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National Council on the Arts Member Bruce Carter Appointed Dean’s Distinguished Fellow

Brian Schriner, Dean of College of Architecture + The Arts, has appointed Bruce Allen Carter as a Dean’s Distinguished Fellow for 2014-15.

Bruce Allen Carter is an arts educator and researcher, whose work focuses on issues of creativity and the intersections of social justice and arts participation. His research has been published in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education,Journal of Research in Music Education, and Music Educators Journal, in addition to numerous invited chapters by Oxford Press. Recently, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, School of Education designated the Bruce Carter Qualitative Research Center as a place for graduate students to pursue meaningful qualitative research agendas. Carter received a B.M. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a M.M. from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from Northwestern University. In 2013, he was appointed by President Obama to serve a six year position as Council Member on the National Council on the Arts.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to participate in the dynamic work occurring at FIU, specifically CARTA. I hope to engage faculty, students, and community members in ways that foster interdisciplinary approaches to artistic process and research. I am enamored with the vision of FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios and the way it seeks to utilize community engagement, and expertise afforded by its facilities and location to be at the forefront of teaching, research, and service in art, design, performance, and communication. I hope to spotlight the amazing faculty at FIU and add my voice to a vision that is forward thinking and beneficial to Miami.

During his nine month appointment, he will produce an online publication consisting of a series of short essays , videos, and images that document multiple exchanges with the College of Architecture + The Arts. The publication will be included in new and current online courses. He will also conduct a series of lectures and panel discussions to be held both at the FIU School of Music and the Miami Beach Urban Studios throughout the academic year. The first panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, November 12th at 7:00pm in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center Recital Hall and will cover the topic “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Understanding the Creative Mind.”

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FIU School of Music Unveils Its 2014-15 Season

The FIU School of Music begins its 2014-15 season under the leadership of Interim Director Dr. William Hipp, Dean Emeritus of the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music at UM. Audiences can expect to benefit from culturally relevant programming and events that will focus on community building efforts through local partnerships, new ticket prices, and the appointment of new artist-faculty.

This season will prove to be both diverse and bustling with creativity with nearly 200 events (including performances, festivals, benefit concerts, master classes, workshops, and lectures) scheduled to take place between September and April. With the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Art Center Concert Hall leading the way as the premier venue for performances, this season will welcome world-renowned guest performers, faculty ensembles and soloists, and a vast array of star student ensembles. Concerts and events will also be performed at venues throughout Miami, including College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios on Lincoln Road, The Wolfsonian-FIU, Steinway Piano Gallery in Coral Gables, Heritage Park in the City of Sunny Isles Beach, and Pinecrest Gardens, among many others.

The FIU Chamber Players, directed by violinist Robert Davidovici, starts off the concert season on Tuesday, September 16th with a chamber musical showcase through the centuries, shortly followed by a performance by the FIU Symphony Orchestra and conductor Gzegorz Nowak on Thursday, September 18th. The Orchestral Masterworks Series will include a notable list of guest artists including conductor David Effron, conductor Mark Gibson, conductor James Judd of Miami Music Project, pianist Augustin Anievas, conductor Neil Varon, and more. On November 20, FIU violist Michael Klotz and the FIU Concert Choir will join the FIU Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Vaughan Williams’ unique choral-orchestral work, Flos Campi. This six-movement suite for orchestra, solo viola, and choir features the composer’s harmonic ingenuity and his gift for ethereal melodic development.

The Amernet String Quartet, FIU’s Ensemble-in-Residence, has a sensational season ahead featuring exciting collaborations with artists such as concert pianist Margarita Shevchenko, who will join them for a program of Russian composers during the opening concert of their season on Tuesday, September 30th. Later in their season they will be joined by pianist and Dean of FAU School of Music Heather Coltman for a program in commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance, where they will perform works by Korngold, Zeitlin, Schul, Bloch, and Weinberg at the Miami Beach Urban Studios Gallery.

The FIU GuitART Series, spearheaded by Turkish composer and classical guitarist Mesut Ozgen, offers an exciting lineup of performances by the FIU Miami Guitar Orchestra throughout the year, and will welcome Baroque specialist and internationally-acclaimed harpsichordist Anthony Newman and Flamenco dancer Karen Fuller for “Plucked Baroque” set to take place on Friday, October 3rd.

The appointment of two established, full-time faculty members, Dr. Brenton Alston and Dr. Kathryn Longo, promise to energize both the Choral Arts Department and the Wind/Percussion Department. Dr. Alston, Director of the FIU Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds, has already begun building a strong wind and percussion area and will bring together poetry and music in a tribute concert to the late Maya Angelou on October 8th. Dr. Longo will be replacing retired former Choral Director John Augenblick and will lead the FIU Choirs in a season of sacred and passionate selections beginning with Mozart and James Whitbourn’s moving work for chorus and organ, “All Shall be Amen and Alleluia” on Thursday, October 9th.  The FIU Concert Choir will also have the honor of performing Mozart’s All Saint’s Day Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Miami Beach on Friday, October 31st, which will be officiated by the Archbishop of Miami. Audiences will be further charmed by holiday programming that includes a joint performance with the FIU Choirs and Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir on November 24th and the annual performance of Handel’s glorious masterpiece, “Messiah,” to be directed by S. Mark Aliapolious on December 5th.

Beginning on Tuesday, October 7th, the Jazz at the Wertheim Series, directed by Gary Campbell, will showcase the music of FIU jazzists including trombonist Chad Bernstein and will continue with guitarist Tom Lippincott, vocalist Lisanne Lyons, Rodolfo Zuniga’s Surface Quartet, Latin Jazz Ensemble with Grammy-nominated pianist Michael Orta, among others. Celebrate FIU Homecoming Week with trumpeter James Hacker and the FIU Studio Jazz Big Band or join us for a very special appearance with Grammy-nominated jazz artist John Fedchock for an evening of original compositions on February 7th, immediately following the highly popular Festival of Jazz Bands.

