October 16, 2014

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Hedda Gabler  Oct 25 - Nov 16
One thing you can always expect from the Miami Theater Center is…you never know what to expect.  This season, they’ll focus on new adaptations of familiar shows. Miami Theater Center’s season opens with the a play about the original desperate housewife, Hedda Gabler! Tickets are going fast, in fact their opening night on Oct. 25th are already sold out. The show runs through November 16th, for showtimes and tickets, visit mtcmiami.org.

Classical Hit Parade  Oct 24 - 26
Last year, Brett Karlin made his debut as the MD for the Master Chorale of South Florida. Quite literally, all the reviews for their first season together were glowing. This season they’re doing 4 concerts, the first one coming up on Friday the 24th through the 26th is called Classical Hit Parade, full of music you know and love. Friday the 24th in Pompano Beach, Saturday the 25th in Miami, and Sunday the 26th in Boca Raton. Times vary, all the details are online at masterchoraleofsouthflorida.com.

Symphony Spooktacular  Oct 26
With Halloween just a few weeks away, the Gulf Coast Symphony has a creepy concert planned at the Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall. The fun starts in the lobby where kids can take part in a costume contest and trick or treating, then Maestro Andrew Kurtz conducts ghoulishly good music with costumed musicians! Music starts at 1pm at the Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Center in Fort Myers. bbmanpah.com.

Giselle   Oct 24 & 26
Adolphe Adam’s Giselle is the epitome of romantic/tragic ballet. It’s a haunting, poetic, ballet that tells the story of a young peasant girl who falls in love with a prince and the heartbreak and sorrow that follow. Ballet Palm Beach opens their season with Giselle on Oct. 24th at 7:30pm and Oct. 26th at 4pm at the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College. balletpalmbeach.org.

October 9, 2014

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From Venice to Venezuela  Oct 14
Next Tuesday night Maestro James Brooks Bruzzese and the Symphony of the Americas present a concert that’s just brimming with culture, they’re calling it From Venice to Venezuela. They have two special guests for the concert, the Sergio and Barbara Solani piano duo! From Venice To Venezuela, Tuesday the 14th at 8:15 at the Broward Center. symphonyoftheamericas.org.

Festival Miami  Now - Nov 8
Festival Miami, Florida’s Premier Live Music Festival, offers a program guaranteed to rattle your fillings on Tuesday the 14th, Bass Extremes with Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey! Plus, on the 15th you can catch Pulse Chamber Music, and on Friday the 17th, kick off your weekend with the Jazz Cruise All-Stars. festivalmiami.com

Our Town   Now - Nov 9
Palm Beach Dramaworks is Palm Beach Dramaworks opens their 15th season this weekend with a production of Thorton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Our Town! Many of the actors that have appeared on stage over the years return for this classic play that celebrates the beauty of ordinary life. Our Town opens this weekend and runs through November 9th palmbeachdramaworks.org.

Big Night in Little Haiti  Oct 17
One of the signature events of the Rhythm Foudnation happens on the third Friday of every month, called Big Night in Little Haiti. Thousands of people come out for this monthly night of Haitian music, dance, art, food, and of course music! This month, it’s the pop/konpa band Harmonik. Friday the 17th from 6-10pm at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. rhythmfoundation.com.

October 2, 2014

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Annie   Oct 7 - 19
The Broward Center has been steadily making upgrades and renovations recently,and one of the upgrades will be open for business starting this weekend. Marti’s New River Bistro will open with a full menu as the Broward Center’s Broadway series opens with the classic hit Annie! Annie opens Tuesday the 7th and runs through Sunday the 19th. For more details and tickets, visit browardcenter.org.

Have you heard about MUSAIC yet? MUSAIC is an amazing project curated by the NWS, America’s Orchestral Academy, along with nine other music schools from around the world. Think of it as a big online classroom, full of classical musicians and a continuously updated video library. Just as teachers have traditionally passed down knowledge to their students, MUSAIC provides access to classical music instruction and conversations for students and performers alike, no matter their skill level. Check it out online at musaic.nws.edu.

