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Miami-Dade's 'Jazz Roots' series celebrates the Leonard Bernstein centennial / South Florida Times

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Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County recently announced the launch of the 11th season of its internationally acclaimed Jazz Roots series with "Leonard Bernstein 100 and Beyond," a centennial celebration of one of America's greatest and best-loved music superstars, on Friday, Nov. 9. The one-night-only tribute to the world-renowned composer, conductor and pianist features performances by vocalists Ann Hampton Callaway and Jon Secada, saxophonist Kirk Whalum, pianist Shelly Berg and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra.

Berg is the Jazz Roots artistic advisor, a Steinway piano artist and five-time Grammy nominated arranger, orchestrator, and producer. He has appeared as a performer and lecturer throughout the United States as well as in Canada, China, Mexico, Europe, Israel, Japan, Romania and Venezuela. Recent projects include recording and/or performing with Tony Bennett, Seal, Lizz Wright, Andra Day, Clint Holmes, Renée Fleming, and Arturo Sandoval. An award-winning educator with 39 years of leadership in higher education, Shelly Berg is Dean and Patricia L. Frost Professor of Music at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

"It is right, and it is thrilling to celebrate Bernstein's genius at the Center," says Berg."From jazz to classical music, from the concert hall to theaters, movies and more, few artists have done more than America's beloved Lenny to instill a love of music in performers and audiences alike."

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