Winter Wonderful 2016

Frost School of Music Holiday Gala Benefiting the Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program

Winter Wonderful Ice Sculpture
The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music of the University of Miami welcomed over 300 patrons and guests to Winter Wonderful, the school’s annual gala holiday dinner at the J.W. Marriott Marquis.

The proceeds from Winter Wonderful support the Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program at the Frost School of Music, inspiring and encouraging local youth in South Florida to succeed in school and in life.

Highlights of the Winter Wonderful evening included a sparkling cocktail reception, a sumptuous three-course holiday dinner and joyous musical performances. The Frost Choral Union were accompanied with beautiful holiday arrangements featuring the Frost Holiday Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Karen Kennedy, program director for Choral Studies. The evening also featured a festive presentation by Donna E. Shalala MusicReach mentors and mentees.

At this year’s event, Dean Berg presented the 2016 Frost Legacy Award to Dr. Richard and Mrs. Carin Krasno in recognition of their generous support of the Donna E. Shalala MusicReach program. As the former Executive Director of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, Richard Krasno is widely admired for guiding the Trust’s philanthropic activities around the country. With a Ph.D. from Stanford, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education in Washington, DC, President of the Monterey (CA) Institute of International Studies, and chairman of the University of North Carolina Health Care System. Currently, he is Lead Independent Director at Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services in Miami, trustee of the Miami Heart Research Institute and a member of the advisory board of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University.

Carin Krasno brought great leadership and clarity to her role as a charter member of the Friends of PlayMakers Repertory Theatre Advisory Council. While living in Chapel Hill, the couple regularly attended the PlayMakers Ball, Opening Night performances, and held events in their home in support of theatre. Carin holds a degree from the University of Connecticut, and has worked as a techni-cal translator, as well as with the Swedish Women Educational Association (SWEA).

Richard and Carin Krasno are enthusiasts of arts and have played an integral role in the growth of the Donna E. Shalala MusicReach program. They often enjoy attending events and concerts; and support various musical endeavors, students, and faculty.

Gala sponsors included Diamond Circle patrons Lynda and Michael Gordon, and Patti and Allan Herbert; Platinum Circle Donors Ambassadors Sue and Chuck Cobb, Joseph Deitch, Dr. and Mrs. Phillip T. George, Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services, Inc., Robert and Judi Prokop Newman, The Alma Jennings Foundation, and The Corrigan Fine Group; and Gold Circle Donors UM President Julio Frenk, Sergio M Gonzalez, The Kesselman Family, Mrs. Virginia Mead and Family, Drs. Roger and Virginia Medel, and Grace Wang, MD and Steve Pabalan, MD.

We invite all ardent patrons of the arts in South Florida to join us at the next Winter Wonderful on December 3, 2017, a holiday gala with treasured music and new memories. For more information, please visit To order gala tickets or tables, please call 305-284-9766 or email

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