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September guide to the arts at the U

View a list of arts-related events for this month, including film screenings, author presentations, musical performances, and exhibition openings.
Frost Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Gerard Schwarz
The Frost Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Gerard Schwarz performs at the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall. 

Explore a roundup of events this month, including the launch of the Frost Music Live season, a film screening and discussion with Gloria Estefan, and a family workshop event at the Lowe Art Museum. Visit The U Creates for more information on the arts and humanities offerings at the University throughout the year.

As part of a new initiative, college students can experience the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts for $25 a ticket. Get exclusive access to discounted tickets to select shows including concerts, dance, theater, and more with a free ArshtPass membership.

Bill Cosford Cinema 

Saturday, Sept. 16, 5 p.m.

“Watching Movies with Gloria Estefan: ‘Young Frankenstein’ (1974)”

The School of Communication invites the University community to join the iconic music superstar Gloria Estefan and Bill Cosford Cinema manager, Rene Rodriguez, for a screening of Mel Brooks' uproarious 1974 comedy “Young Frankenstein.” The film will be followed by an in-person discussion about Estefan's love for movies. Hosted by the Cosford Cinema, this event series invites local thought leaders to select a movie and engage in conversation. Register to attend.

5030 Brunson Drive, Suite 225
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

Explore the Cosford Cinema’s events calendar, which includes a series of weekly film screenings this fall from the list of the 2022 Sight and Sound Greatest Films of All Time.

Center for the Humanities

Thursday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m. 

“Strongmen and How to Push Back Against Them”

To kick off the Stanford Distinguished Professors Series, Ruth Ben-Ghiat, professor of history and Italian studies at New York University, will give a presentation at the Kislak Center at the University of Miami. Ben-Ghiat will discuss the key elements of the authoritarian playbook—corruption, violence, propaganda, machismo, and leader cults—and how they are deployed today by autocratic forces in Italy, Hungary, the United States, and elsewhere. Register to attend.

Kislak Center at the University of Miami
1300 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

Explore the Center for the Humanities’ events calendar, including a series of book talks at Books & Books featuring University faculty members.

Creative Writing

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. 

The Creative Writing Program presents the Fall Ibis Reading, featuring poet Nate Marshall and writer Idra Novey. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Newman Alumni Center on the Coral Gables Campus. No registration is required. Learn more about the creative writing program.

6200 San Amaro Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

Frost School of Music

Friday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m. 

The Frost Music Live! 2023–24 season opens with an evening of song featuring tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and pianist Warren Jones. The program includes Frost faculty member Jodi Levitz and the Henry Mancini Institute String Quartet. Purchase tickets.

Maurice Gusman Concert Hall
1314 Miller Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

Saturday, Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m. 

“Towering Heights—Frost Symphony Orchestra”

Led by Frost Symphony Orchestra conductor Gerard Schwarz, the performance will include Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 6, William Schuman’s New England Triptych, and Brahms’ fourth symphony. Find tickets.

Maurice Gusman Concert Hall
1314 Miller Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. 

“Seven Pillars—Sandbox Percussion”

Andy Akiho’s Grammy-nominated "Seven Pillars" includes an 11-part palindrome, consisting of ensemble and solo movements with striking lights synchronized to the music. Secure your seat for the theatrical live-experience at the Newman Recital Hall.

Explore this season’s signature events as part of Frost Music Live—a series of concerts sponsored by the Frost School of Music. All live concerts can be accessed virtually. Find more events at the Frost School of Music.

Lowe Art Museum 

Tuesday, Sept. 7, 6:30 p.m.

“Lowe Ignite: The Language of Flowers: A Demonstration of the Art of ikebana”

Celebrate the centuries-old Japanese art of Ikebana or “making flowers come to life.” The program features Ikebana artists—experts in the ikenobo School, the oldest and largest school of Ikebana—who will demonstrate their artistry in several arrangements. A reception will follow the demonstration and participants can browse a related Lowe exhibition, “Transcendent Clay/Kondo: A Century of Japanese Ceramic Art.” Register to participate.

Tuesday, Sept. 12, noon

“Slow Looking with the Lowe—Picasso and Collage”

During this virtual event, Tola Porter, Lowe Art Museum educator for academic and public programs, will lead participants through a 30-minute mindful and interactive program with two examples from Picasso’s long engagement with Cubist collage. Employees enrolled in the Well ’Canes Incentive Program can earn 25 points for attending "Slow Looking" virtual programs. Simply enter your ’Cane ID during the registration process. Sign up now.

Saturday, Sept. 16, session 1 at 10:30 a.m.; session 2 at 11:15 a.m.

Whether you're an experienced artist or a curious beginner, join Lowe Art Museum educators for a fun and exciting artmaking experience working with various mediums, colors, and techniques. Part of a monthly program designed for intergenerational groups, this Family Workshop complements works displayed in the Lowe's exhibition “Expressions of Self: Arnold Newman’s Artist Portraits in Context,” which is on view through Sept. 17. Save your spot

Lowe Art Museum
1301 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33124

Explore the Lowe's events calendar.

Jerry Herman Ring Theatre

The 2023–24 Ring Theatre season will launch in October with Oscar Wilde’s romantic comedy, “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Stay tuned for more details.

University Libraries

Thursday, Sept. 14, 1 p.m.

“Art for the People: A History of Illustration Techniques in Books and Popular Media”

Special Collections will present an online series of “deep dives”—informative, enticing, and educational looks into a selection of images that are representative of materials in their collections. Robin Potter Nolasco, Special Collections librarian, will discuss the history of illustration printing techniques and their many uses to make and reproduce images. Nolasco will also explore the ways images were used alongside texts to influence, entertain, and inspire the public. Register to attend the virtual event.

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2 p.m.

“Operation Pedro Pan: The Migration of Unaccompanied Children from Castro's Cuba” 

The Cuban Heritage Collection will host a virtual book talk with John A. Gronbeck-Tedesco, associate professor of American studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey, in conversation with Michelle Chase, associate professor at Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. Using personal interviews and newly unearthed information, Gronbeck-Tedesco’s book provides a deeper understanding of how and why the program was devised. Sign up for the virtual book talk.   

Find a calendar of events—including weekly mindfulness sessions for health and well-being. Explore a complete list of current exhibitions offered by the UM Libraries.

University of Miami Art Galleries

On view Wednesday, Aug. 30, through Sunday, Sept. 17

The Department of Art and Art History in the College of Arts and Sciences presents the work of incoming Master of Fine Arts (MFA) graduate students, sculptor Monia Meluzzi is from Rimini, Italy, and photographer Cherlynn Zhang is from Shunde, China. Students in the three-year MFA program earn a terminal degree that prepares them to enter the professional, studio art world and qualifies them to teach at the college level. This program is highly competitive and draws applicants from across the country and around the world.

Attend the exhibition opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

University of Miami Gallery, Wynwood Building
2750 NW Third Ave., Suite 4
Miami, Florida 33127

The gallery is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Get more information about the University of Miami Art Galleries.