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FIU Wertheim Music Festival 2023

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Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 2:00pm

WPAC - Wertheim Performing Arts Center
10910 SW 17th St., Miami, FL 33199

The Florida International University Wertheim School of Music & Performing Arts proudly presents a spectacular celebration of music for our community this October 26 - November 5 at The Wertheim, offering eight unforgettable concert experiences that showcase a diverse range of musical talent! This year's festival promises to be a true celebration of the universal language of music, bringing together distinguished faculty, talented student musicians, and renowned guest artists from around the globe.

Purchase your tickets now and don't miss out on this chance to elevate your spirit with live music! Discounts are available including $10 student tickets with ID.

Thank you to WLRN and OceanBank for their generous sponsorship of the FIU Wertheim Music Festival. With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Supported by a grant from Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).

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Music Festival Lineup:

OCT 26, 7:30PM

Strings United: From Baroque to the 20th Century

The FIU Music Festival’s opening night brings an unparalleled fusion of talent to the stage, featuring the world-renowned Amernet String Quartet and exceptional guest artists, Ani Kavafian, violin; Thomas Mesa, cello; and Mari Liis Päkk, violin. For two works, FIU students will join them for this compelling chamber music program, including Mendelssohn's Octet in E-flat major.

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OCT 27, 7:30PM

Jazz Harmony: Alex Norris & FIU Jazz

Get ready for a captivating jazz night with legendary trumpet player Alex Norris, FIU Jazz Faculty, and the FIU Jazz Big Band. Experience the magic of jazz through classic standards and contemporary gems.

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OCT 28, 7:30PM

Unveiling a Symphony: Organ Concerto World Premiere

Witness history with the world premiere of a breathtaking organ concerto by the esteemed composer and FIU Wertheim School of Music founder, Fredrick Kaufman. Luca Scandali, an Italian virtuoso, will perform on the magnificent Sydell Ida Wertheim Concert Organ.

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OCT 29, 2:00PM

Family Concert: Peter and The Wolf for Organ and Percussion

Step into a world of imagination as the charming tale of Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" comes to life in this matinee family concert. From the thrilling chase through the woods to the triumphant finale, every moment will captivate your senses and ignite your imagination!

In cooperation with the Miami Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. With reception.

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NOV 2, 7:30PM

Unleashing Musical Boundaries: Dal Niente Ensemble

Immerse yourself in the avant-garde brilliance of Dal Niente Ensemble as they push the boundaries of contemporary music and take you on a fearless exploration of musical expression.

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NOV 3, 7:30PM

Piano Extravaganza! An Evening with Kemal Gekic

Get ready to witness the magic of music come alive as Kemal Gekic, a virtuoso of the ivory keys, takes center stage! Hailing from Serbia, he has graced the grandest stages abroad. Whether you’re a seasoned pianophile or a newcomer to the world of classical music, “Piano Extravaganza” promises to be an enticing and captivating night for all. Let the magic of the piano sweep you away on a journey of sound and emotion.

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NOV 4, 7:30PM

La Ruta de Don Quixote - A Zarzuela World Premiere!

Immerse yourself in the world of Don Quixote with a symphonic interpretation by Rafael Rodriguez Albert, conducted by Spain's Gustavo Sanchez. This performance features Spain's leading soloists and FIU opera students.

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NOV 5, 2:00PM

A Broadway Legend: Sondheim in Concert

Broadway veterans Eric Jordan Young and Lucia Spina bring their magnetic stage presence to deliver an afternoon of pure musical theatre magic for the festival finale!

Immerse yourself in the enchanted world of Sondheim, featuring concert selections from Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sunday in the Park with George and more!

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