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FIU Music Festival: FIU Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Hispanic Heritage-Benefit for Mexico


The FIU School of Music closes its festival with a salute to those of Hispanic Heritage! Celebrate the richness and varied rhythms and melodies of Latin American music, conducted by FIU’s newly appointed Orchestral Director, Javier Jose Mendoza!

Proceeds to benefit earthquake relief in Mexico. Donations will be taken at the door. Patrons can also give a donation online while making a ticket purchase. Bring your friends and loved ones for this great cause! 



Huapango by Jose Palo Moncayo

Canyengue by Elbio Barilari

Andalucia Suite by Ernesto Lecuona, arr. by G. Jenkins

Carlota by Arturo Rodriguez

El Gustito by Jonathan Metzinger

Luna de Xelaju by Jonathan Metzinger

Alma Llanera by Jonathan Metzinger



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.



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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. 

Distinguished Conductor Series: FIU Sympony Orchestra, guest conductor Maximiano Valdes, and the FIU Concerto Competiton Winner


Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center
10910 SW 17th St. Miami, FL 33199

$15 at the door | $13 online | $5 student

FIU School of Music presents “Distinguished Conductor Series,”an orchestral series featuring guest conductors from all over the globe as they lead the talented students of the FIU Symphony Orchestra in a memorable evening for all. You are invited to mix and mingle with our artist at our post-concert reception in our spectacular Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center. We welcome guest conductor Maximiano Valdes and the Winner of the FIU Concerto Competition winner. 


FIU Music Student Showcase: Miami Guitar Orchestra

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Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center
10910 SW 17th St. Miami, FL 33199

Free Admission

The FIU Miami Guitar Orchestra, directed by guitarist/composer Mesut Özgen, will present an exciting program of music from Renaissance to modern, as well as jazz and traditional music from around the world.

Wind and Percussion Arts Series – FIU Symphonic Band and FIU Indoor present “Something Old, Something New


Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 7:30PM

Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center
10910 SW 17th St. Miami, FL 33139

$10 at the door | $8 online | $5 student

Featuring the music of Percy Grainger, Malcomb Arnold, John Philip Sousa, plus contemporary entertaining performances by FIU Indoor Performance Ensembles.