MIAMI – New World School of the Arts celebrates its 30th Anniversary with the blazing rhythms of jazz legend Charlie Parker, once again bringing together the world of Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble to create a memorable performance at the Lehman Theater in Miami Dade College North Campus. Directed by NWSA faculty member of Jazz Studies Jim Gasior and with guest artist Ted Nash, saxophonist of the famed Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in New York, a special hybrid of two major NWSA music division ensembles will perform Charlie Parker's Bird With Strings. This piece, a compilation of songs, was recorded in the 1950s in the context of a classical string section and a jazz rhythm section rather than his standard bebop quintet. They were Parker's most popular sellers during his lifetime, and were admitted to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1988. The program concludes with George Gershwin's Cuban Overture and Alfred Gershfeld's composition entitled A Tribute to George Gershwin. Professor Gershfeld celebrates 20 years as a NWSA faculty member and his jazz infused opus for full symphony orchestra will surely be a compliment to close off the concert.
Maestro Gershfeld offers a few words about his life and tenure at NWSA:
Orchestra & Jazz Concert will be presented on November 10; 7:00 PM, Miami Dade College North Campus - William and Joan Lehman Theater. 11380 NW 27 Avenue, Miami.
Just two weeks later, NWSA presents excerpts of opera favorites in Opera Scenes on Miami Beach, performed by members of the NWSA Opera Theater Ensemble and directed by NWSA faculty member of Voice and Opera, Rodney Miller. These scenes will be from famous operas - both serious and comic - and will include a preview of Two Widows, a beautiful and little known opera by Smetana, which will be presented as a fully staged production on March 18 and 19 at the Lehman Theater located at Miami Dade College North Campus. This is an opportunity to see andhear NWSA's wonderfully talented young singers as they learn to present themselves in a minimalist setting.
Professor Rodney Miller and opera college senior Kristianna Jones discuss the NWSA Opera Theater Ensemble:
Opera Scenes will be presented on November 21; 7:30 PM at the Colony Theater. 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.
With two Chamber Music Concerts, the music division highlights the exceptional work that can be achieved through collaboration among musicians as the skill of chamber music. Part of NWSA's rigorous music curriculum includes this important skill-builder by encouraging students to strengthen their musicianship and personalizing interpretations of chamber music masterworks in these performances. The College Chamber Music Program scheduled for November 23 also includes a Piano Recital comprised of students from the studio of NWSA faculty member of Piano Studies, Ciro Fodere while both performances present a menu of diverse repertoire representing the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras under the direction of NWSA faculty member of Viola Studies, Richard Fleischman.
College Chamber Music and Piano Recital will be presented on November 23; 6:00 PM. First United Methodist Church of Miami. 400 Bicayne Boulevard, Miami.
College Chamber Music Recital will be presented on November 27; 2:00 PM. Pinecrest Gardens. 11000 S. Red Road, Miami.
Accompanied by the NWSA Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Alfred Gershfeld, the seven winners comprised of college and high school students, of the annual NWSA Concerto Competition have been announced and will present performances, ranging from stringed and wind instruments to voice, during the Concerto Competition Winner's Concert. A panel of judges, comprised of stellar musicians with no affiliation to New World School of the Arts, was brought in to adjudicate the competition, which was held at the Wolfson Auditorium on the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campusthis year. After careful deliberation of approximately 25 contestants, the winners were selected to perform with the symphony orchestra. Judges looked for a range of components in the contestant's performance, including but not limited to, musical expression and a good understanding of the repertoire and entire conductor's score, appropriate use of technique based on the style of music, stage presence, quality of sound and phrasing, rhythmic clarity, tonal quality and control, projection, nuances, technical facility, articulation of notes and the potential for flexibility in case needed during the performance. Each year, the competition winners are awarded the chance to put their solo and ensemble skills to the test in this exciting exhibition of musical passion.
Congratulations to performing winners Esther Chae,cello; David Fernandez, violin; Amanda Gonzalez-Piloto, soprano, KristiannaJones, soprano; Jack Kessler, viola; Mikhail Marasigan, clarinet; and Gerard Ortega, tenor
The Concerto Competition Winner’s Concert will be presented on November 29; 7:30 PM at the Colony Theater. 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.
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, as well as the high school diploma. Through itsrigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts.
The academic music curriculum at New World School of the Arts fosters creativity and develops knowledge of musical heritage. Taught by professional working musicians in all major music genres, our coursework strives to develop the student’s growth and maturity in comprehensivemusicianship. The study of music history and theory is pursued by taking a variety of classes including foundations of music, surveys of music history in the western world, jazz and pop music in America, and music of the
world’s people. Seminars in composition, aesthetics, jazz improvisation, chamber music, and general musicianship round off our curricula. Music composition, which takes center stage in our program, allows students to discover their inner voice, while the steady stream of student compositions are supported through regular recitals, concerts and forums. Annual performances in state-of-the-arts professional venues include the fully staged NWSA CollegeOpera Theater production and the NWSA Symphony Orchestra concert.
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.
Information about the NWSA Music program is available by calling 305-237-3622 or visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu/ or you by calling the main office at 305-235-3135.