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'Festival Miami' brings music stars here in October

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The 30th Anniversary season of Festival Miami, Florida's premier live music festival, kicks off next week. The monthlong celebration features internationally celebrated award-winning artists performing a variety of genres that range from classical to jazz to salsa and more.

The event, which takes place just before tourist season begins, was designed "as a fantastic festival for the people who live here year around," said Shelly Berg, dean of the University of Miami's Frost School of Music.

"This is an eclectic music festival that is broad enough for everyone to enjoy. We have instrumentalists, musicians, and vocalists --a whole array of talented performers. They also work with our students, and our students have the opportunity to perform with them as well," said Berg.

The festival is also an opportunity to see stars like Gloria Estefan in a 600-seat concert hall, instead of the larger venues in which they ordinarily perform. Estefan kicks off the festival next Tuesday, Oct. 1 with a concert based on her new hit CD, "The Standards." The CD topped the charts when it was released earlier this month.

Other performers include renowned classical virtuosi Joshua Bell and Edgar Meyer, Emmy award-winning film and television producer Joel McNeely, singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby, international salsa guitarists Luis Enrique, multi-platinum singer-songwriter Joan Osborn, violinist/fiddler Mark O'Connor, the Manhattan Piano Trio, Latin Jazz icon Auturo Sandoval, and many, many more. The festival concludes with a joint collaboration with Larry Rosen's celebrated Jazz Root's series, which pays homage to Henry Mancini with a special concert entitled "Pink Panther at 50," on Nov. 1.

More info: Festival Miami

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