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FIU Music Festival: Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony

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Newly appointed FIU Orchestra Director, Maestro Javier Mendoza, pulls out all the stops with the FIU Symphony Orchestra performing the Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3, “Organ” featuring internationally acclaimed concert organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez. 

 

ABOUT JAVIER JOSE MENDOZA

Javier José Mendoza is Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestral Studies at the Florida International University School of Music. Previously, he was Orchestra Director at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he directed the UIC Orchestra and founded Mariachi Fuego. He has recently been a guest conductor at the University of Copenhagen.

Mendoza is also Artistic Director of the Chicago Arts Orchestra (CAO) and is active in a movement to unearth and re-debut forgotten works from viceregal Latin America. Mendoza is energetically re-premiering pieces from archives in Mexico, Guatemala, and Spain in an effort to bring this wonderful music back into public awareness. Mendoza has given modern day re-premieres in the United States of works by composers Ignacio Jerusalem and Santiago Billoni, both of whom worked in present day Mexico in the 18th century. He has presented papers/lectures on this subject at Loyola University-Chicago, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Chicago Campus), Virginia Tech, Instituto Cervantes, and the International University of Andalucía. Mendoza’s work with the CAO can be heard on the album, Al combate, an imprint of Navona Records, and is available internationally through NAXOS. Mendoza has appeared as a conductor with the Chicago Latino Music Festival, the largest festival of its kind in the USA, over the last two seasons. Highlights for the 2017-18 season include, a return appearance on the Chicago Latino Music Festival, Guest Conductor in Guatemala City with the Montessori Canta Festival, and leading the CAO on tour of Mexico City with performances at the Catedral Metropolitana, Anfiteatro Simón Bolivar, and Sala Nezahualcóyotl at the invitation of the Universidad National Autónima de México.

Mendoza is one of a few American conductors actively working with an El Sistema-inspired youth orchestra program in Latin America. As guest conductor of El Sistema de Orquestas de Guatemala and the Escuela Municipal de Musica he has led concerts at the Teatro Nacional (National Theatre), Sexta Avenida, and Casa Santa Domingo.

Mendoza has been a conductor with Opera Maya in Quintana Roo, Mexico and presented the first orchestral concert performed at Tulum, one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya. Mendoza has performed with the CAO and Opera Maya across Mexico including performances in San Miguel de Allende, Campeche, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Chetumal. Other international performances have been with the State Philharmonic of Sibiu, Romania and the Camerata Antonio Soler in El Escorial, Spain.

 

ABOUT RAUL PRIETO RAMIREZ

Raúl Prieto Ramírez is the first Spanish organist in recent times to establish himself among the elites of the international concert scene. A passionate for people and life, Raul soon understood the need for building audiences for the organ so he could share his art with them.  his approachability, contagious passion and overwhelming creativity made him succeed the challenge increasing audiences by multiples of 30 at venues like the Spanish National Concert Hall in Madird and the Mataró-Barcelona Summer Organ Festival. Raul is widely credited by press and media for “reinvigorating interest on the organ” (-Thomas Neenan, Los Ángeles Philarmony Concert Hall/Diseny Concert Hall). 

 

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FIU Music Festival: Bergonzi and LaVerne Jazz Duo

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Don’t miss out on a rare performance in South Florida by two of jazz’s greatest virtuosos, famed saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi and pianist Andy LaVerne as they take to the stage for an evening of high-powered jazz favorites.

 

ABOUT JERRY BERGONZI

Jerry Bergonzi first gained international recognition as the saxophonist in the Dave Brubeck Quartet from 1979 – 1982 and is widely considered among the greatest saxophonists alive today.

Bergonzi has performed throughout the world at all the major jazz festivals and jazz venues, with his own ensembles as well as with numerous jazz greats. His music is renowned for its innovation, mastery, and integrity. His discography includes more than 60 recordings, notably Standard Gonz with the Jerry Bergonzi Quartet on the Blue Note label; he also has 60 recorded song titles registered with ASCAP.

