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$15 General Admission | $10 FIU Faculty/Staff/Alumni | $5 Students (with valid i.d.)


Join the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim School of Music & Performing Arts for an intimate look at Hector Berlioz’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 “South Florida’s cultural maven” and “a Renaissance man,” 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 today’s most formidable pianists, Kemal Gekić, 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.

“Gekić rides the charismatic edge of genius” – R. Dyer, Boston Globe

“He 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 war” – James Roos, Miami Herald

“His playing is transcendental as well as incandescent” – John Ardoin, Dallas Morning News

Performing worldwide from a vast repertoire, Kemal Gekić presents fascinating, uncompromising and ever-changing interpretations, always generating frenzied audience enthusiasm.

As a recording artist, Kemal Gekić has won accolades in Europe, America and Japan for insightful, original views of the music. His outstanding Rossini-Liszt transcriptions (Naxos) won “The Rosette” of The Penguin Guide for Music, while his recording of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes (JVC) is generally considered to be the best recording of a set in history.

Born in Split, Croatia, Kemal Gekić got his early training from Prof. Lorenza Baturina. He graduated the class of Prof. Jokuthon Mihailović 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 Herbert and Nicole Wertheim School of Music & Performing Arts in Miami, Florida.

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