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Picks of the Week: Museums, Music and More...

Picks of the Week: Museums, Music and More...

Music

Published 7/30/21

KEY WEST TROPICAL FOREST & BOTANICAL GARDEN: ART IN THE GARDEN 2021Through July 31stMeander over Garden Boardwalks and down pathways through dappled shade cast by fresh greenscape, colorful blossoms and winged creatures of nature and spot….sculpture! Nature has been benign in recent months with spring rains bringing renewal and the return of “Art in the Garden” with artistic expressions emphasizing harmony with nature. These works are earth-friendly in the selection of materials (including recycled and natural material) and themes. More event details here.DEERING ESTATE: CABARET CONCERTJuly 31st at 8:00 pmThe Summer Cabaret Concert Series features musical performances inside the historic Great Hall at the Deering Estate. The 2021 series kicks off this weekend with multi-award winning pianist, singer and composer Fanni Sárközy. More event details here.HISTORIC VIRGINIA KEY BEACH PARK: ZIMI SEH BEACH BRUNCHAugust 1st at 12:00 pmGet ready to enjoy yourself and live it up the …

‘AN EVENING WITH JULIAN MARLEY’ TO SOOTHE THE SOUL

‘AN EVENING WITH JULIAN MARLEY’ TO SOOTHE THE SOUL

Music

Published 7/29/21

During troubled times, several South Florida organizations hope to offer some comfort and soul soothing — hosting a free outdoor concert by Julian Marley, son of the legendary Bob Marley.The July 31 show, produced by Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (DVCAI) and The Rhythm Foundation, was originally intended to be a ticketed event at Miami Beach’s North Beach Bandshell. The fundraiser was meant to benefit an award for a rising artist, at a time when the entertainment industry is still reeling from the effects of the pandemic.And then the Surfside building collapse happened nearby, and organizers made some changes.“In the face of all of the tragedy, sadness and just melancholy, we are doing the concert for free,” said DVCAI founder and president Rosie Gordon-Wallace. They also moved it to the ArtsPark at Young Circle in Hollywood.The concert is now being presented by the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency as part of the Hollywood ArtsPark Experience Concert …

Picks of the Week: Music, Museums, and More...

Picks of the Week: Music, Museums, and More...

Music

Published 7/15/21

AREA STAGE COMPANY: DOGFIGHT THE MUSICAL IN CONCERTThrough July 18th It's November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys' night of debauchery, partying, and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion. More event details here.WIENER MUSEUM OF DECORATIVE ARTS: THE TINY TREASURES TRAILThrough September 30thAhoy, Mateys! Join the fun at the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts for the Tiny Treasures Trail scavenger hunt and search for miniature ceramics hidden around the museum. These amazing mini works of art were created by local master potter, Alex Meiklejohn and are scaled to 1:12, 1 inch to 1 foot, which is the standard for miniatures in dollhouses. The Tiny Treasures Trail is fun for …

FROST CHOPIN ACADEMY AND FESTIVAL OFFERS FREE ACCESS TO TOP PERFORMERS

FROST CHOPIN ACADEMY AND FESTIVAL OFFERS FREE ACCESS TO TOP PERFORMERS

Music

Published 7/7/21

After the death of Polish-born composer and pianist Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), his heart was encased in a jar and sealed in a pillar of the Holy Cross Church in Warsaw. During World War II, the Nazis got their hands on it. When it finally returned to the church, a biblical inscription was added: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”As with the story of his heart, conversations about Chopin move between a reliquary-like approach to preserving the composer’s essence and the need to connect him with new generations of students and audiences.The third edition of the Frost Chopin Academy and Festival, being presented online from July 7-10, straddles these two concepts.“In the end, none of us can know that much about Chopin,” says Kevin Kenner, artistic director of the Frost Chopin Academy and Festival and assistant professor of piano at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. “He was a person of history, and we only have these documents, …

