UM’s Frost School of Music to present Stamp concerts

By Robert Hamilton….
University of Miami Frost School of Music, together with the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Distinguished Visitors Series, will be presenting its spring season of the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Distinguished Visitors Series.

Committed to the enrichment of educational and artistic experiences for students at the Frost School of Music, philanthropists Roe and Penny Stamps established the Distinguished Visitors Series in 2003. The purpose of the series is to offer students the opportunity to expand their artistic and intellectual growth by providing unmatched educational experiences that continue the University of Miami’s tradition of excellence. Upcoming events include two lecture presentations and two performances by Frost music students and faculty — all with free admission.

The first lecture, “The Concert Hall that Fell Asleep and Woke Up as a Car Radio,” will be given by Libby Larsen on Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. Larsen is a vigorous, articulate advocate for the music and musicians of our time. She is cofounder of the Minnesota Composers Forum (now American Composers Forum), a program that supports new composers and developing new markets for their music. She also is a Grammy Award winner with more than 400 works spanning virtually in every genre from intimate vocal to massive orchestral music.

There will be a performance by Frost School of Music students and faculty featuring the music of Libby Larsen on Jan. 25, 7 p.m., at the UM’s Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr.

The series will end with a lecture presentation from Dr. Daniel Levitin, neuroscientist and best-selling author of This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession and The World in Six Songs. The lecture presentation will be on Mar. 3, 6 p.m., in the Fieldhouse at the BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Dr.

For more information on this season of Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Distinguished Visitors Series call 305-284-4940 or visit the Frost School of Music website at

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