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Haunted Hauteness, an all-inclusive, luxurious bash

Saturday, Oct 20, 2018 from 9:00 PM to 2:00 PM - English

Show off your spookiest and sexiest costumes as you enjoy bites, desserts and open bars provided by Tito's Vodka, Korbel Champagne, and Jack Daniel's, along with rotating DJs, VIP & model lounges and live entertainment.

Location

Macaya Gallery Wynwood
145 NW 36th St., Miami, FL 33127 (Map)

FIU Music Festival Opening Night: Alfredo Rodriguez Trio

Friday, Oct 26, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM - English

Discovered at the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival by Quincy Jones, Cuban-born Alfredo Rodríguez has rapidly risen to stardom under the tutelage of the famed producer. Since arriving to the U.S. in 2009, Rodríguez has appeared on prestigious stages such as the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Detroit, Umbria and Vienna Jazz Festivals. Rodríguez’s music explores his memories of Cuba, the people and culture he left behind, and how he found his new place. Rodríguez was nominated for a 2015 Grammy® in the category of “best arrangement, instrumental or acappella,” for the track Guantanamera.Alfredo Rodriguez is as proficient at playing classical music as he is his chosen genre. His music reflects the talents of legendary jazz pianists Keith Jarrett, Thelonious Monk, and Art Tatum. Schooled in the rigorous classical conservatories of Havana, Rodríguez’s riveting artistry is informed as much by Bach and Stravinsky as it is by his Cuban and jazz roots.

  • Ticket Admission includes Reception.
  • $25 General Admission | $15 FIU Faculty/Staff/Alumni | $10 Students (with valid i.d.).

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Location

Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center
10910 S.W. 17th Street, Miami, FL 33199 (Map)

FIU Music Festival: FIU Symphony Orchestras Family Halloween Concert

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM - English

  • $15 General Admission
  • $10 FIU Faculty/Staff/Alumni
  • $15 Students (with valid i.d.)

This exciting concert features frightfully fun symphonic music for the whole family! Bring your little ghost or goblin for a spooktacular afternoon in the haunted Wertheim Concert Hall and prepare for goosebump-inducing favorites including Modest Mussorgsky's Night on Balm Mountain, Erik Whitaker's Godzilla East Las Vegas, selections from Gustav Holst's The Planets, and Mauricio Rodriguez's Love and Betrayal. Come early for trick-or-treating thrills beginning at 5pm until 5:45! Conducted by Javier Jose Mendoza.

Location

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

FIU Music Festival: 2 Pianos & Voices of Beethoven 9 Past & Present

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM - English

  • $50 VIP Seating w/ Reception
  • $35 General Admission
  • $20 FIU Faculty/Staff/Alumni
  • $5 Students (with valid i.d.)

World-leading champion of two-piano repertoire and artistry for twenty-nine years' The Dranoff International Two Piano Foundation is partnering with the FIU School of Music for the FIU Music Festival. Renowned Piano Duo Chipak & Kushnir will perform Beethoven's 9th Symphony as transcribed for 2 pianos by Franz Liszt with local and national singers performing Beethoven's most famous Ode to Joy.' The rest of the program will include work inspired by Beethoven including a world premiere of Robert Chumbley's “Whisper and Cries'” based on Beethoven's ongoing descent into deafness. About Piano Duo: Olha Chipak & Kushnir The duo first met in 1998 while studying at the L'viv Music Academy in Ukraine' they could not have imagined where their musical partnership would take them. What they certainly knew' however' was that from that point on they would not only pursue a career as solo artists but also devote themselves to an equal degree to performing chamber music. They soon won their first international competition together (“Roma 98”). In 2003' the duo won the Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition. Today' Chipak & Kushnir perform as a duo in concert halls across Europe. While balancing their growing family they teach piano duo performance at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Rostock' Germany with Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl.

