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INAUGURAL STRINGS & PIANO FESTIVAL LAUNCHES IN MIAMI

INAUGURAL STRINGS & PIANO FESTIVAL LAUNCHES IN MIAMI

Music

Published 7/16/19

Josef Gingold’s principal exponent, Cuban-born violinist Andrés Cárdenes, leads the festival as Music Director.Fifty-five students from around the world descend on Miami for intensive study with 18 faculty members from top conservatories (such as Juilliard, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Colburn School, and St. Petersburg Conservatory, among others) and orchestras (such as New York Philharmonic, Dallas and Pittsburgh Symphonies, among others).Public concerts occur during the 2019 festival featuring violinists Andrés Cárdenes and Gary Levinson, pianists Alexandre Moutouzkine and Alon Goldstein, cellists Andrés Diaz and Anne Martindale Williams, violists Paul Coletti and Michael Klotz, and other prestigious artists. This is a unique opportunity in Miami to hear some of the world’s foremost classical musicians in an intimate setting this summer.Further, the three-week educational program offers master classes, career management symposia, and lectures on …

CAP Summer Concert Series brings Jason Marsalis, Bria Skonberg and others to Coral Gables

CAP Summer Concert Series brings Jason Marsalis, Bria Skonberg and others to Coral Gables

Music

Published 6/19/19

From June through August, the Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ presents its 34th annual series of jazz and classical concerts, welcoming world-renowned artists to its historic building across from the Biltmore Hotel. In addition to the big names, concertgoers will have a chance to see stars of the future as Miami-Dade County students from the church’s Community Arts Program (CAP) perform on opening night. And the public can join the students in master classes presented by several of the series’ performers.The first show, on June 13, features Tony Desare, who’s had three albums reach the top 10 on the Billboard jazz chart. Named a rising-star male vocalist some years back by the jazz magazine Downbeat, he’ll perform standards and classics. The CAP Miami Jazz Institute All-Star Jazz Ensemble will open the show. The group is one of several made up of youngsters who study at the CAP Conservatory of the Arts, which offers instruction on a sliding fee …

Make Music Miami welcomes summer with free live music across the county

Make Music Miami welcomes summer with free live music across the county

Music

Published 6/19/19

Why? It’s all part of Make Music Day, an international celebration of the summer solstice, the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. The event started in Paris in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique, and it’s since spread across the world. Here, it’s known as Make Music Miami, and it’s growing exponentially.“This is a local edition of what is an international celebration delivering music to welcome summer in over a thousand cities around the world,” says Justin Trieger, who is a composer, sound designer and co-founder of Buskerfest Miami, the main organizer of Make Music Miami. “It’s been celebrated in Miami for almost 20 years. However, prior to our organization taking a leadership role two years ago, it was much more celebrated in pockets around the city. There were certain events happening in places like the Little Haiti Cultural Center and the French Embassy here. But the departure we’re taking from that is, we’re trying to make it a countywide call …

Start Chopin: Festival explores work of complicated composer

Start Chopin: Festival explores work of complicated composer

Music

Published 6/19/19

But what a difficult person under all that fame! “His character was indeed not easily understood,” composer Franz Liszt observed in “Life of Chopin,” his 1863 biography of his one-time close friend turned frenemy. “A thousand subtle shades, mingling, crossing, contradicting and disguising each other, rendered it almost undecipherable at a first view. Like the twisted folds of a serpent rolled upon itself, their feelings are half hidden, half revealed.”Or consider his dissing of longtime lover and novelist George Sand. During their storm-tossed affair, Sand frequently set aside her writing to nurse back to health the chronically ill composer during what would be his most productive period. Chopin’s works teem with dedications to women, but none honor Sand. Frank Cooper, a University of Miami musicologist and emeritus research professor, explains that for all his celebrity, Chopin concealed some raging insecurities. For instance, he wasn’t even the most famous Polish …

AT MAINLY MOZART FESTIVAL, RARELY HEARD WORKS PERFORMED BY AMERNET STRING QUARTET

AT MAINLY MOZART FESTIVAL, RARELY HEARD WORKS PERFORMED BY AMERNET STRING QUARTET

Music

Published 5/29/19

Before the show, a packed audience received the bittersweet announcement that the performance would be violinist Franz Felkl’s last with the quartet, which also includes Misha Vitenson on violin, Michael Klotz on viola and Jason Calloway on cello. With that, the program opened to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “String Quartet in E-flat Major” (K. 428). The Kislak Center is the newly opened home to UM’s special collections and archives. As a presentation space for rare works (which on May 18 included a 1773 manuscript autographed by Mozart himself), it is stellar. As a performance space for chamber music, its dimensions muffled the sound.Still, the performance of the “String Quartet in E-flat Major” was a powerful reminder of the value the Mainly Mozart Festival brings to Miami’s classical music scene with well-thought-out programs featuring gorgeous and historically important works. The festival continues through June 29.Composed in 1783, the …