The Symphonia Announces 2021-22 Season

The Symphonia Announces 2021-22 Season

Music

Published 6/22/21

With live performances featuring Grammy Award-winning and Grammy-nominated artists, along with some of the world’s most alluring soloists and conductors, the caliber of this season’s lineup is truly worthy of its ‘Connoisseur’ moniker.Kicking off in December and running through April, the Series features four, live performances taking place on Sunday afternoons at Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton. Each performance includes an exclusive Pre-Concert Conversation with the Conductor. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 05, 2021 AT 3:00 PM – ‘Love in the afternoon’A versatile conductor of orchestras, operas and music festivals, who led The Symphonia’s helm from 2006-2009, Alexander Platt returns to Boca Raton to perform alongside guitarist Jason Vieaux. Among his extensive discography is the 2015 Grammy Award-winning album for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.PROGRAMFAURÉ    Masques et Bergamasques, op. 112RODRIGO  Concierto de …

REVIEW: A REASSURING CLOSURE TO SERAPHIC FIRE’S VIRTUAL SEASON

REVIEW: A REASSURING CLOSURE TO SERAPHIC FIRE’S VIRTUAL SEASON

Music

Published 6/11/21

Miami’s Grammy-nominated choral ensemble Seraphic Fire wrapped up its virtual season, known as Season S, with the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Claudio Monteverdi.This last presentation, on May 23, marked the first time these artists gathered after more than one year apart – and the intensity of emotions they exuded made their sacred music shine even brighter.Seraphic Fire cautiously approached every detail in preparing for the first in-person recording in still unstable conditions. Humbly rather than pompously, the ensemble gathered around a finely chosen repertoire. In the ascetic acoustic space, the sonority of evenly employed male and female voices carried an intimate atmosphere over the screen.Conductor Patrick Dupré Quigley, the ensemble’s founder and artistic director, chose five pieces from Monteverdi’s collection, “Selva Morale e Spirituale” (1641). The vocalists and guest instrumentalists elegantly interpreted the first piece, “Beatus vir,” and …

ARTURO SANDOVAL TO KICK OFF BLUE NOTE SERIES IN MIAMI BEACH

ARTURO SANDOVAL TO KICK OFF BLUE NOTE SERIES IN MIAMI BEACH

Music

Published 6/2/21

The Blue Note Jazz Club, a New York institution with branches around the world, is expanding its reach to South Florida with a Miami Beach concert series starting with Arturo Sandoval on June 5 and 6.The Cuban-American jazz trumpeter’s story is the makings of a movie, literally. A chance meeting with jazz superstar Dizzy Gillespie took Sandoval from his native Cuba to the world stage and ultimately to a new home in the United States. You may know the tale from the 2000 biopic, “For Love or Country,” which starred Andy Garcia as Sandoval.Having hunkered down for the past year-plus like the rest of us, Sandoval, 71, is eager to get back on stage: “I’m happy that I’m finally … next month we’re gonna start working, oh my goodness!” he said.The two nights at the North Beach Bandshell will mark his first performances since the pandemic, but he’s hardly been idle. Sandoval has been working on scores for a couple of movies – though he couldn’t disclose which ones – …

Symphony of the Americas Appoints New Executive Director

Symphony of the Americas Appoints New Executive Director

Music

Published 3/23/21

Steven has nearly 30 years of performing arts management experience, having started his career in South Florida with the Boca Pops, Palm Beach Pops and the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. He held key roles with major arts organizations across the country – as President and CEO with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Executive Director of San Francisco’s Stern Grove Festival, and most recently as CEO of Tucson Symphony Orchestra. “I know Steven will lead Symphony of the Americas to new heights,” said Robert M. Roselli, President of the Board of Directors. “One of our top priorities is to reposition the Symphony for a full return to performing while developing a strategy for significant growth. His track record of growth and expansion is exactly what we need.” “I am delighted to hear that Steven Haines will be returning to South Florida to assume the role of Executive Director of Symphony of the Americas. Mr. Haines’ storied career includes …

Symphonia Live Concert Announced!

