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Crossing Boundaries: Music & Law with Alan Dershowitz and Amernet String Quartet

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The School of Music at Florida International University invites you to attend Crossing Boundaries, a lecture series comprised of distinguished scholars and outstanding people in the arts discussing their experience and relationship with music. Meet renowned Professor Emeritus of Law at Harvard University, Alan Dershowitz, and members of the Amernet String Quartet, FIU’s Ensemble-in-Residence, for a discussion about “Music and Law: The Art of Interpretation.” Expand your world as each scholar presents a paradigm of creative & research thinking that provoke solutions to inquiries in creative, innovative ways. Free and open to the public.

 For information, contact: Michelle Vires at mvires@fiu.edu or (305) 348 – 6101.



About Guest Speaker: Alan Dershowitz

Attorney and longtime Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz has been involved in some of the most controversial trials of his day.

Born on September 1, 1938, in Brooklyn, New York, Alan Dershowitz became a famed attorney and Ivy League scholar known for his emphasis on civil liberties. A prolific author, he also became involved in some of the most highly publicized trials of his time, including the infamous O.J. Simpson murder trial in 1995. Dershowitz has continued to garner major media attention for his speeches, writings and courtroom appearances.Alan Morton Dershowitz was born on September 1, 1938, in Brooklyn, New York. Though initially not regarded as a stellar student by some of his teachers and peers, he would go on to become one of the leading figures of his field. After finishing Yeshiva University High School, Dershowitz was a student at Brooklyn College, where he thrived, graduating in 1959. He attended Yale Law School, where he graduated first in his class, and then clerked for Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg. Returning to academia, Dershowitz became the youngest scholar to become a full professor at Harvard Law, doing so at 28 years old.

He is a prolific author as well, having penned books such as The Best Defense (1982)Chutzpah (1991), The Advocate’s Devil (1994), Supreme Injustice: How the High Court Hijacked Election 2000 (2001), The Case for Israel(2003) and Taking a Stand: My Life in the Law (2013).



About Guest Speaker: Amernet String Quartet

The Amernet String Quartet (Misha Vitenson and Franz Felkl, violins, Michael Klotz, viola, and Jason Calloway, cello) has garnered recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets and are Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University School of Music 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. READ MORE




Performance by Jason Calloway and Chen-Hui Jen

Performance by Jason Calloway and Chen-Hui Jen

Jason Calloway on cello

Chen-Hui Jen on piano

Monday, April 24, 2016

7:3oPM, Main Gallery

Jason Calloway

Cellist Jason Calloway has performed to acclaim throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Middle East as soloist and chamber musician. He has appeared at festivals including Lucerne, Spoleto USA, Darmstadt, Klangspuren (Austria), Acanthes (France), Perpignan, Valencia, Citta’ della Pieve (Italy), Jerash (Jordan), Casals (Puerto Rico), Blossom, Brevard, Great Lakes, Kingston, Rockport, Sedona, Sarasota, Music Academy of the West, the New York String Seminar, and Encore. Currently cellist of the Amernet String Quartet, Artists-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami, Mr. Calloway was previously a member of the Naumburg award-winning Biava Quartet, formerly in residence at the Juilliard School.

A devoted advocate of new music, Mr. Calloway has performed with leading ensembles around the world as well as alongside members of Ensemble Modern and the Arditti and JACK quartets, and with the New Juilliard Ensemble both in New York and abroad, in addition to frequent appearances in Philadelphia with Bowerbird, Soundfield, and Network for New Music. Among the hundreds of premieres he has presented are solo and ensemble works of Berio, Knussen, Lachenmann, and Pintscher, and he has collaborated intensively with some of today’s most important composers including Birtwistle, Carter, Davidovsky, Dusapin, Henze, Hosokawa, Husa, Franke, Rihm, and Yannay. As a dedicated supporter of young composers, he has for several seasons presented a series of concerts of solo cello works newly composed for him, most recently at Harvard and Temple universities, and at Spoleto USA gave the public premiere of Yanov-Yanovsky’s Hearing Solutions for cello and ensemble, in addition to recent appearances at Bowdoin College, the College of Charleston, Princeton University, and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

Mr. Calloway prizes his work with Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble InterContemporain, both at the Lucerne Festival and at the Zug (Switzerland) Kunsthaus in Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Serenade as part of a major Kandinsky/Gerstl exhibit, in addition to his collaborations with the violinist Gilles Apap and with tap dancer Savion Glover. He is also artistic director of Shir Ami (www.shiramimusic.com), an ensemble dedicated to the preservation and performance of Jewish art music suppressed by the Nazis and Soviets, and with which he appears frequently across the US and in the ensemble’s varied performances in Austria and Hungary; and In Flux, an ensemble committed to performing vocal chamber music by the leading composers of today and the recent past. A native of Philadelphia, Jason Calloway is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the University of Southern California. His teachers have included Ronald Leonard, Orlando Cole, Rohan de Saram, Lynn Harrell, Fred Sherry, Robert Cafaro, Joel Sachs, Felix Galimir, Luis Biava, and Seymour Lipkin. Mr. Calloway is grateful for the assistance of the Maestro Foundation.

