April 24, 2014

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Nabucco   May 2
Nabucco is the opera that catapulted Verdi to his place as one of the greatest opera composers in history, and you can see it live with Opera Naples next weekend! Nabucco, presented in partnership with ArtsNaples World Festival at North Naples United Methodist Church, runs one night only, Friday, May 2nd, at 8pm. operanaples.org

Everybody Drinks the Same Water  May 3 - June 1
Miami Theater Center opens the world premiere of a production by Stephanie Ansin & Fernando Calzadilla. Everybody Drinks the Same Water takes place in Spain hundreds of years ago, but the themes are still relevant today. The show opens Saturday May 3rd and runs through June 1st. Plus, Miami Theater Center will host a family-friendly, four-block-long street fair in Miami Shores, with jugglers, flamenco and belly dancers, artists, musicians, food trucks, face painting, and even a parade. That’s noon to 6 on Sunday the 4th. mtcmiami.org

Ghost - The Musical  Apr 29 - May 11
There’s a new Broadway musical based on an Oscar winning film coming to Ft. Lauderdale next weekend…the film that inspired a surge in popularity for Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers and ceramics. Ghost – The Musical opens next Tuesday the 29th at the Broward Center, and runs through May 11th. Evening and matinee performances, showtimes vary. You can get details and tickets at browardcenter.org.

Miami Grands   Apr 27
So…what’s the sound of 10 pianos playing? You don’t have to wonder or imagine, you can hear it for yourself. Barry University has commissioned internationally-renowned composer Michael Torke to compose a piece, inspired entirely by Miami, for 10 grand pianos on a single stage! The world premiere of Miami Grands is this weekend, Sunday the 27th at Barry University, Miami Shores. Visit barry.edu for more information.

April 17, 2014

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Child Prodigies - Mozart and More  April 25 - 30

Child prodigies are the focus in the next concert with the Master Chorale of South Florida. Music by wunderkinds Mendelssohn, Mozart and Schubert.Friday the 25th in Pompano Beach, Saturday the 26th in Boca Raton, and Sunday the 27th in Coral Gables. Times vary; you can get tickets and more details at masterchoraleofsouthflorida.com.

Ballet is Beautiful   April 27

Sunday Afternoons of Music for Children and Miami City Ballet team up for an afternoon perfect for getting kids excited about classical music and dance.  Beautiful dancers, beautiful music, beautiful costumes, and more. Ballet is Beautiful starts at 3pm Sunday, the 27th, at Gusman Concert Hall, University of Miami, Coral Gables. sundaymusicals.org

Community Day at Artis Naples  May 3

Community Day at Artis-Naples features a free concert with the Naples Philharmonic Youth Symphonia at 11am on Saturday May 3rd. Then on Sunday the 4th, children are the focus once again the 100-voice Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus performs in their own spring concert at 3pm.  artisnaples.org

Delray Affar  April 25 - 27

One of South Florida’s largest arts and crafts festivals with over 700 artisans, crafters and exhibitors covering 10 city blocks of downtown Delray Beach, including Delray Beach Center for the Arts Outdoor Pavilion, and the Old school Square Park, opens Friday the 25th and runs through Sunday the 27th, downtown Delray Beach. delrayaffair.com

April 10, 2014

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Big Night in Little Haiti   Apr 18

If Haitian culture is something that’s new to you, the Rhythm Foundation has an excellent way for you to get better acquainted with it, Big Night in Little Haiti! Haitian music and dance, visual art, food, even activities for kids. Big Night in Little Haiti happens on the third Friday of every month, and this month the music is provided by Rara Kuyu and his 15 member band, plus Dja-Rara. Next Friday the 18th from 6-10pm at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. rhythmfoundation.com

Don Quixote   Now - Apr 13

This weekend is your last chance to see the season finale production with Miami City Ballet. Their last ballet is a full-length production of Don Quixote. You’ll be transported to imperial Spain with heroic bullfighters and mysterious gypsies backed up by an irresistible score by Ludwig Minkus. Don Quixote runs Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday afternoon at 2 at the Arsht Center. To reserve seats, visit miamicityballet.org.

Moon Over Buffalo    Apr 23 - May 17

Moon Over Buffalo, equal parts situation comedy, innuendo, and slapstick, with a bit of mistaken identity opens later this month at the Naples Players. Ken Ludwig’s showbiz satire is a prime example of how anything that can go wrong, will when it comes to the world of live theater. Moon Over Buffalo with the Naples Players opens on Wednesday the 23rd at Blackburn Hall, Sugden Community Theatre, Naples. For show times and tickets, visit naplesplayers.org.

CHESS   Now - Apr 13

The City of Aventura and Slow Burn Theatre Company team up for a production of a multiple Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominated Broadway musical this weekend, CHESS. CHESS features music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, formerly of ABBA, and yrics by  Tim Rice. CHESS involves a romantic triangle between two top players in the game, an American and a Russian, in a world chess championship. CHESS runs now through Sunday the 13th, at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center. For more information, visit aventuracenter.org.