UNLEASHED ENERGY – FREE CONCERT

UNLEASHED ENERGY – FREE CONCERT

Music

Published 4/30/19

Bring your friends and family for a free concert. The Alhambra Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Andai, will close its 29th symphonic season with a program of orchestral showpieces: Debussy’s Afternoon of a Faun, the Bolero by Ravel, and Dvorak’s dramatic Symphony no. 8.Sunday evening, May 5, 2019, 7:30 pm, at FIU Wertheim Auditorium, 10910 SW 17th St., Miami 33199. FREE - NO TICKETS OR RESERVATIONS NEEDED   Additional info (305) 668-9260,  www.alhambramusic.org

PRIDE JAZZ ENSEMBLE in Concert

PRIDE JAZZ ENSEMBLE in Concert

Music

Published 4/30/19

Experience a unique evening, May 5th at the Metropolitan Community Church. The program to be performed is titled Lights, Camera, Action, which is a presentation of theme songs from Broadway, Hollywood and classic television.A subset of the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, the Pride Jazz Ensemble includes 20 musicians who play the saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, piano, and electric guitar. Under the leadership of Ensemble Director Alain Ortiz, the group performs works from classic jazz and popular contemporary composers.The ensemble will take place at 4857 Northlake Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens May 5th at 6pm. Tickets to this concert are $20 each and are available for purchase online or after Sunday services in the Metropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beach Gardens lobby. Additional info www.pridewindensemble.org

 Mariza takes center stage with nostalgia-inducing fado

Mariza takes center stage with nostalgia-inducing fado

Music

Published 4/26/19

By Daisy CabreraThe raw and emotional genre brings to life the feeling of ‘saudade’ – a melancholic longing that lingers deep in the soul. The 17th century Portuguese writer Manuel de Melo once described this feeling as “a pleasure you suffer, an ailment you enjoy.” World renowned Mariza is to fado what Esperanza Spalding is to jazz, Cesária Evora is to morna, Amy Winehouse is to soul, and La Lupe is to bolero = iconic. Born in Mozambique and raised in Lisbon, the well-established songstress brings a blended whirlwind of cultures to her craft. On May 3, expect a passionate, captivating performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center as she highlights songs off her new eponymous album, ‘Mariza.’ This one-night stop is part of her tour traveling to various U.S. cities before crossing waters to Brazil, Spain, Denmark, Finland and Poland. Her vibrant alto and widely acclaimed artistry is exactly what one would expect from an internationally beloved fadista, …

Fascinating History and Origins of Latin Music

Fascinating History and Origins of Latin Music

Music

Published 2/28/19

By Peter PetrovThey say that the spontaneous affinity for Latin music runs in the blood, and when you take a closer look at all the history, cultural and social heritage, and interconnected human faiths that give Latin rhythms and harmonies their distinctive flavor and spice, this saying starts to feel more like a historian’s observation than a myth.European and Arab InfluencesBefore the arrival of Columbus at the Americas, the Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas who inhabited the lands now known as Central and South America, expressed themselves musically largely through percussion and wind instruments, especially flutes. These ancient traditions still remain palpable in traditional Latin music like Andean music, for example. With the start of the New World and the colonization period, the Spanish and Portuguese brought their languages, cultures, traditions, and music. The Spanish, in particular, carried a rich musical mix of European and Arab influences as their culture was tightly …

FROM STAR WARS TO STARS OF THE BOLSHOI  FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS BOCA PRESENTS “STELLAR” LINE-UP

FROM STAR WARS TO STARS OF THE BOLSHOI FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS BOCA PRESENTS “STELLAR” LINE-UP

Music

Published 12/27/18

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pink Martini, Arturo Sandoval and More - Complete 10-Day Cultural ExtravaganzaOpening the Festival of the Arts BOCA on Thursday, February 28 is Doris Kearns Goodwin, beloved five-time Festival presenter, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian. She will discuss her latest book, Leadership in Turbulent Times.“We are over-the-moon to welcome our dear friend and long-time supporter, Doris Kearns Goodwin to this year’s Festival, as well as Arturo Sandoval, who is back for a fourth time,” said Charlie Siemon, Chair and Co-Executive Producer of the Festival of the Arts BOCA. “We have a fun mix of performances and a powerhouse of thinkers lined up for our 13th season.”The “force” will be with the Festival on Friday, March 1 as Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope gets its Florida premiere on the big screen to live music by The Symphonia, led by Constantine Kitsopolous, playing John Williams’ epic Academy Award-winning …

