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FIU Music Festival Returns with Classical, Jazz and Latin Music

Top local, national and international performers will take the stage when the FIU Music Festival returns to the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center.

The Festival kicks off on Oct. 5, when Conductor Maestro Raffaele Ponti leads the FIU Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring the works of Aaron Copland and Ludwig van Beethoven.

The Festival will also feature performances by alumnus and renowned Latin Jazz sensation Tony Succar, Grammy award-winning vocalist Jon Secada, and International Chopin Piano Competition medalist Gabriela Montero. But with more than a dozen concerts throughout the month of October, audiences will be able to enjoy live music by leading artists including the Amernet String Quartet, Roberto & Andres Diaz, Chauncey Patterson, Tony Arnold, Lisanne Lyons & the FIU Jazz Big Band and the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet as well as the FIU Choirs, Marching Band & Wind Ensemble.

This year’s festivities mark the 20th anniversary of the Center, one of Miami’s premiere collegiate theatrical and concert venues. The Festival started in 1996 as part of a weeklong celebration and inauguration of the Center, and then became an annual event with a popular following.

Now after a seven-year hiatus, the Festival is back with a lineup aimed at attracting old fans and creating new ones.

“Over the past few years, interest in bringing the Festival back to FIU has grown significantly. Well, we’ve listened! We’re proud to bring it back with an exciting array of iconic and emerging musicians from around the globe,” said Karen S. Fuller-Veloz, artistic director for the FIU School of Music.

Tickets for the FIU Music Festival are on sale now. They can be purchased by calling 305-348-0496 or by visiting music.fiu.edu/musicfestival. VIP subscriptions to the FIU Music Festival are available for $60 and general subscriptions are $45. General admission ranges from $15-5 for most performances with $35 tickets for Jazz Dynamics with Tony Succar and Jon Secada.

The FIU Music Festival is presented by the FIU School of Music and funded in part by the “México en Escena” from the Mexican National Fund for Culture and Arts, The Miami Herald, CultureForce, Consulate General of Turkey in Miami and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs.


For additional information, visit the 2016 FIU MUSIC FESTIVAL on the following platforms:

Web: music.fiu.edu/musicfestival


Twitter: @FIUMusic #FIUMusicfestival



An Exhilarating 2016–2017 Season of Performances at
the Cathedral of St. John the Divine


New York (July 27, 2016) The Cathedral of St. John the Divine presents its sixth season of Great Music in a Great Space under the direction of Kent Tritle. From the grandeur of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem to the intimate performance of the world-music ensemble Rose of the Compass, this season features a broad spectrum of choral and instrumental music in the Cathedral’s grand and inspiring Gothic interior, located at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street)


The season kicks off with a musical visit to Istanbul, with Byzantine chant and Turkish folksong arrangements in an October 25th concert featuring Rose of the Compass with the Cathedral Choir. This follows last year’s release of The Four Quarters of Jerusalem, a new CD recording on the Pro Organo label by those same performers. In November 2016, Great Music in a Great Space honors the Finnish choral tradition with the U.S. debut of Einojuhani Rautavaara’s complete Vigilia. Early 2017 features performances of the Requiems of Maurice Duruflé and Britten, the latter performance being a third monumental collaboration of the Cathedral with the Manhattan School of Music and the Oratorio Society of New York. Throughout the season, the Cathedral’s mighty Æolian-Skinner organ is heard in recital. Many guest artists join the combined choirs and orchestra, including acclaimed soprano Susanna Phillips.


Great Music in a Great Space is comprised of several smaller series: the Great Choir: A Choral Concert Series, the Great Organ: A Recital Series, the Great Organ: It’s Sunday Series, and Holiday Concerts celebrating the Christmas season and New Year’s Eve. 


Individual tickets and season subscriptions are available at the Cathedral’s online Box Office. More information on Great Music in a Great Space is available here.


Great Choir: A Choral Concert Series

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

The Glory of Constantinople


The Cathedral Choir and Rose of the Compass


In this sixth collaboration of the Cathedral Choir with the world music ensemble Rose of the Compass, the program explores the glories of Constantinople, now Istanbul. From chants and motets composed upon the transfer of this great city from Christian to Muslim hands in the 15th century, to extraordinary modern-day arrangements of Turkish folksongs, this concert promises to be an uplifting and inspiring look at the cultural heritage of this capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires.



Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Vigilia (All Night Vigil)


Halley Gilbert, soprano

Sara Murphy, mezzo-soprano
Marc Day, tenor

Malcolm Merriweather, baritone

Matt Boehler, bass

The Cathedral Choir


This transcendent and unique setting of the Finnish Orthodox service was premiered at the Uspenski Cathedral in Helsinki in 1971, yet it has never been performed in its complete concert version of both Matins and Vespers in the United States. The Cathedral is proud to collaborate with the composer and the Erkko Foundation in presenting the U.S. premiere of this stunning work for a cappella choir and soloists.


