Howard Epstein (left) with renown banjo player Bela Fleck. CONTRIBUTED

Retiring Miami Regionals concerts director leaves a legacy

Series brought in acts ahead of the curve.

Howard Epstein has served as the director of the Miami Regionals Artist Series for more than three decades. Under his leadership, he not only helped to carve a niche for some of the best concerts in the region, but he has devoted himself to bringing in acts before they were discovered in the national spotlight. The success of the series will continue for many years to come.

Howard recently retired from his post on Aug. 1. Although, he won’t work with the series daily, his legacy and commitment to the Miami Regionals Artist Series will continue.

In retirement, Epstein says he plans to spend more time traveling and with his family.

For 33 years, Howard’s position with the Miami Regionals Artist Series was a part-time position. He also taught from 1975 to 2010, and served at Miami for 35 years as a professor. Throughout his tenure, he taught educational psychology and special education courses. He took over as the director of the Hamilton concert series in 1984, and later went on to oversee Middletown’s concert series.

We talked to Epstein to reflect upon the success of the concert series.

Contact this contributing writer at gmwriteon@aol.com.

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