Frost Music Live’s Virtual Concert Series: The Schedule through March 6

Mike Lawson • ChoralNews • February 12, 2021

The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami has announced the upcoming schedule through March 6 for its Frost Music Live concert series.

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Since the pandemic began, Frost Music Live has made a commitment to become a virtual stage celebrating the artistry, musical diversity and resiliency of the school’s faculty, students, and alumni, performing for you, in a variety of exciting performances that are all free on You Tube. In order to maintain everyone’s safety during these challenging times strict safety protocols continue to be in place at the school.

The schedule through March 6th, 2021 is as follows:

Sunday, February 14, 2021, 1:30 p.m.

Thalea String Quartet Masterclass

Presented by Frost Chamber Music Program—Valerie Coleman, Director

This event is broadcasted LIVE via Gusman Hall.

The world-renowned Thalea String Quartet shares their wisdom and an inside look into string quartet life in an open virtual masterclass, moderated by viola professor Jodi Levitz, featuring Frost student ensembles performing live on the Gusman stage. This event is open to the public via registration.

Sunday, February 14, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

Thalea String Quartet

Frost Music Live/Chamber Music Program


Presented by Frost Chamber Music Program—Valerie Coleman, Director

Thalea String Quartet performs live remotely in an afternoon of delight! Listen to Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet in D major, Op. 20, no. 4 (“Sun”), Sivunittinni by Inuk composer Tanya Tagaq, and Five Folksongs in Counterpoint by African-American composer Florence Beatrice Price. The Thalea String Quartet brings together artists of Nigerian, Venezuelan, Japanese and Canadian heritage. With repertoire as diverse as its members, and every bit as exuberant, Thalea connects with audiences on a musical emotional and personal level, from first-time listeners to chamber music aficionados.

“Thalea never failed to deliver a stirring performance.” — Calgary Herald

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Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 5:15 p.m.

Post-Concert Meet & Greet with Thalea String Quartet

Presented by Frost chamber Music Program – Valerie Coleman, Director

This interactive event is virtual.

After the concert come meet the members of the ensemble in a virtual post-concert reception via Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting. (Visit this link now and set a reminder):

Monday, February 15, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Gusman Hall – Streamed Live

Small Jazz Ensemble Concert

Trio Ensemble, directed by Jazz Piano Professor Martin Bejerano, explores the artistry and nuances of performing in a piano trio setting. This performance will feature two pianists, Jr. Connor Rohrer and Sr. Ray McCurrie, along with bassist Patrick Leavy and drummer Joseph Enright. They will be performing”Heyoke” by Kenny Wheeler, and Connor’s arrangement of the jazz standard “I Love You”.

Friday, February 19, 2021, 7:30 P.M.

Gusman Hall – Streamed Live

Frost School’s Henry Mancini Orchestra Celebrates Mancini

Scott Flavin, conductor

Shelly Berg, piano

Join us when the HMI Orchestra conducted by Scott Flavin celebrates GRAMMY and OSCAR winning legendary composer Henry Mancini. Special guest is multi-GRAMMY nominee Shelly Berg, Dean of the Frost School of Music who brought the HMI program to Miami from Los Angeles in 2007. The evening features original music by HMI Artistic Director multi-GRAMMY winner Maria Schneider and former HMI Managing Director Steve Guerra. An event not to be missed!

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Saturday, February 20, 2021, 7:30 P.M.

Gusman Hall – Streamed Live

The Bourgeois and the Emperor—Frost Orchestras

Gerard Schwarz, conductor

Santiago Rodriguez, piano

Two of classical music’s most celebrated artists join forces for a special evening. The prestigious members of the Frost School faculty, multi-Emmy award winner and GRAMMY nominee Gerard Schwarz will conduct the Frost Symphony Orchestra with special guest Santiago Rodriguez. Rodriguez who is hailed as “one of the finest pianists in the world” joins the orchestra for Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5, known as the Emperor Concerto. Opening is the Frost Chamber Orchestra performing suites by master composers Maurice Ravel and Richard Strauss. (Visit this link now and set a reminder):

Sunday, February 21, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

Gusman Hall — Pre-recorded

Frost Wind Ensemble—Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs

Rob Carnochan, director

Martin Bejerano, piano

Margaret Donaghue-Flavin, clarinet

The members of Frost Bands are proud to present their first concert offering of the spring semester. Featuring a wide variety of musical styles spanning numerous cultures and time periods, this concert has something for everyone, including Leonard Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs starring faculty soloists Martin Bejerano (piano) and Margaret Donaghue-Flavin (clarinet). Please join conductor, Robert Carnochan and the students of Frost for an afternoon of exciting music.