In Rautavaara’s own words, the inspiration for this music was a “vision-inducing childhood visit to the island monastery of Valamo in the middle of Lake Ladoga just before the Winter War in 1939.”



Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Maurice Duruflé: Requiem & Four Motets


Kirsten Sollek, contralto

Scott Dispensa, baritone

Arthur Fiacco, cello

The Cathedral Choir

Manhattan School of Music Chamber Choir

Manhattan School of Music Chamber Orchestra


Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem has obtained a firm place in the choral canon next to that of Gabriel Fauré, which was performed as part of this series in 2013. Duruflé based his work on the ancient Gregorian chants for the Mass of the Dead, clothing them in the subtle and sumptuous harmonies of 20th century Paris. The ethereal textures of organ and orchestra support the consoling voices of the choirs in a transcendent meditation on the life to come.



Thursday, April 6, 2017 & Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Benjamin Britten: War Requiem


Susanna Phillips, soprano

John Matthew Myers, tenor

Matthew Worth, baritone
Oratorio Society of New York

Manhattan School of Music Symphonic Chorus

Manhattan School of Music Chamber Choir

Manhattan School of Music Symphony

Cathedral Choristers, Bryan Zaros, director


The Cathedral will present the first performance of Britten’s War Requiem in this space since Kurt Masur’s performance with the New York Philharmonic in 1991. Over 350 choral singers, full symphony orchestra, organ and soloists gather to perform Benjamin Britten’s epic musical warning against the horrors of war. The traditional text of the Requiem Mass is interspersed with the poetry of Wilfred Owen, who himself perished in World War I a century ago. The Cathedral marks the centennial of the Great War with this performance.



Great Organ: A Recital Series

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Erik Suter


Erik William Suter, the prize-winning former Washington National Cathedral Organist, performs the final concert in his year-long, critically-acclaimed 12-concert series commemorating the life and work of composer Maurice Duruflé. A fierce perfectionist, Duruflé composed slowly and carefully, and produced only a small number of works, each one a masterpiece. In addition to large-scale works like the Suite, op. 5, with its famous Toccata, Duruflé's output includes the exquisite triptych on Veni Creator, and the impassioned Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d'Alain, written in memory of composer Jehan Alain, killed in action during World War II.



Scherzo, op. 2

Prélude, Adagio et Choral varié sur le Veni Creator, op. 4

Suite, op. 5

Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d'Alain, op. 7

Fugue sur le thème du Carillon des Heures de la Cathédrale de Soissons, op. 12

Prélude sur l'Introit de l'Épiphanie, op. 13

Méditation, op. posth.



Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Kent Tritle


Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music and Organist, plays a virtuosic concert on the Great Organ, featuring J. S. Bach’s brilliant Toccata in F Major, American laureate Ned Rorem’s unique tribute to Nantucket, and the symphonic majesty of Franck’s largest organ work. From delicacy to grandeur, these pieces will display the Great Organ’s full range of expressive power in Tritle’s authoritative performance.



Johann Sebastian Bach

Toccata and Fugue in F Major, BWV 540


Ned Rorem

Views from the Oldest House


César Franck

Grand Pièce Symphonique, op. 17



Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Raymond Nagem


Cathedral Associate Organist Raymond Nagem will perform the complete organ sonatas of Felix Mendelssohn in a single concert. Mendelssohn’s sonatas, both colorful and passionate, broke new ground for the organ when published in the 1840s, and have been a cornerstone of the repertoire ever since. This program offers a rare opportunity to hear all six sonatas together, played with drama and power by Dr. Nagem on the Cathedral’s magnificent Æolian-Skinner organ.



Felix Mendelssohn: The Six Organ Sonatas, op. 65



Holiday Concerts

Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Cathedral Christmas Concert


Marc Day, tenor

Soloists from the Cathedral Choir TBA

Raymond Nagem, organ


The annual Christmas Concert at St. John the Divine celebrates France. Poulenc’s stunning organ concerto gives the Great Organ a star turn, while his Four Motets evoke the mystery of the Christmas miracle. Charpentier’s charming In Nativitatem Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Canticum tells the Christmas story through a Baroque lens, angels and shepherds abiding. The audience joins to sing favorite Christmas carols, and the Cathedral Choristers will adorn the program with seasonal selections by Wilcocks, Britten, Rutter and Fraser, accompanied by harp. This concert is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit!