The Keyboard Art Series, directed by the Coordinator of Keyboard Program Jose Lopez, will present the annual Liszt Festival on October 18-19. The first of its kind in South Florida, the festival is dedicated to advancing knowledge about the great Romantic Hungarian pianist and composer Franz Liszt and is sponsored by the South Florida chapter of the American Liszt Society at FIU. The festival will feature FIU powerhouse and Miami International Piano Festival favorite Kemal Gekic, along with other FIU faculty, the FIU Symphony Orchestra, and graduate students from FIU, UM, and Lynn Conservatory. Piano aficionados will appreciate the variety of guest artists appearing on this series, including Steinway artist Michael Boyd, South Florida favorite Martha Marchena, University of South Florida’s Svetozar Ivanov, and more throughout the season.

Mark your calendars for February 21 and 22 for the much anticipated annual production of FIU Opera Theatre. This year, Vocal Studies Coordinator Robert Dundas will direct L’Etoile, an “operá bouffe” in three acts by Emmanuel Chabrier. Featuring disguise and deception, astrologers and ambassadors, peddlers and lovers, this whimsical opera tells the story of King Ouf who is on the search for a suitable subject to execute as a birthday gift to himself. Or immerse yourself in a performance of “One Voice, Many Nations,” a musical theatre showcase that traces the lineage of the Broadway musical to its European roots. Musical direction will be provided by Steven Chirucel from UCF’s Department of Theatre.

This spring, the New Music Miami ISCM Festival welcomes an array of innovative and well-known composers and performers from all over the globe in celebration of its 19th successful season. This contemporary music festival, founded by the former Director of the School of Music, provides exciting performances along with master classes and panel discussions with the invited guest artists. The distinctive character of his music has been described as “time suspended-haunting sonic explorations” developed from studies with Morton Feldman. Festival highlights include the performance of the FIU Symphony Orchestra and renowned guest violinist Jennifer Choi as they perform Peter Paul Koprowski’s Podhal and the world premiere of Orlando Jacinto Garcia’s Violin Concerto on January 30.

Other artists in upcoming concerts include cellist Charles Kurtis, FIU School of Music alumni composers, violinist Mari Kimura, flutist Robert Dick, and performances by the FIU NODUS Ensemble, the Fonema Consort Ensemble, the Bugallo-Williams Duo, and the Amernet String Quartet with pianist Amy Williams.

In addition to a very active performance calendar, over 60 master classes by esteemed musicians and scholars expect to find their way to the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center, all of which are free and open to the public. An exciting partnership with the Friends of Chamber Music of Miami will result in the creation of a Distinguished Artist Master Class Series, which will include highly sought after performers such as violinist James Ehnes, pianists Joseph Kalichstein and Steven Hough, violists Roberto Diaz and Richard O’Neill, and cellist Williiam DeRosa. Details to be announced in October.

In effort to support local arts initiatives, students 18 and under are now able to purchase Miami Youth Tickets for only $5. Student discount rates are also available to individuals attending a college or university who are under the age of 26 with a valid I.D.


 

For more details about the season, contact the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center Box Office for information at 305-348-0496 or visit music.fiu.edu/performances.

Listen to our season announcement on WLRN, by clicking here.

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FIU/ASCAP Spanish Songwriters Workshop to benefit FIU students


Brian Schriner, Dean of FIU College of Architecture + The Arts, is proud to announce the College has partnered with the New York, Los Angeles, and Miami offices of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) to offer a two-day songwriting workshop open to all currently enrolled FIU students. The workshop will be led by three of Miami’s leading bilingual songwriters along with industry veteran Karl Avanzini facilitating the workshop at the Miami Beach Urban Studios Gallery on November 3 and 4.

“The partnership provides our students with yet another opportunity to work alongside distinguished songwriters, composers, and producers,” stated Dean Schriner.

The intensive, tuition-free workshop will be offered in Spanish and is designed to focus on the development and education of promising new songwriters. As part of the collaboration, a panel of artist-faculty from the FIU School of Music will select six aspiring student musicians to partake in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The panel will include the Director of Music Business and Music Management Programs Karen Fuller and Director of the Jazz Vocal Program Lisanne Lyons.

Chosen participants will have an opportunity to work collectively and privately with professional songwriters to develop original works as well as participate in a music business seminar which will cover areas such as marketing, copyright, and publishing. This year’s workshop will be led by Latin Grammy winners Yoel Henriquez and Fernando Osorio, along with Latin pop hitmaker Jorge Luís Piloto.

According to Interim Director of FIU School of Music Dr. William Hipp, “Miami has long been a fertile ground for songwriters and the recording industry, and ASCAP’s commitment demonstrates very special support for the next generation of hit-makers.”

The workshop will conclude with a private reception in the Miami Beach Urban Studios Main Gallery, where the students will perform their new works for music producers and invited guests. Afterwards, each student will receive a Certificate of Completion.

How to apply: Writers interested in applying to the ASCAP/FIU Spanish Music Songwriters Workshop should submit the following information electronically to music@fiu.edu; Panther I.D., a brief biography including address, phone number, and e-mail address, and MP3s of two (2) original songs with lyric sheets. The subject line must include: “ASCAP Songwriting Workshop.” If selected, participants must be able to attend all sessions at the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios on 420 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL. The submission deadline is October 15th.

 About Karl Avanzini 

Karl Avanzini has been the Director of Creative Affairs, Latin Membership East Coast at ASCAP for over a decade.  He is responsible for signing most of ASCAP’s successful songwriters and has served as panelist, creator, and educator in the music industry. He is well-known for his artist showcases during the Billboard Latin Awards including Enrique Iglesias, Kany Garcia, LENA, Debi Nova, Nahuel, Daniel Santacruz, Victor Manuelle, and many others.

 About ASCAP

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 500,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers of every kind of music. Through agreements with affiliated international societies, ASCAP also represents hundreds of thousands of music creators worldwide. ASCAP is the only US performing rights organization created and controlled by composers, songwriters and music publishers, with a Board of Directors elected by and from members.

