The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami has continues its critically acclaimed "Frost Music Live" series with a special lineup to close out the month of October. More programming will continue in November.
The virtual series continues the school policy of keeping the music playing, free to the public through a variety of platforms since the pandemic began in March.
Since its inception, Frost Music Live concert season has featured top name guest artists and alumni performing with Frost School faculty artists and talented students.
Strick safety protocols are being followed by faculty and students for all performances.
“While this year has presented unique challenges, we have found ways to create opportunities to showcase the extraordinary talented members of our faculty in collaboration with our students in a variety of world-class performances. We are pleased that our students can continue to grow as artists, and to be able to keep our musical community together with the Frost Music Live virtual free concert series until we can present music live in-person again,” stated Frost Music School Dean Shelly Berg.
Saturday, October 24, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
"Darker America" with the Frost Symphony Orchestra
Gerard Schwarz, director
The concert begins with a tone poem by the dean of African American composers, William Grant Still (1895-1978). An extremely accomplished musician, Still played oboe in the pit orchestra for Sissle and Blake's very successful musical, Shuffle Along. In 1926, conductor Eugene Goossens premiered Darker America, which became Still’s first major success. Still wrote, " 'Darker America' is representative of the American Negro, and suggests triumph over sorrow through fervent prayer.”
The W.A. Mozart's (1756-1791) Symphony No. 41, nicknamed the Jupiter Symphony, is the largest and most complex of his symphonies. It is the culmination of the great classical period symphony, paving the way for Beethoven's revolutionary works.
Frost student competition winners Kristin Baird, violin; Tadao Hermida, cello; and Pricila Navarro, piano perform Ludwig van Beethoven's (1770-1827) Triple Concerto in celebration of the composer's 250th birthday. This is the only Beethoven concerto for multiple instruments and one of seven works that he wrote that included the piano and an orchestra.
Sunday, October 25, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Frost Sax Quartets
Dale Underwood, director
Members of the the Frost Saxophone Studio that range from Freshmen to Doctoral students perform music for saxophone quartets from the 20th and 21st century and run the gamut from folksongs and vaudeville, to classical and modern.
Friday, October 30, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Frost Chorale: "The Promise of Living"
Amanda Quist, director
The Frost Chorale celebrates the promise of living with choral music that shares our dreams for the future through song. Featuring works by Undine Smith Moore, the "Dean of Black Women Composers," as well as works by composers riks Esenvalds, Eric Whitacre, Aaron Copland, and Bob Chilcott.
Visit www.frostmusiclive.com for additional information. Stay tuned for November's exciting upcoming performances.