The University of Miami Frost School of Music together with the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Distinguished Visitors Series will be presenting its spring season of the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Distinguished Visitors Series. Committed to the enrichment of educational and artistic experiences for students at the Frost School of Music, philanthropists Roe and Penny Stamps established the Distinguished Visitors Series in 2003. The purpose of the series is to offer students the opportunity to expand their artistic and intellectual growth by providing unmatched educational experiences that continue the University of Miami’s tradition of excellence.
Upcoming events include two lecture presentations and two performances by Frost music students and faculty – all with free admission. The first lecture, “The Concert Hall that Fell Asleep and Woke Up as a Car Radio,” will be given by Libby Larsen on January 24, 2011 at 7 pm. Larsen is a vigorous, articulate advocate for the music and musicians of our time. She is co-founder of the Minnesota Composers Forum (now American Composers Forum), a program that supports new composers and developing new markets for their music. She is also a Grammy® Award winner with over 400 works spanning virtually in every genre from intimate vocal to massive orchestral music.
On January 25, 2011 at 7 pm, there will be a performance by Frost School of Music students and faculty featuring the music of Libby Larsen at the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, University of Miami at 1314 Miller Drive.
The series will end with a lecture presentation from Dr. Daniel Levitin, neuroscientist and best-selling author of This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession and The World in Six Songs. The lecture presentation will be on March 3, 2011 at 6 pm, in the Fieldhouse at the BankUnited Center (1245 Dauer Drive).
Past 2010 series visitors included Lamont Dozier – writer and producer of over 54 #1 hits for The Supremes, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, and a host of others, giving them credit for being the architects of the Motown sound. Also a past performer this season was Matt Wilson who has played, toured, and recorded with various bands and musicians including the Either/Orchestra, Charlie Kohlhase Quintet, Bevan Manson, John Medeski, and Dominique Eade.
For more information on this season of Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Distinguished Visitors Series call 305-284-4940, or visit the Frost School of Music website www.music.miami.edu.