Miami Summer Music Festival attracts students from around the world

Conducting Student Tyler Kimmel

More than 150 students from leading music schools, universities and conservatories around the world will call FIU home, while they live on campus and participate in the Miami Summer Music Festival, a collaboration between the FIU School of Music and Michael Rossi, a conductor and the festival’s founder and artistic director.

“We in the School of Music are delighted to be the host institution for this new and important undertaking by Michael Rossi, which interfaces ideally with our continuing role as a cultural and educational resource for South Florida and beyond,” said Bill Hipp, FIU School of Music’s interim director.

The festival will run from June 9 to July 6, 2014, at FIU’s School of Music at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

“To be able to work closely with Florida International University School of Music in creating the Miami Summer Music Festival is a great experience,” said Rossi. “The facilities and support of the university are exceptional, and I’m positive that students will return home full of praise for both the university and the festival.”

The summer program will focus on three areas— opera, piano and orchestra. Students will have the opportunity to train with leading artists including American baritone Sherrill Milnes; American pianist Agustin Anievas; the Amernet String Quartet; members of the Philadelphia Orchestra; and leading international artists and teachers from the Miami area, as well as FIU faculty members.

As part of the program, students will host public performances at FIU’s Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center and throughout the Miami area. Highlights include fully staged opera productions of Puccini’s Suor Angelica; two Mozart operas, Le nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte; three symphony concerts; a special concert featuring winners of the festival’s concerto competition; chamber music performances; and piano recitals. Also, master classes by Sherrill Milnes and Agustin Anievas will be offered to the public at no charge.

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