Join the FIU School of Music for an intimate look at Hector Berliozâ€™s Symphonie fantastique with world-renowned musicologist Frank Cooper and FIU Artist-in-Residence and preeminent pianist Kemal Gekic.
The Symphonic fantastique is a self-portrait of its composer, Hector Berlioz, and has become one of the most performed orchestral works since its premiere in Paris in 1830. The symphony describes his obsession and dreams, tantrums and moments of tenderness, and visions of suicide and murder, ecstasy, and despair.
Called by the Miami Herald â€śSouth Floridaâ€™s cultural mavenâ€ť and â€śa Renaissance man,â€ť Frank Cooper has lectured in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress, Indiana University, MacMaster University (Ontario), SUNY Purchase, and the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), and appeared on National Public Radio, the CBC (Toronto), the BBC (London) and Radio Nederlands (Hilversum). Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Van Cliburn Foundation, Ford Centre (Toronto), Rialto Centre (Atlanta), TIME/LIFE, Arabesque Records, RCA Victor, Audiofon Records and the International Piano Archives have commissioned annotations from Prof. Cooper, who is the author of more than seventy published articles about music.
Flamboyant, daring, provocative, exciting, seductive and sensitive are some of the words used to describe one of todayâ€™s most formidable pianists, Kemal GekiÄ‡, whose playing has been acclaimed worldwide by public and critics alike. His daring approach to tone and form mark him as a maverick in the musical world, a distinction he welcomes: the very strength of his artistry challenges, provokes, intrigues.
â€śGekiÄ‡ rides the charismatic edge of geniusâ€ť â€“ R. Dyer, Boston Globe
â€śHe is something like a general who has learned all the rules in the book and is therefore free to ignore them in the time of warâ€ť â€“ James Roos, Miami Herald
â€śHis playing is transcendental as well as incandescentâ€ť â€“ John Ardoin, Dallas Morning News
Performing worldwide from a vast repertoire, Kemal GekiÄ‡ presents fascinating, uncompromising and ever-changing interpretations, always generating frenzied audience enthusiasm.
As a recording artist, Kemal GekiÄ‡ has won accolades in Europe, America and Japan for insightful, original views of the music. His outstanding Rossini-Liszt transcriptions (Naxos) won â€śThe Rosetteâ€ť of The Penguin Guide for Music, while his recording of Lisztâ€™s Transcendental Etudes (JVC) is generally considered to be the best recording of a set in history.
Born in Split, Croatia, Kemal GekiÄ‡ got his early training from Prof. Lorenza Baturina. He graduated the class of Prof. Jokuthon MihailoviÄ‡ at the Art Academy of Novi Sad and was immediately given a faculty appointment by the piano department which he eventually directed until 1999.
Since 1999 he has been Artist-in-Residence at the Florida International University School of Music in Miami, Florida.
$15 General Admission | $10 FIU Faculty/Staff/Alumni | $5 Students (with valid i.d.)