Location

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

FIU Music Festival: Philip Glass Etudes with Jenny Lin

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM - English

Steinway Artist Jenny Lin performs Piano Etudes by Philip Glass and works by Ustvolskaya, Garcia, and Shostakovich. Since 2014, she has joined Mr. Glass in his ongoing world tour of his Etudes. She has been acclaimed for her “remarkable technical command” and “a gift for melodic flow” by The New York Times.Jenny Lin is one of the most respected young pianists today, admired for her adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence. The Washington Post praises “Lin’s confident fingers… spectacular technique… “, “…surely one of the most interesting pianists in America right now…” and Gramophone Magazine has hailed her as “an exceptionally sensitive pianist”. Her orchestral engagements have included the American Symphony Orchestra, NDR and SWR German Radio orchestras, and Orchestra Sinfonica Nationale della RAI. Her concerts have taken her to Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Great Performers, SF Jazz, MoMA, Stanford LIVE, and National Gallery of Art, appearing at Festivals such as Mostly Mozart, BAM’s Next Wave, Spoleto USA, Kings Place London, Chopin Festival Austria, and Schleswig-Holstein Festival Germany.

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Since 2000, Jenny’s discography includes more than 30 recordings on Steinway & Sons, Hänssler Classic, eOne, BIS, New World and Albany Records. She is also the central figure in “Cooking for Jenny” by Elemental Films, a musical documentary portraying her journey to Spain. Other media appearances include CBS Sunday Morning, NPR Performance Today, and “Speaking for Myself”, a film about Manhattan as seen through the eyes of eight contemporary artists by filmmaker Bert Shapiro. Born in Taiwan and raised in Austria, Jenny studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and the Fondazione Internazionale per il pianoforte in Como, Italy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in German literature from The Johns Hopkins University.Highlights of the 2018/19 season include performances throughout North America, Europe, and Latin America; her continuing “Melody’s Mostly Musical Day” children’s concerts; the release of the complete Nocturnes of Chopin, piano music of Artur Schnabel, and the complete Piano Etudes of Philip Glass.

$15 General Admission | $10 FIU Faculty/Staff/Alumni | $5 Students (with valid i.d.)

Location

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

FIU Music Festival: Amernet String Quartet & Joseph Kalichstein

Thursday, Nov 1, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM - English

$15 General Admission | $10 FIU Faculty/Staff/Alumni | $5 Students (with valid i.d.)

FIU’s Artists-in-Residence, the Amernet String Quartet, will be joined by distinguished pianist Joseph Kalichstein, founding member of the famed Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, in a program exploring string sextet literature. After an electrifying performance at The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach during the 2015-16 Season, they will perform together again in South Florida for one night only!

About the Amernet String Quartet

  • Misha Vitenson, Violin
  • Franz Felkl, Violin
  • Michael Klotz, Viola
  • Jason Calloway, Cello

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Praised for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, the Amernet String Quartet has garnered recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets and are Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University 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.”

About Joseph Kalichstein

Acclaimed for the heartfelt intensity and technical mastery of his playing, pianist Joseph Kalichstein enthralls audiences all over the globe, winning equal praise as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.

As an Australian critic exclaimed: “ To hear Kalichstein play is to fall in love with music all over again!”

With his diverse repertoire of works ranging from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms to works by Bartok, Prokofiev and others, Mr. Kalichstein has collaborated with such celebrated conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Lawrence Foster, Zubin Mehta, Andre Previn, Leonard Slatkin, Edo de Waart, David Zinman and the late George Szell and Erich Leinsdorf. He has performed with the world’s greatest orchestras, from the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras to the Berlin Philharmonic and the London Symphony, from the NHK and New York Philharmonic to the Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Kalichstein has also been a frequent guest pianist with the world’s most beloved string quartets, including the Guarneri and Emerson Quartets, with whom he played the Shostakovich Piano Quintet in their Shostakovich Cycles in London and Washington.

A favorite of New York concertgoers, Mr. Kalichstein has appeared in several recitals on Carnegie Hall’s “Keyboard Virtuosi” series. His latest CD releases include music of Schumann and Brahms (on Koch International) and of Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schubert (“The Romantic Piano”, on Audiofon). He serves as the Chamber Music Advisor to the Kennedy Center and is the Artistic Director of the Center’s Fortas Chamber Music Concerts. He continues to hold the inaugural Chamber Music Chair at the Juilliard School, where he also teaches a limited number of advanced piano students.

Location

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

FIU Meets Juilliard with Amernet String Quartet & Jon Manasse

Friday, Nov 2, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM - English

A chamber music performance for the younger generation! FIU’s Artist-in-Residence, the Amernet String Quartet, will be joined by Juilliard clarinetist, Jon Manasse, in an exciting program featuring clarinet quintets.

