October guide to the arts at the U

By Amanda M. Perez

October guide to the arts at the U

By Amanda M. Perez
Interested in the arts? Check out this comprehensive wrap-up for all arts-related events happening this month.

The Wynwood Gallery is back. After months of being closed, the gallery will soon reopen this month on a limited basis to University of Miami faculty, staff, and students. On display will be the Faculty Exhibition, an annual show that features the work of some of the skilled artists who are instructors at the University. 

Claudio Nolasco, a new photography assistant professor, is one of several artists whose work will be on display. He explained that his photos document the neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in New York City. 

“It captures the neighborhood's changing character with a focus on the Latino men who manage to maintain a foothold despite the significant economic and social pressures of gentrification and urban renewal,” he said. 

Nolasco moved to Williamsburg from the Dominican Republic in 1989, when it was still a working-class and primarily Latino enclave. Since 2011, he has documented the change to the neighborhood, focusing primarily on the men he would often see and meet on the streets. 

“The men of these communities tend to be the most visible presence on the street, and through them I have been able to represent what remains of my community, the values they hold, and the difficulties they now endure,” said Nolasco. 

The professor said he is looking forward to showcasing his work in a physical format. 

“There’s a material aspect to a show that is exciting” he explained. “Looking at things online is one kind experience, but I think that encountering a physical print is a very different and special circumstance.” 

The opportunity to show his work at the Wynwood Gallery will also help facilitate his teaching methods. 

“This exhibition shows all of the building blocks of what students need to know to put together a cohesive body of work at a gallery,” said Nolasco. “I want them to understand that it’s not only about taking the picture, it’s about how that picture is going to be presented and displayed that adds something to the understanding and experience of that work of art.” 

Other faculty members who will be featured at the Wynwood Gallery include Sean Black, Devin Caserta, Tricia Cooke, Xavier Cortada, Jenna Efrein, James Arthur Herring, David James Marsh, Lani Marie Shapton, Lidija Slavkovic, Beatriz Rodriguez, and Carol Todaro. 

Gallery hours are Wednesday–Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To schedule a visit, contact Milly Cardoso, gallery director at m.cardoso1@miami.edu, or call (305) 284-3161.

Frost School of Music

October 6, Noon

Frost Sessions podcast premiere

The History of Jazz with Dean Shelly Berg & Mark Ruffin

The premiere Frost Sessions podcast features Frost School of Music Dean Shelly Berg, a Steinway piano artist and multi-Grammy-nominated arranger and producer, along with Mark Ruffin, Emmy-Award-winning, Grammy-nominated host of Sirius XM’s “Real Jazz.” Together they dive into the history of Jazz, as Ruffin celebrates his 40th anniversary in broadcasting and the release of his first book “Bebop Fairytales: A Historical Trilogy of Jazz, Intolerance, and Baseball.”

Future episodes will feature world-renowned Frost faculty artists and alumni, along with surprise guests. Stay tuned.

Visit frostsessions.com to listen.

October 6, 7:30 p.m.

Frost Jazz Vocal EnsemblesContemporary Masters
Kate Reid, director

The award-winning Frost Jazz Vocal ensembles present contemporary literature from Pat Metheny, the Yellow Jackets, and Groove For Thought with arrangements by Frost School of Music alumni Gerhard Guter and Jennifer Barnes.

To register for this virtual event, click here.

October 10, 7:30 p.m.

Frost Jazz Vocal EnsemblesThe American Songbook
Kate Reid, director

The nationally-renowned and award-winning jazz vocal ensembles present the music of Claudio Roditi, Paquito D'Rivera, Leslie Bricusse and well-known jazz standards arranged by leading arrangers Darmon Meader and Dave Barduhn.

To register for this virtual event, click here.

October 18, 4 p.m.

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 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.” 

To register for this virtual event, click here.

October 19, 7:30 p.m.

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

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

To register for this virtual event, click here.

October 20, Noon

The Art of Marketing an Album with Maria Schneider & Michael Dudley

The second episode of “Frost Sessions” features the Frost School’s Maria Schneider. Along with Michael Dudley, the duo delves into the process surrounding her latest double-album release “Data Lords,” which NPR’s Nate Chinen calls, “the most daring work of Schneider's career, which sets the bar imposingly high.”

Visit frostsessions.com to listen.

October 20, 7:30 p.m.

Frost SuperbandFamiliar Names, New Sounds

Steve Guerra, 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 the charts that have never been recorded available. 

To register for this virtual event, click here.

October 24, 7:30 p.m.