April 3, 2014

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Tosca   Now - Apr 12

Puccini’s Tosca opened a few days ago, and all the reviews that have come in so far have been absolutely glowing. There are two casts, each has members making their South Florida debuts, plus a mix of local, national, and international talent. The Florida Grand Opera’s Tosca is now on stage at the Arsht Center through Saturday the 5th, and then Thursday the 10th and Saturday the 12th at the Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale.  fgo.org

Illuminating the Word  Now - Apr 23

There are many places you can go in Palm Beach to find relaxing surroundings, to hear music, to taste fine cuisine, and to look at art…but there is one place where you can go for all those things – The Society of the Four Arts. Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible is now on view through April 23rd at The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach. fourarts.org

All My Sons   Now - Apr 19

A classic, riveting, drama just opened at the Gulf Shore Playhouse in Naples. All My Sons by Arthur Miller is set in a small town in Ohio in the 1940’s. Now through April 19th, Wednesdays through Sundays at 8pm with 3pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. gulfshoreplayhouse.org

Choral Music at FIU  Apr 9

You’d be amazed at just how much music goes on at Florida International University in Miami. You can hear a concert or recital of some sort nearly every day. Next Wednesday, the focus is on choral music. The FIU Concert Choir, FIU Women’s Chorus, and the FIU Master & University Chorales present “From the Sacred to the Sublime on Wednesday the 9th at 7:30, Wertheim Performing Arts Center-Concert Hall. music.fiu.edu

March 27, 2014

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Heineken Transatlantic Festival  Apr 4, 5

The Rhythm Foundation presents one of their signature events next week, The Heineken Transatlantic Festival, featuring modern world music. A blend of club and traditional, funky and folk. Friday and Saturday, the 4th and 5th at the North Beach Bandshell. rhythmfoundation.com

No Man Stands Alone  Apr 5
The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida presents No Man Stands Alone on Saturday April 5th at 8pm, First Congregational Church of Fort Lauderdale. For more information and to hear a bit of the GMCSF in action, visit gaymenschorusofsouthflorida.org.

Southwest Florida Symphony   Mar 29
The last concert in the Southwest Florida Symphony’s Masterworks series is coming up this weekend, with a diverse program that includes music by Dvorak, Beethoven, and George Gerswhin’s only piano concerto with pianist Xiayin Wang.  You’ll also see maestro Nir Kabaretti, a conductor candidate for the Southwest Florida Symphony. 8pm this Saturday the 29th at Barbara B. Mann performing arts hall, Ft. Myers.
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Caribbean Celebration    Mar 29, 30
The next performance in the Yamaha Concert Series at SMCC is coming up this weekend. this pair of concerts  features Caribbean favorites and original music. Caribbean Celebration starts at 7:30 on Saturday the 29th, and on Sunday the 30th at 3. Both concerts are at Saint Martha Catholic Church in Miami Shores. saintmartha.tix.com

March 20, 2014

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Ken Noda and Wallis Giunta   Mar 27
A pianist praised for his “immaculate technique and dewy tone” will play the next concert in the Friends of Chamber Music of Miami series. Ken Noda will be joined by a rising star from the Metropolitan Opera, mezzo soprano Wallis Giunta. Thursday the 27th at Coral Gables  Congregational Church. Music starts at 8, and you can get tickets online at miamichambermusic.org.

AMERICAN IDIOT  Mar 25 - Apr 6
The idea for a great new musical doesn’t come along everyday…but would you ever guess a musical hit on Broadway and London would come from a Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album by Green Day? AMERICAN IDIOT follows three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. AMERICAN IDIOT at the Broward Center runs Tuesday the 25th through April 6th. browardcenter.org

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell  Mar 24
Violinist Joshua Bell is first person appointed Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. Right now they’re on a US tour with Beethoven’s Symphony no. 3 on the program, plus Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro Overture and a chamber arrangement of Schubert’s String Quartet no. 14, Death and the Maiden. Monday March 24th at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Ft. Myers. fortmyerscommunityconcerts.org

Ressurection Symphony  Mar 22, 23
Maestro Guillermo Figueroa will take the podium with the Lynn Philharmonia and the Master Chorale of South Florida for a powerful piece by Gustav Mahler. The monumental Resurrection Symphony, this Saturday the 22nd at 7:30 and Sunday the 23rd at 4pm. World Performing Arts Center, Lynn University, Boca Raton. masterchoraleofsouthflorida.com

March 13, 2014

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Palm Beach Symphony   3/18

The Palm Beach Symphony led by Ramon Tebar performs at the Mar-A-Lago club next Tuesday the 18th. Beethoven and Brahms are on the program along with pianist Lola Astonova for a concerto by Chopin. Music starts at 7:30 pm. palmbeachsymphony.org 

The Rite of Spring  3/20

The next event at the Mar-A-Lago club features music by Igor Stravinsky’s that caused quite a tizzy when it premiered. But before the Rite of Spring was a riot inciting ballet, it was a piano piece. Next Thursday you have a chance to hear the original version with the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo. 6pm on Thursday the 20th. cmspb.org

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Christopher Seaman Returns   3/22

Former Naples Philharmonic Music Director Christopher Seaman returns next Saturday for a concert of favorites: Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Haydn’s Symphony No. 88, and Beethoven’s Third Symphony, “Eroica.” Christopher Seaman leads the Naples Philharmonic at Artis Naples, next Saturday the 22nd at 8pm. artisnaples.org

ASMF with Joshua Bell   3/15

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Music Director Joshua Bell make a tour stop in South Florida. Bell will conduct and violin solo for music by Bach, Vaughn Williams, and Schubert. Saturday the 15th at 8pm. You can get tickets at arshtcenter.org.