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Monday, February 22, 2021, 7:30 P.M.

Gusman Hall – Streamed Live

Celebration of Song—Frost Choral Studies

Amanda Quist, director

Scott AuCoin, Jamie Bunce, Victoria Nieto Betancourt, and Caroline Player, student conductors

Anita Castiglione, Alan Johnson, and Piotr Kozlowski, pianists

Enjoy a night with the Frost graduate student conductors as they perform their conducting recitals. The Frost Chorale, Bella Voce, Symphonic Choir, and Chamber Singers will each perform a set of music, prepared and conducted by our incredible graduate students. The repertoire will include works from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Modern periods. The choirs will perform pieces by Joel Thompson, Zanaida Robles, Dale Trumbore, Rosephanye Powell, Joseph Haydn, Giacomo Carrissimi, Chiara Cozzolani, and Brittney Boykin. (Visit this link now and set a reminder):

Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Pre-Recorded – Exclusively for Frost School of Music

Love. Life. Live: Love is the Key (The Cancerian Theme) – Isaiah Sharkey –  He has worked with, recorded, and toured as lead guitarist with several world-renown and GRAMMY award winning artists including John Mayer, Patti Labelle, Christopher Martin of Coldplay, Paul Simon, Ruben Studdard and many others. Isaiah Sharkey fuses together his background in rock, gospel, jazz, R&B, blues, and funk to create an original sound with an unmistakable dose of soul. His highly anticipated debut album Love, Life, Live, was released in September 2017 and earned him the iHeart Radio Artist of the Month Award in November for his single “It’s A Shame” featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff. He released his sophomore album Love in the Key of Concerian Theme in June 2019. See what this budding legend is all about in his upcoming concert! (Visit this link now and set a reminder):

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 7:30PM

Gusman Hall – Streamed Live

Frost Studio Jazz Band Swings!

Frost Studio Jazz Band

Steve Guerra, director

The Frost Studio Jazz Band lights up the stage with pure fire performing the music of Slide Hampton, Benny Carter, Mary Lou Williams, and Frank Foster.

Friday, February 26, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Gusman Hall – Streamed Live

JV Extensions and JV 1 & JV 2 Ensembles

Kate Reid, director

Celebrating Black History Month elevating the voices of artists Johnaye Kendrick and Al Jarreau with a few arrangements of their original music by Matt Falker. The concert also includes music by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein, and new originals from jazz vocalist and arranger Rosana Eckert.

Friday & Saturday, March 5 and 6, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Gusman Hall – Streamed Live

Masquerade 2021!—Frost Opera Theater Performance

Alan Johnson, program and music director

Jeffrey Buchman, stage director

Frost Opera Theater Opera continues to respond to the challenges of COVID-19 with safety and artistic innovation. Seven short operatic masterworks will be performed live:

  • Neoclassic Classics

Les Malheurs d’Orphée (The Misfortunes of Orpheus) by Darius Milhaud, 1926

Hin und Zurück (Back and Forth) by Paul Hindemith, 1927

  • A Menotti ReMixed Encore

A Hand of Bridge by Samuel Barber and Gian Carlo Menotti, 1959

  • Early Minimalism

Excerpts from The Four Note Opera by Tom Johnson

  • 21st Century Operas

Opera 101 (An opera ‘spoofa’) by Dennis Kam, 2009

Fox Fables (Three Short Tales of Conscience) by Peter Winkler and Rhoda Levine, 2011

Scrapbookers (A Micro Operetta) by Leanna Kirchoff, 2015




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