The FIU School of Music presents "In the Mood," big band concert with guest vocalist Jeni Hacker performing favorites from the big band era. 7:30 p.m. reception to follow. Mary Ann Wolfe Theatre at the FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami. $20. Details: (305) 348-0496 or www.music.fiu.edu.
AMERICAN MUSIC ENSEMBLE
The American Music Ensemble performs as part of the Frost School of Music's fall seasonal concerts. Directed by Rey Sanchez, the Ensemble performs new original songs by performer-songwriters the Bruce Hornsby American Music Program in a relaxed showcase setting. 8 p.m. Victor E. Clarke Recital Hall in the L. Austin Weeks Center for Recording and Performance, 5501 San Amaro Drive, University of Miami campus, Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 284-2400 or www.music.edu/concerts.
SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS
The Frost Society of Composers directed by Lansing McLoskey performs the year-end concert featuring new contemporary works by Frost students. 8 p.m. Victor E. Clarke Recital Hall in the L. Austin Weeks Center for Recording and Performance, 5501 San Amaro Drive, University of Miami campus, Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 284-2400 or www.music.edu/concerts.
Miami-Dade Parks announces a free performance by "Tiempo Libre." Classically trained in Cuba, the Miami-based, three-time Grammy-nominated "Tiempo Libre" is composed of musical director and keyboardist Jorge Gomez and band mates Raul Rodriguez (trumpet,) Leandro Gonzalez (congas,) Tebelio Fonte (bass,) Armando Arce (drums,) Joaquin Diaz (vocals,) and Luis Beltran Castillo (saxophone/flute.) They are known for their high-voltage timba dance music, which is a twist of Latin jazz, seductive Cuban songs and Afro-Cuban rhythms. 8 p.m. Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th St. Free. Details: 305-271-0812 or www.miamidade.gov/parks.
The FIU School of Music presents "Choral Arts Series: Holiday Festival Choral Concert." John Augenblick conducts the Women's Choir and Master Chorale in this program featuring two 20th century master works: Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols" for Women's Choir featuring harp. As well as Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" for Master Chorale featuring harp, organ and percussion. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center at the FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, 10910 SW 17 St., Black Box Theater, Tamiami. $5-$15. Details: (305) 348-0496 or www.music.fiu.edu.
Tony Award-winning actress, singer and songwriter Idina Menzel, star of Broadway's "Wicked" and the original stage production of "Rent," opens the 2011-12 "Knight Masterworks Season Pops Series" at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. 8 p.m. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $50-$125. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.
As part of the University of Miami's Frost School of Music Fall 2011 season, "Winter Wonderful!" gala and holiday dinner is held featuring the Frost Chorale, Frost Symphonic Choir, Frost Chamber Singers, Frost Choral Union and Frost Holiday Orchestra playing holiday favorites. Conducted by Karen Kennedy and Donald Oglesby. 6:30 p.m. JW Marriott Marquis Miami, 1109 Brickell Ave., Miami. $250 and $500 single tickets. Details: (305) 284-2875 or www.winter-wonderful.com.
The Chopin Foundation of the US and Southern Wine & Spirits of America present the second concert in the annual series of concerts "Chopin for All."
Featuring the sisters Anna, violin, and Katherine, piano, as the "Karkowska Sisters Duo" performing music by Chopin, Liszt, Henryk Wieniawski and Paganini in "Chopin and 19th Century Paris." 3 p.m. Granada Presbyterian Church, 950 University Drive, Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 868-0624 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.chopin.org.
"Jazz at Wolfson" presents pianist Kemuel Roig, principal pianist for Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. Cuban-born Mr. Roig began his musical career early studying jazz upon moving to Miami. Two years later, he performed in Italy with the MDC Hard Bop Ensemble at the Umbria Jazz Festival. With the same group, the following year he won a DownBeat Magazine student competition in the categories of Outstanding Composition and Best Jazz Performance. Noon. Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus Auditorium, 300 NE Second Ave., room 1261, Miami. Free. Details: (305) 237-3930 or www.mdc.edu.