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FIU Wind Ensemble & Soloist Karli Viña


Join the FIU Wind Ensemble for their season finale with a feature performance by new FIU faculty member, Karli Viña, as timpani soloist for “Concertino for Timpani” by Michael Colgrass. Directed by Dr. Brenton F. Alston. 



$15 General Admission; $10 FIU Faculty, Staff, & Alumni; $5 Students- BUY NOW!


About Karli Viña

Praised by the South Florida Classical Review for her “dazzling” and “incisive” performance, Dr. Karlyn Viña is a dynamic and creative percussionist based in Miami, FL. As a performer, Karlyn has a passion for solo, chamber, and orchestral music, with a particular interest in contemporary music.  Karlyn has an active freelance career in South Florida, performing regularly with the Palm Beach Symphony and Florida Grand Opera.

Dr. Viña is proud to serve on the faculty of Florida International University, as well as Miami Music Project, Westminster Christian School, Ransom Everglades School, Florida Christian School, and South Florida Youth Symphony.  Additionally, she maintains a busy private studio in Miami, teaching concert percussion, keyboard percussion, timpani, and drum set.

Karlyn earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from the University of Miami as a fellow of the Henry Mancini Institute. Her dissertation focuses on the analysis and performance of works for theatrical percussion.  She also holds degrees in Percussion Performance and Music Education from The Boston Conservatory and the University of Maryland.


Jazz Big Band Hits!


Our 17-piece FIU Studio Jazz Big Band, directed by Jim Hacker, will capture the essence of a big band with an evening of new and well known jazz classics. 

With major performances annually both as a featured group and with world-renowned guest artists, the band has been internationally recognized as one of the premier college jazz ensembles in the world. Invitations to the International Association for Jazz Education Convention, the Mid-West Band & Orchestra Clinic, the Wigan Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Quito Jazz Festival, and the Maceo Jazz Festival have taken this world-class group of graduate and undergraduate students beyond the realm of the ‘typical’ college band. Recent local performances include opening night of the inaugural Miami Nice Jazz Festival at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Theater for the Performing Arts, The Gold Coast Jazz Society concert series at the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Larry Rosen’s Jazz Roots concert series at the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and the South Motors Jazz Series in the Banyan Bowl at Pinecrest Gardens.

The members of the FIU Big Band are full-time graduate and undergraduate students, many of whom are currently working professionals with local, national, and international artists. A number of the featured soloists are past and present scholarship recipients from Downbeat, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Gold Coast Jazz Society, and the International Trumpet Guild.


Ticketing: $15 General Admission; $10 FIU Faculty, Staff, & Alumni; $5 Students- BUY NOW!

FIU Symphony Orchestra Season Finale: Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite


Join the FIU Symphony Orchestra for a powerful and demanding finale concert of the 2017-18 season! The evening includes a riveting performance of Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird SuitePavaneby Gabriel Faure, and La gazza ladra overture by Gioachino Rossini. Maestro Javier Jose Mendoza will also lead a side-by-side with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony and the FIU Symphony Orchestra for a truly magical partnership.



$15 General Admission; $10 FIU Faculty, Staff, & Alumni; $5 Students


FIU Sings! Canciones de America Latina


Join the FIU Choirs, the Amazonia Vocal Ensemble, Reagan High School Women’s Chorus, and guest conductor Maria Guinand of Schola Cantorum Venezuela for an evening of choral music representing the best of Miami musicians and the rich tradition of Latin American music.


Maria Guinand joins us from Caracas, Venezuela where she is the Artistic Director of Schola Cantorum of Venezuela and conducts choral projects throughout Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Asia. Renowned as an authentic interpreter and trainer of Latin American choral music of the 20th and 21st centuries, she is a recipient of the Helmuth Rilling Preis (2009), the Robert Edler Preis für Chormusik (2000), and the Kulturpreis of the InterNationes Foundation (1998), three of the most distinguished prizes in choral music conducting.


