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4th Annual Frost Music Live Concert Series Highlights All-Star Faculty & Students

Updated: Dec 24, 2020

Fall Concerts to be Broadcast on YouTube to the Public for Free!

Performances include: Henry Mancini Institute’s Artistic Director 5-time GRAMMY® Award Winner Maria Schneider, World-Renowned Conductor of the Frost Symphony Orchestra Gerard Schwarz, the Frost Award-Winning Jazz Vocal Ensembles and more.

The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami has announced the upcoming schedule for its critically acclaimed FROST MUSIC LIVE concert series through November. The virtual series continues the school policy of keeping the music playing, free to the public through a variety of platforms since the pandemic began in March.

Since its inception, Frost Music Live concert season has featured top name guest artists and alumni performing with Frost School faculty artists and talented students. In order to maintain everyone’s safety during these challenging times, concerts are being live-streamed while performed safely on the school stages, or rebroadcast for a later date. Notable highlights include: Frost Bands in the Age of Covid, an ambitious classical concert of music for winds; the Frost Superband a night of music for jazz big band featuring guest conductor Maria Schneider along with members of the Frost Concert Jazz Band and Frost Studio Jazz Band; the Frost Symphony Orchestra conducted by maestro Gerard Schwarz; Rock the Musical with the Frost Theatre Ensemble; and the MSJ Jazz Ensemble directed by three-time GRAMMY winner John Daversa. Strick safety protocols are being followed by faculty and students for all performances.

“We are very excited to present the line-up for our 4th Annual Frost Music Live Concert Series,” stated Dean Shelly Berg. “While this year has presented unique challenges, we have found ways to create opportunities to showcase the extraordinary talented members of our faculty in collaboration with our students in a variety of world-class performances. We are pleased that our students can continue to grow as artists, and to be able to keep our musical community together with the Frost Music Live virtual free concert series until we can present music live in-person again.”

The schedule through the end of November is as follows:

Sunday, October 18, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

Online Broadcast—Pre-Recorded

  • Frost Bands in the Age of COVID-19

  • Robert M. Carnochan, conductor

  • Steven Moore, conductor

  • Tina DiMeglio, graduate conductor

  • Jack J. Hontz, graduate conductor

  • Roy McLerran, graduate conductor

This ambitious concert of music for winds includes Richard Strauss’s Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare, Paul Wranitzky (F.J. Haydn) Partita in F Major, Gustav Holst’s First Suite in E-flat for Military Band, the Scherzo alla Marcia movement from Ralph Vaughan Williams's Symphony No. 8 in D minor, and Paul Hindemith’s Konzertmusik für Blasorchester, op. 41.

Monday, October 19, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Online Broadcast—Pre-Recorded

  • Frost Choral Studies—Choralcopia

  • Amanda Quist, Corin Overland, Kate Reid, Alan Johnson, Raina Murnak, directors

  • Scott AuCoin, Jamie Bunce, Victoria Nieto-Betancourt, Caroline Player, Liana Salinas, graduate student conductors

The Frost Choral Studies area will showcase vocal ensemble music from the Frost School of Music. Featuring Frost Bella Voce, Symphonic Choir, Frost Opera Theater, JV1, and Biscaydence.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Online Broadcast—Livestream

  • Frost Superband—Familiar Names, New Sounds

  • Steve Guerra Jr., conductor

  • Troy Roberts, saxophone

  • Maria Schneider, Guest Conductor

A night of music for jazz big band, featuring members of the Frost School’s acclaimed Frost Concert Jazz Band and Frost Studio Jazz Band. The band will perform newly released and/or never recorded music by Maria Schneider, Mary Lou Williams, Manny Albam and students in the band. Special thanks to Rob and Doug Duboff at Ejazzlines for making available historic musical arrangements that have never been recorded.

Saturday, October 24, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Online Broadcast—Livestream

  • Darker America—Frost Symphony Orchestra

  • Gerard Schwarz, director

This concert begins with a tone poem by the dean of African American composers, William Grant Still (1895-1978). An extremely accomplished musician, Still played oboe in the pit orchestra for Sissle and Blake's very successful musical, Shuffle Along. In 1926, conductor Eugene Goossens premiered Darker America, which became Still’s first major success. Still wrote, “Darker America is representative of the American Negro, and suggests triumph over sorrow through fervent prayer.”

The W.A. Mozart's (1756-1791) Symphony No. 41, nicknamed the Jupiter Symphony, is the largest and most complex of his symphonies. It is the culmination of the great classical period symphony, paving the way for Beethoven's revolutionary works.

Frost student competition winners Kristin Baird, violin; Tadao Hermida, cello; and Pricila Navarro, piano perform Ludwig van Beethoven's (1770-1827) Triple Concerto in celebration of the composer's 250th birthday. This is the only Beethoven concerto for multiple instruments and one of seven works that he wrote that included the piano and an orchestra.

Sunday, October 25, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Online Broadcast

  • Frost Sax Quartets

  • Dale Underwood, director

This concert will feature members from the Frost Saxophone Studio that range from Freshmen to Doctoral students. The program will include music for saxophone quartets from the 20th and 21st century and run the gamut from folksongs and vaudeville, to classical and modern

Friday, October 30, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Online Broadcast—Pre-Recorded

  • Frost Chorale—The Promise of Living

  • Amanda Quist, director

The Frost Chorale celebrates the promise of living with choral music that shares our dreams for the future through song. Featuring works by Undine Smith Moore, the "Dean of Black Women Composers," as well as works by composers Ēriks Esenvalds, Eric Whitacre, Aaron Copland, and Bob Chilcott.

