February 13, 2014

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I Pagliacci  Feb 21, 22

The next production in Opera Naples’ season Ruggero Leoncavallo I Pagliacci, one that reminds us that while we go to the opera to be entertained, the characters on stage are real people too. Opera Naples, along with the Opera Naples Chorus and Orchestra, will also incorporate a unique touch to the opera…real circus acts performed by Circus Sarasota! To get tickets, surf over to operanaples.org.

St. Petersburg Philharmonic  Feb 18

Russia’s oldest symphony orchestra is coming to South Florida, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic perform music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Kancheli, and Tchaikovsky. Tuesday the 18th at 8pm at the Broward Center. browardcenter.org

Sunday Afternoons of Music  Feb 16

This Sunday, you can Ray Chen, winner of the Queen Elisabeth and the Yehudi Menuhin Competitions, and Julio Elizalde, who recently made his Carnegie Hall debut, and is the co-artistic director of the popular Olympic Music Festival near Seattle. Chen and Elizalde will play music by Mozart, Sarasate, and Beethoven, starting at 4pm on Sunday the 16th. Gusman Concert Hall, University of Miami, Coral Gables. sundaymusicals.org

Stories in Sterling   Now - Apr 20

The Flagler Museum has an exhibit now on view that literally sparkles. Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York. The exhibit showcases nearly 200 pieces of silver in their cultural context, focusing on the men and women that made, used, and treasured the objects. Now through April 20th. flaglermuseum.us.

February 6, 2014

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Buffalo Philharmonic    Feb 9, 10

It’s chilly and snowy in Buffalo, New York, right now. JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic is very glad to be on tour in South Florida! They’ll Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto with pianist Philippe Bianconi at 8pm on Sunday the 9th and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with clarinetist Ricardo Morales, plus works by Ibert and Dvorak at 2pm on Monday the 10th. Both concerts are at the Kravis Center, kravis.org.

Andrea Bocelli    Feb 14

Maybe you’ve already got your plans for Valentine’s Day set…maybe a nice dinner…flowers…chocolates…well how about adding some romantic music to the mix? The Master Chorale of South Florida performs with Andrea Bocelli on Friday, February 14th, 8pm, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. masterchoraleofsouthflorida.org

The God Game   Now - Feb 9

This weekend is your last chance to catch a world premiere production by an exciting new American playwright, Suzanne Bradbeer. It’s called The God Game, sort of a political version of “Doubt”. The God Game is about a Virginia Senator, a rising star in the Republican party. He’s invited to join the ticket as a vice presidential candidate, but the catch is he has to sound ‘more Christian’. For show times and tickets, go to gulfshoreplayhouse.org.

The Mice War   Feb 9

This Sunday afternoon, Orchestra Miami in collaboration with the Florida Grand Opera presents a special opera for kids called The Mice War. It teaches about the absurdity of war and acceptance of cultural diversity…all the while exposing them to classical music. The Mice War starts at 4pm on Sunday the 9th at Pinecrest Gardens. orchestramiami.org

January 30, 2014

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Delray String Quartet and pianist Tao Lin   Feb 7, 9

“Keen musical intelligence”, “excellent facility”, and “opulent and romantic tone”. Those are just a few ways that critics have described pianist Tao Lin. Next weekend, you can find out for yourself when he joins the Delray String Quartet. They play music by Turina, J.S. Bach, and Dohnanyi. Friday February 7th at 7:30 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Ft. Lauderdale, and at 4pm on Sunday the 9th, at the Colony Hotel in Delray Beach. delraystringquartet.com

Antonio Zambrujo   Feb 7
The Rhythm Foundation is very excited to welcome one of the leading artists in the Portuguese Fado tradition, Antonio Zambujo. Since his debut CD in 2002 he has toured internationally and received countless  honors along the way. Friday February 7th at 8pm. You can get tickets and see a video of Antonio in action at rhythmfoundation.com.

Into the Woods   Now - Feb 15
You still have some time to find out what happens after ‘happily ever after’ at the BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater! The Tony-award winning musical Into the Woods is a retelling of classic Grimm fairy tales by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. Into the woods runs now through February 15 at BIG ARTS, Sanibel. For show times and tickets, surf over to bigarts.org.

The Lowe Down   Feb 6
On the first Thursday of every month, while school is in session, you can get The Lowe Down…a happy hour event at the Lowe Art Museum, designed to broaden and deepen appreciation of the visual arts. For February, the theme is Viva l’Amore. There will be hors d’oeuvres and cocktails to go along with a guided tour of the stunning Kress Collection of Renaissance and Baroque art. Thursday, February 6th from 7 - 9. lowemuseum.org

January 23, 2014

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The Movement: Bob Adelman and Civil Rights Era Photography  Now - May 17
To help mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, a display of Bob Adelman’s photographs, both famous and some never before seen, is now on view in an exhibit called “The Movement: Bob Adelman and Civil Rights Era Photography” at the Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale. moafl.org