As a clinician Bergonzi has taught at conservatories and music schools throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is the author of a series of instructional books with play-along CDs and videos, entitled Inside Improvisation, published by Advance Music (seven volumes: Melodic Structures, Pentatonics, Jazz Line, Melodic Rhythms, Thesaurus of Intervallic Melodies, Developing a Jazz Language, and Hexatonics), as well as the book/CD set Sound Advice. The Inside Improvisation series is now available in French, German, and Italian translations.

Bergonzi is a three-time NEA grant recipient.

 

ABOUT ANDY LAVERNE

Pianist Andy Laverne studied privately with the great Bill Evans and went on to perform with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz, Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Lionel Hampton, Michael Brecker, and Elvin Jones. As a prolific recording artist, his projects as a leader number over 50, the most recent are: All Ways, featuring Andy’s Piano/Organ Trio (SteepleChase), and Peace of Mind, a collection of Andy’s newest compositions (ClaveBop).

LaVerne is also a prominent jazz educator, having released a series of instructional DVD’s, Guide to Modern Jazz Piano, and Jazz Piano Standards (Homespun Tapes), featuring the Yamaha Disklavier, as well as the video, In Concert (Homespun Tapes), with guitarist John Abercrombie. A new DVD, The Art of The Duo, with Abercrombie, is being released by Mel Bay Records. Andy is the author of Handbook of Chord Substitutions, Tons Of Runs (Ekay), Bill Evans Compositions 19 Solo Piano Arrangements, and is the pianist on The Chick Corea Play-Along Collection (Hal Leonard). The Music Of Andy LaVerne (SteepleChase Publications) has recently been published. Forthcoming are Andy’s Handy Comping Companion (Aebersold Jazz), and Jazz Bach, and Jazz Chopin (Mel Bay). Countdown To Giant Steps (Aebersold Jazz) is a two CD play-a-long with companion book, of which LaVerne served as player/producer/writer, and Tunes You Thought You Knew (Aebersold Jazz) is a LaVerne play-a-long CD/book set. Secret of the Andes, a collection of LaVerne originals, is Andy’s newest offering from Aebersold Jazz.

Andy is a frequent contributor (since 1986) to Keyboard Magazine, and Piano Today Magazine. His articles have also appeared in Down Beat, Jazz Improv, Piano Quarterly, Jazz and Keyboard Workshop, and JazzOne.

Andy is the recipient of five Jazz Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and winner of the 2000 John Lennon Songwriting contest for his tune Shania. He has appeared at concerts, festivals, and clubs throughout the world, and has also given clinics and Master classes at universities, colleges, and conservatories worldwide. Recently he has toured and recorded with legendary singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka. LaVerne is Professor of Jazz Piano at The Hartt School (University of Hartford), and on the faculty of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops.

 

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One hundred percent of the money raised through the FIU Disaster Response and Recovery Fund will go to helping those impacted. Please help support FIU families and keep students from the affected areas in school and progressing toward their degrees. – GIVE NOW!

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FIU Music Series: Fanfare, Flourish & Fantasia

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The FIU Symphonic Band and Brass Choir are joined by Robert Morgan Educational Center High School Band for time-honored treasures in the Wind Band literature from the music of Jack Stamp, Vaughn Williams, J.S. Bach and Barry Kopetz for its first concert of the 2017-18 season. This programming is directed by Barry Bernhardt, the FIU Director of Bands. 

 

PROGRAM

Gavorkna Fanfare by Jack Stamp

Flourish for Wind Band by Vaughn Williams

Fantasia in G Major by J.S Bach

Fantasia on a Theme from “The Southern Harmony” by Barry Kopetz

 

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FIU Music Festival: New York’s Continuum Ensemble

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“Simply put, there is no musical organization in New York that produces more intellectually enticing or more viscerally satisfying programs than Continuum… Year after year, its explorations in 20th-century repertory prove to be not only unusual and unexpected but also important and enduring… This ensemble has a long history of acting in behalf of composers whom others discover years or decades later.” – The New York Times

 

New York’s internationally-acclaimed new music ensemble, Continuum Ensemble, makes its debut at the FIU School of Music!