Symphonia Live Concert Announced!

Music

Published 3/19/21

The concert will be Sunday, May 2nd at 2 p.m., with a second performance at 5 p.m. in the Grand Oasis Ballroom of the Boca Raton Marriott. “Let the Trumpet Sound,” led by Principal Conductor, Maestro Alastair Willis, will include a 60-minute performance, without intermission, featuring soloist Jeffrey Kaye, Principal Trumpet.The program will include:Purcell - Suite from Abdelazer                         Handel - Suite in D for Trumpet and Strings               Baldassare - Sonata No.1 in F for Trumpet and strings         Holst - St Paul’s SuiteA reduced-sized orchestra will perform, enabling the musicians to socially distance on the stage. In addition, guest seating will be spatially distanced, per recommended CDC guidelines, and …

Young Talent Big Dreams launches 2021 virtual search for Miami's top talent

Young Talent Big Dreams launches 2021 virtual search for Miami's top talent

Music

Published 2/3/21

While staying safe at home and practicing social distancing, kids between the ages of 8-17 are invited to submit preliminary round audition videos that showcase their talents. Prizes range from performing arts scholarships to cash awards, performance opportunities and more. The grand prize winner will receive four tickets to Universal Orlando and a hotel stay for two nights, courtesy of WSVN 7News, along with $500 in cash.The talent competition features a total of six individual categories including pop/rock/rap vocals, musical theatre/jazz standards/classical vocals, dance, musical instrument, original spoken word, and original vocal and/or instrumental composition. Categories for groups of six or fewer members include dance, musical instrument/bands and vocal groups. Contestants must follow all current government guidelines and restrictions related to the pandemic when preparing any audition materials for submission. Participation in the competition is free of charge and limited to …

Open Call for Talented Miami Beach Youth Musicians

Open Call for Talented Miami Beach Youth Musicians

Music

Published 12/21/20

The festival will take place at the North Beach Bandshell on Saturday, March 13, 2021. “The Miami Beach Youth Music Festival has grown so much in the past five years, and we are so excited to combine everything we’ve learned so far to present the best young talent our community has to offer,” Deputy Director of The Rhythm Foundation Benton Galgay shared. “As in past years, we hope performances will range from school-based ensembles to amazing soloists, bedroom producers and budding garage bands with many of the artists hitting the big stage for the first time.”Auditions are now open for those aged 18 years and younger, and for bands or individuals that perform live music of any genre, including rock, jazz, Latin, electronic, folk, classical, funk and spoken word. Participants must be able to perform live and play a musical instrument; recorded music is not allowed. Additionally, at least one individual must also be a Miami Beach resident or attend a Miami Beach …

Area Stage Company presents ‘The Ballad of Janis Matthews’ as podcast series

Area Stage Company presents ‘The Ballad of Janis Matthews’ as podcast series

Music

Published 12/8/20

Theater director Giancarlo Rodaz is known for producing children’s classics including “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Matilda the Musical.”His latest project, “The Ballad of Janis Matthews and the Dodo Scouts,” embraces all the wonder and sense of adventure common to these stories. Still, it bears a heaviness that elevates it beyond what would be considered kids’ fodder.“It is a family musical, but I think there are a lot of really intense themes that we try to tackle,” says Rodaz, who is associate artistic director at Miami’s Area Stage Company. “Kids love it when we’ve done it, and people get hooked on the music, but when it comes to the actual themes of family and division and unity and community, there’s really a lot for adults to chew on.“I really did not write it to be a kids’ show – it’s really not that, although there are kids in it.”“Janis Matthews,” which was also directed and designed by Rodaz, will be presented by …

