Frost School of Music’s Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies Steven Moore will conduct the Frost Symphonic Winds in a concert titled Waters Rising! at the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables Campus. (Free admission for all. Live streaming also available.)
“It will feature exciting art music with a visceral connection to water,” says Moore, who has inspired his students and the school’s marketing division to do a social media blitz. “The experience combines incredible music, visual art, and renowned experts—all of which will increase our awareness regarding the causes and consequences of sea level rise.”
Xavier Cortada, visual artist and director of the UM Alumni Association, who often ties his art to social issues, will provide commentary to introduce Steven Bryant’s Ecstatic Waters, which will be performed in tandem with large screen projections of Cortada’s Antarctic Ice Paintings. The musical work will incorporate electronics and feature Aaron Geldert, a sophomore trombonist and music engineering technology major. “Ecstatic Waters uses Ableton Live [music production hardware and software] in a highly interesting manner. It’s not often that you have successful integration of a digital audio workstation (DAW) with classical wind music,” exudes Moore.
“We would love to see a large turnout of UM students and community patrons to experience live music,” adds Moore. “We hope our Frost School of Music students come away with a sense of what one person can do to impact the world. When each of us does our part to raise awareness about protecting the environment, and adopting energy-saving measures in our home and work lives, it definitely can make a difference.”