Winner of the prestigious Siemens international prize for distinguished service to music and four ASCAP/Chamber Music America awards for adventuresome programming, CONTINUUM, directed by Cheryl Seltzer and Joel Sachs was founded in New York in 1966.  Its name embodies the philosophy that new music and old form an unbroken tradition.  Aiming to introduce new music with a global reach, CONTINUUM has performed throughout the United States, including appearances at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, at colleges and community series throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, and in some thirty-six tours to Europe, Asia, and Latin America.  In recent seasons the ensemble has played in Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, the Republic of Georgia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Korea, Luxembourg, the Republic of Georgia, Mongolia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.  CONTINUUM recordings appear on Naxos, Bridge, New Albion, Nonesuch, Advance, Capstone, CRI, Cambria, TNC, and Musical Heritage Society labels. 

 

FESTIVAL TICKETING

Satisfy your craving for great music and gain attendance at all festival performances! Learn more at musicfestival.fiu.edu. 

$60 Festival Pass – BUY NOW!

$45 Festival Pass for FIU Faculty/Staff/ & Seniors – BUY NOW!

 

SINGLE TICKETING

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

 

GIVE NOW

One hundred percent of the money raised through the FIU Disaster Response and Recovery Fund will go to helping those impacted. Please help support FIU families and keep students from the affected areas in school and progressing toward their degrees. – GIVE NOW! 

Join us in being #FIUstrong. Cash donations taken at the door to benefit hurricane relief. 

FIU Music Festival: Jazz for Puerto Rico Benefit Concert

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The FIU School of Music is stepping up in support of the people of Puerto Rico by organizing a hurricane relief concert for the opening of the FIU Music Festival. Grammy winners, Nestor Torresand Paquito D’Rivera, will headline the performance for an evening of classics. Bring your friends and loved ones for this great cause!

Proceeds will go to the FIU Disaster Response and Recovery Fund. Join us in being #FIUstrong. Cash donations taken at the door. 

 

 ABOUT NESTOR TORRES

Standing on the shoulders of flute giants from worlds as diverse as Rampal & Galway in Classical Music; Richard Egues’ Cuban Charanga style; rocker Ian Anderson’s Jethro Tull; Herbie Mann and – most influential of all – Hubert Laws as pioneers of Jazz Flute, Latin Grammy Award winning Nestor Torres’ rhythmic and mellifluous flute sound remains apart in a class all by itself. His 14 recordings as a soloist; 4 Latin Grammy nominations, one Grammy nomination and one Latin Grammy Award; collaborations with diverse artists such as Gloria Estefan, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mathews, Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente, Michael Camilo, Paquito D’ Rivera and Arturo Sandoval; as well as performances with the Cleveland, Singapore, and New World Symphony Orchestras, among many others, are testament to the remarkable journey of an Artist who continues to grow and enrich the lives of those who experience his talents. 

 

ABOUT PAQUITO D’RIVERA

Paquito D’Rivera defies categorization. The winner of fourteen GRAMMY Awards, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer. His numerous recordings include more than 30 solo albums. In 1988, he was a founding member of the United Nation Orchestra, a 15-piece ensemble organized by Dizzy Gillespie to showcase the fusion of Latin and Caribbean influences with jazz. D’Rivera continues to appear as guest conductor. A GRAMMY was awarded the United Nation Orchestra in 1991, the same year D’Rivera received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Carnegie Hall for his contributions to Latin music. Additionally, D’Rivera’s highly acclaimed ensembles- the Chamber Jazz Ensemble, the Paquito D’Rivera Big Band, and the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet are in great demand world wide.

 

FESTIVAL TICKETING

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$45 Festival Pass for FIU Faculty/Staff/ & Seniors – BUY NOW!

 

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$25 General Admission; $15 FIU Faculty, Staff, & Alumni; $10 Students- BUY NOW!

 

GIVE NOW

One hundred percent of the money raised through the FIU Disaster Response and Recovery Fund will go to helping those impacted. Please help support FIU families and keep students from the affected areas in school and progressing toward their degrees. – GIVE NOW!

Reformation Concert – Soli Deo Gloria

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Soli Deo Gloria: “To God Alone Be the Glory”

Soli Deo gloria is the motto that grew out of the Protestant Reformation over 500 years ago and has been used by artists such as Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel to signify that the work was produced for the sake of praising God. Martin Luther’s opposition to the Catholic Church sparked religious, social, political, and economic changes that are still felt today. This concert, directed by Kathryn K. Longo, explores the choral music that was born of the Reformation in Europe and its influence on the Americas, concluding with J.S. Bach’s historic Reformation Cantata.

