Chopin In The City Of Sun!

Chopin In The City Of Sun!

By UM News

Chopin In The City Of Sun!

By UM News
Following the initial successful launch of the Frost Chopin Festival & Academy last summer, the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami is pleased to announce the Festival's second edition will take place June 23 - July 2, 2019.

“Those who love his music know that a relationship with Chopin can leave its emotional mark. This summer, South Florida Chopin devotees won’t need to travel to Boston or New York to experience the composer's sting. The University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and the Chopin Foundation of the United States have collaborated to invite Chopin’s foremost interpreters to Miami.” ---Miami Herald

Following the initial successful launch of the Frost Chopin Festival & Academy last summer, the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami is pleased to announce the Festival's second edition, which will take place June 23 through July 2, 2019.  The announcement was made jointly by Kevin Kenner, the festival’s artistic director, Frost piano professor, and top prize winner of the 1990 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, along with Barbara Muze, executive director of the Chopin Foundation of the U. S. This year’s Festival and Academy will be expanded to include 30 participants and seven concerts open to the public.
 
Five of the world’s greatest Chopin specialists—Dang Thai Son, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń, Margarita Shevchenko, Dina Yoffe, and Ewa Pobłocka, will join Kenner in working intensively with the top 30 talented young pianists selected to participate from all over the world.  Miami’s own famed musicologist Dr. Frank Cooper will return as moderator.  Special workshops offered to the students include an evening of Polish folk dancing and two performance workshops given by internationally acclaimed Chopin scholar John Rink from the University of Cambridge, who will also offer two public lectures at Festival concert evenings.
 
In commenting, Kenner stated: “I am truly excited the inaugural program was so successful that we are able to continue and expand this forum in which lovers of Chopin’s music can immerse themselves in concert and in the creative work behind the scenes. I’m looking forward to being part of this creative experience for both students and our stellar guest artists.”
 
In commenting, Muze stated: “Having this type of opportunity for young pianists in Miami is not only invaluable for the participants, but it is also a great resource for the community. We have a long history of collaborating with FSOM. Many of our Chopin Foundation Scholarship recipients are participating again this year, and the program is aligned with our mission to support young American pianists and make Chopin’s music accessible to everyone.”
 
In commenting, Dr. Cooper noted that "Chopin holds a world record: The composer with the highest percentage of his total works in standard performance repertoire worldwide, he commands interpreters and listeners like no other. Those with the luck to attend will discover how much more remarkable Chopin and his music are than what they might otherwise think."
 
The Frost Chopin Festival, allows concertgoers to enjoy a weeklong celebration of the music of Chopin and beyond featuring world-class artists from around the globe. Festival events include:
  • Recital with Dina Yoffe, winner of the International Chopin and Schumann Competitions, 
  • Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society season artists, the Escher Quartet, join Kevin Kenner in an evening of Mozart, Barber, and Nowakowski, 
  • Two concerts featuring some of the most promising stars of the Frost Chopin Academy, plus an additional concert featuring the winners of the Chopin Concerto audition who will also be joined by the Escher Quartet.  
  • Poland’s renowned comic mime Ireneusz Krosny will perform a one-man show and give a workshop for Academy students on body language. 
  • Festival’s grand finale — a special “Nocturne” concert featuring a number of our master pianists sharing the stage in the 19th century “Parisian salon” setting, moderated by Frank Cooper.
All concerts will be held at Gusman Hall, 1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146.
A Frost Chopin Festival Pass to all six concerts is $180 for adults and $120 for seniors. Individual tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for seniors.  A free concert will take place on June 25. For further information and to purchase tickets go to  www.frostchopinfestival.com or call 305-284-2400. 
 
We appreciate the support of LOT Polish Airlines, Miami Salon Group, and the Pearce Foundation