Performing Arts

Festival Miami chooses eclectic lineup for 2015

Cuban-born jazz pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba will perform with fellow faculty members during Festival Miami 2015.
Cuban-born jazz pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba will perform with fellow faculty members during Festival Miami 2015.

The University of Miami’s Frost School of Music has announced programming for its annual Festival Miami, running Oct. 16 to Nov. 7. The lineup is filled with artists and performances drawn from jazz, pop and hybrid styles of music. The festival kicks off with pianist Simone Dinnerstein and the Frost Symphony Orchestra performing Phillip Lasser’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra — The Circle and the Child on a program that also includes Alan Hovhaness’ And God Created Great Whales and Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 5.

Other performances include an unplugged showcase of top Nashville songwriters who’ve penned hits for the likes of Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, and a show by Macaco, a Barcelona artist who’s one of the top Latin fusion/world music artists. The always-amazing Cuban jazz pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba plays with fellow Frost faculty artists, including percussionist Svet Stoyanov, backed by the Frost Concert Jazz Band.

The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, Frost’s premiere graduate music ensemble, will perform rock/pop singer-songwriter and pianist Ben Folds’ breakout classical composition Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, and Cyrille Aimee, a hot young French jazz singer, will bring her mix of standards, gypsy swing and bossa nova. The Frost Symphony Orchestra will play John Williams’ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Children’s Suite for Orchestra) on Halloween afternoon, with children invited to dress up and enjoy post-concert treats. That will be followed the next day by Black Violin, the violin and viola duo of Kev Marcus and Wil B, who mix hiphop and R&B with classical music.

Tickets (which go on sale Aug. 1) and a complete schedule are available at festivalmiami.com or by calling 305-284-4940.

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