A Tribute to Diaghilev  Oct 11 - 19
Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida and their artistic director Vladimir Issaev always strive to bring to South Florida the most iconic ballets of the Russian repertoire, and next Saturday the 11th, they’ll open their 17th season with a tribute to with a Sergei Diaghilev, founder of the Ballet Russes. The opener includes a ballet that caused quite a stir when it premiered, The Rite of Spring. Spectre of the Rose and Petroushka are on the program as well. Program 1 with Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
opens Saturday the 11th and runs through the 19th with performances in Ft. Lauderdale and Aventura. You can find more information online at artsballettheatre.org.

Water Music  Oct 11
In 1717, King George I planned a huge barge party on the River Thames, and the soundtrack was provided by Georg Frederic Handel. Handel’s audiences loved the music immediately, and King George? His Majesty liked it so much that he asked for it to be repeated. Three times. You can hear the Water Music Suite no. 3 with the Naples Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic Chorus, with Seraphic Fire’s Patrick Duprey Quigley on the podium! Plus, Bach’s Overture Suite no. 3 and Haydn’s Symphony no. 103 “Drum Roll” are on the program as well. Saturday October 11 at 8pm at Artis Naples. Find out more online at artisnaples.org.

September 25, 2014

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Festival Miami     Oct 10 - Nov

Where else will you find night after night of live performances by Grammy Award winning and internationally acclaimed musicians? One place…Festival Miami! 25 concerts over 30 days, opening Friday, October 10th with the Frost Symphony Orchestra! On Sunday the 12th, they’ll welcome a trio that defies classification, Time for Three. All concerts will be at Gusman Concert Hall, Frost School of Music, University of Miami. You can find the complete schedule online at festivalmiami.com.

Frost Art Museum: 25 Sq. Inches   Oct - Jan
Next Wednesday the 1st the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University opens an exhibit that highlights works in their permanent collection, an exhibit that covers one of the most important themes in the history of art; the face. 25 Sq. inches The Faces of the Permanent Collection will be on display through early January. For more details, surf over to thefrost.fiu.edu.

Naples Orchestra and Chorus auditions   Oct 7
If you are a musician or singer in Southwest Florida and want to help usher in a new era for the Naples Orchestra and Chorus, now is your chance. They’re holding auditions on Tuesday, October 7 from 7 -9 p.m. You can be a part of a new phase in the ensemble’s history, as they welcome their new conductor,   Max Rabinovitsj and Asst. Conductor and Choral Director, Dr. Trent Brown. Schedule your orchestra audition online at naplesorchestraandchorus.org.

BIG: Big Beautiful Art at Artserve   Oct 9
Artserve has been serving the South Florida arts community with affordable space for classes, workshops, performances, meetings, and of course…art shows! The pieces in the exhibit cover more than just oversized paintings, sculpture, textiles, glass and other mediums will be on view as well. Artserve’s BIG: Big Beautiful Art opens with a reception on Friday, October 9th in Ft. Lauderdale. You can get more details from their website, artserve.org.

May 29, 2014

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Don Pasquale, La Boheme  June 28 - 29, August 6 - 7

While many of your favorite arts groups and ensembles are winding things down for the season, the Miami Lyric Opera has plenty going on this summer to satisfy your opera cravings. Gaetaeno Donizetti’s Don Pasquale runs June 28th at 8pm and the 29th at 4pm at the Colony Theater in Miami Beach. Later this summer, the biggest production in their season opens at the Olympia Theater. La Boheme runs Saturday August 6th at 8pm and Sunday the 7th at 4pm at the Olympia Theater. For tickets and more details, visit miamilyricopera.org.

Jesus Christ Superstar   June 13
A musical that has been a global phenomenon for over 40 years has been re-imagined for the 21st century as an arena rock spectacular…Jesus Christ Superstar! Jesus Christ Superstar features a cast made up of actual rock stars…Brandon Boyd of Incubus sings Judas Iscariot, NSYNC vocalist JC Chasez as Pontius Pilate, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child sings Mary Magdalene, and Ben Forster reprises the role of Jesus. Jesus Christ Superstar, June 13th at the BB&T Center. The show starts at 8pm, and you can get more details online at artscalendar.com.