Symphony of the Americas Society Hosts Three Decades Celebration Luncheon

Symphony of the Americas Society Hosts Three Decades Celebration Luncheon

Music

Published 8/8/18

The Symphony of the Americas Society will host a Three Decades Celebration Luncheon on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at The Ritz Carlton in Fort Lauderdale. This event is a tribute to supporters of the Symphony of the Americas, who have kept the music playing for the past thirty years and helped the Symphony achieve the status of a Major Cultural Institution in Broward County. Included in this distinguished group are prominent individuals such as Rose Miniaci, who in 2016 received The Rose Miniaci Legacy Award from the Symphony of the Americas in recognition of her remarkable dedication to the Arts. Both Mrs. Madelyn Savarick and Dr. Peter Babinski have received Lifetime Achievement Awards.The Luncheon will begin with a Champagne Reception and fabulous Silent Auction. Then, The Ritz Carlton will serve a three course gourmet lunch accompanied by fine wines. This event will benefit the Symphony’s Educational and Outreach Programs, which touch the lives of over 35,000 people …

A rich harmony of electronic music, cultures, and people

A rich harmony of electronic music, cultures, and people

Music

Published 3/1/18

Being a true celebration of electronic music and the sense of unity and universal acceptance it bestows, from the 20th to the 25th of March, Miami will host a rich harmony of parties, cultures and music anyone is welcomed to indulge in. For the 20th time in a row.No matter what, great music is the most essential ingredient of any great music event, and Miami Music Week closely follows this recipe for success regardless of what your particular taste might be. With DJs who have become known as universal gravitational forces not only in the electronic genre, but music as a whole, and a myriad of venues at their disposal where their skills can truly unfurl, the 6-day musical feast is bound to deliver. Sure, there will be ton of electronic music to enjoy, but what instantly stands out from the typical festival experience is the ton of ways to enjoy it.Whether you’re a casual fan or a hardcore raver, going to Miami and not attending a pool party would be like going to Rome and not …

BRAVA MAESTRA

BRAVA MAESTRA

Music

Published 3/1/18

Few entities have as much power to shape the artistic and cultural landscape of South Florida as the South Florida Symphony Orchestra. Satisfying the artistic needs of such a diverse and culturally spoiled community is certainly a hefty task many would crumble under, but not Sebrina Maria Alfonso. In fact, her aptitude for challenges is precisely what brought the orchestra’s Maestra to where she is in life, and to her next big challenge she is pondering from her sunny Fort Lauderdale office.The South Florida Symphony Orchestra has been Alfonso’s life’s work for the last two decades and luckily for the South Florida community, complacency is not an option. And how could it be, when the orchestra so harmoniously interweaves her two strongest passions - music and community outreach?What the Maestra has deemed worthy of her orchestra’s and community’s attention is Porgy and Bess, the iconic American opera, composed by the great George Gershwin, which introduced the now classic …

NWSA Cultivates the Artistic Leaders of Tomorrow

NWSA Cultivates the Artistic Leaders of Tomorrow

Music

Published 3/1/18

The road to becoming a musician is long and filled with many detours, each and every one of which holds a valuable takeaway for its starry-eyed residents. It’s a journey which has as much to do with music as it has to do with self-discovery and personal development. The aspiring musicians embarking on it need a visionary guide, one who can help them look beyond mere scales and notes and into the bigger picture, colored with the values and overarching purpose their music is meant to voice. This is where New World School of the Arts and its Dean of Music Dr. Daniel Andai come in. Having walked this very road himself as a professional violinist on 5 continents, a concert master, a conductor, as well as a student and a professor at New World School of the Arts, Dr. Daniel Andai has come to know first-hand all the overlooked aspects of being an artist. And he’s not the only one who has had the invaluable chance to tap into the school’s well of knowledge and wisdom. With …