Sunday, November 8, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

Online Broadcast—Pre-Recorded

Frost Music Theater Ensemble—Rock the Musical

Frank Ragsdale, director

The Frost Music Theater Ensemble explores the pop/rock genres used in so many musicals today from Motown to Hip Hop. Join us as we delve into the different eras and discover how the music emerged from the political and social climate of the time.

Monday, November 9, 2020, 6:30 p.m.


  • MSJ Small Jazz Ensemble Concert

  • John Daversa, director

Featuring student groups, Extensions directed by Kate Reid, Odd Times Ensemble directed by Errol Rackipov, and the Jazz Trumpet Ensemble directed by Michael Dudley and Michael Gutierrez

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Online Broadcast—Livestream

  • Beethoven, Mozart, and Prokofiev—Frost Conductor's Orchestra

  • Gerard Schwarz and Scott Flavin, directors

  • Matthew Cooperman, Kyle Elgarten, Carlos Lopez, Camilo Tellez, graduate conducting majors

Witness the future of classical music with the next generation of conductors. The program consists of masterpieces of the orchestral literature. Enjoy one of Mozart’s last symphonies, Symphony No. 39; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, which marked Beethoven’s symphonic composing debut; Beethoven’s Overture to Egmont, composed during the Napoleonic Wars and later became the unofficial anthem of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution; Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, which was written in connection to Heinrich Joseph von Collin’s play; and Prokofiev Symphony No. 1, which was the first neoclassical composition.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Online Broadcast—Pre-Recorded

  • Menotti ReMixed - A New Look at the Operas of Gian Carlo Menotti and Samuel Barber

  • Frost Opera Theater -- Alan Johnson and Jeffrey Buchman, directors

For Fall 2020, Frost opera students will delve deep into the works of Gian Carlo Menotti and Samuel Barber with self-directed videos they have created to their performances of excerpts from Menotti's Amelia at the Ball, The Medium, The Telephone, Maria Golovin, The Old Maid and the Thief, The Consul, The Saint of Bleecker Street, and Barber's Hand of Bridge, and Vanessa. The program will also feature two scenes by British composers Benjamin Britten (A Midsummer Night's Dream), and Jonathan Dove (Flight).


Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Online Broadcast—Livestream

  • Frost XJB and Frost Septet

  • Chuck Bergeron, director

Enjoy a night of impressive jazz music and incredible energy. The concert will begin with a set performed by The Frost Septet, featuring a program of original music created by the students for this concert.   The XJB then performs arrangements by their musical director, senior Kenton Luck. Selections will include Joe Henderson’s Jenrikisha and the Sammy Fain classic I’ll Be Seeing You.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Online Broadcast—Livestream

  • Frost Superband—The Big Three meet Studio Jazz Writing

  • Steve Guerra, Jr., director

The Frost Superband plays the music of Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, and Jim McNeely, three former musical directors of the famed Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, as well as the premiere of compositions by members of the Frost Studio Jazz Writing Program.

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 7:30 p.m. 

Online Broadcast—Livestream

  • Jazz Vocal Ensemble Concert

  • Kate Reid, director

The award-winning Frost Jazz Vocal ensembles present music from today’s leading jazz composers.

Friday, November 20, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Online Broadcast—Livestream

  • 20th Century Masterpieces—Frost Symphony Orchestra

  • Gerard Schwarz, director

Explore the masterpieces that helped guide so many composers during the musically volatile 20th century. Listen to Alvin Singleton’s (b.1940) After Choice. He is one of our most distinguished composers who will be celebrating his 80th birthday in December.

Enjoy Claude Debussy's (1862-1918) Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, considered a turning point of music. Take delight in Aaron Copland’s (1900-1990) Appalachian Spring Suite, which won the 1945 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Both pieces were created for dance. Vaslav Nijinsky choreographed Debussy’s piece; while Martha Graham, the most influential American modern dancer, choreographed Copland’s piece.

Finally, take delight in Paul Hindemith’s (1895-1963) Concert Music for Strings and Brass. The German American composer wrote this work for the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1930. He features the brass section of the orchestra, which created a thrilling tonal pallet that has made this work so special for years to come.

Saturday, November 21, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Online Broadcast—Pre-Recorded

  • American Modern Band—Video Countdown!

  • Raina Murnak & Stephen Rucker, directors

Enjoy an exciting evening with members of the Frost School of Music’s American Modern Band as they showcase their original music in a music video format. The group is composed of amazing young songwriters and artists who collaborate and step out of their genre comforts. All videos are student directed, produced filmed and recorded.

Sunday, November 22, 2020, time TBD

Online Broadcast—Pre-Recorded

  • Frost Bands

  • Robert Carnochan, director

Join the Frost Wind Ensemble and Frost Symphonic Winds for an evening of colorful music that explores the rich and exotic timbres of wind band music.

Monday, November 23, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Online Broadcast—Pre-Recorded

  • American Music Ensemble—The Journey to the Music

  • Daniel Strange, director

The Frost School of Music’s American Music Ensemble (known around campus as “AME”) brings you on their musical journey through their fall semester in this Rocumentary-inspired presentation. Director Daniel Strange and his 11 Frost student members take you through the creative, rehearsal, recording and performance process all while navigating their daily campus life as well as overcoming the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented for young musicians.

Date TBD 

Online Broadcast—Pre-Recorded

  • Frost Superband—Annual Holiday Concert 

A night of Holiday music for jazz big band, featuring members of the Frost School’s acclaimed Frost Concert Jazz Band and Frost Studio Jazz Band.

Please check for the link and updated dates & times 

By ML Staff. Images courtesy of Frost

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