Mid-Life Crisis - The Musical  Now - June 21
This weekend the Broadway Palm opens a musical that tackles the aging process and all of the mood swings, doctor’s exams, and hot flashes that come with it. It’s called Mid-Life Crisis – The Musical, written by theatre veterans, turned playwrights, Bob and Jim Walton. Three men and three women seem to  be singing and dancing their way through their very own mid-life crisis, right there on stage. Mid-Life Crisis – The Musical opens this weekend and runs through June 21st at the Broadway Palm in Fort Myers. broadwaypalm.com

The Pride  Now - June 22
Alexi Kaye Campbell’s award winning drama The Pride is on stage now through June 22nd at Empire Stage in Ft. Lauderdale.  The story works on two timelines; Oliver, Philip, and Sylvia are caught in a kind of erotic time warp. Their complex love triangle, complete with conflicting loyalties and passions, jumps from 1958 to the present and back in a vortex of fantasy, repression and rebellion in this innovative new drama. The Pride, now through June 22nd , presented by Island City Stage at Empire Stage. Show days and time vary, visit islandcitystage.org.

May 22, 2014

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Masonic Mozart   June 8
Orchestra Miami puts the finishing touches on it’s season with a concert called Masonic Mozart, it’s part of a new series of concerts presented in some of Miami’s most interesting and historic landmarks. After the concert you can enjoy a guided walk through the Lummus Park neighborhood. Masonic Mozart with Orchestra Miami, Sunday June 8th at the Miami Scottish Rite Temple, music starts at 4pm. orchestramiami.org

Family Fare Spring Concert   June 1
Sunday June 1st, the Naples Philharmonic presents their Family Fare Spring Concert. The Family Fare Spring Concert is a fast-paced program designed to engage young audiences with an interactive program, with low-cost tickets and a shortened running time. You can look forward to a few movements from Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7, Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture, Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, and more! Music starts at 3pm, Sunday, June 1st. artisnaples.org

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest   Now - June 8
You still have a chance to catch One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at Andrews Living Arts Studio. You may have read the book, probably have seen the movie, now you can compare both to Dale Wasserman’s adaptation of Ken Kesey’s break-though novel. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest opens this weekend, and runs through June 8th. Show times vary, visit classccreations.com

hot dog  Now - June 1
hot dog is an absurdist, dark comedy, in the vein of plays by Edward Albee and Samuel Beckett. The play centers on Maryanne, a long-suffering daughter fed up with caring for her very demanding, elderly mother, who’s literally become “the Dog” next door. Equal parts funny, disturbing, thought provoking. hot dog, presented by Thinking Cap Theater at Nova Southeastern University,  runs now through June 1st with evening and matinee performances. thinkingcaptheatre.com

May 15, 2014

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Gulf Coast Symphony with Christine Lamprea   May 17

The Gulf Coast Symphony has a program planned for this weekend with 3 pieces that have American roots. It includes one of the most technically demanding cello concertos in the repertoire by Samuel Barber, with cellist Christine Lamprea. They’ll also play the Symphony no. 9 by Antonin Dvorak, and Libby Larsen’s Deep Summer Music. 7pm, Saturday May 17th, at the Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers. bbmannpah.org.