ASCAP is home to the greatest names in American music, past and present — from Duke Ellington to Katy Perry, from George Gershwin to Jay-Z, from Leonard Bernstein to Beyoncé, from Marc Anthony to Alan Jackson, from Henry Mancini to Hans Zimmer — as well as many thousands of writers in the earlier stages of their careers across the entire musical spectrum. Members are individuals who make their living writing music. There are many steps between creation and compensation; a music creator is like a small business, and ASCAP exists to ensure members are paid promptly and fairly when their compositions are performed publicly.

 

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“Bossa Nova Sinfonico” wins at 17th Annual Brazilian International Press Awards, nominated for Latin Grammy

Congratulations to Associate Professor of Jazz Michael Orta and Assistant Professor of Jazz Jamie Ousley, who received a Latin Grammy nomination for the CD “Bossa Nova Sinfonico.” The CD also won the “Best CD of the Year” at the prestigious 2014 Brazilian Press Awards.

The CD features the incredible talents of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica as well as vocalist Rose Max, guitarist Ramatis Moraes, pianist Michael Orta, bassist Jamie Ousley, drummer Carlomagno Araya, and maestro Jeremy Fox. Its 2013 premier in Costa Rica was quickly followed by a whirlwind tour throughout Central America, Mexico, and the United States. Last January, South Florida audiences were treated to a performance at FIU’s Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center featuring these local favorites alongside the FIU Symphony Orchestra.

bossanovasinfonicoAccording to Michael Orta, “The objective of the making of this CD was to share Bossa Nova and Antonio Carlos Jobim’s music with the rest of the world. The music of Jobim is timeless and classic, and to bring it together with the Symphony Orchestra from Costa Rica was a perfect combination. To receive both a Grammy nomination and to win the Brazilian Press Award, along with my colleague Jamie Ousley, is an honor.”

 

Click here to view photos from the 2013-14 performance at the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center.

Click here to learn more about “Bossa Nova Sinfonico.”

 

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Former Director of the School of Music Joins Miami Beach Urban Studios as Composer-in-Residence

Evan Northup from Miami Beach Urban Studios writes about composer Orlando Garcia’s move to this hip, urban space on Lincoln Road.

Dr. Garcia recently retired from the post of Director of FIU’s School of Music after a hugely successful tenure of four and a half years. In a whirlwind tour of global music, Garcia spent the early part of summer of 2014 in residence at MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, where he completed two chamber works, one for premiere in Assisi, Italy in July (Suono Sacro ensemble) and the other for premiere in Madrid, Spain in November (Nuevo Ensemble de Segovia). Then he traveled to Elba, Italy, where he was been writing a new work for piano duo (Bugallo Williams Piano Duo). From Elba, he journeyed back to Assisi for the Suono Sacro Festival to conduct the premiere of the work written at the MacDowell Colony.

Garcia frequently spends his summer months composing and traveling, as in 2013 he spent time at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation Center in Umbria, Italy. The foundation offered a grant to Dr. Garcia to create a new work for the Miami Symphony Orchestra and the Latin American String Quartet called “Towards the Light into the Numinous,” which is dedicated to the memory of his late wife, Catherine, and is scheduled to premiere in the 2014-2015 season. The residency was a series of four six-week sessions that were held in a 15th century castle which allows a community of 12-14 accomplished artists, writers, and composers to engage in robust dialogue and to refresh one’s work.

For the rest of this summer and the upcoming fall semester, Dr. Garcia will be continuing his world music tour with a three week Artist- in-Residency in Tuscany for the Festival in Assisi (July – Sacred Sounds), conducting a premier in New Hampshire, and offering research assignments, lectures, and concerts in Mexico, Poland, Spain, and the West Coast of the United States. One of his other exciting projects will be when he visits upstate New York’s Millay Colony in August to work on an interdisciplinary opera that will be a cultural collaboration, and which will include creative input by Chair of Art History Jacek Kolasinksi, Associate Professor of Architecture Eric Goldemberg, and Professor of English Campbell McGrath, as well as MBUS’s own Director, John Stuart.

After his thrilling and extensive schedule for the summer and fall, Dr. Garcia will begin his time at the Miami Beach Urban Studios in the spring semester. One of his main goals is to incorporate the New Music Miami Festival (which he created and continues to oversee) into the MBUS programming schedule, and hold approximately ten to twelve concerts over the Spring academic term. In his words, “as the composer in residence at our Miami Beach Urban Studios I will be creating and curating new works to be presented at the Studios by our faculty, students, and guest artists and ensembles, bringing additional visibility to the space while continuing my work as a composer nationally and internationally.”

We are incredibly excited and honored to welcome Dr. Garcia into our creative and innovative space here at MBUS, and we look forward to the inspirational vision and work he will achieve.

For more information on Dr. Garcia and his calendar of events, please click here.

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Choral Director Dr. Kathryn K. Longo to join FIU School of Music faculty

Dr. Kathryn K. Longo is the newly appointed Coordinator of Choral Studies at Florida International University’s School of Music where she will conduct the Concert Choir and Master Chorale, in addition to teaching undergraduate conducting courses. Since moving to Miami in 2011, Dr. Longo worked as a clinician in many South Florida schools, conducted honor choirs in Broward and Collier counties, sang with the Miami Bach Society and Temple Bet Shira, and has held positions with Miami Children’s Chorus and South Florida Singing Sons.

 

Where are you from?
I grew up in Newport, RI. In recent years I have enjoyed living in a variety of places including Miami, Oregon, New York City, and Connecticut.

 

 

What brought you to FIU?
I first learned about the FIU music program when I moved South Florida in 2011 to pursue my doctorate at the University of Miami. I was fortunate to meet several members of the FIU music faculty and learn about the many programs offered at the School of Music. Prior to pursuing my graduate studies, I attended and taught at public schools. I strongly believe in the importance of training teachers and musicians to give back to their communities and promote the arts locally, as well as nationally and internationally. FIU’s mission and philosophy strongly align with that belief. When a position opened in the choral department, I knew that was where I wanted to be. I am thrilled to be joining this dynamic department and I look forward to bringing my experience and perspectives to FIU.