Francis Poulenc: Organ Concerto & Four Christmas Motets

Marc Antoine Charpentier: In Nativitatem Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Canticum



Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

New Years Eve Concert for Peace


Jamet Pittman, soprano

Special guests: Judy Collins, Jason Robert Brown & Harry Smith


Founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, the annual New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace is a signature Cathedral event, gathering old friends and new for more than a quarter of a century. This year’s performance begins with the optimism of Haydn through his “Morning” Symphony and continues with the exuberance of Bach’s Gloria/Et in terra pax, “And on earth peace,” from the monumental Mass in B Minor. The choir will explore inspirational American roots through the settings of three spirituals by African-American composers, as we begin a New Year together, renewed in hope for the world we share.



Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 6 in D major,  “Le Matin”

Johann Sebastian Bach (from Mass in B Minor):

Gloria/Et in terra pax

Laudamus te

Gratias agimus tibi

Dona nobis pacem


Three Spiritual settings:

Adolphus Hailstork: Motherless Child

William Dawson: Balm in Gilead

Moses Hogan: Walk together, Children


Traditional Spiritual: This little light of mine




About Kent Tritle

Kent Tritle is one of America’s leading choral conductors. Called “the brightest star in New York’s choral music world” by the New York Times, Tritle is in his sixth

season as Director of Cathedral Music and organist at New York’s Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. He is also Music Director of the Oratorio Society of New York and of Musica Sacra. He is Director of Choral Activities and Chair of the Organ Department at the Manhattan School of Music and on the graduate faculty of the Juilliard School. He is organist of the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra.


Tritle holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Juilliard School in organ performance and choral conducting. He has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, National Public Radio, and Minnesota Public Radio, as well as in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

About The Cathedral

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.  It is chartered as a house of prayer for all people and a unifying center of intellectual light and leadership. People from many faiths and communities worship together in services held more than 30 times a week; the soup kitchen serves roughly 25,000 meals annually; social service outreach has an increasingly varied roster of programs; the distinguished Cathedral School prepares young students to be future leaders; Adults and Children in Trust, the renowned preschool, afterschool and summer program, offers diverse educational and nurturing experiences; the outstanding Textile Conservation Lab preserves world treasures; concerts, exhibitions, performances and civic gatherings allow conversation, celebration, reflection and remembrance—such is the joyfully busy life of this beloved and venerated Cathedral.


October 27, 8:30 pm

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Critics call her a singular talent, the most impressive guitarist of her generation. Halvorson has been steadily reshaping the sound of jazz guitar with her elastic, wholly unique style. One of improvised music's most-in-demand guitarists, Mary Halvorson has been active in New York since 2002. She has performed with Anthony Braxton, Marc Ribot, Jessica Pavone, Myra Melford, Taylor Ho Bynum and Trevor Dunn, among others. In addition to her solo work and sessions with other musicians Halvorson is also a bandleader of several groups.

Kalos Music & Art School

Fabio Rojas
Jazz Drumming Evolution
Master Class

Saturday, October 29th at 2:00pm
Registration: 15$
Info: (305)933.4777 – info@kalosmusicandart.com - 20634 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura. FL 33180

Drummer and composer, Fabio Rojas is visiting Kalos Music & Art Scool next Saturday, October 29th to teach a fascinating Master Class: Jazz Drumming Evolution.

Rojas will share his vast knowledge about this topic with musicians, aficionados, and students of all levels. Learn and enjoy at this interesting Master Class focused on the evolution of Jazz drumming from its conception to contemporary Jazz as well as the influential musicians who helped shape these concepts. 

Since arriving to the US in 2010, Rojas has performed with artists such as Terri Lyne Carrington, Geri Allen, Greg Osby, Bill Pierce, Sean Jones, Kevin Harris, John Lockwood, Carlos Averhoff Jr, Manuel Valera and in venues such as BU Agganis Arena, Boston Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center, The Esplanade, Scullers Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club , SXSW, among many others.

Fabio earned his Bachelor of Music with a Dual Major in Performance and Professional Music at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he had the honored of being mentored by Terri Lyne Carrington, Kim Plainfield, and Neal Smith. Right after graduating he was hired as a staff member in this institution.

Kalos Music & Art School

Susana Behar Ensemble

Saturday, October 29th at 7:00 pm
Registration: 25$
Info: (305)933.4777 – info@kalosmusicandart.com
20634 Biscayne Blvd. FL 33180

Kalos Music & Art School is pleased to welcome once again the renowned Cuban/Venezuelan vocalist Susana Behar to celebrate the Hispanic Heritage Month, next Saturday 29th at 7:00 pm. 

Susana Behar, joined by award-winning guitarist and composer Jose Luis de la Paz, multi-instrumentalist Saul Vera and percussionist Jose Gregorio Hernandez, will present music from a variety of Hispanic cultures, including an exceptional performance of flamenco inspired dances by Niurca Marquez.

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