September 15, 2008

Festival Miami 2008 Celebrates “Destination Miami: 25 Years of Musical Magic”

This is Festival Miami like you've never seen it before. One of South Florida's most popular and long-lived cultural events, this month-long music series put on by the University of Miami Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music brings world renowned musical artists to the Miami area at an affordable cost to patrons. This beloved annual music extravaganza celebrates its 25th anniversary with an exciting and innovative lineup of concerts from October 9 through November 3, 2008. From traditional classical fare to fusion jazz--along with everything in between - Festival Miami's rich variety reflects the diversity of cultures that thrive in South Florida.

Tapping into the critical South Florida tourism industry and marketed nationally for the first time, Festival Miami organizers have engineered a bold new plan for 2008. A Festival Miami first, University of Miami Frost School of Music Dean Shelton "Shelly" Berg is taking the show on the road, adding two new spectacular venues - the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and the BankUnited Center. Also new this year Festival Miami packs 23 performances into four musically-themed weeks that make this a not-to-be-missed "Destination Miami" affair.

Dean Berg, an acclaimed jazz pianist from Los Angeles entering his second year as Dean of the Frost School of Music, notes that "by grouping the offerings into themes, we can evolve into a destination festival, where fans of a particular genre come for several days of immersion along with all that Miami has to offer."

As part of week-one's "Great Performances" theme, "Adrienne Arsht Presents the Frost School of Music: Passion and Pathos," the opening night gala on October 9th at the Arsht Center features award-winning composer John Corigliano, along with famed violinist Jennifer Koh.

Week-two kicks off a "Jazz and Beyond" celebration with appearances by the incomparable jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton and The Joshua Redman Trio.

"Creative American Music" week features "Bruce Hornsby and Friends" at the BankUnited Center with three-time Grammy winner and Frost School of Music alumnus Bruce Hornsby, blues rock legend Steve Miller and other major recording artists for an arena style concert.

The final week pays tribute to "Music of the Americas" with Brazilian guitarist Nelson Faria, Grammy Award winning pianist and composer Pablo Ziegler, and nine-time Grammy Award winner Eddie Palmieri.

The Festival Miami Advance Ticket Sales Office phone number is (305) 284-4940. Hours are Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For a complete listing of concerts and to order tickets online visit or email [email protected]

All performances are at the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall located at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, 1314 Miller Drive, on the University of Miami's Coral Gables Campus (unless otherwise noted). For more information on the Frost School of Music visit