Friday, October 2, 2009




CORAL GABLES, FL, September 29, 2009 – Festival Miami 2009 will included 20 concerts over the course of the month of October. The first week of Festival Miami 2009 will feature an amalgam of artists, genres, and styles representative of Festival Miami’s four themed categories: Great Performances, Creative American Music, Music of the Americas, and Jazz and Beyond.

On Friday, October 2nd, 2009 at 8:00 pm in Gusman Concert Hall, opening night of Festival Miami 2009, the Frost Symphony Orchestra will perform Robert Schumann’s Overture to Faust, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 ("Emperor") with Frost piano professor and chair of the piano department Tian Ying, and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1. The evening is titled Celebrating the German Romantic Tradition. Of Tian Ying, the Boston Globe proclaimed, “If we are lucky, others will play as well; no one is going to play better.” Thomas Sleeper will conduct the Beethoven and Brahms; his protégé, doctoral student Zoe Zeniodi, will conduct the Schumann.

On Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 at 8:00 pm in Gusman Concert Hall, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and Festival Miami will celebrate the legacy of film, television, and concert composer Henry Mancini. Multi-Grammy nominated vocalist, and Concord Recording Artist daughter Monica Mancini will perform classics such as Days of Wine and Roses, Charade, and Moon River. Selected works on the program will feature accompanying film clips to classics such as The Pink Panther, Victor/Victoria,Peter Gunn, and The Thorn Birds. The late Henry Mancini’s wife, Ginny Mancini, will be on hand to offer unique insights and anecdotes on the great composer’s career. Frost School of Music Dean Shelton G. “Shelly” Berg and 2009 Grammy nominee, drummer and producer Gregg Field will also join the performance. ASCAP’s Michael A. Kerker will host the evening.

On Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 at 8:00 pm in Clarke Recital Hall, Festival Miami will showcase Frost School of Music composition students on the Emerging Young Composers concert. This concert will include a consortium of both undergraduate and graduate composers whose eclectic music is representative of current trends in contemporary music composition.

On Thursday, October 8th, 2009 at 8:00pm in Gusman Concert Hall, legendary Count Basie Orchestra vocalist Carmen Bradford will perform an evening of jazz standards and selections from her collaborative CD with Dean Shelly Berg, Home With You. Carmen will appear with the Frost Jazz Vocal Ensemble I, conducted by Larry Lapin.

On Friday, October 9, 2009 at 8:00 pm in Gusman Concert Hall, Festival Miami will present Chilean singer/songwriter/arranger Claudia Acuña. The Los Angeles Times hails Acuña’s voice as an "instrument of wonder." Newsday proclaims she has "the voice of an angel." Acuña draws upon the culture of her homeland by fusing Latin rhythms with her instinctive jazz sensibilities. She discovered her first "outside" musical model, Frank Sinatra, at the age of 15. Acuña finally "felt at home" when she heard the music of Sinatra, Erroll Garner, and Sarah Vaughan.

On Saturday, October 10th, 2009 at 8:00pm in Gusman Concert Hall, Festival Miami will present vibraphonist Gary Burton, one of the most important voices in the history of jazz, performing with the new Stamps Jazz Quintet and the Frost Jazz Sextet. The Frost School’s new Stamps Jazz Quintet is comprised of five remarkable freshmen, entrusted with full tuition plus full room and board scholarships for four years. The Frost Jazz Sextet is the flagship chamber ensemble of the Jazz Studies Department at the Frost School. Gary Burton’s 1971 album, Alone at Last, a live solo vibraphone concert recording, garnered Burton his first Grammy Award. His longstanding relationship with pianist Chick Corea earned him an additional five Grammys. Burton has recorded for RCA and ECM and in 1968 was named Down Beat magazine’s Jazzman of the Year. This concert is part of the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Distinguished Visitors Series.

On Sunday, October 11th, 2009 at 8:00PM in Gusman Concert Hall, the Frost Chamber Players, comprised of Frost artist faculty members, will perform a varied evening of chamber music. Featured faculty will include the Bergonzi String Quartet (Glenn Basham and Scott Flavin - violin, Pamela McConnell - viola, and Ross Harbaugh - cello), saxophonist Dale Underwood, French hornist Richard Todd, and pianists Tian Ying, Paul Posnak, and J.B. Floyd. Cellist Ashley Garritson, a doctoral student of the highest caliber, will also perform. New faculty member Richard Todd will appear in his debut performance at the Frost School. Todd is principal horn of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. The Los Angeles Times praised Todd for his “edgeless and consistent sound" and “sensitivity and control." The program will include Walter S. Hartley’sDance Suite for Violin, Alto Saxophone & Piano (1985), Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Piano Trio (1945), Robert Schumann’s Andante and Variations for Two Pianos, Two Cellos, and Horn (Op. 46), and Franz Schubert’sString Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, “Death and the Maiden.”

About Purchasing Festival Miami Tickets

The Festival Miami Advance Ticket Sales Office phone number is (305) 284-4940. Hours are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For a complete listing of concerts and to order tickets online visit
<> or <> for additional information. Tickets go on sale September 1. Gusman Concert Hall is located at the Frost School of Music, 1314 Miller Drive<> , on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables Campus. Clarke Recital Hall is located a short walk from Gusman Concert Hall along shore of Lake Osceola. For more information on the Frost School of Music, visit <> .


Contact: Ross DeBardelaben,, +1-305-284-1149, University of Miami Frost School of Music,

or Elizabeth Amore,, +1-305-284-5500, of the University of Miami Media Relations

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