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XXI New Music Miami ISCM Festival: Havana & Miami

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Welcome to the first New Music Miami Festival concert of the year featuring music by Cuban and Miami composers! Join us for a pre-concert discussion of works at 7:00pm, to be followed by a performance at 7:30pm. Hear the celebrated ensemble, the Amernet String Quartet, and members of the NODUS Ensemble perform a myriad of works, including a world premiere by guest composer Ileana Perez Velazquez.

About NMMF: The FIU School of Music celebrates its 21st year of the New Music Miami ISCM Festival, directed by FIU composer-in-residence Orlando Jacinto Garcia. The festival runs from January 17 through April 20 and includes the presentation of music by composers from around the world, many of whom are present to discuss their music for FIU students and audiences. The festival has continued to expand, featuring new music concerts for acoustic and electro-acoustic instrumentations.

Performances are free and open to the public.


Cuban born composer Ileana Perez Velazquez lives in upstate NY and is a Professor of Music Composition at Williams College, MA. The New York Times has praised the “imaginative strength and musical consistency” and the “otherworldly quality” of her compositions. Her music has been featured regularly in numerous international festivals and concerts around the world. She was a recipient of a 2015 commission from the Fromm Foundation from Harvard. She has written music premiered by prestigious contemporary music ensembles from NYC such as Continuum, ICE, Flux, and Momenta quartets, Miranda Cuckson and NUNC, League of Composers NYC, and Dal Niente from Chicago among many others. Albany Records, Innova, and Urlicht Audiovisual have released recordings of her music.


Misha Vitenson, Violin
Franz Felkl, Violin
Michael Klotz, Viola
Jason Calloway, Cello

Praised for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, the Amernet String Quartet has garnered recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets and are Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami. Their sound has been called “complex” but with an “old world flavor.” Strad Magazine described the Amernet as “…a group of exceptional technical ability.”


Initiated by FIU faculty composer in residence Orlando Jacinto García, NODUS is the professional contemporary chamber music ensemble in residence at Florida International University in Miami (FIU). Specializing in the cutting edge Art music of our time, the makeup of the ensemble varies for each concert depending on the works being presented. The ensemble’s repertoire includes recent music by composers from around the world, workswritten specifically for the ensemble, and works with electronics and/or video.

FIU Music Festival 2016: The American Songbook: Lisanne Lyons & FIU Jazz Big Band


Join us in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center with the return of our FIU Music Festival this season from October 5th until October 28th! For information about all festival performances, please visit music.fiu.edu/musicfestival. 


Dynamic Jazz vocalist Dr. Lisanne Lyons joins Jim Hacker and the FIU Jazz Big Band for an evening of swinging charts from the great American songbook. Highlights include “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” by Ella Fitzgerald, “I Just Found Out About Love” from the Diane Schurr library and many others!



Enjoy more benefits by purchasing a VIP Festival Pass.

  • Admission to every festival concert
  • Admission to a pre-concert wine & cheese reception before each festival performance at the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center Instrumental Hall from 6:30-7:15pm.



  • Admission to every festival concert


Single Tickets: $15-5. Doors open at 7pm.

Discussion: Tuesdays with Julian “A Series of Musically-Illustrated Conversations”


Discussion: Tuesdays with Julian “A Series of Musically-Illustrated Conversations”

To learn more about Julian Kreeger’s involvment with FIU, please visit here.

To visit the Friends of Chamber Music of Miami, please visit their website here.

Performance: Open Mic #18


Performance: Open Mic #18

The Open Mic series is intended to provide a forum for self-expression to members of our community, to foster and nurture empowerment and self-esteem.

Occurring monthly in the Main Gallery, this is a safe zone for expression and sharing. You can pre-register to perform – any thing you’d like at the mic, be it Spoke Word/Poetry, Rap, Prose, Narrative, Monolog, Comedy, Song, Dance or other, all are welcome, encouraged, accepted and safe here. Please email Liane Sippin, Lsippin@fiu.edu.

Please come, join and support. Your presence is appreciated and honored, and genuinely lifts the spirit of our community

Espacio 08: New Collaborative Works Exhibition Opening and Reception

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100 Years of Cuban Art Initiative
Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs

Espacio 08: New Collaborative Works
Exhibition Opening and Reception
Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 6:30 PM | FIU MMC | Green School Gallery (SIPA 1st Floor )

Florida International University welcomes the artists of Espacio 08. The group was formed in Havana at the prestigious Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) by four professors as a collaboration between the academic and the artistic. A vision of interaction and participation, the project and its exhibitions revealed art at the forefront of the most global trends. Today, two of the artists remain at ISA and two live in Miami.