New World Symphony Celebrates the Season at the Drive-In

New World Symphony Celebrates the Season at the Drive-In

Music

Published 12/1/20

The concert broadcast, which is scheduled for December 19th at 7:30 pm, will feature seasonal favorites celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, and the most magical time of year, all pre-recorded at the New World Center. In addition to classics such as selections from The Nutcracker and Sleigh Ride, the program includes works by NWS alumni that reflect our South Florida community. Navidad Latina by Anthony DiLorenzo is a medley of Latin holiday songs and Chanukah 5776 by Sam Hyken, which honors the Jewish Festival of Lights. Both works celebrate the varied traditions observed in our community.  NWS’s annual Sounds of the Season concert is an audience favorite and frequently draws thousands to SoundScape Park for its WALLCAST® concert. This year, the audience at Dezerland Park will enjoy seeing NWS Fellows perform in holiday costumes and join the cherished finale—an audience-wide sing-a-long of “White Christmas”—from the safety of their vehicles.Chad Goodman, the current …

Flagler Museum Announces Return of Live Music to Whitehall

Flagler Museum Announces Return of Live Music to Whitehall

Music

Published 10/5/20

Organ & Piano Demonstrations, select Tuesdays at 1:30 pm (October 6 - November 10)At 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday starting October 6th through November 10th, professional musicians will be exercising two instruments original to the home. As visitors tour Whitehall, period music will be performed on the J.H. & C.S. Odell Co. organ in the Music Room or on Mary Lily Flagler's custom Steinway art case Model B grand piano in the Drawing Room. Each Tuesday's demonstration will be different from the last! The instrument demonstrations will span both the 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. general admission timed entry periods. Due to limited availability, visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets for those timed entry periods in advance. For safety, visitors will move along the fixed route during the demonstrations, enjoying the glorious volume of music echoing throughout the first floor.Piano Repertoire:- October 6th, Highlights from the Flagler Museum Archives- October 20th, Opening Numbers- November …

Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now Is

Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now Is

Music

Published 9/25/20

The documentary sheds light on formative experiences in MTT’s musical life—the central influence of his father, his first time hearing the music of James Brown, his early clashes with classical music orthodoxy—all of which shaped his personality, artistry, and goals along his path to becoming one of America’s most important musical figures.Michael Tilson Thomas is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony, Music Director Laureate of the San Francisco Symphony, and Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra. In addition to conducting the world’s leading orchestras, MTT is also noted for his work as a composer and as a producer of multimedia projects dedicated to music education and reinventing the concert experience. He is an eleven-time Grammy Award winner whose wide-ranging discography includes more than 120 recordings, including most recently a recording of his compositions on SFS Media. His television work includes numerous performances for the …

HistoryMiami's New Artist in Residence

HistoryMiami's New Artist in Residence

Music

Published 9/24/20

Born in Havana to a Cuban Jewish family, Susana Behar grew up listening to not only Cuban music but also the traditional Sephardic songs of her Turkish grandparents. While living in Venezuela, she began to pursue her passion for Jewish music while also exploring her love of Latin American folk songs. In 2007, Susana founded The Sephardic Music Ensemble and developed an extensive repertoire, helping to preserve this integral part of Jewish culture. A recipient of the 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Florida Department of State, she has performed at festivals and concerts in the United States, South America, Mexico, Canada, Japan, and Israel. Susana has released two albums, La Galana y El Mar (2010) and TAPIZ (2018). She lives in Miami and performs regularly throughout South Florida.What is your name and where are you from?My name is Susana Behar, and I was born in La Habana, Cuba. I emigrated to Caracas, Venezuela in 1965 and lived there for 17 years. In 1983, I once …

