The Michael Orta Benefit Concert

Friday, Apr 26, 2019 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM - English

Pay tribute to the late jazz pianist and FIU Associate Professor, Michael Orta, while benefitting student scholarships in his name! Tickets will go fast with jazz legends, Paquito D'Rivera, Sammy Figueroa, and Nicole Henry, headlining this performance! Presented by the Miami Jazz Cooperative and the FIU School of Music.

Benefit Tickets: $75 for VIP concert & reception | $50 for general admission | $25 FIU faculty and staff (at door only) | $15 FIU students (at door only).

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The Florida International University School of Music is joining with the Miami Jazz Cooperative to present a world-class concert to honor the late, Michael Orta, longtime professor of jazz piano and a mainstay in the Miami Jazz Community. Proceeds from the concert go directly to the Michael Orta Scholarship Fund.

Top jazz musicians including Paquito D’ Rivera, Nicole Henry, Sammy Figueroa, along with FIU artist-faculty and other special guests, will take to the stage to honor his memory and celebrate his lifelong legacy.

Michael Orta was a beloved faculty member from 1992 until his death in 2018. His talents as a composer, pianist, recording artist, educator, and author made him a favorite among his colleagues and students. He established himself as one of South Florida’s best jazz pianists and was regarded by many as the piano player of choice for many international artists. He won numerous competitions and performed, toured, and recorded with some major names in Jazz and was nominated for a Grammy in 2006, and again, in 2007 for a recording with Sammy Figueroa.

For media wishing to cover the concert, please email Michelle Vires.

To make an online donation, please visit website or text FIUMusic to 41444.


Wertheim Performing Arts Center
10910 Southwest 17th Street, Miami, FL 33199 (Map)

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