The Sounds of Love: Our Top Ten Most Romantic Songs

The Sounds of Love: Our Top Ten Most Romantic Songs

Music

Published 2/1/18

One of the most powerful aspects of romance is the love song. Whether it’s wooing the object of your desire, or getting her or him in the mood, the love song has withstood the test of time, becoming a popular staple in Western music for over 1,000 years. It has thrived across most, if not all, genres of music. Whether it’s pop favorites, Broadway show-stoppers or passionate arias, love songs evoke powerful emotions when it comes to affairs of the heart. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought we’d share some of our fave romantic songs which you might want to add to your own playlists of love!(1981)Ah, this song perfectly embodies the sweet rush of first love! So whether you’re wanting to win over someone new, or rekindling the passion in a long term relationship, this one definitely has endless possibilities!(1970)It doesn’t get more quintessential than the theme of one of the most romantic movies of all time! We suggest you keep your hankies ready while …

The Miami International GuitART Festival Celebrates Cuba

The Miami International GuitART Festival Celebrates Cuba

Music

Published 12/28/17

February 19 - 25Attendees will be able to celebrate Miami’s Cuban heritage in MIGF’s “A LO CUBANO.” Thanks to the generous Knight Arts Challenge Award from the Knight Foundation, this year’s festival is dedicated to Cuban music and will feature extraordinary artists in eleven concerts, six master classes, five lectures, luthier’s expo, and a round-table composer’s panel, as well as performance and composition competitions.Led by one of Cuba’s most influential musicians, virtuoso guitarist and composer Maestro Eduardo Martin, the festival will showcase many wonderful Cuban artists, including Iliana Matos, Rene Izquierdo, Martin Pedreira Rodriguez, Rafael Padron, Thomas Uriarte, Zuleida Suarez, and Alberto Puerto.In the mood for brilliant musicians? “A LO CUBANO” has you covered, with an impressive roster of international talent that includes Eliot Fisk (Boston, U.S.), Marcin Dylla (Poland), Adam Levin (Boston, U.S.), Eren Süalp (Turkey), Pierre Bibault (France), Sam …

Symphony of the Americas’ 30th Anniversary Celebration

Symphony of the Americas’ 30th Anniversary Celebration

Music

Published 12/28/17

Founded as the Sinfonia Virtuosi & Chorus of Florida, the orchestra was honored to perform the gala opening concert of the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in 1991, with German powerhouse pianist, Michael Ponti. The BCPA has since become the symphony’s performance home, with Latin Grammy Award winning composer, Eduardo Magallanes, serving as Composer in Residence.Committed to serving South Florida’s multi-cultural population, the Symphony features an International Guest Artist Series, encompassing classical music gems, ballet soloists, the pulses of tango, mesmerizing acrobats of Cirque de la Symphonie, toe-tapping Broadway, and the rhythms of Spanish Zarzuela. World-renowned musical talent who have appeared with Maestro in these genres include YoYo Ma, Eugenia Zukerman, Emanuel Ax, Joaquin Achucarro, Yefim Bronfman, Roberta Peters, Dimitri Ashkenazy, Bella Davidovich, Doc Severinsen, Phyllis Diller, Mariah Carey and hip-hop artist Nelly, among …

The Arsht Center is a Tour de Force to be Reckoned With

The Arsht Center is a Tour de Force to be Reckoned With

Music

Published 11/1/17

“Our mission is to serve all lovers of traditional performing arts by bringing the titans of classical music and beloved Broadway hits to Miami, while at the same time inviting audiences to experience new genre-blending performances,” says Liz Wallace, Vice President, Programming, Arsht CenterFor its 12th season, the Arsht Center presents an assortment of musical styles that are sure to appeal to a broad range of music lovers, as diverse as Miami itself.This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Arsht Center’s Jazz Roots series, which Wallace observes has “added to the vibrant musical scene in Miami,” with the Knight Concert Hall becoming “a destination for spectacular jazz artists.” This year’s Jazz highlights include an Ella Fitzgerald 100th Birthday Tribute (November 3, 2017), An Evening with Jon Batiste and Stay Human (December 15, 2017), Generations: Joey Alexander and Ramsey Lewis (January 12, 2018), George Benson: A Night of Breezin’ and Greatest Hits …

Musical Powerhouse Conrad Tao Wows at Symphony of the Americas

Musical Powerhouse Conrad Tao Wows at Symphony of the Americas

Music

Published 9/29/17

April 10, 2018, 7:45pmConrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer. He has received the prestigious honor of being named to Forbes magazine’s coveted “30 Under 30” list, showcasing young movers and shakers under the age of 30 who are changing the world they live in. He is also an accomplished recording artist. Highlights of Tao’s recent performances include the world premiere of David Lang’s opera, The Loser, performing with the Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra in Milan, appearances at the Aspen Music Festival, Cliburn Concerts, the Gulbenkian in Lisbon, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and the Washington Performing Arts Society. Symphony of the Americas, under the direction of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, is South Florida’s premier classical music organization, and has achieved the status of a Broward County designated Major Cultural Institution.Tao first performed with Maestro at the Broward Center in both a piano and violin concerto at …

Symphony of the Americas’ - Summerfest 2017

Symphony of the Americas’ - Summerfest 2017

Music

Published 6/29/17

Begins July 15 …

Ten Unusual Musical Instruments to Make You Go Hmmm...