Chen-Hui Jen

FIU School of Music Alumnae

Chen-Hui Jen is a composer and pianist originally from Taiwan and currently based in Miami, USA.  Chen-Hui Jen’s music presents an imaginative, spiritual, and poetic space with subtlety and sophistication.  She earned a Ph.D. degree in Composition at the University of California, San Diego, where she also debut piano performances with electronics at UCSD.

As a composer, Chen-Hui Jen writes music for music for orchestra, chamber, and solo, for both Western and Chinese instruments, also vocal and choral works, as well as works with computer and electronics.  Chen-Hui Jen’s works have been performed at multiple prestigious new music festivals and concerts, including the ISCM World Music Days, SEAMUS, Acanthes Music Festival, ACL Music Festival, EarShot San Diego Workshop, New Music Miami Season, Taipei International New Music Festival, WOCMAT, and Contemporary Sizhu Music Festival.  Chen-Hui Jen’s works have won numerous prizes in the Taiwan Literature and Fine Arts Composition Competition for chamber, choral, and solo works, the Formosa Composition Competition for violin concerto, the International Tsang-Houei Hsu Music Composition Competition for Chinese chamber music, the International Taiwan Music Center Composition Competition, and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition. She has also received multiple commissions from the Palimpsest Ensemble, Accordant Commons, The Living Earth Show, Ensemble ISCM-Taiwan, Taipei Chamber Singers, Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra, Ching-Yun Chorus, Kaohsiung Chamber Choir, and Muller Choir, as well as multiple grants from the Taipei Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Taiwan National and Arts Foundation.

As a pianist, Dr. Jen have been collaborating with her husband composer/computer musician Jacob David Sudol since 2010.  Together they’ve played as piano/electronics duo at many distinguished venues such as the Spectrum in New York City, Center for New Music in San Francisco, ISCM New Music Miami Festival, Root Signal Festival, Miami Bakehouse Art Complex, the Taipei National Recital Hall, Taiwan Chai Found 101 Auditorium, as well as many schools including University of California at San Diego, Florida International University, Mills College, California Institute of Arts, Chapman University, Tulane University, Taiwan Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan National Chiao Tung University, and China Soochow University.  She is currently a contracted pianist in the NODUS Ensemble at Florida International University and the White Ibis Ensemble at University of Miami.

New Music Miami ISCM Festival: Havana & Miami Concert

New Music Miami ISCM Festival:

Havana & Miami

The NODUS Ensemble and Amernet String Quartet perform music by composers from both Havana and Miami including Alba Cal, Lopez-Gavilan, Piñera, Garcia, Sudol, & Hindman. This programming was made with the support of the Thendara Foundation.

Students and guests are invited to the free Composers Forum with our performers at Miami Beach Urban Studios on April 21 at 12:00 PM.

To learn more about School of Muisc Events click, here.

To learn more about the New Music Miami ISCM Festival, click here. Directed by Orlando Jacinto Garcia.

Student Composers Recital and New Music Ensemble Showcase Concert


Student Composers Recital and New Music Ensemble Showcase

The FIU School of Music rising composers showcase their works along with the FIU New Music Ensemble in this joint concert.

The FIU New Music Ensemble will present a program of American experimentalism and performance art including works by Cage, Kojs, Psimikakis-Chalkokondylis, Sosa, and more. Founded in Fall 1987, the FIU New Music Ensemble specializes in the performance of contemporary chamber, experimental and electronic music with an emphasis in the music of the last 50 years. The ensemble’s instrumentation changes from semester to semester allowing for the presentation of a variety of repertoire. Performances include those on campus each semester as well as those in the community at galleries, libraries, museums, and other universities/colleges in the region. The ensemble has recently been featured at the Subtropics Music Festival, The Society of Composers National and Regional Conferences, and the National Conference of the College Music Society. To date the ensemble has presented music by a variety of composers representing a wide range of aesthetics, styles, and media from the US and diverse parts of the world including works written for the ensemble as well as works by young and established composers alike. The ensemble is made up of some of the School of Music’s best student performers.

For more information, contact the New Music Director, Jason Calloway, at jason.calloway@fiu.edu.

New Music Miami ISCM Festival: The Music of Earle Brown and Morton Feldman Concert


New Music Miami ISCM Festival:

The Music of Earle Brown and Morton Feldman

The NODUS Ensemble, FIU’s Contemporary Ensemble, perform the music of Earle Brown and Morton Feldman. This programming is supported by the Earle Brown Foundation.

Students and guests are invited to the free Composers Forum at Miami Beach Urban Studios on April 14 at 12:00 PM.

To learn more about the New Music Miami ISCM Festival, click here. Directed by Orlando Garcia.