 

 

What would you like to accomplish at FIU?
It is my goal to develop the choral program in several capacities. First, it is my intent to encourage excellent student performance and creativity through our choral rehearsals and concerts. It is very important to me to reach out to the larger university community and encourage as many singers as possible to become a part of our choruses. I strongly believe in the power of ensemble singing and I hope to encourage students from any discipline to join us and make choral music a part of their life at FIU. Finally, I am very committed to training young musicians to be musical leaders and skillful conductors. I am looking forward to working with the other ensemble conductors at FIU to train undergraduate and graduate conductors in the art of gesture and ensemble leadership.

 

 

 

What do you think the FIU community should know about your department?
The choral and vocal department is open to anyone interested in singing! You do not need to be a music major to participate in choral music at FIU. We currently have five choral ensembles, two of which are open to anyone in the Miami community! Our Master Chorale meets on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus on Monday nights at 7 pm and our University Chorale meets on the Biscayne Bay Campus on Tuesday nights at 7pm. Singing is a great way to meet people and be a part of a creative community!

 

 

 

It looks like you have ambitious plans for this year’s choirs. What events are you most looking forward to?
I am really looking forward to the diversity of the concerts we are presenting this year¬. Our singers will perform a wide variety of music with different ensembles including the FIU Orchestra and Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir. I am most looking forward to our two choral festivals. This fall, we will present the FIU Choral and Vocal Arts Festival. This two day event will bring together area high school choirs to perform together, and give local teachers and conductors an opportunity to participate in a conducting master class with the FIU Concert Choir. In the spring, we will join with the University of Miami and Miami-Dade Community College for the first annual South Florida Collegiate Choral Festival. Both of these events will give FIU students the chance to perform for fellow musicians and community members, and to collaborate with choral musicians from throughout Miami-Dade.

 

To read more about Dr. Kathryn K. Longo, click here.

To find out more about our ensembles, click here.

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Faculty Spotlight: Conductor Dr. Brenton Alston

Dr. Brenton F. Alston was appointed to the position of Visiting Instructor of Symphonic Conducting for the 2013-14 academic term. Following a national search for the permanent faculty appointment, Dr. Alston was awarded a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Music position at the FIU School of Music. He conducts the FIU Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds, in addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate conducting and courses in Wind Repertoire.

 

Where are you from?

I grew up in Washington, D.C. and College Park, Georgia.

 

What brought you to FIU?

I have been aware of the FIU School of Music ever since 2001, when I arrived in Miami to pursue my DMA at the University of Miami with Professor Gary Green. I would frequently come to concerts with colleagues and was always intrigued by the performances. Finally, after many years, the universe unfolded as it does and afforded me this amazing opportunity. I am a happy beyond words to be working at the School of Music.

 

What is your experience so far working with the FIU students and faculty?

I am imbued by the dedication of the students and faculty. Here, an amazingly diverse populous of students come to FIU with an infectious passion for music. It is a pure joy to share, in rehearsals, lecture classes, coaching sessions and private lessons, the dreams and fancies of composers works, and then discover how we will go about realizing them. I have found the faculty to be exceptional colleagues that are eager to support each other in our efforts to prepare future musicians. I am so lucky to have such a valued colleague as Professor Barry Bernhardt whom I get to work with side by side every day. Professor Bernhardt and myself are constantly seeking the most effective ways together, to teach and inspire our students in the wind and percussion areas.

 

What is your primary goal at FIU?

I have many goals at FIU. First, I will continue to build a strong wind and percussion area by increasing our numbers of students. Secondly, I would love to start a commissioning/recording project for the wind ensemble and chamber winds. Third, I am looking forward to helping the wind ensemble and chamber winds achieve a greater regional, national and international presence. Finally, I must continue to build a strong studio of young conductors, who will graduate and do important work for our profession.

 

It looks like you have an ambitious plans for next years concert series. What would you like to tell us about the about the concert series you have entitled “Travelogue?”

I have always been inspired by poetry and music. With the recent passing of Dr. Maya Angelou, I sought for a meaningful way to pay tribute to her legacy and bring together poetry and music in performances for our students and community. One day while walking, I remembered a lyric, “ your life becomes a travelogue, of picture-postcard charms,” from Joni Mitchell’s Amelia, and the concert series began to take shape. I chose to focus on the music and poetry from many different regions: France, England, New England, China, Japan and the unknown area of outer space and the inner depths of our own soul. This concert series is filled with inspired music from amazing composers. I honestly cannot wait to begin rehearsals. Our first performance will be at the Herbert and Nicole Performing Arts Center Concert Hall on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 7:30pm.

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South Florida Classical Review rewards Amernet with glowing critique at Mainly Mozart Festival

Writer and music consultant Lawrence Budmen offers this critique of FIU’s ensemble-in-residence the Amernet String Quartet at the annual Mainly Mozart Festival in Coral Gables.

The Amernet String Quartet chose rarely performed works by Mozart, Dvorak and Webern rather than chamber music warhorses for their annual visit to the Mainly Mozart Festival on Sunday. Playing in peak form, Florida International University’s ensemble in residence produced an evenly balanced, rounded sonority in the difficult acoustic of the Biltmore Hotel’s Danielson Gallery in Coral Gables.

Anton Webern was one of the pillars of the Second Viennese School, the leading proponents of atonality as the bold future of 20th-century music. Like his mentor Schoenberg, however, his artistic roots were steeped in romanticism. Webern’s Langsamer Satz, written in 1905 and published only after the composer’s death, opens with a gorgeous violin melody that could have come right out of a tone poem by Richard Strauss. Misha Vitenson played it with a heavy bow, producing a big, enveloping sound. Michael Klotz’s more restrained viola solo was no less intense. The section where the violin plays high harmonics over the viola melody was particularly striking.

Dvorak’s String Quartet in D minor, Op. 34 is an early work and uncharacteristically dark in tone.  The Amernet captured the underlying turbulence beneath the opening Czech melody and navigated the curving melodic lines of the first movement’s two subsidiary themes adroitly. Marcia Littley’s sonority has grown in depth and presence, and she filled Dvorak’s unusually prominent second violin part with keen skill and fine tone. The performance gradually accumulated power throughout the opening Allegro with the brusque ending an emphatic surprise.