At FIU, the four artists will be reunited to share their experiences with the students and faculty, and introduce the teaching strategies that have made ISA one of the most important schools of art and creativity. During a week-long workshop with students and faculty, the artists will do critiques and portfolio reviews. In addition, the artists will present an exhibition of new works produced in collaboration with FIU students.

The exhibition will be on view from September 29th to October 7th, 2016.

  • Ruslán Torres Leyva – Artist, ISA director & professor of painting. Lives and works in Havana.
  • Abel Barreto Olivera – Artist, ISA professor of sculpture. Lives and works in Havana.
  • Jorge Wellesley – Artist and former ISA professor of painting. Lives and works in Miami.
  • Douglas Argüelles Cruz – Artist and former ISA professor of painting. Lives and works in Miami.

Also join us for a Conversation with the Artists on Friday, September 30th Miami Beach Urban Studios, 420 Lincoln Road, 2:30 PM

Events are free and open to the public. To RSVP, please click here. For more information, please call 305-348-7266.

Sponsored by 100 Years of Cuban Art Initiative
Co-sponsored by Department of Art and Art History, College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts, Cuban Research Institute, and Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center

Panel Discussion On Paulo Werneck and Brazilian Architecture


Panel Discussion On Paulo Werneck and Brazilian Architecture

Gaspar Saldanha, designer and grandson to Paulo Werneck, will present a talk on his grandfathers contributions to modernism in Brazil.  This will be followed by a panel discussion including Christian Larsen, Associate Curator at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and Eric Goldemberg, Associate Professor of Architecture at FIU, moderated by John Stuart, Associate Dean of CARTA and Executive Director of the Miami Beach Urban Studios.

Brazilian Muralist Paulo Werneck created mosaic murals that adorned modernist buildings from the 1940s well into the 70s. Werneck’s grandson, New York based fashion designer Gaspar Saldanha, has translated Werneck’s masterful archives into a collection of contemporary rugs for Kravet Carpet. The collection consists of seven designs, available in New Zealand wool or a combination of wool and viscose, with full custom capabilities in size and color.

8 Decades of Kaufman: 80th Birthday Concert Celebration!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center
10910 SW 17th St. Miami, FL 33199

$15 at the door | $13 online | $10 FIU Faculty/Staff | $5 student

Tickets at wpac.fiu.edu or by calling 305.348.0496

The Florida International University School of Music will celebrate the 80th birthday of founding director, musician, composer and educator Fredrick Kaufman with performances by guest artists and FIU faculty in honor of his music achievements on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center.

Nine performances of his most powerfully written compositions, including Kaminarimon, selections from Stars and Distances and the Urban Quartet, will be accompanied by interesting narratives of their creation, along with visual effects that will transport the audience through eight decades of his work.

Fredrick Kaufman is the composer of over one hundred and thirty published compositions that have been performed worldwide. Kaufman is a former Fulbright scholar, and recipient honors and fellowships from the Endowment of the Arts, the Rockefeller, Guggenheim and Ford Foundations.

During his 15 years at FIU, held the position of Composer-in-Residence for the University and was the founding Director of the FIU School of Music for ten years and established its internationally acclaimed FIU Music Festival. Currently, Kaufman holds the distinguished position of Professor Emeritus in Composition at Florida International University and actively tours the world with his music.

His works have received prizes at international competitions and have been performed throughout the world at major music festivals. Israeli television has paid tribute to him as a composer in the thirty minute documentary film, Fredrick Kaufman- Life of an Artist. 

His Kaminarimon (for Taiko drums and Flamenco dance) has been called “remarkable” and “stunning” and was voted as the number one classical composition of 2002 and “the most imaginative new work of the year” by music critic James Roos of The Miami Herald. String Quartet #6, The Urban, was called “stunning” by The New Yorker magazine and was nominated by Lukas Foss in 2007 for a Pulitzer Prize.

Fredrick Kaufman recently completed the Guernica Piano Concerto for concert with pianist Kemal Gekic and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. The premiere performance took place at the Sibelius Concert Hall (Feb, ’13) in Prague and was a spectacular success. It received 4 curtain calls and a review that called the work “a masterpiece…extraordinary… a convincing, emotional, passionate, vivid piece of music” by Music Review (Prague).

