The Wertheim Music Weekly: Scholarship Launch + Memorable End-of-Year Performances

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The Launch of The Orlando Jacinto Garcia
Composition Scholarship Endowment

We are thrilled to announce the launch of The Orlando Jacinto Garcia Composition Scholarship Endowment, recently unveiled during a retrospective concert honoring our esteemed Composer in Residence and Distinguished University Professor, Orlando Jacinto Garcia. This special event featured the remarkable talents of pianist Lindsay Garritson and FIU's Artist in Residence Ensemble, the Amernet String Quartet.

As we commemorated the 70th birthday of Orlando Jacinto Garcia, his generous pledge of $25,000 to support FIU music composition students with a preference for Cuban culture represents a momentous step forward in our commitment to nurturing excellence and cultural exploration. We cordially invite you to contribute today and stand with us in shaping the future of music composition at FIU, inspired by Garcia's enduring legacy and the profound impact of music.

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FIU Wind Ensemble presents heartfelt tributes and two world premieres

Our recent Wind Ensemble concert was an extraordinary event, highlighted by two world premieres that captivated the audience with their depth. Among these premieres was James Syler's remarkable composition, "Stories from the Golden Hour," which used spoken word, performed by vocalist Dr. Vindhya Khare, to pay homage to the parents of Conductor Dr. Brenton Alston. 

Please consider contributing to the scholarship fund established in honor of Professor Alston's parents, ensuring their legacy continues to inspire future generations. Thank you for being a part of this remarkable experience.

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Director of Bands says farewell

We wanted to take a moment to express our gratitude for your presence at Barry Bernhardt's recent final concert at FIU. It was a night filled with heartfelt music, cherished memories, and a celebration of Barry's remarkable career.

We were delighted to see so many alumni and friends come together to honor Barry and his dedication to FIU. The evening was a testament to the impact he has had on countless lives throughout his tenure.


Celebrating cultural collaborations with 2024 FIU Latin American Choral Festival

With each performance drawing a full house and earning standing ovations, the festival dazzled the stage with over 200 singers hailing from diverse corners of the globe.

From the iconic Cantata Criolla to contemporary compositions, each performance was a captivating journey through the heart and soul of Latin American choral music.

Led by renowned conductors such as Maria Guinand and featuring local talents alongside internationally acclaimed Venezuelan soloists, the festival celebrated passion, artistry, and cultural exchange.

Thank you to all the performers, conductors, sponsors, and attendees who made this year's FIU Latin American Choral Festival an unforgettable experience. Stay tuned for future events and continue to celebrate the magic of music from around the world!


FIU Musical Theatre Electrifies with "The Lightning Thief"

Congratulations to our students in the FIU Musical Theatre Program on their electrifying performances of "The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical" this weekend! From the thrilling storyline to the dynamic rock score, it's clear that the talented students brought this epic journey to life with passion and flair. Kudos to the entire cast, crew, and creative team for their hard work and dedication in making this production a success. Here's to captivating audiences and leaving them on the edge of their seats! Bravo!



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