The quartet’s unanimity and accuracy came through strongly in the Polka and Scherzo, the players capturing the dance rhythm while allowing the music’s folk infused strains to unfold organically. In the nostalgic Adagio Vitenson encompassed the lengthy solo with silvery tonal hues, the sound never turning harsh even when he played at full force. After three movements of subtle musicianship, the players really let go in the Poco allegro finale, attacking the music with bite and bringing a driving, harder-edged sound to the country dances.

Mozart’s Divertimento in E-flat Major, K. 563 is a six movement, nearly forty-five minute work for string trio that only receives occasional performances in its entirety. Individual movements are sometimes programmed as stand-alone pieces.

Vitenson, Klotz and cellist Jason Calloway collaborated on a classically scaled performance, the terraced dynamics never reaching extremes of loudness or softness. Taking the long measure of the score, the opening and closing movements were played at a relaxed pace and the players infused the score with the ideal salon aura.

To read the full article, click here.

To see Mainly Mozart Festival’s list of performances and featured artists, click here.

To read more about the quartet, click here.

 

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FIU News: Miami Summer Music Festival attracts students from around the world

Originally posted by FIU Media Relations Officer Lilyvania Mikulski.

 

More than 150 students from leading music schools, universities and conservatories around the world will call FIU home, while they live on campus and participate in the Miami Summer Music Festival, a collaboration between the FIU School of Music and Michael Rossi, a conductor and the festival’s founder and artistic director.

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Miami Summer Music Festival’s founder and artistic director Michael Rossi

“We in the School of Music are delighted to be the host institution for this new and important undertaking by Michael Rossi, which interfaces ideally with our continuing role as a cultural and educational resource for South Florida and beyond,” said Bill Hipp, FIU School of Music’s interim director.

The festival will run from June 9 to July 6, 2014 at FIU’s School of Music at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus in southwest Miami-Dade.

“To be able to work closely with Florida International University School of Music in creating the Miami Summer Music Festival is a great experience,” said Rossi. “The facilities and support of university are exceptional, and I’m positive that students will return home full of praise for both the university and the festival.”

The summer program will focus on three areas— opera, piano and orchestra. Students will have the opportunity to train with leading artists including American baritone Sherrill Milnes; American pianist Agustin Anievas; the Amernet String Quartet; members of the Philadelphia Orchestra; and leading international artists and teachers from the Miami area, as well as FIU faculty members.

As part of the program, students will host public performances at FIU’s Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center and throughout the Miami area. Highlights include fully-staged opera productions of Puccini’s Suor Angelica; two Mozart operas, Le nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte; three symphony concerts; a special concert featuring winners of the festival’s concerto competition; chamber music performances; and piano recitals. Also, master classes by Sherrill Milnes and Agustin Anievas will be offered to the public at no charge.

For a complete listing of artists, concerts and performance dates and locations, visit www.miamisummermusicfestival.com.

Media contact: Ian Campbell, 619-379-0180

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FIU News: Up close with music educator Cathy Benedict

FIU News staff writer Joel Delgado speaks with Assistant Professor of Music Education Cathy Benedict.

 

Name: Cathy Benedict

Hometown: I grew up in Denver and taught music in Colorado then lived and taught music in New York City for over 15 years.

Job Title/Department: Assistant Professor – Coordinator of Undergraduate Music Education (Music and Performing Arts, CARTA)

Campus: MMC

In a nutshell: I help students think with great care about what it means to educate young people in and through music. I essentially work with those FIU students who want to be music teachers after they graduate. My particular focus is music with elementary ages, but I also teach the music and special needs class, and graduate courses – including music psychology and curriculum development

Number of years at FIU: This is my third year and I love being here. I love Miami!

What do you enjoy most about your job?: I know this sounds like a typical teacher, but my engagements with the students bring me great joy! I love their willingness to think and take risks and consider how innovation and creativity can and should be part of their everyday teaching.

What do you think students and your fellow faculty/staff should know about your department?:  First, the music department at FIU is filled with unbelievably talented professors. We have major thinkers in their respective fields and we have major performers who are well known throughout the world. Second, we have a university-wide choir that meets on Monday nights that anyone can join and you don’t even have to audition – just register for MUN1380/3383. Which means there is no reason everyone shouldn’t be singing!

 

For the complete article, click here.

For more information about the music education program, click here.

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Former dean of UM Frost School of Music William Hipp appointed interim director

Dean Emeritus of the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music William Hipp has been appointed interim director of FIU’s School of Music for the 2014-15 academic year.

During his twenty-four year tenure as dean at the University of Miami, the Frost School grew in enrollment, selectivity, and added a number of strategically important graduate degree programs. The school also established several international exchange programs, constructed two new facilities, and raised over one hundred million dollars.

Already familiar with the FIU community, Dr. Hipp has been serving as the special consultant to Dean Brian Schriner since 2012. “Dr. Hipp is a proven leader. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the position. I couldn’t be more pleased by his decision to join the FIU School of Music,” said Brian Schriner, dean of College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA).

Following his retirement as dean at UM in 2007, he served as interim dean of the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific (2007-09) and interim director of the School of Music at the University of South Florida (2010-11). He is currently a board member of several national, state, and local arts-related foundations and organizations. Among numerous awards in recognition of his accomplishments, he was conferred the title of Cavaliere by the Republic of Italy, the Amicus Poloniae Award by the Republic of Poland, the Diploma de Honor by the Organization of American States and a number of lifetime achievement awards. In January of 2002, he was inducted into the Florida Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.

“I am honored to have the privilege of serving the faculty and students of the School of Music in this interim capacity and to have the opportunity to assist the school to move forward in pursuit of its mission, goals, and aspirations,” Hipp stated.

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2013-14 concert season closes with Grammy-winning percussionist Ignacio Berroa

The FIU School of Music closes out its 2013-14 concert season with “Afro-Cuban Jazz and Beyond” featuring Grammy-winning percussionist Ignacio Berroa for a lecture-performance set to take place on Friday, April 25th from 7:30pm until 9:30pm at the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Presented in collaboration with the Cuban Research Institute, WDNA, and the Cuban-American Student Organization (CASO), the event will include a special presentation that covers 400 years of Afro-Cuban and Cuban music, followed by a trio performance with pianist Martin Bejerano and bassist Armando Gola.