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About the Amernet String Quartet

  • Misha Vitenson, Violin
  • Franz Felkl, Violin
  • Michael Klotz, Viola
  • Jason Calloway, Cello

Praised for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, the Amernet String Quartet has garnered recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets and are Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University 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.”

About Jon Manasse

Among the most distinguished classical artists of his generation, clarinetist Jon Manasse is internationally recognized for his inspiring artistry, uniquely glorious sound and charismatic performing style.

Clarinetist Jon Manasse has been a Juilliard faculty member since 2007. He has had numerous solo, concerto, and chamber music appearances in the U.S. and around the world. He is principal clarinet with the American Ballet Theater Mostly Mozart Festival orchestras. He was formerly principal clarinet with the New York Chamber Symphony and served as guest principal clarinetist of the New York Pops, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and New Jersey, St. Louis, and Seattle Symphony orchestras. Manasse has appeared as a guest clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic in concerts conducted by Valery Gergiev and André Previn, and, during the 2003-04 season, served as the principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has the been artistic director, with his duo-partner, pianist Jon Nakamatsu, of the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, since 2006. Manasse received his Master of Music degree from Juilliard, where he studied with David Weber.

Location

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

6th Annual Green Day Miami Shores Street Festival

Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 from 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM - English

The Greater Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce will host its 6th Annual Green Day Miami Shores street festival with over 160 exhibitors and activities. The 5-block-long festival is the only Downtown Miami Shores takeover event and is dedicated to promoting local businesses and inspiring green-friendly practices in the community.

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The sponsors and participating vendor activations will pop up as the street festival comes alive! With a wide variety of vendors, activities and interactive exhibits, you will find everything from food trucks and craft beer to artisanal booths, green markets, and exhibits from local businesses and organizations. In addition, Green Day will feature a massive Kids Zone, featuring inflatables, sports activities, special Barry University athlete appearances, and more!

Admission is FREE and open to the public Kids Zone wristbands are $5/each. CASH ONLY.

Location

Downtown Miami Shores
NE 2nd Avenue between 95th and 100th Street, Miami Shores, FL 33138 (Map)

Contact Information

www.greendaymiamishores.com

The Camerata Antonio Soler: Revitalizing Span. Classics

Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM - English

$15 General Admission | $10 FIU Faculty/Staff/Alumni | $5 Students (with valid i.d.).

The Camerata Antonio Soler is a multi-stylistic chamber orchestra founded in 2011 with the purpose of approaching a varied repertoire of works from different eras and, basing its interpretations on historic musical criteria and the use of original instruments when required.Under the direction of Gustavo Sánchez, they will share enriching repertoire of orchestral early Spanish music with Miami audiences and help restore the historic musical heritage of composers like Soler and Brunetti.They have performed on many occasions at the National Auditorium of Madrid, the Escorial Auditorium and in Lisbon, within the framework of an important international congress of musicology. The Camerata is also the resident orchestra of the International Orchestra Conducting Course in San Lorenzo del Escorial.

Location

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

FIU Music Fest.: Intimate Evening with Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique

Sunday, Nov 4, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM - English

$15 General Admission | $10 FIU Faculty/Staff/Alumni | $5 Students (with valid i.d.)

Join the FIU School of Music for an intimate look at Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique with world-renowned musicologist Frank Cooper and FIU Artist-in-Residence and preeminent pianist Kemal Gekic. The Symphonic fantastique is a self-portrait of its composer, Hector Berlioz, and has become one of the most performed orchestral works since its premiere in Paris in 1830. The symphony describes his obsession and dreams, tantrums and moments of tenderness, and visions of suicide and murder, ecstasy, and despair.

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Called by the Miami Herald “South Florida’s cultural maven” and “a Renaissance man,” Frank Cooper has lectured in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress, Indiana University, MacMaster University (Ontario), SUNY Purchase, and the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), and appeared on National Public Radio, the CBC (Toronto), the BBC (London) and Radio Nederlands (Hilversum). Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Van Cliburn Foundation, Ford Centre (Toronto), Rialto Centre (Atlanta), TIME/LIFE, Arabesque Records, RCA Victor, Audiofon Records and the International Piano Archives have commissioned annotations from Prof. Cooper, who is the author of more than seventy published articles about music.

