Miami Summer Music Festival plans ambitious lineup of classes and performances

By Lawrence Budmen

Soprano Deborah Voigt will perform at the Miami Summer Music Festival July 11 in Miami Shores.

Soprano Deborah Voigt will perform at the Miami Summer Music Festival July 11 in Miami Shores.

The Miami Summer Music Festival will bring 200 college and professional musicians to Barry University in Miami Shores for classes in opera, orchestral performance, piano, composition and conducting. A full schedule of concerts and opera productions will be presented July 5-August 2 in conjunction with the educational activities.

A 95-member orchestra composed of students from such prestigious schools as Juilliard, Oberlin, the Cleveland Institute, London’s the Royal College of Music and others will open the series on July 2 at the Broad Performing Arts Center on the Barry campus under the direction of festival founder and artistic director Michael Rossi.

Soprano Deborah Voigt will be guest soloist in music by Wagner and Strauss on July 11; Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 completes the program. Voigt will also give a master class. The orchestral series will culminate in a performance at Miami Beach’s New World Center on July 25 featuring Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, opera highlights and the winners of the piano concerto and composition competitions.

Four staged opera productions with full orchestra will be presented – Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring, Massenet’s Cendrillon and a family presentation of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.

Visiting faculty and guest masterclass teachers include former Pittsburgh Symphony concertmaster Andres Cardenas; Michael Heaston, director of the young artist programs at the Washington National Opera and Glimmerglass Festival; and famed operatic baritone Sherrill Milnes.

A composition program will be under the direction of Orlando Jacinto Garcia with distinguished composer Bernard Rands as guest faculty. The conducting studies program will be led by Grzegorz Nowak, conducting professor at Florida International University, resident conductor of the Royal Philharmonic and newly named music director of the Orquestra Sinfonica de Espana.

There will also be a three-week piano symposium in collaboration with the Miami International Piano Festival. Two student prize winners will perform at the 2016 festival. Additional classes will be offered in career management plus practice auditions and ensemble performance opportunities.

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2 Responses to “Miami Summer Music Festival plans ambitious lineup of classes and performances”

  1. Posted May 10, 2015 at 7:13 pm by Kristian Toimil

    Wow! Sounds wonderful; so glad there’ll be something classical to listen to live this summer!

  2. Posted May 12, 2015 at 5:22 pm by christina

    Can non students participate? Where can one apply?

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