Tag: Performing Arts

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.


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. 

FIU Music Student Showcase: Student Composers Concert

Monday, April 18, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Miami Beach Urban Studios
420 Lincoln Rd. Miami, FL 33139

Free Admission

FIU School of Music undergraduate and graduate composers and technology students showcase their works.  The works represent a variety of aesthetics and performance genres performed by FIU School of Music student performers.