Flamboyant, daring, provocative, exciting, seductive and sensitive are some of the words used to describe one of today’s most formidable pianists, Kemal Gekić, whose playing has been acclaimed worldwide by public and critics alike. His daring approach to tone and form mark him as a maverick in the musical world, a distinction he welcomes: the very strength of his artistry challenges, provokes, intrigues.

“Gekić rides the charismatic edge of genius” – R. Dyer, Boston Globe

“He is something like a general who has learned all the rules in the book and is therefore free to ignore them in the time of war” – James Roos, Miami Herald

“His playing is transcendental as well as incandescent” – John Ardoin, Dallas Morning News

Performing worldwide from a vast repertoire, Kemal Gekić presents fascinating, uncompromising and ever-changing interpretations, always generating frenzied audience enthusiasm.

As a recording artist, Kemal Gekić has won accolades in Europe, America and Japan for insightful, original views of the music. His outstanding Rossini-Liszt transcriptions (Naxos) won “The Rosette” of The Penguin Guide for Music, while his recording of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes (JVC) is generally considered to be the best recording of a set in history.

Born in Split, Croatia, Kemal Gekić got his early training from Prof. Lorenza Baturina. He graduated the class of Prof. Jokuthon Mihailović at the Art Academy of Novi Sad and was immediately given a faculty appointment by the piano department which he eventually directed until 1999.

Since 1999 he has been Artist-in-Residence at the Florida International University School of Music in Miami, Florida.

Location

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

FIU Music Festival: Organ Virtuoso Thomas Trotter

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM - English

  • $15 General Admission
  • $10 FIU Faculty/Staff/Alumni
  • $5 Students (with valid i.d.)

Thomas Trotter is one of Britain's most widely admired musicians. He has been awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society's prestigious Instrumentalist Award in recognition of his particular achievements as ‘one of the foremost exponents of the organist's art,' International Performer of the Year Award for 2012 by the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and, in 2016, the Royal College of Organists Medal. He has performed as soloist with conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, Valery Gergiev, Sir Charles Mackerras and, amongst many others, succeeding generation's Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Sakari Oramo, Edward Gardner, Francois-Xavier Roth, Petri Sakari, Andris Nelsons and Thomas Sondergaard.

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He appears at the festivals of Salzburg, Berlin, Vienna, Edinburgh and London's BBC Proms. He performs with leading orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic orchestras. Alongside his regular recitals in Birmingham, Thomas Trotter performs throughout the USA and Europe.

He became an extensive recording artist for Decca in 1989. His most recent recordings Elgar at Salisbury Cathedral, organ transcriptions from the newly restored Birmingham Town Hall, a collection ranging from Handel through to Litaize on the new Mander organ at St Giles Cripplegate, Grand Organ Prom on the renovated organ at the Royal Albert Hall and The Town Hall Tradition from Birmingham Town Hall all appear on the Regent label. Of his many other CDs he received a Grand Prix du Disque for his recording of music by Liszt.

For the FIU Music Festival, he plays FIU's crown jewel, the Sydell Ida Wertheim Organ. Presented in collaboration with the American Guild of Organists.

Location

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

Chamber Music Classics with R. Davidovici, R. deMaine, & I. Vered

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM - English

FIU Music Festival: Chamber Music Classics with Robert Davidovici, Robert deMaine, & Ilana Vered

  • $15 General Admission
  • $10 FIU Faculty/Staff/Alumni
  • $5 Students (with valid i.d.)

Acclaimed on five continents as a virtuoso, violinist Robert Davidovici will be joined by renowned cellist Robert DeMaine and Israeli pianist Ilana Vered for an evening of exciting chamber works for the 2018 FIU Music Festival.