 

TICKETING

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2017 Arts Day at FIU

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Hosted by FIU in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Arts Day at FIU provides teachers in all areas of the arts with exciting professional development sessions and collaborative activities led by special guests, university faculty, and outstanding area leaders. The annual event will take place on October 27, 2017, and is one of the largest arts events for MDCPS teachers.

NODUS Fall 2017 Concert Series: Sound Image and Design (Part II)

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Join us for the 2nd part of our NODUS Fall 2017 Concert Series: Sound Image and Design!

Audiences will be treated to a performance by FIU’s NODUS Ensemble and panel discussions based on works by Garcia, Hosokawa, Matthusen, and Sudol, focusing on cutting-edge Art music that blends visual art and/or architecture and design. Panel members Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Eric Goldemberg, Jacek Kolasinski, John Stuart, and Jacob Sudol will comment on the intersection between the arts and the works being presented.

 

UPCOMING SERIES CONCERT

November 29 – Concert III of the NODUS Ensemble Fall Concert Series: Music that intersects with Image and Design works by Chong, Garcia, Pisaro, Schankler, and de la Vega, Warren; Panel members Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Eric Goldemberg, Jacek Kolasinski, John Stuart, and Jacob Sudol will comment on the intersection between the arts and the works being presented.

 

ABOUT NODUS

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, works written specifically for the ensemble, and works with electronics and/or video.

 

NODUS Fall 2017 Concert Series: Sound, Image, and Design (Part I)

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** This concert has been rescheduled from September 6 to October 11 due to Hurricane Irma.

 

Join us for the 1st part of our NODUS Fall 2017 Concert Series: Sound Image and Design!

Audiences will be treated to a performance by FIU’s NODUS Ensemble and panel discussions based on those works, focusing on cutting-edge Art music that blends visual art and/or architecture and design. Panel members Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Eric Goldemberg, Jacek Kolasinski, John Stuart, and Jacob Sudol will comment on the intersection between the arts and the works being presented.

 

UPCOMING SERIES CONCERTS

October 25 – Concert II of the NODUS Ensemble Fall Concert Series: Music that intersects with Image and Design works by Garcia, Hosokawa, Matthusen, and Sudol; Panel members Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Eric Goldemberg, Jacek Kolasinski, John Stuart, and Jacob Sudol will comment on the intersection between the arts and the works being presented.

November 29 – Concert III of the NODUS Ensemble Fall Concert Series: Music that intersects with Image and Design works by Chong, Garcia, Pisaro, Schankler, and de la Vega, Warren; Panel members Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Eric Goldemberg, Jacek Kolasinski, John Stuart, and Jacob Sudol will comment on the intersection between the arts and the works being presented.

 

ABOUT NODUS

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, works written specifically for the ensemble, and works with electronics and/or video.Join us for the 1st part of our NODUS Fall 2017 Concert Series: Sound Image and Design!

Audiences will be treated to performances by FIU’s NODUS Ensemble and panel discussions based on those works, focusing on cutting-edge Art music that blends visual art and/or architecture and design. Works by Hosokawa, Pintscher, Tuur, Garcia, Kolasinski, Sudol, Matthusen will be included as part of this series.

 

TICKETING

Free Admission

 

FIU Music Festival: Arensky and Schoenberg

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A night for chamber music aficionados! South Florida’s premier string quartet and ensemble at FIU, the Amernet String Quartet, performs with Executive Director of the internationally renowned Montreal Chamber Music Festival Denis Brott  and Music Director of the Lynn Philharmonia Guillermo Figueroa in a performance of Arnold Schoenberg’s acclaimed Verklarte Nacht and Arensky’s Cello Quintet.

 

ABOUT DENIS BROTT

Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of the internationally renowned Montreal Chamber Music Festival (1995) and Professor at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal (1989), cellist Denis Brott is recognized internationally as one of Canada’s finest performing musicians.

