Sammy Nestico has received numerous accolades, was a member of the US Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. that now sponsors a yearly award program entitled The Sammy Nestico Arranging Award, and has arranging credits with every major film studio in the industry, including 20th Century Fox, Universal, Paramount, Warner Brothers, MGM and Columbia. Nestico has published over 600 works and has collaborated with such artists as Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Patti Austin and countless others, in addition to having been the composer/arranger for the Count Basie Orchestra.
MAW LECTURE “COMPOSING OUR FUTURE” - Thursday, October 22; 4:00 – 5:00 PM. New World School of the Arts Music Building. 401 NE 2nd Avenue, Room 4302, downtown Miami. Free and open to the public. Information at 305-237-3622.
In its sixth year, Make Art Work [MAW] is designed to bring professionals in the art world togetherwith students and the community for a dialogue on the business of art. The series will focus on providing tools, guidance and strategies for success to the next generation of artists and will expand understanding of what it takes to live as an artist in the twenty-first century. Each talk includes a question and answer session, allowing students and the public opportunities for direct communication with leaders in the art world.
After a day of NWSA student rehearsals and lectures, Sammy Nestico will join the NWSA Jazz Ensemble lead by Professor of Jazz Studies Jim Gasior, and the NWSA Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of maestro Alfred Gershfeld, for an unforgettable evening of jazz arrangements, including the Florida premier of Swingphonic.
NWSA SYMPHONYORCHESTRA & KAZZ ENSEMBE CONCERT with guest artist SAMMY NESTICO - Friday, October 23; 7:00 PM. Historic Lyric Theater. 819 NW 2nd Avenue, downtown Miami. Free and open to the public. Information at 305-237-3622.
“Nestico composed and arranged the pieces that will be performed," said Dean Andai. "He is a powerhouse musician that inspires anyone in his presence. I'm confident that when he stands in front of our ensembles to direct and give insight on the style of his music, especially his arrangements of Swingphonic, Toni, Kiji Takes a Ride and so many others, that the students are going to have a blast!"
Andai added, "What makes this concert so unique, is the type of ensemble needed to successfully perform these works. In many cases, a jazz band is placed next to a symphony orchestra. However in this case, the jazz band is inside the symphony orchestra, playing the jazz and orchestral parts simultaneously. There aren't many ensembles that can pull off a concert like this, but at NWSA, and because of the music curriculum offered, this is exactly what our program is capable of doing. Having the concert at the Historic Lyric Theater is probably the most important venue for this concert. It has a rich and deeply rooted jazz history. When you put all the elements together, you truly achieve a trifecta that heralds why NWSA is so unique and special."
About NWSA: A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development through a curriculum that reflects the rich multicultural state of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, NWSA offers four-year BFA and BM college degrees. Through its rigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts. New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
Further information available by calling NWSA at (305) 237-3539 or visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu.
Photo by Fred Blumenstein. Sammy Nestico