SOTA introducing Pablo Mielgo

SOTA introducing Pablo Mielgo

Music

Published 9/10/20

Mielgo studied at the Royal Conservatory of his hometown, Madrid, the Reina Sofia School and the London Guildhall School of Music. He has assisted conductors such as James Conlon, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Daniel Barenboim and Claudio Abbado. He regularly conducts on some of the world’s most famous stages, including Wiener Musikverein and Carnegie Hall and throughout Latin America and the Middle East. Since 2005, he has been the musical and artistic director of the SaludArte Foundation, and has collaborated with such institutions such as the Teatro Real Madrid, the Miami New World Symphony, El Sistema in Venezuela and the Florida Grand Opera, as well as with renowned artists, Placido Domingo, Gustavo Dudamel, José Antonio Abreu, and Michael Tilson Thomas.“It is a pleasure and an honor to start as the new SOTA artistic director, “ said Mielgo. “I am convinced that despite circumstances we face today, we will be able to make the Symphony of the Americas a benchmark for the arts in …

Virtual Symphony of Voices

Virtual Symphony of Voices

Music

Published 8/3/20

‘A [Virtual] Symphony of Voices: A Celebration of Women in Philanthropy’ will be broadcast on Zoom, beginning with a live, interactive cocktail hour from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Zoom Rooms specific to each organization/individual being honored. All guests will then join together for the main program at 7 p.m.The virtual event will feature a special presentation about the 19th amendment by the League of Women Voters; profiles of each organization and honoree; and performances by several of the orchestra’s talented female musicians. The event is free (registration is required), though donations are welcome. Proceeds will benefit both the participating organization of the attendee’s choice and The Symphonia. For donations of $50 or more received by August 12, attendees will receive a special gift mailed to them prior to the celebration (HINT: it’s a delicious cocktail mix kit, perfect for the Zoom Room Happy Hour!)Honorees include Impact 100 Palm Beach County and its all-female …

Symphonia Announces New Conductor

Symphonia Announces New Conductor

Music

Published 7/2/20

Willis has guest conducted with The Symphonia for the past several seasons, as well as in its second season in 2005, and served as Principal Conductor for the orchestra’s ‘New Directions’ concert series in 2019. He also serves as Music Director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra.Willis has guest conducted a number of premier orchestras around the world, including the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Mexico City Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfonica de Rio de Janeiro, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchestra Berlin, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, China National Orchestra (Beijing), and Silk Road Ensemble (with Yo-Yo Ma), among others.  His recording of Ravel’s “L’Enfant et les Sortileges” with the Nashville Symphony and Opera for Naxos was Grammy-nominated for Best Classical Album in 2009. “Alastair is an incredible addition to our orchestra,” said Annabel Russell, Executive Director. “His …

Nu Deco director remains optimistic about ensemble & wider world of live music

Nu Deco director remains optimistic about ensemble & wider world of live music

Music

Published 7/2/20

In late winter, he got to spend a few days in Los Angeles working on the world premiere of Grammy- and Emmy award-winner Robert Glasper’s first orchestral work, commissioned by Miami’s Nu Deco Ensemble. As the ensemble’s cofounder and artistic director, Hyken is instrumental in developing the artistic vision of the orchestra, and its collaborations with artists.“It was an absolute bucket-list collaborator,” says Hyken. “He is such an incredible artist that is really breaking boundaries and just revered in the musical world. The opportunity to get him to write a piece for orchestra the first time with Nu Deco was really exciting.”Fast-forward to mid-March and COVID-19 changed everything.“We were gearing up for [the world premiere concert] … He had come in, we did one rehearsal within New World Center, and it was a total match made in heaven. Everyone was really excited about the work and the collaboration,” Hyken says. “Then the very next day, the world started …

The SYMPHONIA At Home

The SYMPHONIA At Home

Music

Published 5/4/20

Jeffrey Kaye, M.M., Artistic Director and Principal Trumpet, kicked off the informal series, performing his trumpet straight from his back porch, alongside his rescue dog, Gidget.  “Just because we're all hunkered down at home doesn't mean we can't enjoy a little live music from the professional musicians of The Symphonia,” said Annabel Russell, Executive Director. “This series will hopefully bring a little joy to those who view it, and frankly, we don’t know what to expect – we’re leaving the artistic creativity up to each musician, so this should be fun!”  Since The Symphonia's performance season was cut short due to mandatory closures, the group is hoping this initiative will help bring the music into classical music lovers' homes and showcase the people and personalities behind the instruments in this informal series.For more information, visit Symphonia's facebook page.