Amazonia Vocal Ensemble was founded in 2007 by conductor/composer Dr. Cristian Grases currently conductor of the USC Thornton Concert Choir at the University of Southern California. AVE made its debut on November 30th of that year at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Miami, Florida. The ensemble boasts a diverse breadth of repertoire, though it specializes in contemporary Latin American Music as well as original arrangements of Latin American folk/popular songs in English, Spanish, Quechua, Portuguese, Papiamento among others.



Ticketing: $15 General Admission; $10 FIU Faculty, Staff, & Alumni; $5 Students


FIU Sings! An evening of Zarzuela & Art Song of Latin America


Enjoy an evening of rich Art Song and Zarzuela repertoire of Spain, Latin America, and Cuba as performed by members of the FIU Opera Theater.

Directed by Vindhya Khare and Juvenal Correa-Salas.



$15 General Admission; $10 FIU Faculty, Staff, & Alumni; $5 Students


What is Zarzuela?

In the mid 17th century, writer Pedro Calderón del Barco and composer Juan Hidalgo de Polanco gave birth to a new style of theatrical performance: the Zarzuela, a perfomance partly spoken, often in poetic verse, partly sung in operatic style.

Zarzuelas could be anything from serious stories, retelling of folk tales, or comedic slapstick productions, and enjoyed great popularity in Spain throughout the 17th and into part of the 18th century.

However, in the 18th century Italian artists began influencing most art forms across the Mediterranean. A tastes trended towards the more Italian standard operatic style, the age of Zarzuela’s popularity seemed at an end. Zarzuela performances ebbed for nearly a century.

Then, in the 19th century, after what was deemed the Glorious Revolution of 1868, the country fell on hard times. This of course was reflected in the theater. As the public could not afford high priced entertainment, short one act plays with low budgets became popular quickly, and the Zarzuela adapted immediately to the cultural shift.

This is how Zarzuela grew back into prominence. There were two types of Zarzuela’s in this ‘Romantic Age’ of the tradition, the chico – which were generally one act, often salubrious or farcial productions, but cheap – and the grande – which were longer more traditional operatic productions.

The Zarzuela tradition grew back and remained into the 20th century and even began to take on an Operetta like quality to some of them, such as one of the most popular Zarzuelas, El Barberillo de Lavapiés, both light in humor and action, but bold in its social criticism. (Referenced from colorfullyspain.com.)

XXI New Music Miami ISCM Festival: Holocaust Remembrance Concert with the Amernet String Quartet

amernet at mbus

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Amernet String Quartet will be joined by guest composers, Joel Hoffman and Jonathan Leshnoff, in the intimate Miami Beach Urban Studios. Their New Music Miami ISCM Festival program features the world premiere of Orlando Jacinto Garcia’s I never saw another butterfly; String Quartet No. 3 (2011) by Jonathan Leshnoff; and String Quartet #3 (2005) by Joel Hoffman. This performance concludes the Amernet’s 2017-2018 FIU season in Miami, Florida. The Amernet String Quartet has garnered worldwide praise and recognition as one of today’s exceptional young string quartets. They are Artists-in-Residence at Florida International University, fascinating with flawless intonation, extraordinary beauty of sound, virtuosic brilliance and precision of ensemble.


Times and Ticketing

Be sure to join us for a pre-concert discussion of works with the composers at 7:00pm, to be followed by a performance at 7:30pm. This concert is free, and no ticket is required.


About the Amernet

The Amernet String Quartet has garnered recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets and are Artists-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.”  The Amernet’s performance schedule has taken the quartet across the Americas and to Asia, Europe, and the Middle East and they have collaborated with many of today’s most prominent artists and ensembles including the Tokyo and Ying quartets as well as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Robert deMaine, Roberto Diaz, Alexander Fiterstein, Gary Hoffman, Anthony McGill, Sherrill Milnes, and Michael Tree.