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About Robert Davidovici:

Born in Transylvania, Romania, Robert Davidovici began his studies with a student of the legendary David Oistrakh, subsequently studying with Ivan Galamian at The Juilliard School, where, upon graduating, he served as a teaching assistant to the famed Juilliard String Quartet. He is the recipient of several distinguished First Prize honors, among them the Naumburg International Violin Competition and the Carnegie Hall International American Music Violin Competition.In addition to his solo engagements, Mr. Davidovici is Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Violin at Florida International University. His multi-faceted career has included appointments as Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Netherlands' Residentie Orkest and Japan's Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra and Guest Concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, as well as the orchestras of the Chautauqua, Colorado and Grand Teton music festivals.As an avid chamber musician, Robert Davidovici has collaborated with numerous esteemed colleagues, among them Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Lynn Harrell, Cho Liang-Lin, Yo-Yo Ma and Isaac Stern. Carnegie Hall has featured him as part of its "American Music Masters" series, and he was the subject of a television special on Boston's WGBH.

About Robert DeMaine:

Praised by the New York Times as "an artist who makes one hang on every note," ROBERT deMAINE is the Principal Cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A highly sought-after solo artist and chamber musician, he is a frequent guest artist at many of the world's premier chamber music festivals, including those of Marlboro, Seattle, Great Lakes, Limoges, Heidelberg Schlossfest, Chamberfest Cleveland, Montréal, Seoul's Ditto Festival, and most recently featured as a soloist at the 2016 Piatigorsky Cello Festival. His playing is noted for its "beautiful singing tone, lapidary technical precision, and a persuasive identification with the idiom of the music at hand." As a soloist, he performs the great works of the repertoire both old and new from concertos by Haydn, Dvorak, Elgar and Penderecki, as well as more recent works by John Williams and Christopher Theofanidis. As a recitalist the great works for cello and piano as well as the suites of J.S. Bach remain staples of his repertoire, and as one critic noted, his playing was "magnificent" and that his "technical brilliance is surpassed only by the beauty of tones he produces."

About Ilana Vered:

Ilana Vered has been heard with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Japan NHK Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.She has performed as soloist under the batons of most of the world's finest conductors, including Leopold Stokowski, Georg Solti, Zubin Mehta, Kempe, Kirill Kondrashin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo de Waart, Leonard Slatkin, Sergiu Comissiona, Conlon, Colin Davis, Kurt Sanderling, Cassadesus, Bertini, Raymond Leppard, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Atzmon, Raymond Leppard, Rodan, James Judd, Lawrence Foster, Matthias Bamert, Mariss Jansons and Vanska. Ilana Vered has been a frequent guest on television and radio, including appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and the Merv Griffin Show, as well as guest performances on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Public television stations in the USA and the BBC in the UK. In collaboration with the noted Swiss movie producer Adrian Marthaler, Vered has made a series of unusual featurelength films entitled "Looking at Music," which was telecast by the BBC, and the Arts and Entertainment and Bravo cable networks. These films are being distributed as home videos in the USA By BMG. Ilana Vered also taught master-classes and has founded three festivals, the Summerfest Series of Rutgers University, the Hamptons Summerfest, and Music Fest Perugia in Perugia, Italy, which is today the largest festival for classical young musicians in Italy.

Location

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

FIU Music Festival: World Premieres with Duo Hevans

Thursday, Nov 8, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM - English

$15 General Admission | $10 FIU Faculty/Staff/Alumni | $5 Students (with valid i.d.)

Duo Hevans, a Dutch new music chamber ensemble consisting of an unusual combination for bass clarinet (Henri Bok) and tenor saxophone (Eleri Ann Evans), makes its South Florida debut. Since its founding in 2005, an explosion of commissioned works for this particular duo sent them across the globe in a series of performances and world tours. For one night only, catch several world premieres by Henri Bok and Gregory Wanamaker at The Wertheim.

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Henri Bok is a worldwide ambassador of the bass clarinet, the instrument to which he has devoted his life as a performer, teacher (Tilburg, San Sebastián and Düsseldorf), improviser, and composer. An initiator of new chamber music ensembles (including duo Hevans with saxophonist Eleri Ann Evans) and the author of New Techniques for the Bass Clarinet, Henri Bok was made a Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion by King Willem Alexander in 2014.

Saxophonist Eleri Ann Evans completed her Ph.D. research into unconventional saxophone performance techniques at the University of Huddersfield (United Kingdom). Her research and her own performance both encompass the development of existing saxophone playing techniques and the formation of new techniques which broaden the capabilities of the instrument. She is an expert in the field of microtonality, and has given performances and lectures which incorporate the subject in North and South America, Asia, and Europe. She has formed duo Hevans, together with bass clarinettist Henri Bok, an ensemble which provides both musicians with the opportunity to progress the playing techniques of their instruments and to foster innovative single reed music with composers from around the world.

