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FIU Jazz Vocal Ensemble: A Tribute to the Beatles and Jon Hendricks

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Join FIU jazz vocalists for a tribute to the Beatles and to the late great Jon Hendricks, the “Father of Vocalese.” The program will also feature a premiere of a commissioned arrangement written for the ensemble of a classic traditional spiritual. Directed by vocal artist Lisanne Lyons.



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

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.)

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

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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.


XXI New Music Miami ISCM Festival: Sarah Cahill, Piano

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Welcome to the 6th New Music Miami ISCM Festival concert of the year featuring pianist Sarah Cahill in a musical tribute to American composer Lou Harrison.

Her New Music Miami ISCM Festival solo program features the premiere of Orlando Jacinto Garcia’s A Gamelan in the Distance, in memory of Lou Harrison; the premiere of a new work by Jacob Sudol; Lou Harrison’s Summerfield Set; Ursula Mamlok’s 2000 Notes; Tania León’s Ritual; George Lewis’ Endless Shout; Meredith Monk’s St. Petersburg Waltz; and Ann Southam’s Glass Houses No. 7. This performance concludes Cahill’s year-long 2017-2018 tour in celebration of Harrison’s centennial, performing his solo piano, chamber, and orchestral music in concerts across the country and in Japan.


Times and Ticketing

Be sure to join us for a pre-concert discussion of works at 7:00pm, to be followed by a performance at 7:30pm.

This concert is free, and no ticket is required.


FIU Community Concert Series: Wertheim Organ Recital

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Join guest organist Dan Hardin for an exciting organ recital featuring FIU’s King of Instruments, the Sydell Ida Wertheim Organ! This is an exceptional chance to encounter some truly indescribable treasures, including the Prelude to “Die Meistersinger” by Richard Wagner, Concerto in D Minor by Antonio Vivaldi, Two Sketches by Marcel Dupré, Everyone Dance (from Five Dances) by Calvin Hampton, Esquisses Byzantine (selections) by Henri Mulet, as well as various selections by J.S. Bach. This concert is free, no ticket required.


The Sydell Ida Wertheim Concert Organ is the spotlight of the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center. The prestigious 125-year-old Schantz Organ Company took nearly a year to build the 26-ton organ that is the largest in Miami-Dade County and one of the most technologically advanced in the country. The university dedicated the concert organ to the memory of Dr. Herbert Wertheim’s mother, Sydell Ida Wertheim.


William Dan Hardin is Music Librarian at Florida International University.  He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music, the Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, the Bachelor of Music degree from Mars Hill College and a Master of Library and Information Science degree.  Dr. Hardin is co-author (with N. Lee Orr) of Choral Music in Nineteenth Century America: A Guide to the Sources. (Scarecrow Press, 1999).  He is also a pre-publication manuscript reviewer for the Routledge Press’s Music Bibliography series.

At FIU, Dr. Hardin teaches the graduate music bibliography course and is organist at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert Hall.  He is also a member of the Miami chapter of the American Guild of Organists and a past Dean of the Ft. Lauderdale chapter.  From 2002-2015 he served as Organist and Choir Director at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Coconut Grove.

FIU Artist-in-Residence Series: Amernet String Quartet with Guest Cellist Yehuda Hanani


Distinguished guest cellist Yehuda Hanani joins the Amernet String Quartet for a magical chamber music experience featuring Anton Arensky’s Cello Quartet.

This concert is free, and no ticket is required.



The Amernet String Quartet has garnered worldwide praise and recognition as one of today’s exceptional young string quartets. They are the Artists-in-Residence at Florida International University, fascinating with flawless intonation, extraordinary beauty of sound, virtuosic brilliance and precision of ensemble. 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. 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, Gary Hoffman, Ida Kavafian, Anthony McGill, Sherrill Milnes, 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 in Germany a critic commented that their playing was “fascinating, with flawless intonation, extraordinary beauty of sound, virtuosic brilliance and homogeneity of ensemble.” (Nürnberger Nachrichten). The Amernet’s U.S. engagements have included the Kennedy Center, the Tilles Center, Caramoor, Sunday Afternoons of Music in Miami, Ensemble Music Society, the Great Lakes Festival, Newport, Friends of Chamber Music in Arizona and Friends of Chamber Music 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 prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition.



Yehuda Hanani’s charismatic playing and profound interpretations bring him acclaim and reengagements throughout Europe, North and South America, the Orient and his native Israel. An extraordinary recitalist, he is equally renowned for performances with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, BBC Welsh Symphony, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Hong Kong Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, and Seoul Symphony among others. He has collaborated with prominent fellow musicians, including Leon Fleisher, Aaron Copland, Christoph Eschenbach, Itzhak Perlman and members of the Emerson, Vermeer, Muir, Julliard, Lark, Colorado, and Cleveland Quartets and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano. This distinguished artist made the first recording ever of the monumental Alkan Cello Sonata, receiving a Grand Prix du Disque nomination, and his other discs have won wide recognition.

Yehuda Hanani is Professor of Cello at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and presents master classes internationally in conjunction with concert tours. As Artistic Director of the Close Encounters With Music chamber music series in the Berkshires and in South Florida, her presents an innovative approach to programming that explores the common roots of all the arts. Soloist, chamber musician, master teacher and ambassador of the arts, Mr. Hanani inspires audiences the world over. His studies were with Leonard Rose at the Julliard School and with Pablo Casals.