Internationally, the quartet has appeared at major festivals around the world, including Cervantino, San Miguel de Allende, Aviv (Israel), and Colima (Mexico), while the Nürnberger Nachrichten commented that their playing was “fascinating, with flawless intonation, extraordinary beauty of sound, virtuosic brilliance, and homogeneity of ensemble.”  The Amernet’s U.S. engagements have included the Kennedy Center, the Tilles Center, Caramoor, the Great Lakes Festival, Newport, Friends of Chamber Music in Arizona and in Syracuse, LPR in New York City, Chamber Music Society of Louisville, Music on the Edge in Pittsburgh, the University of Maine – Collins Center, and Market Square Concerts.  The Amernet has also appeared as quartet soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony and Alan Gilbert.  Earlier in their career, the Amernet won the gold medal at the Tokyo International Music Competition before being named first prize winners of the Banff International String Quartet Competition.  Prior to their current position, the Amernet held posts as Corbett String Quartet-in-Residence at Northern Kentucky University and at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  Additionally, the ensemble served as the Ernst Stiefel Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for the Arts.  In its frequent touring, the Amernet has conducted workshops and master classes in Buffalo, Los Angeles, Memphis, and New Orleans as well as visiting residencies at colleges and universities including Columbia, Dickinson, Fresno State, Gettysburg, Penn State, Princeton, Western Illinois, and Williams and abroad in Colombia, Israel, Mexico, and Serbia.  The Amernet String Quartet has received grants from the Corbett Foundation, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the LaSalle Foundation, the Fine Arts Fund, the Cincinnati Chamber Music Society, and the Amernet Society for school outreach projects, the commissioning of new works, and their concert and conversation series.

The Amernet advocates for a broad repertoire, playing the classical literature; the music of Jewish composers; and of course the music of our time, and has worked closely with some of today’s leading composers, including John Corigliano, Orlando Garcia, John Harbison, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Fredrick Kaufman, Bernard Rands, Augusta Read Thomas, Morton Subotnick, Dmitri Tymoczko, and Chinary Ung.

FIU Piano Students in Recital


Join the FIU piano students in a free evening of masterful classics! Enjoy works by Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Reichardt, Mana-Zucca, Chopin and more! Directed by FIU Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, Jose Lopez.



Chaconne in D minor by  J. S. Bach (1685-1750), Transcription by Ferruccio Busoni

Sinan Çayir, 2018 FIU Concerto Competition Winner


Sonata in G major by Juliane Reichardt


Alla Polacca – Andantino

Rondeau – Vivace


June from “The Seasons” Op. 37a by Peter I. Tchaikovsky

Sarah Suárez


La sérénade interrompue by Claude Debussy

La cathédrale engloutie

Carlo Ricchi


Prelude Op. 73 by Mana-Zucca

Prelude No. 1 by George Gershwin

Sonata, Op. 7 by Edvard Grieg

Allegro moderato

Vera García




Danza de la moza donosa by Alberto Ginastera


Sonata in D major, Hob. XVI: 37 by Franz Joseph Haydn

1 Allegro con brio (1732-1709)

Kathryn Súñer


Excerpts from “Das Jahr” (The Year) by Fanny Hensel





Madeline Lu


Polonaise, Op. 53 by Frédéric Chopin

Gabriel Freeman Soler

FIU String Chamber Ensembles


The talented students in the FIU School of Music string ensembles, coached by FIU’s Esemble-in-Residence, the Amernet String Quartet, and violinists Marcia Littley and  Robert Davidovici, perform masterpieces from the chamber music repertoire.



Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B♭ major, BWV 1051  by Johann Sebastian Bach Allegro

Yasmin Koubi and Aleksa Arvizu, viola

Prokofiev Sonata for two violins in C Major Op. 56 by Sergei Prokofiev

Andante Cantabile

Mateja Kalajian and Ruben Sabando, violin


Sonata in E-Flat Major Op. 5, No. 3 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel

Allegro moderato

Sarah Suarez, viola and Vera Garcia, piano


String Quartet in C Major, K. 465 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Jose Luis Reyes and Claudia Alcaraz, violin

Francesca Rossi, viola and Sada W. Adam, cello


XXI New Music Miami ISCM Festival: Keith Kirchoff, Piano

keith kirchoff

Welcome to the 7th New Music Miami ISCM Festival concert of the year featuring pianist Keith Kirchoff in a performance of works for piano and electronics!

His New Music Miami ISCM Festival solo program features Orlando Jacinto Garcia’s Deconstructed Strings II; Christopher Trebue Moore’s pray dubia; Scott Miller’s Every Problem is a Nail; Paula Matthusen’s AEG/III, Nostalgic Visions by Elainie Lillios; and Contraposition by Christopher Biggs.


Times and Ticketing

Be sure to join us for a pre-concert discussion of works with the composers at 7:00pm, to be followed by a performance at 7:30pm. This concert is free, and no ticket is required.


FIU Piano Alumni Concert


Relive the classics when FIU piano alumni return to the The Wertheim for a night of music by Mozart, Villa-Lobos, Chopin, Khachaturian, Langlais, Liszt, Rachmaninov, and more! Directed by Jose Lopez. This concert is free, no ticket required.



Adrián Quesada

Mihai Preda

Dunja Novcić

Marina Berberian

Daniel Venegas

Dr. Kamilla Szklarska

Marta Brankovich

Carl Lauderman

Dr. Silvije Vidović



Piano Sonata in F major, K280 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Featuring Mihai Preda


No. 2 Festa no sertão (Festival in the jungle) by Heitor Villa-Lobos

from Ciclo Brasileiro

Featuring Adrián Quesada


Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48. No. 1 by Frédéric Chopin

Featuring Dunja Novcić


Waltz from Masquerade Suite by Aram Khachaturian

Featuring Marina Berberian and Daniel Venegas


Èpilogue sur un thème de Frescobaldi pour pédale solo by Jean Langlais

(from Hommage à Frescobaldi)

Featuring Dr. Kamilla Szklarska


Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt

(arranged for 1 piano, four hands)

Featuring Marina Berberian and Daniel Venegas


Marika by Jan Jirásek

Lux Aeterna by Clint Mansel

Featuring Marta Brankovich


Mia and Sebastian’s Theme from LaLa Land by Justin Hurwitz

Featuring Carl Lauderman


Radical Dreamers by Yasunori Mitsuda

Featuring Carl Lauderman


Sunflower by Yu Shi Wang

arr. Er Yao Ling

Featuring Carl Lauderman


Pirates of the Caribbean by Klaus Badelt

arr. Jarrod Radnich (b. 1985)

Featuring Carl Lauderman


Two Romances for voice and piano, Op.21, Nos. 7, 8 by Sergei Rachmaninov

(transcribed by Silvije Vidović)

It Is Well Here

On the Death of a Linnet

Featuring Dr. Silvije Vidović


Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 by Franz Liszt

Featuring Dr. Silvije Vidović

21st Annual FIU Concerto Competition Winners’ Concert

Final concerto concert march 2

Join the FIU Symphony Orchestra and the FIU Concerto Competition winners, under the direction of Javier Mendoza, for a musical journey! 

Learn more about our winners!


This concert will include:

  • Egmont Overture by Beethoven
  • Bruch Romanze for Viola- featuring high school division winner, Sophia Torres
  • Finlandia by Sibelius
  • Violin Concerto No. 2 by Wieniawsky- featuring FIU winner, Jose Luis Reyes
  • Intermezzo by Mascagni
  • Totentanz by Liszt- featuring FIU winner, Sinan Cayir



$15 General Admission; $10 FIU Faculty, Staff, Alumni, & Seniors; $5 Students



XXI New Music Miami ISCM Festival: Havana & Miami

havana cuba

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.