The annual Wertheim Music Festival returns from October 26 to November 5 with a celebration of musical diversity | FIU News

The FIU Wertheim School of Music and Performing Arts is gearing up for its annual music festival, which takes place on campus from October 26th to November 5th.

The two-week festival brings together renowned guest artists from around the world, faculty, accomplished alumni and talented student musicians for eight performances at The Wertheim.

The lineup is nothing short of spectacular. The performance schedule is curated to inspire, educate and leave a lasting impression on all who attend.

The festival showcases a rich tapestry of music from different historical periods and cultures, making it a true celebration of musical diversity and tradition, with performances by FIU’s world-class Chamber Ensemble, the Amernet String Quartet, the debut of School of Music Director Emeritus and Founder Prof. Frederic Kaufmann’s latest organ composition and the world premiere of Zarzuela’s performance of “La Ruta de Don Quixote” with performers from Spain.

The community can expect outstanding performances by FIU Artist-in-Residence and Miami International Piano Festival favorite Kemal Gekic, the groundbreaking Ensemble Dal Niente, and a collaboration between New York trumpeter Alexander Norris, FIU faculty, and a jazz big band under the direction of visiting teaching assistant and trumpeter Omar Lateif. The festivities also offer an afternoon of family fun and activities with Peter and the Wolf, ensuring there is something for everyone.

For the finale, Broadway legend Eric Jordan Young sings selections from “Sweeney Todd,” “Into the Woods,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Sunday in the Park with George” and more in tribute to the late icon of the Stephen Sondheim Musical Theatre. Young will join the Wertheim Musical Theater Ensemble in the latter’s festival debut.

Karen SF Veloz, director of the Wertheim School of Music and Performing Arts, sets the tone “In every note and every beat we find our inspiration and our identity as a community resource. The festival is a testament to the university’s commitment to educating and enriching the lives of everyone who experiences it.”

The FIU Wertheim Music Festival is more than just a series of performances. It is a cornerstone of the school’s cultural and educational mission. It enhances the institution’s reputation as a center for creativity, diversity and artistic excellence. It creates a dynamic platform for higher education institutions to actively engage with the public through interactive activities, discussions and engaging performances.

For students, it provides opportunities to develop transferable skills for future careers. It serves as a learning laboratory, giving students hands-on experience and performing vital roles in the success of the festival. These roles include producing, performing, managing, networking and evaluating events, demonstrating the central role the festival plays in the university community.

Music enthusiasts and all who appreciate the arts are invited to mark their calendars and join this year’s unmissable festival.

Composition of the festival:

Thursday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m.:
Strings United: From the Baroque to the 20th Century

Friday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m
Jazz Harmony: Alex Norris and FIU Jazz

Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m
Opening Symphony: World premiere of an organ concerto

Sunday, October 29 at 2:00 p.m
Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf

Thursday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m
Unleashing musical boundaries: Ensemble Dal Niente

Friday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m
Piano Extravangza: An evening with Kemal Gekic!

Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m
The Way of Don Quixote: Zarzuela World Premiere!

Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m
Broadway Legend: Sondheim in Concert!

The FIU Wertheim Music Festival is funded in part by Ocean Bank, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and WLRN and is supported by a grant from Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).

Concerts take place at the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Center for the Performing Arts (The Wertheim), located on FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus, 10910 SW 17th St., Miami, FL 33199. For more information, visit musicfestival.fiu.edu. Live streaming is available. Discounted tickets are available for FIU faculty, staff, alumni and students.

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