MIAMI MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL
2017 PROGRAM LINEUP
Miami Music Festival to present 2017 program including a highly anticipated concert by The MMF Wagner Institute, the South Florida Premiere of Jake Heggie’s famous opera Dead Man Walking Opera and an Independence Day Celebration
Miami, FL — Miami Music Festival (MFF), an intensive training program for the next generation of classical musicians to work with mentors and gain performing experience, announces the lineup for the 2017 season from June 6 through July 30, 2017 at various venues in Miami. In its fourth season, MMF will host young artists from around the world selected from top conservatories and universities. MMF receives nearly 1,500 international applicants each season with only a small portion selected for participation through a rigorous audition process.
This year, 250 students from over 25 countries will receive instruction from an assembly of world-class faculty, while the community benefits from accessible public concerts featuring many of the industry’s most talented artists. MMF was created to provide educational and performance opportunities for talented, emerging classical artists during the summer season when the culturally rich metropolis of Miami is all but devoid of classical music. The Festival consists of institutes in orchestra, opera, piano, and conducting, as well as the pioneering Career Institute and the return of the Wagner Institute after receiving critical acclaim in its first year.
New additions to the Miami Music Festival this season include an Independence Day Celebration with the MMF Symphony Orchestra, featuring popular and patriotic symphonic favorites; a residency with composer Jake Heggie and the South Florida premiere of his groundbreaking opera Dead Man Walking; and the highly anticipated return of the MMF Wagner Institute, which will bring MMF to the stage of the incomparable Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County for the first time.
“This year, we’re celebrating our fourth season with many firsts and premieres, in addition to our faculty’s masterclasses and participation in numerous public recitals which is a testament to our continued growth as an important institution to the expanding arts community in Miami,” said Rossi, MMF’s Founder & Artistic Director. “We’re also thrilled to announce our expansion of the only Wagner Institute in the U.S. Our institute is one-of-a-kind and we’re proud to have established it in Miami with exceptional talent such as Grammy Award-winning American soprano Christine Brewer, acclaimed American bass-baritone Alan Held and eight professional Wagner artists. There is a wonderful range of performances and events for everyone to enjoy.”
The Festival will present over 70 public events this summer including the MMF Wagner Institute, four full opera productions, four symphonic concerts, five piano performances by guest artists, numerous piano recitals and chamber music performances by MMF participants, Opera Aria Nights, special performances of Zarzuela and musical theater, and more than 30 masterclasses.
The program includes:
- June 29 & July 1 @ 7:30 p.m. – The Tales of Hoffmann
This delightful French fantasy is woven together by the eponymous Hoffmann, who recollects the stories of his three past loves to a revelling tavern crowd late one night. Talesis a captivating journey through a lifetime of memories, including Hoffmann’s encounters with beautiful courtesans and ballerinas, an alluring but animatronic soprano, and unforgettable villains like the mad scientist Spalanzani and the sinister Dr. Miracle. Both funny and fanciful, Offenbach’s last opera offers a spell-binding night of music and magic for the whole family.
- July 4 @ 6:00 p.m. – Independence Day Celebration
Celebrate the 4th of July with the MMF Symphony Orchestra! Music from Bernstein’s iconicWest Side Story and the familiar strains of Aaron Copland’s Hoe-Down and Saturday Night Waltz capture the uniquely American spirit of the holiday. Tchaikovsky’s bombastic 1812 Overture, music from Star Wars, and patriotic favorites round out a fun evening of orchestral hits sure to please the whole family.
- July 22 @ 7:30 p.m. – The Miami Wagner Institute
Götterdämmerung, Prologue and Scene 1
Die Walküre, Act 1- Complete
Die Walküre, Act 3- Scene 3 (Wotan’s Farewell and Magic Fire Music)
“Superlative,” according to The New York Times, the Grammy Award-winning soprano Christine Brewer joins bass-baritone Alan Held, hailed as “one of opera’s finest singing actors,” in a sumptuous evening of music from Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle. Now in its second season, the Miami Music Festival’s Wagner Institute brings to life the composer’s grand musical drama as Brewer and Held come together with the Institute’s extraordinary young professional artists, the 100 musicians of the MMF Symphony Orchestra, and conductor Michael Rossi in a staged performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall.
- July 27 & July 29 @ 7:30 – Dead Man Walking
In this South Florida premiere based on the impactful book and film of the same name, acclaimed composer Jake Heggie takes on a true story that helped frame the modern debate on the death penalty in America. When a Catholic nun in New Orleans agrees to correspond with a death-row inmate convicted of murder, her perspectives on life, death, forgiveness, and capital punishment are forever altered. With a libretto by the Tony Award-winning playwright Terrance McNally (Masterclass, Ragtime), Dead Man Walking brings one of the most powerful contemporary American operas—and one of opera’s most important contemporary composers—to South Florida.
