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An image of musicians dressed in black playing string instruments on stage. An image of musicians dressed in black playing string instruments on stage.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
UM Gusman Concert Hall
The 3B’s and 3 Ballets
Santiago Rodriguez, piano
Frost Faculty artist, Santiago Rodriguez, hailed as a "phenomenal pianist" (The New York Times) and "one of the finest pianists in the world" (The Baltimore Sun), presents a program of major works by the great trinity of classical masters: J.S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Johannes Brahms. The concert also includes ballet music by Manuel de Falla, Aram Khachaturian, and Igor Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrushka, in the composer’s arrangement for solo piano, originally written for Arthur Rubinstein.


Saturday, January 25, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
UM Gusman Concert Hall
Maria Schneider presents Egberto Gismonti—Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra
Maria Schneider, artistic director
Scott Flavin, resident conductor
Egberto Gismonti, guitar and piano
In her concert debut as Artistic Director of the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, NEA Jazz Master composer, arranger, and bandleader Maria Schneider presents a program featuring Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist Egberto Gismonti. Both Schneider, one of the few who has received Grammys in the jazz, classical, and rock genres, and the classically-trained Gismonti, who has explored jazz as well as Amazonian tribal music, have made high art out of blurring musical boundaries.


Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
UM Gusman Concert Hall
Boston Brass
The Stamps Brass Quintet
Boston Brass and The Stamps Brass Quintet perform together for an evening of music and entertainment. Boston Brass aims to play “a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, […] in a friendly and fun atmosphere.” The Stamps Brass Quintet is simply one of Frost’s elite ensembles. Expect brilliance when both quintets join efforts on pieces such as the Duke Ellington Suite, arranged by James Hudson, drawing from “Take the ‘A’ Train” and other classics. 


Thursday, February 6, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
UM Gusman Concert Hall
Strauss’s A Hero’s Life—Frost Symphony Orchestra
Gerard Schwarz, conductor
The centerpiece of the evening is Richard Strauss’s tone poem Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life). It stands as the culmination of 19th century romanticism and as an autobiographical statement, as Strauss quotes from several of his previous works. This program also includes Walter Piston’s Three New England Sketches and the unveiling of a new work by a Frost student composition competition winner.


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.


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 join Frost pianists Shelly Berg and Alan Johnson in a voice recital, which will include honoring the history and evolution of the Spiritual. 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
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, featuring Frost faculty artists Scott Flavin and Jodi Levitz. 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
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. Join Frost’s singers and dancers as they explore the cultural relationships between traditional European and Latin-American choral music through dance.


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
Horacio Gutiérrez, piano
Frost season concludes in great style with a concert featuring brilliant Cuban-born pianist Horacio Gutiérrez 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.