 

International drum star Ignacio Berroa has been recognized by many as one of the greatest drummers of our time. His numerous contributions to the American music scene have earned him a place among a very select group of artists known to have set new musical trends for the 20th century. Described by Jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie as “The only Latin drummer in the world and in the history of American music that intimately knows both worlds; his native Afro-Cuban music as well as jazz…”

 

Over the last 40 years Mr. Berroa has been major protagonist of an era in which historic and political conditions greatly influenced the music in both Cuba and the United States. His first-hand knowledge includes the musical legacy of both his father and grandfather, making this presentation uniquely historical. Berroa has developed an audiovisual-teaching program that shows the evolution of Afro-Cuban music and its fusion with Jazz. His main purpose is to educate American musicians, while keeping the legacy of the great masters alive. Artist information available by click here.

 

Click here to watch Ignacio Berroa in performance

 

Tickets are $10 for FIU students; $15 FIU Faculty/Staff & /Alumni/Non-FIU Students; and $20 general public. Tickets are available by calling 305-348-0496, at the door, or by clicking here.

 

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Faculty Spotlight: guitarist-composer Mesut Özgen

According to Classical Guitar Magazine of England, Mesut Özgen is a “highly accomplished and exciting player who gets the most out of the music he plays” and whose works show the deep influence of traditional Turkish music. Critically acclaimed as “stunningly versatile and expressive” by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Özgen has been busy with concertizing, recording, composing, conducting, and teaching.

Dr. Özgen joined the faculty of Florida International University in the fall of 2013 as director of guitar studies and the FIU Guitar Ensemble. He has performed and taught master classes throughout the United States, Spain, and Turkey and was the director of guitar studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz from 1998-2013.

 

What brought you to FIU?

I have been on a journey since I decided to change my professional carrier from medicine to music. So, it started in my native Turkey and arrived to Miami through Cordoba, Spain; New Haven, Connecticut; Tempe, Arizona; and Santa Cruz, California. I really enjoyed working as a doctor, but my heart was in music. I spent the last fifteen years building a reputable guitar program  at the University of California, Santa Cruz, but when I visited Miami in March 2013, I met several great musicians, including Orlando Garcia, Rafael Padron, Carlos Molina, and Carlos Rafael Rivera at the FIU School of Music. I was very impressed with the variety of opportunities offered to music students and I was already familiar with the reputation of the wonderful music faculty.

 

What is your experience so far working with FIU students and faculty?

I am impressed with music students’ dedication to learning all the intricacies of their art, and was not only impressed with the incredibly high qualities of the music faculty, but also their support and interest in the collaborations. I already scheduled a concert to perform some of my music with great faculty musicians such as the Amernet String Quartet members (violinists Misha Vitenson and Marcia Littley, violist Michael Klotz, and cellist Jason Calloway), tenor Robert B. Dundas, pianist Kemal Gekic, and flutist Elissa Lakofsky next year. I feel also extremely lucky to be working with Dr. David Dolata, who directs the early music ensemble, the FIU Collegium Musicum. I feel very thankful to all faculty members for their support for me personally and for their contribution to music in general. Each one of them has uniquely wonderful qualities.

 

What is your primary goal at FIU?

Well, building a strong guitar program is my primary goal. Accomplishing this requires mainly a dedication to students, as well as attracting quality students dedicated to music. I think current guitar students have been responding to my high level expectations very positively so far. Besides, I have already received applications from very accomplished students to study with me at FIU. I have also plans to involve high school guitar students and amateur guitar players from the community in the guitar orchestra activities.

 

This brings us to the FIU Miami Guitar Orchestra. It looks like you have ambitious plans for your next concert. What would you like to tell us about the guitar orchestra?

Yes, this is an important part of building a full-fledged guitar program. I have had great success with my previous guitar orchestra in Santa Cruz, California. We were invited to play concerts in various venues and festivals. To my surprise, the guitar students at FIU already adapted their playing in a large ensemble very successfully. During the spring 2014 semester, I began to expand the ensemble with the addition of other instruments, such as saxophone and voice. There will even be further additions next year, so we can explore a wider range of repertoire. I already have a great number of compositions in the repertoire, including new works for the guitar orchestra that I commissioned from renowned composers such as Benjamin Verdery, Jack Vees, Phil Collins, and Christopher Pratorius. I will direct the FIU Guitar Miami Guitar Orchestra in an exciting performance at the Herbert and Nicole Performing Arts Center Concert Hall on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 7:30pm.

To read more about Mesut Özgen, click here.

 
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WLRN highlights the FIU Complaint Choir in the Power of Design festival

Complaints Choirs are trending all over the globe. Helsinki. Birmingham. St. Petersberg. And now Miami.

Earlier this year, the Director of the FIU Choirs Mark Aliapoulios was approached by Regina Bailey, Assistant Director of  Academic Initiatives at The Wolfsonian-FIU about forming a “Complaints Choir” to perform at the opening of their festival, “The Power of Design 2014: Complaints.” Mr. Aliapoulios stated, “not only would this be a lot of fun for the students, but it would be a fantastic outreach opportunity for the School of Music and the FIU Concert Choir.” He was given a list of 500 complaints and their possible solutions compiled by the FIU Honors College and went to work on fashioning a piece of music that incorporated his favorite complaints to the rhythm of the Columbian folk tune “Prende la Vela.”

According to Regina Bailey, “This collaboration makes sense. The Wolfsonian always try to showcase the brightest of FIU’s music students to the community. Since the complaints have been collected from FIU students across campus, it stands to reason that FIU students should be showcased in this event.”

What is a complaints choir? It is simply a choir that sings complaints. Only this time, the nature of the complaints is solution-oriented. “The Power of Design” is not a gripe fest. Instead, it’s a solutions think tank, ” said Cathy Leff, The Wolfsonian’s Director. “The theme of complaints allows us to connect a way of interpreting our collection to the issues and events of our time and to engage in a conversation with and about our community.” The festival is presented by The Wolfsonian-FIU and WLRN in partnership with the Miami Herald, with $200,000 in support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Audiences will be able to hear the FIU Complaints Choir sing at the opening of The Wolfsonian’s exhibit on Thursday, March 20th at 7pm and 8pm. Free admission.