- July 28 & July 30 @ 7:30 – The Marriage of Figaro
The music and characters of Mozart’s beloved Marriage of Figaro have captured the hearts of opera lovers since Figaro’s premiere in Vienna in 1786. Servants Figaro and his promised Susanna prepare for their wedding, only to find that his employer, Count Almaviva, has impure intentions. Fearing that the Count wants to seduce Susanna, Figaro sets about scheming to outsmart him. Meanwhile, the lovely Countess, to whom Susanna is ever faithful, begins to suspect the same and devises her own trap to catch the Count in his mischief. The classes battle in a light-hearted comedy sung in Italian and featuring some of Mozart’s most beautiful melodies.
MMF will also present a series of Faculty Recitals as part of the MMF Piano Institute:
- New MMF artist Alessio Bax, in works by Mozart, Schubert, Scriabin, and Ravel
- Alexandre Moutouzkine, in works by Ravel and Stravinsky
- Anton Nel, in works by Debussy, Schumann, Kodaly, and Beethoven
- Ching-Yun Hu, in works by Chopin, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, and Gershwin
- New MMF artist Douglas Humpherys, in works by Haydn, Schubert, Mozart, and Liszt
Additionally, the Festival will include a Chamber Series at The Betsey South Beach and numerous student piano recitals and concerts.
Through their continuous and generous partnerships, MMF is proud to call Barry University its home campus and The Betsy South Beach its official hotel, with major concerts performed at both venues, along with the Adrienne Arsht Center.
Miami Music Festival is made possible through partial grant funding and sponsorship including assistance from Barry University, Pohanka Auto Group, The Betsy – South Beach, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Culture Builds Florida, the City of Miami Beach, Steinway Piano Gallery-Coral Gables, The Plutzik Goldwasser Family Foundation, and Miami Salon Group.
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About Miami Music Festival
The mission of the Miami Music Festival is to provide affordable, world-class instruction and groundbreaking performance experience to the next generation of elite classical musicians while contributing to South Florida’s artistic community in an impactful way. Comprised of unique institutes–Orchestra, Opera, Piano, and Conducting–training also includes a Professional Division incorporating the Miami Wagner Institute, and a selective Career Institute. The Festival gathers over 250 of the finest young talents from 25 countries to receive instruction and mentorship from an international array of 55 esteemed artist faculty. Founded in 2013, the Festival is a distinctive, exceptional platform dedicated to identifying and developing the careers of the world’s most talented young professionals. For more information, please visit miamimusicfestival.com.
About Barry University
Founded in 1940 by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, Barry University offers more than 100 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. Based in Miami, Fla., the university is composed of two colleges and six schools in the areas of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Law, Nursing and Health Sciences, Podiatric Medicine, Professional and Career Education, and Social Work. The university enrolls approximately 8,000 students from nearly all 50 states and 80 countries, and has more than 65,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit www.barry.edu.
About The Betsy – South Beach
The Betsy – South Beach is the only Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond rated boutique hotel in Greater Miami. Located in the heart of the Art Deco District on Ocean Drive, The Betsy’s unique hospitality model champions the power of community through its dedicated PACE (Philanthropy, Arts, Culture, Education) program by weaving those brand pillars into the guest experience. Recently expanded, The Betsy now boasts 132 guestrooms and a 3,200 sq. ft. rooftop complex with a suspended swimming pool, dedicated library, and an additional 17,000 sq. ft. of special event space to scale the celebrated PACE program. The Betsy Poetry Rail is a new piece of public art, located adjacent to the hotel on Espanola Way between Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive that celebrates the poetry of 12 literary figures that shaped Miami history and culture. www.thebetsyhotel.com.
About Steinway – Coral Gables
Steinway Coral Gables has served South Florida and the Caribbean for over a decade. The 6,000 sq. ft. showroom is home to the largest collection of Steinway instruments in South Florida, housing a diverse selection of Steinway, Boston, and Essex models. The Gallery hosts hundreds of concerts, recitals, master classes, and events in a unique 100-seat recital hall. For more information, visit www.steinwaymiami.com.
About the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
Set in the heart of downtown Miami and designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is one of the world’s leading performing arts organizations and venues. Since opening in 2006, the Arsht Center, a 501C3 non-profit organization, has emerged as a leader in presenting innovative programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity as well as a catalyst for billions of dollars in new development in the downtown area. Spotlighting legends and serving as a launch pad for local artists to make their mark on the international stage, the Center presents nearly 500 events each year across its eight flexible, state-of-the-art performance spaces. The Center programs 12 signature series, including the largest jazz series in South Florida, the biggest flamenco festival on the East Coast, and a robust program of new theatrical works as well as free programming for the community and an arts education program that serves nearly 30,000 children each year. As Miami’s new Town Square, the Arsht Center also houses BRAVA By Brad Kilgore, a fine dining restaurant; the Café at Books & Books in the historic Carnival Tower and a weekly Farmers Market.
Visit www.arshtcenter.org for more information.