Gerard Schwarz, conductor

Join the Frost Symphony Orchestra with Gerard Schwarz as they play a night of memorable music from various composers. 

To register for this virtual event, click here. 

October 25, 7:30 p.m.

Frost Sax Quartets

Dale Underwood, director

To register for this virtual event, click here.

October 30, 7:30 p.m.

Frost Chorale: Love and Dreams
Amanda Quist, director

The Frost Chorale shares collective dreams for healing and love throughout the world with song. Featuring works by Undine Smith Moore, the "Dean of Black Women Composers," as well as works by composers Ēriks Esenvalds, Eric Whitacre, Franz Biebl, and Bob Chilcott. 

To register for this virtual event, click here.

Center for the Humanities

October 1, 7 p.m.

"Historical Fiction—A Novelist’s Approach to Researching and Writing 19th Century Cuba"

Chantel Acevedo is a professor of English, director of Creative Writing, and novelist. In this talk, Acevedo will share her experiences writing and researching her latest novels “The Distant Marvels” and “The Living Infinite,” which are set in Cuba during the War of Independence from Spain. Both are published by Europa Editions.

To register for this virtual event, click here.

October 7, 8 p.m.

“Hatred: Understanding Our Most Dangerous Emotion”

Hatred is often considered the opposite of love, but in many ways, it is much more complicated. It also may be considered one of the dominant emotions of our time, as individuals, groups, and even nations express or enact hatred to varying degrees. What is hatred? Where does it come from and what does it reveal about the hater? And is hatred always a bad thing? Brogaard makes a deep dive into the moral psychology of one of our most complex and vivid emotions.

Berit “Brit” Brogaard is professor of philosophy at University of Miami. Her areas of research include philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and cognitive science.

To register for this virtual event, click here.

October 13, 7 p.m.

"Slavery's Emancipation: A Rashomon Effect"

Scott Heerman is a scholar of 18th and 19th century U.S. history. His research focuses on slavery and emancipation in the U.S. and Atlantic World. Taking its inspiration from the 1950 masterpiece film “Rashamon,” this talk will tell a poly-vocal history of emancipation. Following a few biographies of men and women who escaped slavery, the session tries to pin down what the realities were after emancipation. 

To register for this virtual event, click here.

Friday, October 23 9 a.m.

Online Fellows Symposium 

Hear from the Center's 2019-20 fellows who will present research conducted as part of their fellowship. 

View the program and register here. 

October 28, 8 p.m.

“Phantom Lady: Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock”  

In 1933, Joan Harrison was a 26-year-old former salesgirl with a dream of escaping both her stodgy London suburb and the dreadful prospect of settling down with one of the local boys. A few short years later, she was Alfred Hitchcock's confidante and one of the Oscar-nominated screenwriters of his first American film, “Rebecca.” Harrison had quickly grown from being the worst secretary Hitchcock ever had to one of his closest collaborators, critically shaping his brand as the "Master of Suspense." Forging her own public persona as the female Hitchcock, Harrison went on to produce numerous Hollywood features before becoming a television pioneer as the producer of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” A respected powerhouse, she acquired a singular reputation for running amazingly smooth productions—and defying anyone who posed an obstacle. She waged rough-and-tumble battles against executives and censors and even helped to break the Hollywood blacklist. Author Christina Lane shows how this stylish, stunning woman became Hollywood's most powerful female writer-producer—one whom history has since overlooked. 

To register for this virtual event, click here. 

University Libraries 

Every Wednesday, 4–5 p.m.

Mindfulness at Richter 

The University of Miami Libraries offers introductory mindfulness sessions for cultivating calm and focus. These 45-minute sessions introduce the fundamentals of mindfulness with periods of guided practice and opportunities for reflection and questions. 

To register, click here.

October 8, 1 p.m.

Deep Dives into Special Collections: “The Liberation of Paris” with Arthur Dunkelman 

To register, click here. 

October 15, 11 a.m.

The Mariel Effect: Social and Racial Tensions in South Florida in the Wake of the Boatlift. 

To register for this, event click here. 

Lowe Art Museum

Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27

Mindfulness with the Lowe

The Lowe’s Art of Mindfulness remote sessions take place on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Each session will last approximately 40 minutes (a 30-minute guided practice with 10-minute reflection and Q & A). 

Registration is required to participate in these free virtual sessions. Visit lowe.miami.edu for more information. 

October 8, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Join the Lowe to continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a presentation on the life and work of Cuban American artist Carlos Alfonzo.

To register for this virtual event, click here.