The Michael Orta Benefit Concert at Hertbert And Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center

Michelle Vires uploaded this event on March 7, 2019



Fri, April 26, 2019
8:00 pm



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Sammy Figueroa
Sammy Figueroa


Nicole Henry
Nicole Henry


Nicky Orta
Nicky Orta

bass, electric


The Florida International University School of Music is joining with the Miami Jazz Cooperative to present a world-class concert to honor the late, Michael Orta, longtime professor of jazz piano and a mainstay in the Miami Jazz Community. Proceeds from the concert go directly to the Michael Orta Scholarship Fund.

Top jazz musicians including Paquito D’ Rivera, Nicole Henry, Sammy Figueroa, and FIU artist-faculty and other special guests, will take to the stage to honor his memory and celebrate his lifelong legacy.

Michael Orta was a beloved faculty member from 1992 until his death in 2018. His talents as a composer, pianist, recording artist, educator, and author made him a favorite among his colleagues and students. He established himself as one of South Florida’s best jazz pianists and was regarded by many as the piano player of choice for many international artists. He won numerous competitions and performed, toured, and recorded with some major names in Jazz and was nominated for a Grammy in 2006, and again, in 2007 for a recording with Sammy Figueroa....

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