Frost Classics

An image of musicians dressed in black playing string instruments on stage. An image of musicians dressed in black playing string instruments on stage.
A director in a dark suit with a baton in his right hand is leading an a group of musicians with the help of sheet music. A director in a dark suit with a baton in his right hand is leading an a group of musicians with the help of sheet music.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
UM Gusman Concert Hall
Bang on a Bassoon
Brett Dietz, director
Gabriel Beavers, bassoon
Shelly Berg, piano
Andrew Riley and Matthew Nichols, percussion
Hamiruge, LSU Percussion Ensemble
No, you’ve never heard the bassoon sound quite like this before. Frost faculty artist and bassoonist Gabriel Beavers and Frost’s Dean and pianist Shelly Berg call on their superior technique and varied experiences for Gernot Wolfgang's and James Lassen’s challenging works, in which the bassoon is treated like a rock guitar. Brett Dietz’s Behold a Pale Horse for amplified bassoon and percussion quartet puts the bassoon through a guitar pedal effects; and Theodor Burkali’s TRaInspOrt is a fiery piece for bassoon and 2 percussion. Dietz is in demand as a clinician and soloist who has performed in Paris, France, Bongkok, Thailand, and Genral Roca, Argentina, and made appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Monday, February 24, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
UM Gusman Concert Hall
Lieder-Spirituals-Jazz: In Honor of Black History Month
Alan Johnson and Shelly Berg, pianos
Jeanette Thompson, soprano
Robynne Redmon, mezzo-soprano
Frost voice faculty artists Jeanette Thompson and Robynne Redmon sing in a voice recital honoring the history and evolution of the Spiritual. Thompson has been lauded throughout the world as a singer with great depth, warmth, beauty, style and heart. Noted composers David Winkler, Craig Bohmler, Steven Sametz, Ricky Ian Gordon and Thomas Cipullo have written works expressly for her. Redmon has been hailed the world over for her "glorious singing, intense acting, excellent phrasing, ardent tone, splendid shading, solid coloratura and excellent artistic sense." (Das Opernglas) A product of the introduction of Christianity into slaves’s lives, Spirituals also became a coded means of communicating resistance and escape. In time, Spirituals became a formative piece in the development of jazz and blues and has remained a source of inspiration to many jazz artists today.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
UM Gusman Concert Hall
Classical Giants: Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven—Frost Symphony Orchestra
Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Scott Flavin, violin
Jodi Levitz, viola
Tonight, Frost violinist Scott Flavin and Frost violist Jodi Levitz join the Frost Symphony Orchestra in an unforgettable night. Flavin has appeared on the podium with such diverse artists as soprano Denyce Graves, the Beach Boys, Chick Corea, and Dave Grusin, among many others. Levitz has performed as a soloist throughout Europe, South America, North America and Asia. Travel back to the classical period with Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 22, The Philosopher, which uses two English horns rather than the traditional oboes. The concert continues with W.A. Mozart’s magnificent Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola, and orchestra, K. 364. The program concludes with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, The Pastoral, which the composer, a nature lover, described as “more the expression of feeling than painting."

Sunday, April 19, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
UM Gusman Concert Hall
The Planets—Frost Wind Ensemble
Robert M. Carnochan, conductor
Jeffrey Summers, graduate conductor
Aaron Perrine, visiting composer
Dr. Carnochan’s multi-faceted career has included numerous high-profile collaborations with a number of esteemed colleagues and composers, including John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, Gunther Schuller, Frank Ticheli, and more. He also invests substantial time in commissioning and performing works of the new generation of talented composers. This afternoon’s concert opens with visiting composer Aaron Perrine’s A Glimpse of the Eternal, which he has said alludes to the idea of “coming home.” It’s followed by Aaron Copland’s challenging Emblems, his only work for band. Then take delight on Gustav Holst’s masterwork, The Planets, in which he represented the planets in the Solar System, each with its corresponding astrological character. The musical performance will be complemented with images of each planet.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
6:45 p.m. pre-concert dance experience
UM Gusman Concert Hall
Music of the Spheres—The Culture of Song and Dance
Amanda Quist and Corin Overland, conductors
Carol Kaminsky, dance coordinator
Frost Chorale, Symphonic Choir, Women’s Chorus 
Frost Dance Ensemble
A portrait of culture through movement and music comes to life with a selection of works for choir, directed by Quist. Quist collaborated with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Dresden Staatskapelle. Join Frost’s singers and dancers as they explore the cultural relationships between traditional European and Latin-American choral music through dance, directed by Kaminsky.

Friday, April 24, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
UM Gusman Concert Hall
Ravel, Tchaikovsky, and More—Frost Symphony Orchestra
Maximiano Valdés, conductor
Gregory Cardi, associate conductor
Frost season concludes in great style under the baton of guest conductor, Maximiano Valdés, music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias. The program includes Maurice Ravel’s “Alborada del Gracioso” from Miroirs; Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique Symphony); and a new work by the winner of Frost’s student composition competition conducted by Frost’s associate conductor, Gregory Cardi.