Little Broadway Summer Camp   June 16 - Aug 7

Did you know that the Miramar Cultural Center offers a great way to keep your kids busy over the summer? The Miramar Cultural Center | Arts Park has designed a world-class summer visual and performing arts experience for your children called Little Broadway. Eight weeks of visual and performing arts for children ages 7 to 13, June 16 to August 7. miramarculturalcenter.org

Paul Potts   May 24

Remember that really unassuming former cell phone salesman that shocked the judges of Britain’s Got Talent with Nessun Dorma? That’s Paul Potts, and he’s coming to South Florida.  Saturday the 24th, 8pm at the Broward Center. browardcenter.org

Dangerous Liasons   May 31, June 1

Revenge is a dish best served cold…The moral ambiguities of seduction and revenge make Dangerous Liasons one of the most exciting and scandalous plays. Its prime movers, the Vicomte and the Marquise—gifted, wealthy, and bored—form an unholy alliance and turn seduction into a game. Dangerous Liasons, presented by the Curtain Call Playhouse and the City of Pompano Beach at Herb Skolnick Center, runs Saturday the 31st at 6pm and Sunday the 1st at 2pm. curtaincallplayhouse.com.

May 8, 2014

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Video Games Live   May 16, 17

Some of the most exciting new music being composed today is found in what you might say is an…unlikely place. Video games. Now, video game music has made the leap to the orchestra stage, with some amazing results. Tommy Tallarico has created an immersive multimedia concert that’s great for everyone, whether you’re a gamer or not. You have two chances to catch Video Games Live next weekend, Friday the 16th at the Arsht Center, and Saturday the 17th at the Kravis Center, 8pm both nights.  arshtcenter.org and kravis.org.

MTC Sandbox   June 13 - 28
While some arts groups are wrapping up their season, Miami Theater Center still has plenty going on, such as MTC Sandbox. MTC Sandbox covers quite a bit of ground, development workshops include playwrights, composers, artists, and choreographers. The next MTC Sandbox session features choreographer Carlota Pradera, June 13th through the 28th. mtcmiami.org

Isabel Leonard   May 18
Sunday Afternoons of Music has announced that the last concert this season will also be the last for the series. It’s quite a going away concert, Soprano Isabel Leonard, winner of the 2013 Richard Tucker Vocal Award, makes her South Florida debut on Sunday May 18th, Gusman Concert Hall, University of Miami, Coral Gables. Music starts at 4. sundaymusicals.org

Patriotic Pops   May 15, 16
Patriotic Pops, an annual tribute to the troops conducted by audience favorite Stuart Chafetz with the Naples Philharmonic and the Philharmonic Chorus, is coming up May 15th and 16th at Artis-Naples.  Plus, acclaimed pianist Jodie DeSalvo joins the orchestra for an All-American program of pop favorites, including well-known selections from “King of Ragtime” Scott Joplin. Both concerts start at 8 pm. in Hayes Hall at Artis-Naples.  artis-naples.org

May 1, 2014

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Thais  May 3 - May 17

Florida Grand Opera opens a sultry production by French composer Jules Massenet this weekend. In Thais, a courtesan and a monk discover which proves to be the stronger urge, the desire for redemption and forgiveness for sins, or the lustful passions hidden deep inside. Thais opens Saturday the 3rd and runs through the 17th with evening and matinee performances in both Miami and Fort Lauderdale. fgo.org

Benjamin Grosvenor and the Escher String Quartet  May 6

In 2012 at the BBC Proms, a 20 year old pianist opened the festival with a concerto by Saint-Saens, and left everyone astonished by his virtuosity. Next week, Benjamin will be joined by the Escher String Quartet for a program that includes Dvorak’s Piano Quintet no. 2. 8pm on Tuesday the 6th at Gusman Hall, University of Miami, Coral Gables. miamichambermusic.org

Inside/Out: Art as Healing Therapy  Now - May 30

I’m sure you have your own way to deal with the struggles in your life; pain, loss, depression. Often times artists turn to their work as the primary source of therapy. An exhibit of some of those therapeutic works called Art as Healing Therapy opens Friday the 2nd and runs through the 30th, with an opening reception on the 15th. artserve.org

Arts Naples World Festival 2014  Now -May 10

If you’re on your way out of Florida, Artis Naples has something that might make you postpone your departure. They have a little saying…Stay in May: Artis Naples World Festival 2014. Each year the festival focuses on a different country, and this year it’s Italy, with concerts, cooking demonstrations and more - every day - now through May 10th. artsnaplesworldfestival.org

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.