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Our Annual Wertheim Music Festival returns Oct. 26 – Nov. 5 with a celebration of musical diversity

The lineup is nothing short of spectacular!

The festival showcases a rich tapestry of music from different historical periods and cultures, making it a true celebration of musical diversity and traditions, with performances from the world-class FIU artist-in-residence chamber ensemble the Amernet String Quartet, the debut of professor emeritus and founding director of the school of music Frederick Kaufman newest composition for organ and the world premiere of a Zarzuela rendition of “La Ruta de Don Quixote” with performers from Spain.

The community can expect exceptional performances by FIU artist-in-residence and Miami International Piano Festival favorite Kemal Gekic, the groundbreaking Ensemble Dal Niente, and a collaboration between New York trumpeter Alexander Norris, FIU faculty and the Jazz Big Band under the direction of visiting assistant teaching professor and trumpeter Omar Lateef. The festivities also offer an afternoon of family entertainment and activities with "Peter and the Wolf," ensuring that there's something for everyone.

For the finale, Broadway legend Eric Jordan Young sings selection from "Sweeney Todd," "Into the Woods," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "Sunday in the Park with George" and more in a tribute to the late musical theater icon Stephen Sondeim. Young will be will be joined by the Wertheim Musical Theatre Ensemble in the latter's festival debut.

Discounts are available for students and FIU faculty, staff, and alumni! Live streaming is available. So, let's celebrate the magic of music together!

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OCT 26, 7:30PM

Strings United: From Baroque to the 20th Century

The FIU Music Festival’s opening night brings an unparalleled fusion of talent to the stage, featuring the world-renowned Amernet String Quartet and exceptional guest artists, Ani Kavafian, violin; Thomas Mesa, cello; and Mari Liis Päkk, violin. For two works, FIU students will join them for this compelling chamber music program, including Mendelssohn's Octet in E-flat major.

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OCT 27, 7:30PM

Jazz Harmony: Alex Norris & FIU Jazz

Get ready for a captivating jazz night with legendary trumpet player Alex Norris, FIU Jazz Faculty, and the FIU Jazz Big Band. Experience the magic of jazz through classic standards and contemporary gems.

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OCT 28, 7:30PM

Unveiling a Symphony: Organ Concerto World Premiere

Witness history with the world premiere of a breathtaking organ concerto by the esteemed composer and FIU Wertheim School of Music founder, Fredrick Kaufman. Luca Scandali, an Italian virtuoso, will perform on the magnificent Sydell Ida Wertheim concert organ. Performance with the symphony orchestra. 

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OCT 29, 2:00PM

Family Concert: Peter and The Wolf for Organ and Percussion

Step into a world of imagination as the charming tale of Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" comes to life in this matinee family concert. From the thrilling chase through the woods to the triumphant finale, every moment will captivate your senses and ignite your imagination! 

In cooperation with the Miami Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. With reception.

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NOV 2, 7:30PM

Unleashing Musical Boundaries: Dal Niente Ensemble

Immerse yourself in the avant-garde brilliance of Ensemble Dal Niente as they push the boundaries of contemporary music and take you on a fearless exploration of musical expression.

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NOV 3, 7:30PM

Piano Extravaganza! An Evening with Kemal Gekic

Get ready to witness the magic of music come alive as FIU Artist-in-Residence Kemal Gekic, a virtuoso of the ivory keys, takes center stage!

Flamboyant, daring, provocative, exciting, seductive and sensitive are some of the words used to describe one of today’s most formidable pianists, Kemal Gekic, whose playing has been acclaimed worldwide by public and critics alike.

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NOV 4, 7:30PM

La Ruta de Don Quixote - A Zarzuela World Premiere!

Immerse yourself in the world of Don Quixote with a symphonic interpretation by Rafael Rodriguez Albert, conducted by Spain's Gustavo Sanchez. This performance features Spain's leading soloists and FIU opera students.

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NOV 5, 2:00PM

A Broadway Legend: Sondheim in Concert

Broadway veterans Eric Jordan Young and Lucia Spina bring their magnetic stage presence to deliver an afternoon of pure musical theatre magic for the festival finale!

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