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October 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

The Taste of Fine Wine Paired with the Sound of Fine Music


October 1, 2018
7:00 pm


zArchive1-Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States



 Chef Allen and the Frost School of Music present…

A Taste of Fine Wine Paired with Frost Music: An Evening of Live Music, Wine Pairings & Food Tastings

Can wine change the way we hear music? Can music enhance our wines? Join us as we match the flavors and textures of fine wines with the tones and rhythms of beautifully performed live, classical music featuring:
World-renowned, Cuban-born soprano Eglise Gutierrez
Frost professor and guitarist Rafael Padron
Adjunct professor and classical guitarist Federico Musgrove
offering selections by Spanish and Latin American composers de Falla, Rodrigo, Piazzolla, Torroba, and more.

The second half of the evening will present food/wine pairings prepared by celebrated Chef Allen.

Monday, October 1, 7pm 

 Books & Books, Coral Gables

Tickets: $30



World-renowned, Cuban-born soprano: Eglise Gutiérrez

Born in Holguin, Cuba, American soprano Eglise Gutiérrez has been named by Opera News as one of “opera’s next wave”. She has sung in some of the most prestigious venues of the world, including Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Wexford Festival, Rome, Zurich, Trieste, Florence, Cagliari, Carnegie Hall, Savonlinna, Berlin, Bellas Artes (Mexico), Tel Aviv, Hamburg, Athens, La Monnaie, Brussels, the Santa Fe Festival, Cincinnati Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Washington Concert Opera, Caramoor Festival, L’Opéra Comique and the Seattle Opera in roles such as Lucia, Gilda, Elvira in I Puritani, Violetta, Amina, Lakme, Maria di Rohan, and Elvire in La muette de Portici.

Frost professor and guitarist: Rafael Padrón

Cuban-born guitarist, Rafael Padrón, brings an extensive and diverse career as both an artist and educator to his role as Program Director of Classical Guitar at the Frost School of Music. An innovative and passionate performer, he has been featured both solo and with orchestra in numerous cities throughout the world. His credits include work with such stellar ensembles as the Symphony Orchestra of Matanzas, Cuba, the Ayacucho Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the Chamber Orchestra of Caracas, Venezuela, Camerata Latinoamericana of Costa Rica. The Independence Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, the Panama National Symphony Orchestra and The Panamerican Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C.

Adjunct professor and classical guitarist: Federico Musgrove

Federico, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami, where he attended under a full scholarship and served as a Teacher Assistant and Henry Mancini Fellow. Throughout his studies, he has played in Master Classes for artists such as Denis Azabagic, Manuel Barrueco, Margarita Escarpa, Máximo Diego Pujol, Berta Rojas, LAGQ, and Hopkinson Smith to name a few. He has given several lectures on pedagogy and arts management including a discussion on his DMA Essay on Music Memorization for the classical guitarist at the 2017 Guitar Foundation of America Convention in Fullerton, CA.



 Evening Schedule:

 Opening Remarks by

Patricia San Pedro

Executive Director of Marketing & Communications, Frost School of Music

Patricia San Pedro currently serves on the FROST School’s Executive committee and oversees all the school’s local, national and international marketing, communications, events and corporate relations.

Ms. San Pedro is a four-time Emmy award winner, veteran music promoter, TV producer, author, and media executive Patricia San Pedro has a unique and varied multimedia background, bringing decades of local, national, and international communications experience to Frost.


Chef Allen Susser 

Culinary Director, The Café at Books & Books

Allen Susser is a winner of the prestigious James Beard Award. He currently directs and oversees The Café at Books & Books with locations in Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and Coconut Grove.

Chef Allen’s cuisine is fresh and flavorful, like a tropical vacation on a plate. He has a passionate commitment to local fresh ingredients. His personal culinary viewpoint has been established since 1986 upon opening Chef Allen’s as chef/owner of his groundbreaking Miami restaurant. Susser is currently the spokesman for the National Mango Board and is a Culinary Ambassador for the Monterey Bay Aquarium for its sustainable seafood watch. Allen was recognized as Chef of the Year for Share Our Strength and later was honored nationally as Humanitarian of the Year by Share Our Strength for his commitment to End Childhood Hunger. He is currently active on the Board of Feeding South Florida. Susser is an advisory member of the James Beard Foundation. He is the original author of New World Cuisine and Cookery (Doubleday, 1995), The Great Citrus Book (Ten Speed Press, 1997) and The Great Mango Book, (Ten Speed Press, 2001). All available at Books & Books!

Patrick Alexander

Books & Books’ resident wine appreciation class instructor and author of Booklovers’ Guide to Wine

Patrick Alexander originally developed the Wine Appreciation program when he worked at the University of Miami as Director of the Office of Professional Advancement. In the summer of 2011, after Patrick had left UM in order to focus on writing, Mitchell Kaplan suggested he offer his program at Books & Books during the quiet summer months. “It seems a pity to waste all that research” Mitchell said “and you never know; our book customers might enjoy learning about wine.” SEVEN years, THIRTY sold-out classes, and OVER FOUR hundred satisfied students later, Patrick Alexander’s Wine Appreciation Program has become one of the highlights of Books & Books event programming.

 Guided Remarks by

Dr. Steve Stein

 Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Miami

Steve Stein is Professor Emeritus of History and at the University of Miami. The author of six books on 20th century Peruvian history, he is presently engaged in a multi-faceted project on the history of the Argentine wine industry. His edited volume on Argentine wine is the first comprehensive treatment of the industry from its 19th century origins to the present. Dr. Stein has been regularly teaching wine classes for over a decade at a variety of venues including the University of Miami. He was on the Executive Board of the Miami International Wine Fair and was a member of the Tasting Board of the South Florida Wine Challenge.



 First Set:

Astor Piazzolla, Bordel

Máximo Diego Pujol, Don Julián

Federico Moreno Torroba, Sonatina

 Paired with Wine: Luigi Giordano Rosso (Nebbiolo) 2016 from Piemonte, Italy 

Second Set:

Máximo Diego Pujol, Color Sepia

Joaquín Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjuez

Manuel de Falla, Siete Canciones Españolas

 Paired with Wine: Grayson Cellars Merlot 2016 California Merlot

 The Menu:

 Barcelona Board

Prosciutto, Chorizo, Manchego, Grapes, Organic Apple

House made Hummus 

with Toasted Pita Wedges

 Avocado & Grilled Shrimp Tartine

with Aioli & Basil Pesto

 Savory Fig & Wild Mushroom Toast

 Bean-to-Bar Bittersweet Chocolate

 For Books & Books Customers:

If you like what you hear this evening, the Frost School of Music invites you to enjoy Frost Music Live!

A year round season of concerts with an extraordinary line-up including the Signature Series, an unparalleled offering of 24 concerts with top GRAMMY®, Emmy®, and Tony® award-winning and nominated guest artists, collaborating with the highly acclaimed Frost School of Music faculty artists and students.

You can purchase discounted tickets to the full performance with Eglise Gutierrez and Rafael Padron on October 27th using the code BOOK5 at check out for a $5 off discount.