Location

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

FIU Music Festival: Tony Succar, Pablo Gil & Raices Jazz Orchestra

Friday, Nov 9, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM - English

$ 40 Meet & Greet + Concert | $15 General Admission | $10 FIU Faculty/Staff/Alumni | $5 Students (with valid i.d.).

In celebration of the FIU Music Festival and Hispanic Heritage Month, the dynamic Raices Jazz Orchestra will wow audiences with a fusion of Latin Rhythms and Big Band Jazz!Raices Jazz Orchestra (RJO) is a South Florida-based music project. This crossover powerhouse is a one-of-a-kind hybrid of “jazz meets world.” It is led by saxophonist, composer, and arranger, Dr. Pablo Gil, and percussionist, composer, producer, and FIU alumnus, Tony Succar. Both Gil and Succar perform and are featured on “Eye of the Hurricane,” the first cut of their album in production. The massively successful ’17 video release mixes youth-infused Latin big band with layers of freshly diverse percussive punches in a unique blend of tight, might, and right!

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Location

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

FIU Music Festival Closing Night: Viva España

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM - English

  • $20 General Admission
  • $15 FIU Faculty/Staff/Alumni
  • $5 Students (with valid i.d.)

The FIU Festival Orchestra presents a celebration of culture and resiliency of the Spanish people with the U.S. premiere of Fredrick Kaufman’s ‘Guernica” and other works. Esteemed guest ensemble from Spain, The Camerata Antonio Soler, and celebrated FIU pianist, Kemal Gekic, will also share the stage for this night to remember.

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About “Guernica”

In 2011, Fredrick Kaufman completed the “Guernica” Piano Concerto, a commission for the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and concert pianist, Kemal Gekic. The “Guernica” Concerto premiered and recorded in early 2013, at the famed Smetana Concert Hall in Prague.

The three-movement concerto takes it name and mood from the 1937 Pablo Picasso anti-war painting, “Guernica,” which serves as a testament to the horrors of war. It was painted as an immediate reaction to the Nazi’s bombing practice on the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. Kaufman himself, no stranger to the devastation of war upon the human spirit, was a veteran of war in the Middle East. He has written several anti-war orchestral works, such as “Dance of Death”, “Lachrymose” Cello Concerto, and his widely performed Concerto for Cello and String Orchestra, “Kaddish”. During an interview in 2013, Kaufman stated, “I feel strongly that the time is right at this wild juncture of history for an anti-war composition that not only depicts the horrors of war, but cries out for peace, love, and a positive approach to life in the future.”

About Kemal Gekic

Flamboyant, daring, provocative, exciting, seductive and sensitive are some of the words used to describe one of today’s most formidable pianists, Kemal Geki, whose playing has been acclaimed worldwide by public and critics alike. His daring approach to tone and form mark him as a maverick in the musical world, a distinction he welcomes: the very strength of his artistry challenges, provokes, intrigues.

“Geki rides the charismatic edge of genius” – R. Dyer, Boston Globe

“He is something like a general who has learned all the rules in the book and is therefore free to ignore them in the time of war” – James Roos, Miami Herald

“His playing is transcendental as well as incandescent” – John Ardoin, Dallas Morning News

Performing worldwide from a vast repertoire, Kemal Geki presents fascinating, uncompromising and ever-changing interpretations, always generating frenzied audience enthusiasm.

As a recording artist, Kemal Geki has won accolades in Europe, America and Japan for insightful, original views of the music. His outstanding Rossini-Liszt transcriptions (Naxos) won “The Rosette” of The Penguin Guide for Music, while his recording of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes (JVC) is generally considered to be the best recording of a set in history.

Born in Split, Croatia, Kemal Geki got his early training from Prof. Lorenza Baturina. He graduated the class of Prof. Jokuthon Mihailovi at the Art Academy of Novi Sad and was immediately given a faculty appointment by the piano department which he eventually directed until 1999.

Since 1999 he has been Artist-in-Residence at the Florida International University School of Music in Miami, Florida.

Location

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

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