The list of his teachers includes some of the world’s best cellists: Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School of Music (1964-1968), Janos Starker at Indiana University (1968-1971), and Gregor Piatigorsky at the University of Southern California (1971-1975).  Mr. Brott’s career began in 1973 when he won 2nd Prize in the Munich International Cello Competition.  His concert tours have taken him to four continents and numerous festivals including Marlboro, Sitka, Santa Barbara, Toronto, Ottawa, Parry Sound and Banff.

His many solo recordings include the three Brahms Sonatas for cello and piano and Homage to Piatigorsky, perhaps his best known recording. It received this accolade from Yo-Yo Ma:  “His playing throughout is exemplary, full of the rich sound and technical wizardry the master exemplified.  I think Piatigorsky would be proud.”

He has appeared as soloist with such great conductors as Zubin Mehta, Franz-Paul Decker, Mario Bernardi and Yoav Talmi. He has also appeared as guest cellist with such distinguished quartets as the Guarneri, Emerson, Tokyo and Fine Arts.

A devoted chamber musician, Denis Brott spent eight years in the Orford String Quartet (1980 – 1988) during which time he recorded 25 CD’s.  Especially acclaimed were the recordings of the complete string quartets of Beethoven on the Delos label, which won the Grand Prix du Disque (1988) and two Juno Awards (1985, 1987) for Best Chamber Ensemble Classical Recording. Denis has also appeared as guest with prestigious ensembles including the Guarneri, Emerson, Tokyo and Fine Arts String Quartets.

 

ABOUT GUILLERMO FIGUEROA

One of the most versatile and respected musical artists of his generation – renowned as conductor, violinist, violist and concertmaster – Guillermo Figueroa is the Principal Conductor of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Music Director of the Music in the Mountains Festival in Colorado and Music Director of the Lynn Philharmonia in Florida. He is the founder of the highly acclaimed Figueroa Music and Arts Project in Albuquerque. Additionally, he was the Music Director of both the New Mexico Symphony and the Puerto Rico Symphony. With this last orchestra, he performed to critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall in 2003, the Kennedy Center in 2004 and Spain in 2005.

International appearances include the Toronto Symphony, Iceland Symphony, the Baltic Philharmonic in Poland, Orquesta del Teatro Argentino in La Plata, Xalapa (Mexico), the Orquesta de Cordoba in Spain and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Chile. In the US he has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Detroit, New Jersey, Memphis, Phoenix, Colorado, Tucson, Santa Fe, Fairfax, San Jose, Juilliard Orchestra and the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center.

 

ABOUT THE AMERNET

Lauded for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” style of play by the New York Times, the Amernet String Quartet has garnered worldwide praise and recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets. Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University since 2004, the group was formed in 1991 while its founding members were students at the Juilliard School.

The Amernet rose to international attention after its first season, winning the gold medal at the Tokyo International Music Competition in 1992, followed by the grand prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 1995.  Their busy performance schedule has taken the quartet across the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and they have collaborated with many of today’s most prominent artists.  Prior to their current position at Florida International University, 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, during 2004-2005 the ensemble served as the Ernst Stiefel Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for the Arts.  Aside from the standard repertoire, the Amernet has always been committed to the music of our time and has commissioned and recorded works by many of today’s leading composers including John Corigliano, Steven Gerber, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Harold Meltzer, Morton Subotnick, Dmitri Tymoczko, and Chinary Ung.

In addition, the Amernet is keen on exploring diverse collaborations and has appeared with famed cantor Netanel Hershtik, jazz pianist Steve Allee, Josée Garant Dance, and the Kruger Brothers. The Amernet actively advocates for neglected works of the past and aims to enliven the concert experience through its innovative programming.

 

FESTIVAL TICKETING

Satisfy your craving for great music and gain attendance to all festival performances!

$60 Festival Pass – BUY NOW!

$45 Festival Pass for FIU Faculty/Staff/ & Seniors – BUY NOW!

 

SINGLE TICKETING

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

 

GIVE NOW

One hundred percent of the money raised through the FIU Disaster Response and Recovery Fund will go to helping those impacted. Please help support FIU families and keep students from the affected areas in school and progressing toward their degrees. – GIVE NOW! 

Join us in being #FIUstrong. Cash donations taken at the door.