FIU Music Festival Returns November 3-18 with Top Artists To Benefit Relief Efforts


On November 3 – 18, 2017, the FIU Music Festival will take Miami by storm with a star studded line up of Classical, Early Music, Jazz, and Latin Jazz artists. Top local, national and international performers will take to the stage to support those affected by recent disasters in Puerto Rico and Mexico when the festival returns to the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center.

The festival will feature nine culturally diverse performances by artists and ensembles including Paquito D’Rivera, Nestor Torres, New World Symphony, Conductor Javier Jose Mendoza, Amernet String Quartet, Kemal Gekic, Denis Brott, FIU Symphony Orchestra, Jerry Bergonzi and Andy Laverne Duo, Guillermo Figueroa, Raúl Prieto Ramírez, Robert Davidovici, Grand Harmonie, and New York-based Continuum Ensemble.

Scheduled for November 3, Grammy winners Nestor Torres and Paquito D’Rivera will headline the relief concert for an evening of jazz classics; proceeds will be donated to the FIU Disaster Response and Recovery Fund to help support FIU students, faculty and staff whose families may find themselves in financial distress due to hurricane Maria. One hundred percent of the money raised through this fund will go to helping those impacted.

The FIU School of Music closes its festival on November 18 with a salute to those of Hispanic Heritage. Audiences will celebrate the richness and varied rhythms and melodies of Latin American music, with a performance by the FIU Symphony Orchestra, conducted FIU’s newly appointed Orchestra Director, Javier Jose Mendoza. Proceeds will benefit earthquake relief in Mexico.

Tickets are on sale now. Donations will be taken at the door and online throughout the festival.

The FIU Music Festival is presented by the FIU School of Music and funded in part by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs.



Events held at FIU’s Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center, 10910 SW 17th St., Miami, FL 33199.

General Admission is $25-15; $15-10 for FIU Faculty/Staff/Alumni and Seniors; $10-5 for Students.

For additional program information and tickets:, (305)348-0496 or

Festival subscriptions to the FIU Music Festival are available for $60; discounted subscriptions are available to FIU faculty, staff, alumni, and seniors for $45.


Friday, November 3, 2017, 7:30pm

Jazz and Symphony for Puerto Rico Benefit Concert

Flautist Nestor Torres and saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera

New World Symphony


Sunday, November 5, 2017, 3:00pm

New York-based Continuum Ensemble


Thursday, November 9, 2017, 7:30pm

Arensky and Schoenberg

Amernet String Quartet, cellist Denis Brott, and violinist Guillermo Guillermo Figueroa


Friday, November 10, 2017, 7:30pm

Bergonzi and LaVerne Jazz Duo

Saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi and pianist Andy Laverne


Saturday, November 11, 2017, 7:30pm

Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony

FIU Conductor Javier Mendoza, organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez, and the FIU Symphony Orchestra


Sunday, November 12, 2017, 3:00pm

Sydell Ida Wertheim Organ Recital with Spanish Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez


Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7:30pm

French Classics: Franck and Ravel

Pianist Kemal Gekic and violinist Robert Davidovici


Friday, November 17, 2017, 7:30pm

Grand Harmonie


Saturday, November 18, 2017, 7:30pm

FIU Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Hispanic Heritage-Benefit Concert for Mexico

FIU Conductor Javier Mendoza

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