New World Symphony offers digital music series

New World Symphony offers digital music series

Music

Published 3/25/20

THE NWS ARCHIVE+NWS will debut a web-based series called NWS Archive+. Michael Tilson Thomas will moderate discussions with NWS Fellows, alumni, guest artists and visiting faculty about recorded performances from our archives. Their personal reflections will offer unique insights into the streamed concerts. Performances will be available at www.nws.edu.NEW WORLD SYMPHONY FELLOWS: LIVE FROM OUR LIVING ROOMNWS Fellows will play live, informal chamber music concerts from their homes in Miami Beach. This series, titled New World Symphony Fellows: Live from our Living Room, will be broadcast via Facebook Live.MUSAICNWS's ground-breaking online archive allows visitors to explore, engage and excel with NWS performances, master classes, tutorials and town halls. MUSAIC can be found at musaic.nws.edu.EDUCATIONAL CONCERTSFor the past 10 years, the Fellows have prepared and performed a series of one-hour concerts for local school children. Preparatory materials are shared with schoolteachers who …

Orchestra Miami's Virtual Concert Hal

Orchestra Miami's Virtual Concert Hal

Music

Published 3/25/20

To help you not lose your minds, Orchestra Miami is setting up a Virtual Concert Hall for all of you to enjoy! The rest of OM's 2019-20 programming is on pause until it is deemed safe for to gather again.Until then, experience OM's Virtual Concert Hall featuring the best of their past performances will be launching shortly. As this is being set up, OM encourages listeners to visit Paris by listening to Orchestra Miami perform Gershwin's "An American in Paris." You can also visit Orchestra Miami's YouTube channel for more performances!

SERAPHIC FIRE’S ENLIGHTENMENT FESTIVAL TO FOCUS ON HAYDN, BACH AND HANDEL

SERAPHIC FIRE’S ENLIGHTENMENT FESTIVAL TO FOCUS ON HAYDN, BACH AND HANDEL

Music

Published 2/12/20

But with its inaugural Enlightenment Festival, the ensemble drastically narrows its focus. From Feb. 12-23 in various locations throughout South Florida and Naples, Seraphic Fire will perform notable works by 18th-century masters Haydn, Bach and Handel“This festival has been a long time coming for our organization,” says Patrick Dupre Quigley, conductor and artistic director of Seraphic Fire, which he founded in 2002. “In many ways, the forces that we put together are very much ideal for the music of the late Baroque and early Classical period.”Quigley and Seraphic Fire have been eager for some time to concentrate on these three composers.“We try to present a very varied season throughout the year. But we were trying to figure out a way to be able to perform more of the music of Bach, Haydn and Handel and their contemporaries, while not having to change our season format, so that we were solely an 18th-century presenting organization,” he said.“The idea of the festival is …

MIAMI TRUMPETER BRIAN LYNCH UP FOR TWO GRAMMYS

MIAMI TRUMPETER BRIAN LYNCH UP FOR TWO GRAMMYS

Music

Published 1/15/20

South Florida has a hometown hero to root for when the Grammys are awarded on Jan 26. The latest work by trumpeter, composer and educator Brian Lynch – “The Omni-American Book Club: My Journey Through Literature in Music” – has received a couple of nominations.The big band project is under consideration for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album,” and one of the nine songs written for it by Lynch, “Crucible for Crisis,” is a contender for “Best Instrumental Composition.”This isn’t the first Grammy experience for Lynch, who serves as studio instructor of jazz trumpet at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. He has now been nominated five times and won once: in 2007, when “Simpatico,” by the Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project, was named “Best Latin Jazz Album.”Lynch recognizes that what he plays may go by different names, such as jazz or salsa or rhumba or funk, but he understands it as Afro-diasporic.“To me, it’s all the same music,” he said. …