His latest recording on the Navona label in November 2015, Stars and Distances, performed by the Florida Grand Opera and conducted by Andrew Bisantz, will be played on a 24 hour loop at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Science Museum Planetarium set to open in Miami in fall 2016. The two feature works are world premieres of his atmospheric choral & instrumental pieces that depict the cosmos in Stars & Distances and Seven Sisters.

Guests are invited to a reception taking place directly after the concert celebration. 



Annual Organ Wertheim Showcase: Marilyn Keiser


Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert Hall
10910 Sw 17th St. Miami, FL 33199

Get tickets online or call 305.348.0496.

Marilyn Keiser is legendary in the American organ world and she’s coming to the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert Hall this coming Sunday, April 24th at 3pm for the Annual Wertheim Showcase.

Ms. Keiser is Chancellor’s Professor of Music Emeritus at Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, where she taught courses in sacred music and applied music and applied organ for 25 years.

KeiserorganshowcaseShe has appeared throughout the U.S. in concerts sponsored by churches, colleges, and chapters of the American Guild of Organists as well as playing internationally, and has been heard in performance on NPR. In May 1995, she was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) from Virginia Theological Seminary.

She will perform works by Bach, Mendelssohn, and the Phoenix Processional by Dan Locklair on the performing arts center’s crown jewel, the Sydell Ida Wertheim Organ. It is the largest in Miami-Dade County and one of the most technologically advanced in the country. It features a solid-oak console with four manual keyboards and a pedal clavier that controls its 4,255 pipes.

The performance is a collaboration between the Miami Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the FIU School of Music.


Equity and Equality of the Sexes in Communication: Are Women Getting There?


Equity and Equality of the Sexes in Communication: Are Women Getting There?

North Miami, Florida
Florida International University
Biscayne Bay Campus
April 21, 2016

The Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at Florida International University will host a national one-day conference and and feature keynote speaker Susan Goldberg, Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners and Editor-In-Chief of National Geographic Magazine.  The first woman editor-in-chief of National Geographic magazine.  The winner of the 2016 Kopenhaver Outstanding Achievement Award for a Rising Star Professional under 35 will also be announced.

The conference will bring together industry professionals and scholars from around the country to discuss and analyze the status and role of women in communication, emphasizing their role in leadership positions in the fields of  advertising, broadcasting, digital media, journalism and public relations.  Conference participants will focus on a broad range of topics related to women in communications and address the theme, “Equity and Equality of the Sexes in Communication.” The keynote speech will be followed by panel discussions of researchers in the field who will further address the results of the 2016 national research study conducted by the Center.   The research will show the reality of the role of women in communication today.

Set in Miami, Florida, and located at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University, the Kopenhaver Center organizes and sponsors programs and research dedicated to empowering women in leadership roles in the field of communication.

See more at: http://www.kopenhavercenter.org/2016-conference/2016-conference-program 


Jazz at the Wertheim Series: Swingin’ with FIU Studio Jazz Big Band


Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert Hall
10910 SW 17th St. Miami, FL 33139

$15 at the door | $13 online | $5 student

The FIU Studio Jazz Big Band, directed by Jim Hacker, presents a night of swingin’ jazz standards and contemporary compositions. 

Distinguished Conductor Series: FIU Sympony Orchestra, guest conductor Maximiano Valdes, and the FIU Concerto Competiton Winner


Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center
10910 SW 17th St. Miami, FL 33199

$15 at the door | $13 online | $5 student

FIU School of Music presents “Distinguished Conductor Series,”an orchestral series featuring guest conductors from all over the globe as they lead the talented students of the FIU Symphony Orchestra in a memorable evening for all. You are invited to mix and mingle with our artist at our post-concert reception in our spectacular Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center. We welcome guest conductor Maximiano Valdes and the Winner of the FIU Concerto Competition winner. 


FIU Music Student Showcase: FLEA Ensemble


Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 3:00PM

1001 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139

Free admission

FLEA (FIU Laptop & Electro-Acoustic) Ensemble, is FIU’s newest musical group. The group performs exciting new work and reinterprets classics of the avant-garde by combining hi-fi and lo-fi technologies. Each piece offers new ways of (re)interpreting technology with or without the aid of acoustic instruments or objects.