March 6, 2014

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Brooklyn Rider   Mar 14, 15
The genre-bending quartet Brooklyn Rider makes it’s Florida debut next weekend at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center! This is a rare opportunity to hear a group that gets rave reviews from classical, world music, AND rock music critics.Friday the 14th at 8:30, Saturday the 15th at 7:30 and 9:30 pm. Tickets are available online at smdcac.org.

L’Amico Fritz   Mar 15, 16
Miami Lyric Opera has another rare opportunity for you next weekend, an opera that is performed far more frequently in it’s native Italy than in the US. L’Amico Fritz by Pietro Mascagni opens the Miami Lyric Opera’s season with performances on Saturday the 15th at 8pm and Sunday the 16th at 4, both at the Colony Theater in Miami Beach. miamilyricopera.org

Art   Mar 19 - Apr 6
Have you ever known someone that bought a piece of art that leaves you wondering “what were you thinking?” Later this month, The Marco Players opens a Tony Award winning play that covers just that.“Art” by Yasmina Reza opens Wednesday the 19th and runs through April 6th at The Marco Players in Marco Island. For more details and tickets, surf over to themarcoplayers.com.

Dr. Ouch!   Mar 8, 9
Arts Ballet Theater of Florida’s next production is designed with kids in mind. Dr. Ouch! is based on Russian children’s books, with beautiful costumes, amazing sets, and some of the best ballet dancers in South Florida. Dr. Ouch! runs this weekend at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, Saturday the 8th at 7pm and Sunday the 9th at 3. artsballettheatre.org

February 27, 2014

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Memphis

A new musical opened this week in Ft. Lauderdale, based on actual events in the underground music clubs of Memphis, Tennessee, in the 1950’s. Memphis follows a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Memphis is on stage at the Broward Center now through March 9th. browardcenter.org

Duo Duos

The next concert in the Yamaha Concert Series at St. Martha Church features Duo Yamamoto, 1st place winners in the 12th Dranoff International Duo Piano Competition, and the Stenzl Piano Duo 1st place winners in the 2nd Dranoff competition. The program will feature pieces you’ll rarely hear live, plus the premiere of a commission by St. Martha Church. Music starts at 3pm. More details and tickets are online at saintmartha.tix.com.

Southwest Florida Symphony

The Southwest Florida Symphony has a concert planned to satisfy your craving for serious music! Andreas Delfs conducts Wagner’s Flying Dutchman Overture and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4. Plus, world renown pianist John O’Connor will join the symphony for Beethoven’s electrifying piano concerto no. 4. Saturday the 1st at Barbara B. Mann Hall, Ft. Myers. Details are online at swflso.org.

No Exit

FGO’s Unexpected Opera in Unexpected Places is a winner of the Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge. No Exit runs tonight through Saturday at No Where Lounge in Miami Beach, 10pm each night. If you can’t make it to the No Where Lounge, you can stream No Exit live, at no charge, by clicking the “No Exit live streaming banner” at fgo.org. You can buy tickets at fgo.org as well.

February 20, 2014

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Knight Arts Challenge   Now - Feb 24

You still have time to enter the Knight Foundation’s Knight Art Challenge! The Knight Art Challenge provides funding for unique ideas that benefit the arts in South Florida, so if you have an unique idea submit it now at KnightArts.org. The deadline is Monday the 24th, for more detail, click here to listen to Julie Amacher’s interview with Dennis Scholl, VP of Arts with the Knight Foundation.

Tropical Baroque Music Festival XV    Feb 24 - Mar 7

Monday the 24th is the opening day for the Miami Bach Society’s Tropical Baroque Music Festival XV. This annual international early music festival will be split between two cities in Miami/Dade, and features some of the best known and most admired musicians of the early music genre in the world. For a complete listing of artists and locations for the Miami Bach Society’s  Tropical Baroque Music Festival XV, and to get tickets, visit miamibachsociety.org.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra   Feb 28

Next Friday, The Arsht Center has a knock-out lineup to wrap up the month…The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, pianist Olga Kern, and Leonard Slatkin on the podium. The program includes music by Rachmaninoff, Copland, and Brahms. Friday the 28th, music starts at 8pm at the Arsht Center. For tickets, go to arshtcenter.org.

Miami City Ballet in Naples  Feb 26

Is there anything better than the Miami City Ballet and George Balanchine? When you add the Naples Philharmonic, there isn’t. Next Wednesday the 26th, the Miami City Ballet presents an all-Balanchine program that showcases his incredible choreography in a variety of musical styles, including Bach, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, and a company premiere of Episodes with music by Webern. Tickets are available online at artisnaples.org.