The Miami Summer Music Festival is set to open its second season in residence this summer at Miami’s Barry University. The July 5 to August 2 festival features undergraduate musicians and professional artists and faculty in orchestra and opera performances at Barry University and at the New World Center in Miami Beach. Soprano Deborah Voigt will open the festival with a recital program of Wagner, Strauss, and musical theater, with the MSMF Symphony Orchestra. Orchestral programs in 2015 will include Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben, and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, with opera presentations comprising Don Giovanni, Albert Herring, Cendrillon, and Hansel and Gretel. Faculty and master class leaders include conductor and concertmaster Andrés Cárdenes; Michael Heaston, Young Artist Program Director for Washington National Opera and Glimmerglass; and baritone Sherrill Milnes. The festival also offers programs in composition, led by Bernard Rands; conducting, overseen by Grzegorz Nowak, principal associate conductor of London’s Royal Philharmonic; and a piano competition. The Miami Summer Music Festival was launched in 2014 by Michael Rossi with the goal of “providing world-class musical instruction and performance experience at affordable fee structures to highly motivated and pre-professional musicians.” A majority of students participating receive financial aid or full scholarships.
Posted May 8, 2015