To see the FIU Complaint Choir during rehearsal, click here.

WLRN’s Christine Dimattei stopped by to find out more about the choir. To read the story, click here.

 

 

 

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Partnership with The Johnny Mercer Foundation to result in annual $20,000 scholarship fund

The Florida International University’s School of Music moves full steam ahead with an array of arts education initiatives by partnering with organizations such as the National String Project Consortium, the Miami Music Project, and most recently, The Johnny Mercer Foundation. These partnerships are all aimed at improving the lives of K-12 public school children, in addition to offering professional development and scholarship opportunities for FIU School of Music students.

The collaboration between The Johnny Mercer Foundation and the FIU School of Music will result in an annual scholarship fund of $20,000 dollars for Music Education Masters candidates through The Johnny Mercer Fellows in Music Education Program. Student beneficiaries of the program will be responsible for implementing educational curriculum throughout Miami-Dade County Public Schools using “Accentuate the Positive”, a student activity guide that explains how a song is born, how music and lyrics are conceived and written, and how these songs reflect our passions and ideals. According to educator Patrick Schmidt, “The fellowship program will serve as a crucial element leading to the implementation of instructional materials, professional opportunities for music and language arts teachers, and the development of innovative curricular opportunities.” 

To learn more about The Johnny Mercer Fellows Foundation, contact Patrick Schmidt at pschmi@fiu.edu.

Click here to download the “Accentuate the Positive” activity guide.

 

"Accentuate the Positive" professional development workshop

“Accentuate the Positive” professional development workshop

JMF FIU students

FIU student Luciano Alberto using the “Accentuate the Positive” curriculum in MDCPS

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Alumni return to perform on the New Music Miami Festival Series

Ashley Nicole Garcia, Esq., Coordinator of Advancement and Alumni Relations, writes about the upcoming Alumni Composers Concert at the Patricia & Philip Frost Art Museum, a continuation of the New Music Miami Festival this season.

On Thursday, March 6th at 7:30 pm, the New Music Miami Festival will host the “Welcome Back! FIU Alumni Composers Concert” at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Art Museum. The FIU NODUS Ensemble will perform music written entirely by the following FIU School of Music alumni composers:

  • David Mendoza ‘08, “Remembrance and Ghosts of Fukushima”
  • Jeff Herriott ’99, “At the Whim of the Current”
  • Pablo Chin ’06, “Retrato del Gran Pajaro Feo”
  • Federico Bonacossa ‘13, “Anoesis for Solo Piano”
  • Juan Pablo Carreño ‘05, “Ciudad Vacia”

These composers are not participating because they have to, but because they want to. The concert will “[forge] a strong sense of new music community around FIU. It is an opportunity to learn about what other colleagues are doing in their professional careers, and to share our work with the current students and faculty,” says Pablo Chin. As a concert that strives to pay homage to some of the College’s most successful graduates, it “also represents a valuable recognition to our current work, and thus it is an important motivation to keep creating music.”

The talented group share not only an alma mater, but a deep and abiding respect for that institution. It is a hallmark of FIU that many alumni have a strong connection with their faculty members, one that does not diminish over time, and these graduates are no different. Jeff Herriott vividly remembers an incident in 1998, when he traveled to Toronto with School of Music Director Dr. Orlando Garcia (then Herriott’s composition teacher). Herriott’s performance went “terribly,” as he recalls, and after a day of sitting despondently in his hotel room, Dr. Garcia took him out to get a drink, acting not just as a teacher, but as friend, encouraging a student in need of support. Although “Dr. Garcia has a reputation for being tough and demanding as a teacher, and he is and was,” Herriott recalls, “I’ll never forget how helpful he was for me that occasion.”

There will be a composer’s forum on Friday, March 7th, 2014 at 12:00 pm in WPAC 150, where composers from the concert will be in attendance. The event is free to attend, and visitors can park in the Gold Parking Garage across the street from the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center.

For more information about this event, please contact the School of Music Box Office at wpac.fiu.edu or 305.348.0496305.348.0496.

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FIU Opera Theater to present Kurt Weill’s masterpiece “Street Scene”

Kurt Weill’s American masterpiece “Street Scene” will be presented by the FIU Opera Theater on March 1st and 2nd.

Drawn from the 1929 Pulitzer prize-winning play by Elmer Rice, it garnered Weill his first Tony Award for Best Original Score.  A blending of operatic arias and ensembles, musical comedy songs and dances, and extraordinary emotional drama, “Street Scene” is Weill’s most frequently performed American stage work. Weill, who was an immigrant to America much like the characters in “Street Scene”, was emotionally committed to the music that portrayed the everyday romances, squabbles, and tensions between the Maurrant family and their neighbors in the East side of Manhattan in New York.

“Street Scene” is being performed by members of the FIU Opera Workshop, actors from the FIU Theatre Department and members of the community, including children from the theatre program at Espinosa Academy and Conchita Espinosa Conservatory of the Arts. Leading roles will be sung by soprano Sarah Payne as Anna Maurrant, bass-baritone Darren Littman as her husband Frank, and soprano Evelyn Saavedra as their daughter Rose. Tenor Scott Tripp plays Rose’s neighbor and love interest, Sam Kaplan. The children include Tatiana Perez,9, Gabriela Garcia-Urbay,10, Elise Lopez,10, Nicole Medina,11, and Julian Perez,12. They have acted and sang under the direction of Loly Lopez for several years now and have been in productions such as “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Little Mermaid”. With over 85 performers in the cast, it will be the largest FIU Opera Theater production to date.

Robert B. Dundas, the Director of the FIU Opera Workshop, is the stage manager for the production. Musical direction is provided by Conductor Grzegorz Nowak who will direct the FIU Symphony Orchestra. The opera will be presented in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert Hall on Saturday, March 1st at 7:30pm and Sunday, March 2nd at 3:00pm. Audiences for the Saturday performance will be treated to a pre-event lecture at 7:10 pm by Weill scholar Joel Galand on the genesis and early reception history of “Street Scene”.

