacra headquarters in the Design District from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Guests can tour the Craig Robins Collection of leading contemporary artists and designers such as

John Baldessari


Richard Tuttle


Paul McCarthy


Jean Prouvé


Ron Arad


Maarten Baas

and enjoy music by Legs Benedict, Grey Goose Melon cocktails, Peroni beer and bites from chef

Michael Schwartz

’s Cypress Room. Immediately following the party, the Cypress Room, 3620 NE Second Ave., will serve one complimentary cocktail per person, and Bardot at 3456 N. Miami Ave. is offering free entry. The event is by invitation only to new and renewed PAMM Contemporaries members. Annual membership is $200 for an individual, $300 for a couple. RSVP required:



• NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., presents

The Miami Generation: Revisited

on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The roundtable discussion features some of the nine exhibition artists who are part of an influential group of first-generation Cuban exiles, including

Mario Bencomo


Maria Brito


Humberto Calzada


Pablo Cano


Emilio Falero


Cesar Trasobares

. A reception hosted by WSVN-Channel 7 News anchor

Belkys Nerey

follows from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $15 (free for members, NSU faculty, students and staff). RSVP to

or call 954-262-0221. The exhibition runs through Sept. 21.

• The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum hosts

Under the Sea

, a collection of 26 images from the latest Underwater Photography Contest held by the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The exhibition is on view through August from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is at 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami. 305-646-4200 or


• Join Arts Encounters at 10 a.m. Thursday for tours of the Cricket Taplin Collection at the Sagamore, 1671 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, as well as

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui


Vanitas: Fashion and Art

, both at the Bass Museum, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. The $35 ticket includes guided tours and admission; lunch and parking are separate. RSVP by Monday to Margery Gordon, 305-989-0027 or


• The Association of Fundraising Professionals is hosting the Wynwood Art Crawl, a networking event for philanthropic fundraisers at the Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd St., Miami, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Entry is free for association members; for others, the cost is $15 in advance or $25 at the door. RSVP at

Christine Dolen, Lawrence A. Johnson and Galena Mosovich contributed to this report. Send news to (theater), (dance, pop and Latin music), (visual arts) or (jazz, classical music).