Symphony of the Americas Society Roaring 20’s Extravaganza

Symphony of the Americas Society Roaring 20’s Extravaganza

Music

Published 1/8/20

The Society’s first fund-raiser of the new year is a looking-ahead/looking-back celebration with live music, dancing, cocktails, craft beer brewed on-site and food tastings of the Sistrunk Marketplace – all with a creative, nostalgic Roaring 20’s feel. The event will take place at the newly-opened Speakeasy at Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23rd.“As we welcome 2020, it was a natural to harken back to the magical time that was the Roaring 20’s a century ago as we kick off our fund-raising for the new year,” said Nancy Voneida, Society board chairman. “The evening promises to be a wonderful time to see familiar faces and say hello to new ones in a truly festive atmosphere. Society members and non-members are all welcome to attend. Dress for the 1920’s or 2020, your choice.”Cost is $100 per person. To RSVP, contact Lee Washington at 954-612-8633 or via leewashingtonsota@gmail.com. 

Seraphic Fire to croon Christmas songs, old and new

Seraphic Fire to croon Christmas songs, old and new

Music

Published 12/17/19

Feeling a bit like Linus, in the classic TV special “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” who rebels against the crass commercialization of the holiday? Unplug, take a step back and return to the solemn, joyful, soothing, true roots of Christmas by enjoying the lovely, soul-enriching sounds of Seraphic Fire, the South Florida a cappella vocal group that puts on a holiday concert every year.But be warned: This is not a show for fans of the novelty song, “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” Rather, it’s an intimate, candlelit tour through traditional Christmas music, both ancient and contemporary, performed by 13 singers with no instrumental backing whatsoever.“The whole point is for time to stand still for a second,” says James K. Bass, who will conduct “A Seraphic Fire Christmas” on Dec. 22 at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay. “Concertgoers come and tell us afterward that just sitting in the low light and hearing the incredible voices of Seraphic Fire …

Symphonia Concert in Delray Goes in New Direction

Symphonia Concert in Delray Goes in New Direction

Music

Published 11/7/19

Calling all music lovers! We are so excited for this new project that the Symphonia is planning. They are putting together a new kind of music series with theatrical elements and a multimedia component to attract a younger and more diverse audience. The series is called "New Directions" - a music series at the Crest Theatre at Old School Square. "New Directions" will combine powerful music with unique theatrical elements. Grammy-nominated Alastair Willis is the Principal Conductor and Music Advisor of the series. Willis is known for his strong podium presence and engaging and attractive personality. “When you come to a New Directions concert, be prepared for a unique, innovative experience that combines classical music with theater and multimedia elements in a meaningful and entertaining way. I’ve always loved music and theater and there’s a very natural connection between them. These concerts are where those two worlds meet,” Alastair Willis said.The New Directions Music …

Symphony of the Americas Bids Farewell to Iconic Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese

Symphony of the Americas Bids Farewell to Iconic Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese

Music

Published 11/4/19

By Larry SchwingelDuring the course of the season, three guest conductors, Lorenzo Turchi-Floris, Carlos Riazuelo, and Pablo Mielgo are being considered as a potential successor to the iconic Brooks-Bruzzese, and receive the coveted baton he so gracefully and skillfully used as the leader of the Symphony of the Americas. Through the years, the Maestro has compiled both domestic and international acclaim, gaining the appreciation of peers, and led hundreds of talented musicians playing compositions relevant to every genre from classical to pop. Described as “dynamic, exciting, remarkably controlled, and simultaneously free-spirited,” it is appropriate that “The Year of the Maestro” be dedicated to Maestro Brooks-Bruzzese. The Symphony of the Americas Concert Season, Matinee Series, Summerfest, and its new Serenades@ Sunset, provides audiences with a unique musical experience, and an opportunity to enjoy an amazing blend of music performed by some of the most talented …