*Photo courtesy of the Earle Brown Foundation

Open Mic #24 Performance

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Open Mic #24

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 per-register to perform – any thing you’d like at the mic, be it Spoke Word/Poetry, Rap, Prose, Narrative, Monologue, Comedy, Song, Dance or other, all are welcome, encouraged, accepted and safe here. Pleas 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.

For more on the work of Miami Beach Urban Studios Distinguished Affiliate Robert Zuckerman, please click here.

New Music Miami ISCM Festival: Andrew Kozar and guest Corrine Byrne Concert


New Music Miami ISCM Festival: Andrew Kozar and guest Corrine Byrne

Thursday, April 6, 2017  at 7:30PM

Andrew Kozar performs a concert of works for trumpet and electronics with guest soprano Corrine Byrne. Works by Sudol, Matthusen, Wollschleger, Garcia, and others will be performed.

A native of Pittsburgh, Andy Kozar is a New York City based trumpeter, improviser, composer and educator that has been called a ‘star soloist‘ by TimeOutNY and has been said to be ‘agile as he navigated leaps and slurs with grace…he shifted between lyricism and aggression deftly’ by the International Trumpet Guild Journal. A strong advocate of contemporary music, he is a founding member of the contemporary music quartet loadbang which has been called ‘inventive’ by the New York Times, ‘cultivated’ by The New Yorker, and ‘a formidable new-music force’ by TimeOutNY. With loadbang, his playing has been said to be ‘polished and dynamic, with very impressive playing’ by the Baltimore Sun, and that he ‘coaxed the ethereal and the gritty from [his] muted instrument…and revealed a facility for shaping notes and color‘ by the San Francisco Classical Voice. He is also a member of TILT Brass and has performed with new music ensembles including Argento Chamber Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Signal, Ensemble ACJW, Wet Ink, and Mark Gould’s Pink Baby Monster. He has performed alongside artists such as Dave Douglas, Pablo Heras Casado, and Brad Lubman, in addition to working closely with numerous composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Augusta Reed Thomas, and Pulitzer Prize winning composers David Lang and Charles Wuorinen. He has performed at Bang on a Can marathons both at MASS MoCA and in New York City and has been presented as a soloist at the University of Richmond’s Third Practice electro-acoustic festival, the Ethos New Music Society at SUNY Fredonia, and the Pendulum Series for New Music at the University of Colorado.

Students and guests are invited to the free composers forum with our guest artist at Miami Beach Urban Studios on April 7 at 12:00pm.

Please visit the School of Music event calendar for more events.

To learn more about the New Music Miami ISCM Festival, click here. Directed by Orlando Garcia.

Music Composition Forum with Frederic Rzewski


Music Composition Forum with Frederic Rzewski

MUC 4932/5935 Composition Forum

Professor: Orlando J. Garcia- Professor of Music, Program Director for Music Composition, Composer in Residence

Friday March 10th, 2017

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM –(FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)

Frederic Rzewski American composer, now resident in Belgium, of mostly chamber, vocal and piano works that have been performed throughout the world; he is also active as a pianist. As a pianist, he frequently performed with the flautist Severino Gazzelloni in the 1960s. He then co-founded with Alvin Curran and Richard Teitelbaum the improvisational and live electronic ensemble Musica Elettronica Viva in Rome in 1966 and performed with it from 1966–71. Since then, he has been active as a pianist, primarily in performances of his own pieces and music by other contemporary composers. He taught at the Conservatoire royal de musique in Liège from 1977–2003, where he was Professeur de Composition from 1983–2003. He has given lectures in Germany, the Netherlands and the USA.

To learn more about the New Music Miami ISCM Festival, click here.

Please visit the School of Music event calendar for more events.

To learn more about the Music Department click, here.

New Music Miami ISCM Festival: The Amernet String Quartet & Martin Kuuskmann Concert


New Music Miami ISCM Festival: The Amernet String Quartet & Martin Kuuskmann

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Pre- concert forum with Martin Kuuskmann and Amernet String Quartet at 6:30PM

Concert 7:30PM

Guest bassoonist Martin Kusskmann joins FIU’s Ensemble-in-Residence the Amernet String Quartet for an evening of works by Tulve, Berio, Dougherty, Kim, Koonce, Rolle, and others.

Please visit the School of Music event calendar for more events.

To learn more about the New Music Miami ISCM Festival, click here. 

FIU Music Festival 2016: Orient Express: pianist Hande Dalkilic & guitarist Mesut Ozgen


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. 


Considered one of the finest Turkish pianists of her generation, Hande Dalkilic makes her South Florida debut with FIU faculty guitarist and founder of the Miami International GuitART Festival, Mesut Ozgen, in a performance of music from Istanbul to London along the train route of the famous Orient Express. First created in 1883, the route of the Orient Express changed many times. Today it continues to run from London to Venice and other destinations in Europe, including the original route from Paris to Istanbul.

The Dalkilic and Ozgen perform duo and solo works by Malcolm Arnold, Fréderic Chopin, Franz Liszt, Ahmet Adnan Saygun, Mesut Ozgen, and Carlo Domeniconi.



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.