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Festival Miami 2017: La Santa Cecilia to Snarky Puppy

@lasantacecilia and @RealSnarkyPuppy lead lineup @frostschoolum's Festival Miami 2017.

An ambitious multitude of talent is on its way to the University of Miami Frost School of Music’s 2017 edition of Festival Miami, with performances ranging from the young Los Angeles-based indie-Latino band La Santa Cecilia and genre-defying jazzniks Snarky Puppy to classical compositions by singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby and minimalist piano pioneer Steve Reich.

Tickets for the concerts, which take place Jan. 19-Feb. 11, start at $15 and can be purchased at FestivalMiami.com, by calling 305-284-4940 and via email at fmtickets@miami.edu.  Most performances take place in the University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables.  Among the highlights are:

“House of Cards In Concert”:  On opening night, the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra performs music with the Netflix hit’s Emmy-winning composer, Jeff Beal, accompanied by a video montage of scenes from the show projected over the stage. 8 p.m. Jan. 19, Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Dizzy Gillespie tribute: The Frost Concert Jazz Band honors the centennial of the jazz icon with an illustrious set of guest performers featuring Jon Faddis, Jimmy Heath, Ignacio Berroa, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Martin Bejerano. 8 p.m. Jan. 26, Gusman Concert Hall

La Santa Cecilia: Their vibrant blend of rock, reggae and Latin beats, honored with a Grammy Award in 2014 for the album “Treinta Días”  (which won in the Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album category), is a West Coast interpretation of a sound in heavy rotation across South Florida. 8 p.m. Jan. 27, Gusman Concert Hall

Steve Reich Masterpieces – Electric Counterpoint:  Fans of the Pulitzer Prize winner’s complex and hypnotic work will be rewarded not only with favorite pieces such as “Drumming Part 1,” but the Florida premiere of “Quartet,” performed with two pianos and two vibraphones, and a newly approved transcription of “Electric Counterpoint.” 6 p.m. Jan. 29, Gusman Concert Hall

Bruce Hornsby: The multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and UM alum will join the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra for  “Life in the Psychotropics, and Other Musical Adventures,” an amplification of works Michael Tilson Thomas invited him to perform last year with the New World Symphony. 8 p.m. Feb. 4, Gusman Concert Hall

Snarky Puppy:  Festival Miami’s grand finale is a concert of music for brain and booty by a two-time Grammy-winning ensemble that the New York Times calls  “a barnstorming, groove-centric instrumental act with a rabid fan base and a blithely unplaceable style.”  Adding to the fun will be guest performers Shelly Berg, Terence Blanchard, John Medeski’s Mad Skillet and others. 8 p.m. Feb. 11, North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Other notable performers include Tiempo Libre (Jan. 20), DJ Mark Farina (Jan. 21), Roy Rogers and Carlos Reyes (Jan. 28), Emily Estefan (Feb. 2), Jon Secada (Feb. 3), Becca Stevens (Feb. 8) and Mark O’Connor (Feb. 9). For more information, visit Music.Miami.edu

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