Ten Unusual Musical Instruments to Make You Go Hmmm...

Music

Published 3/1/17

French luthier Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume built this extremely large bowed string instrument in Paris in 1850. It is a massive 3.48 meters tall and has three strings. Think of an essentially larger version of the double bass. The musician operates the instrument with a system of pedals and levers. …

The Ten Best Music Cities in the U.S.

The Ten Best Music Cities in the U.S.

Music

Published 3/1/17

Let’s face it, when it comes to cities associated with music, it’s hard not to take a bite out of the Big Apple. New York has it all. Greenwich Village is home to numerous jazz clubs, including the famous Blue Note, that has featured such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Lionel Hampton, Oscar Peterson, and The Modern Jazz Quartet. Other great musical hot spots include the Bowery Ballroom, Carnegie Hall, Webster Hall, Madison Square Garden, and Radio City Music Hall. There’s definitely music for everyone to enjoy. And don’t forget many genres, including disco, hip-hop, and punk originated there. You can pretty much find live music clubs spread throughout the city, and there is hardly a national tour that doesn’t include this city in its schedule. Who knows? You may even run into a musical star or two on the densely crowded streets. …

PIANIST JI STRIKES A CHORD DURING ART WEEK

PIANIST JI STRIKES A CHORD DURING ART WEEK

Music

Published 11/16/16

With all the excitement surrounding Art Week, it’s important to note that it is not all just about the visual arts. On December 3rd, the Sagamore Hotel’s iconic invitation- only Saturday Brunch will feature a variety of performances, including those of international pianist, Ji. Accompanied by his Steinway concert grand piano, Ji will tell his own story through a musical portrait, drawing inspiration from past masters and the vibrant culture of today. …

The Knight Concert Hall: Downtown Miami’s Acoustic Gem

The Knight Concert Hall: Downtown Miami’s Acoustic Gem

Music

Published 10/28/16

In just 10 years, the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County has become one of the most desirable stages for the world’s legendary musicians. Harry Connick, Jr. says it’s “one of the great music halls in the country!” George Benson described it as “magnificent.” And legendary conductor Zubin Mehta says he could hear every stroke of the strings communicate with one another “like no other space.” …

The Maestro Muses:  Symphony of the Americas’ Artistic Director, James Brooks-Bruzzese, Reminisces About his Illustrious Career

The Maestro Muses: Symphony of the Americas’ Artistic Director, James Brooks-Bruzzese, Reminisces About his Illustrious Career

Music

Published 10/7/16

When asked about his most important contributions to Broward’s cultural climate, the Maestro immediately mentions his work with children, not only in South Florida, but around the world. “We have to care about our children. They are the next world leaders, and without music in their life, there is no balance. They need an outlet to express themselves, and even if they only use their musical exposure and education to become good listeners, they will have a much better ability to meet life’s challenges and become good leaders.” …

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF SUCCESS

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF SUCCESS

Music

Published 10/7/16

New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature, as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership between Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College, and the University of Florida. “The focus of the 30th Anniversary relates to our alumni, who are really the face of what we do. Our mission is to provide the best arts education training for our young budding artists,” says Dr. Jeffrey Hodgson, Provost of New World School of the Arts. …

Looking for Music in all the Right Places

Looking for Music in all the Right Places

Music

Published 3/4/16

Fishtales Restaurant and Nightclub is a friendly neighborhood hangout, serving seafood and grilled specialties in South Florida. This North-Beach Fort Lauderdale restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and features live entertainment every night of the week. Enjoy food, fun and friends, only one 1 block from Fort Lauderdale beach, conveniently located along Galt Ocean Mile on 33rd street, just North of Oakland Park Blvd & A1A. It is within walking distance of Il Lugano Suite Hotel and stop #12 on the Watertaxi Fort Lauderdale route. It’s also located right across the street from our next entry, “Blue Jean Blues,” which makes it easy and fun to hop between the two for a variety of music. …

Catch the RedEYE and Enjoy a Fantastic Journey of the Arts!

Catch the RedEYE and Enjoy a Fantastic Journey of the Arts!

Music

Published 7/31/15

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