Tickets to the production are $5-15 and are available at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center Box Office,  at wpac.fiu.edu, or by calling 305-348-0496. More information is available online by clicking here.

 

FIU Opera Workshop rehearses "Ice Cream Sextet"

FIU Opera Workshop rehearses “Ice Cream Sextet”

The FIU Opera Workshop rehearses  with the FIU Symphony

FIU Opera Workshop students rehearse with the FIU Symphony Orchestra

 

Rehearsal with the FIU Symphony

Rehearsal with the FIU Symphony

 

 

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New Music Miami Festival welcomes renowned artists for its 18th season

The New Music Miami Festival welcomes an array of innovative and well-known composers and performers from all over the globe in celebration of its 18th successful season. The festival, founded by the Director of the School of Music Orlando Jacinto Garcia, provides exciting performances along with master classes and panel discussions with the invited guest artists.

 

The festival opened with pianist Keith Kirchoff whose playing has been described as a “virtuosic tour de force” on January 17th with a performance on Lincoln Road at the College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios Gallery and then continued with the premiere of “New Miami Sound” by famed Polish conductor-composer Krzesimir Debski at the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center two weeks later.

 

On Saturday, February 8th at 7:30pm, audiences will delight in an eclectic program to be presented by bass clarinetist and composer Evan Ziporyn formerly of Bang on a Can All-Stars at the Patricia & Philip Frost Art Museum. The ensemble was awarded the Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year in 2005 and have been heralded as “the country’s most important vehicle for contemporary music” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Ziporyn will perform selections from his collaborations with MIT-educated composer Christine Southworth entitled “In My Mind and In My Car”. Click here to listen.

 

Other artists in upcoming concerts include FIU composers Jacob Sudol & Chen-Hui Jen, Pulitizer prize-winning composer Bernard Rands, El Nuevo Ensemble de Segovia, percussionist Nathan Davis, composer Koji Nakano, FIU School of Music alumni composers, and performances by FIU’s new music ensembles and the Amernet String Quartet.

For an overview of the Miami Music Festival, click here.

For more on this season’s schedule, click here.

For tickets, click here.

 

 

 

 

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Accentuate the Postive with The Johnny Mercer Foundation

The Johnny Mercer Foundation and the FIU School of Music have co-partnered to present “Accentuate the Positive Workshop: Enriching your Language Arts and Music Programs through Lyric Writing” on Saturday, February 1st from 8:30 AM until 12:00 PM. The workshop is intended to be the first step towards developing a partnership that would benefit South Florida educators with more workshops offered at no charge as part of the School’s community outreach initiative.

Sari Rose Barron, Program Director for thee Accentuate the Positive Los Angeles program, will lead teachers in a classroom demonstration showing them how to inspire their students through lyric writing. Teachers that complete the workshop and sign-up to teach four creative writing/lyric writing lessons will be provided with activity books for each of their students.

For more information about the workshop or to rsvp, contact Cathy Benedict at clbenedi@fiu.edu.

To learn more about Johnny Mercer and the Foundation, click here.

To learn about more workshops, click here.

 

About the Foundation

The mission of The Johnny Mercer Foundation (JMF) is to support the discipline of songwriting in the tradition of the Great American Songbook as exemplified by the life and work of Johnny Mercer: lyricist, composer, performer, collaborator and producer. The Foundation continues Johnny’s legacy by partnering with individuals and organizations dedicated to celebrating and nourishing the disciplines he mastered, and the causes he and Ginger Mercer championed.

 

 

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Amernet String Quartet performs with “power and emotion”

The Amernet String Quartet, FIU’s Ensemble-in-Residence, performed alongside esteemed violist Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet, in a program of works by Mozart, Dvorak, and Janacek for the Sunday Afternoons of Music Series on January 12th. Writer Lawrence Budman of South Florida Classical Review offers his critique.

While Tree played second viola in the two chamber scores, his distinctive sound shone in the opening solo of Dvorak’s String Quintet in E-flat Major. One of the last works from the Czech master’s 1890s American sojurn, the quintet is replete with nostalgia for Dvorak’s homeland as well as hints of the Indian and African American themes that he believed would form the basis of an authentic American national music. The players took the opening Allegro non tanto at a rapid clip, the principal theme strongly reminiscent of Dvorak’s “American” String Quartet.At the movement’s conclusion, the melody was played in contrasting slow tempo, the soft ending subtly shaded. An incisive rendition of the Allegro vivo sparkled with the unbridled energy of a Czech dance. In the contrasting central episode, Michael Klotz’s lean and nuanced viola playing conveyed the music’s sentimental aura.

Dvorak’s slow movements offer some of his finest writing. The solemn melodic line of the Larghetto was reinforced by the duo violas’ deep well of tone. In the brief fast section, the players’ hairtrigger intensity was even more dramatic. Eschewing speed, the players brought grace and wit to the charming finale with Jason Calloway’s nimble cello adding a sparkling bass line.

The concert opened with Mozart’s String Quintet No. 1 in B-flat Major. This score is early Mozart, melodious with surprising twists and curves; the stormy development section of the first movement in a minor key one of many unexpected surprises. Klotz’s dark sonority commanded numerous solo passages amidst a high-energy reading. Violinists Misha Vitenson and Marcia Littley shaped the principal melody of the Adagio elegantly over the chordal lines of the lower strings. A brightly energetic finale fizzed with comic opera brio.

To read the full review, click here.

Upcoming performances-
On Thursday, January 30th at 7:30pm, the Amernet String Quartet, FIU’s Ensemble-in-Residence, will be joined by pianist Heather Coltman as part of its annual series at FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios with a concert of works by Jewish composers, in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The program will feature the monumental piano quintet by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and the premiere of Michael Shapiro’s Yiddish Quartet. 

On Tuesday, February 4th at 7:30pm, they will be joined by cellist Edward Arron, violinist Gary Levinson, & violist Rose Griffin for an exciting program of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #4, Mozart’s Quintet in G-minor, K. 516, Glazunov’s Quintet in A-minor, and Shostakovich’s Two Pieces for String Octet to be held in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center.

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