International superstar Gloria Estefan will kick off the UM Frost School of Music "Festival Miami," on Oct. 1 with a concert filled with beloved American Songbook classics from her forthcoing highly anticipated new CD "The Standards."
"I grew up listening to Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini and great romance recording artists in Cuba," said Estefan. "This genre is right up my alley, since music is always a catharsis to me," she said.
The seven-time Grammy Award winning vocalist will be accompanied by famed jazz pianist Shelly Berg, dean of the UM Frost School of Music. A Grammy-nominated jazz arranger, Berg arranged, orchestrated and co-produced of Estefan's new album.
"The artistry and heart that Gloria brings to 'The Standards' will resonate with people across a spectrum of generations and cultures," said Berg. "With this recording she has given us a beautiful gift," he added.
The concept for the CD was born when Estefan and Berg were at a trustee dinner at the music school. "We sat at the piano just for fun and he asked me to sing a song," said Estefan. She sang "Good Morning Heartache," and later, she brought a list of standards to Berg. These were songs that "spoke to me personally and made me cry," said Estefan.
In addition to "Good Morning Heartache," the CD also includes "Embraceable You," "I've Grown Accustomed to His Face," "Smile" and "What a Wonderful World." In addition, Estefan showcases Latin American love songs including "El Dia Que Me Quieres," and "Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar."
The Oct. 1 concert will also include behind-the-scenes footage from the studio recording and highlights from the upcoming PBS "Standards" concert that Estefan recorded with the Frost School of Music's Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, conducted by Berg at the New World Center in Miami Beach. The CD will be released in September.
Now celebrating its 30th year, Festival Miami presents unique programming by a diverse blend of award-winning performers in a variety of genres who showcase their artistic prowess alongside astounding students and faculty artists.
More than 25 concerts and events are organized into four themes: "Great Performances," "Jazz and Beyond," "Music of the Americas" and "Creative American Music." Featured performers include Arturo Sandoval, Joshua Bell, Dr. John, Joan Osborn, and many more.
The Estefan concert will take place at 8 p.m. at UM's Maurice Gusman Concert Hall in Coral Gables. Tickets start at $60 and on sale Aug. 1.
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