Seraphic Fire Preps for Another Season of Extraordinary Musical Experiences

Seraphic Fire Preps for Another Season of Extraordinary Musical Experiences

Music

Published 11/4/19

By Larry SchwingelThose words are contained in the first line of “Invocation,” an 18th century composition written by William Billings, regarded as the first American choral composer.Today, Seraphic Fire is name of a popular South Florida vocal ensemble under the leadership of Patrick Dupre´ Quigley, a talented artistic director, now entering his 18th season with the organization.“We liked the words seraphic fire and took it as our name to describe the kind of repertoire we perform, which is one dedicated to American composers that may not be that well known,” said Quigley. “It is our belief that as a professional vocal ensemble it is our responsibility and privilege to perform the wonderful music of American-born composers.”The concerts performed by the Seraphic Fire Vocal Ensemble take place in Coral Gables, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Boca Raton, with music that has origins in the 18th century and embodies a commitment to seldom-heard American compositions. “Our …

Chopin Foundation of the United States Hosts the Tenth National Chopin Piano Competition as part of the 2019-2020 Season

Chopin Foundation of the United States Hosts the Tenth National Chopin Piano Competition as part of the 2019-2020 Season

Music

Published 10/11/19

In support of the Foundation’s mission to assist the career development of American pianists, its founder and president, Mrs. Blanka A. Rosenstiel decided to increase the first place prize to $100,000 based on this sentiment. “From an early age, these talented pianists are dedicated and disciplined. Their talent and hard work deserve this kind of reward and even more,” Mrs. Rosenstiel said. “The joy that their playing brings to this chaotic world is simply priceless. I hope that once the public experiences the beauty of Chopin’s music being performed so wonderfully, they too will cherish and support these fine pianists.”In addition to the $100,000 cash prize, the winner of the National Chopin Competition will automatically be accepted to compete in the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. The Chopin Foundation also arranges an extensive concert tour in the U.S. and internationally for the first prize winner.The second prize winner will receive a cash prize of $30,000 …

 ICONIC GUITAR HOTEL ANNOUNCES NEW ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX

ICONIC GUITAR HOTEL ANNOUNCES NEW ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX

Music

Published 9/16/19

The development of a 44,000-square-foot, indoor-outdoor complex is dubbed as DAER South Florida. It is the second location and continuation of the DAER franchise, in a partnership between the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood and MLS Nightclubs. Mirroring the most popular club trends from Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas and beyond, DAER South Florida features three different entertainment venues – nightclub, poolside day club and rooftop destinations. Although DJ-driven pool parties have long been essential to the entertainment scene in South Florida and especially in South Beach, DAER South Florida will fully embrace the day club pool party entertainment trend that has become a magnet for millennials who visit Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York and other metropolitan tourist destinations. The new complex will feature a 21,130-square-foot day club boasting a resort-style pool and two dipping pools, dotted with 13 private cabanas, daybeds, a DJ booth with a …

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS, CO-FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE NEW WORLD SYMPHONY, TO RECEIVE 42ND ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS, CO-FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE NEW WORLD SYMPHONY, TO RECEIVE 42ND ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS

Music

Published 7/29/19

Co-founded by Michael Tilson Thomas and Lin and Ted Arison - the New World Symphony is a laboratory for the way music is taught, presented and experienced. NWS consists of 87 young musicians who are granted fellowships lasting up to three years. The fellowship program offers in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, professional development training and personalized experiences working with leading guest conductors, soloists and visiting faculty. Relationships with these artists are extended through NWS’ extensive distance learning via the internet. NWS Fellows take advantage of the innovative performance facilities and state-of-the art practice and ensemble rooms of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center, the campus of the New World Symphony. In the hopes of joining NWS, more than 1,500 recent music school and conservatory graduates compete for about 35 available fellowships each year. The Fellows are selected for this highly competitive, prestigious opportunity …

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 …

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

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 …

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 …

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