Miami -- The October music calendar at New World School of the Arts is rich with NWSA high school music students in multiple ensemble performances. They include the Jazz Ensemble; and Instrumental Ensembles, which will be presented in different Miami areas.
HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ ENSEMBLE:
Directed by Jim Gasior, Associate Professor Jazz Studies at NWSA, the High School Jazz Ensemble will interpret energizing Jazz tunes alongside guest vocalist Lenard Rutledge. The robust program will showcase such popular songs as Hubbard’s The Intrepid Fox, Concerto for Clarinet by Artie Shaw, Victor Herbert’s Indian Summer, and the ever favorite Fly Me to the Moon by Bart Howard, arr. Nelson Riddle.
Lenard Rutledge was born and raised in Miami, where he performs at such high profile venues as the Ritz Carlton South Beach, Emeri’s Restaurant, and until recently, Van Dyke Café. Akin the legendary Lou Rawls, Rutledge’s “classy elegance is often permeated by the raw passion of his church choir work. In fact Rutledge still sings with the choir at the historic Saint Agnes Episcopal Church in Overtown.”1 Rutledge’s illustrious vocal career spans almost two decades and began when he joined the Melton MustafaOrchestra under bandleader Melton Mustafa in 1979.
• High School Jazz Ensembles is on Sunday, October 19; 6:00 PM. South Motors Gen-Next Jazz at Pinecrest Gardens. 11000 S. Red Road, Miami. Concert is Free and open to the public.
HIGH SCHOOL INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES:
The NWSA high school instrumental ensembles join forces under the batons of directors Alfred Gershfeld and Brent Mounger for an evening of compositional favorites! Student soloists will be highlighted with the NWSA Camerata String Orchestra in movements of Vivaldi's famed Four Seasons and Alfred Gershfeld's arrangement of Moldavian Fantasy, a piece written by his father David Gershfeld. The NWSA Symphony Orchestra will present Tchaikovsky's beloved Capriccio Italien, the work inspired by the Italian Carnival and the folkmusic played by street musicians, as witnessed on his trip to Rome. Brent Mounger will conduct the NWSA Wind Ensemble in an arrangement of Bernstein's timeless and award-winning musical, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, as well as perform a musical gem by English Composer Frederick Delius', The Walk To The Paradise Garden.
• High School Instrumental Ensembles, Tuesday, October 28; 7:00 PM. Miami Dade College - Kendall Campus, McCarthy Theater. 11011 SW 104 Street, Miami. General admission $10 / students and seniors $5. Tickets: http://nwsa.mdc.edu
Music at NWSA: The academic music curriculum at NewWorld School of the Arts fosters creativity and develops knowledge of musical heritage. Course work strives to develop the student's growth and maturity in comprehensive musicianship. 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; and seminars in composition aesthetics, jazz improvisation,chamber music, and general musicianship. Areas of concentration include piano, instrumental, composition and vocals.
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 305-237-7855 or visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu.
Photos: NWSA Symphony Orchestra. Photo courtesy of New World School of the Arts