Macbeth    Jan 24 - 26
The Palm Beach Opera kicks off their season with a power-hungry, blood thirsty production of Macbeth, Shakespeare’s story about an overly ambitious couple’s voracious appetite for taking the Scottish throne. The music is by Giuseppi Verdi, an intense score that challenges the cast of world-class singers. Friday the 24th through Sunday the 26th. 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday and Sunday afternoon at 2pm at the Kravis Center. pbopera.org

Cleveland Orchestra with Gil Shaham    Jan 27
During their South Florida residency, the Cleveland Orchestra will be making a stop in Naples. The concert opens with Schubert’s Symphony no. 2 and concludes with a set of Strauss Waltzes and Polkas. In between? That’s when violinist Gil Shaham joins the orchestra to pull out all the stops in Erich Korngold’s lush and lyrical Violin Concerto! Franz Welser-Most will conduct. 8pm at Artis Naples, Monday the 27th.  artisnaples.org

South Florida Symphony Orchestra  Jan 30 - Feb 3
Double Speak and Hidden Meanings, the second concert in the South Florida Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks series features a hefty program; the Symphony no. 10 by Shostakovich and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto no. 3 with guest soloist Christopher Taylor. Liszt’s Symphonic Poem no. 10 Hamlet is also on the program.  Key West, Ft. Lauderdale, Aventura, and Delray Beach, January 30th through February 3rd.  southfloridasymphony.org

Career Transition for Dancers Gala Fundraiser  Jan 29
Career Transition for Dancer’s 5th Annual Heart & Soul Celebration is next Wednesday the 29th, an opportunity to support CTFD’s mission while enjoying an evening of fine dining, performance, and dancing in the night breeze of Palm Beach. This annual event supports dancers in Florida and across the country. careertransition.org

January 16, 2014

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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra   Jan 20

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra presents Heroic Beethoven, an all Beethoven concert featuring the Symphony no. 2, the Coriolan Overture, and the Piano Concerto no. 5 “Emperor”. Monday the 20th at 7:30 pm at the Broward Center. For tickets, visit browardcenter.org.

Miami City Ballet     Jan 24 - Feb 2
Miami City Ballet’s Program II “See the Music” features Concerto Barocco and Symphonic Dances, plus two premieres; Jardi Tancat and Chutes and Ladders. Friday the 24th through the 26th at the Broward Center and Friday the 31st through February 2nd at the Kravis Center. There are several showtimes to choose from, visit miamicityballet.org for all the information you need.

Nabucco    Jan 25 - Feb 8
The next production with the Florida Grand Opera is the one that launched Giuseppe Verdi’s career, Nabucco! Nabucco captures the voice of the ancient Hebrews and their struggle as exiles, but it actually speaks with the voice of ALL exiles. Nabucco runs Saturday the 25th through February 1st at the Arsht Center, and February 6th and 8th at the Broward Center. Days and showtimes vary. fgo.org

Black Tie   Now - Feb 8
Now on stage with the Naples Players is a play that follows a wedding toast gone wrong…but not from the perspective of the bride and groom, but rather the father of the groom, Curtis, who simply wants to make a memorable toast. Black Tie, by A.R. Gurney, runs now through February 8th, Blackburn Hall at Sugden Community Theatre, Naples. naplesplayers.org

January 9, 2014

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Amernet String Quartet +1     Jan 12

The Amernet String Quartet has earned praise all around the world as one of today’s exceptional young string quartets, and have been the Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami since 2004. This Sunday the 12th the Amernet String Quartet will be joined by Michael Tree, violist with the Guarneri Quartet, for a concert with music by Brahms, Dvorak, and Janacek. sundaymusicals.org

GardenMusic 2014    Now - 19

The second annual GardenMusic Festival is now in full swing, and runs through the 19th at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. The festival features exhilarating music in the genres of chamber, jazz, bluegrass, folk, Broadway, and often times combinations of all those genres in one concert all in the breathtaking surroundings of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens. For times and tickets, visit gardenmusicfestival.com.

Marvin Hamlisch Rememberance    Jan 19

Have you ever heard of an EGOT? That’s someone who has won an Emmy, a Grammy, and Oscar, and a Tony award. The Gulf Coast Symphony has a concert coming up that pays tribute to a man who has won all those awards, PLUS a Pulitzer Prize and a Golden Globe award. The Symphonic Pops Series starts off the year with Marvin Hamlisch Rememberance, Sunday the 19th at 7pm at the Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall. You can get tickets at gulfcoastsymphony.org.

Elixir of Love   Jan 28

One of opera’s most popular comedies opens later this month at the Miramar Cultural Center, Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love tells the story of a magic love potion and the destiny of a love triangle between a lovable bumpkin, a swashbuckling sergeant, and the town flirt. English subtitles will accompany the performance on Tuesday the 28th at 7:30 at the Miramar Cultural Center. Visit miramarculturalcenter.org for more details and tickets.

January 2, 2014

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Orchestra Miami  Jan 11

All throughout their season, Orchestra Miami presents short, free, concerts at several locations around Miami-Dade. They’ll kick off 2014 with a free Family Concert at Coral Gables Museum. Orchestra Miami’s Free Family Concert is part of Family Day on Aragon at Coral Gables Museum. All activities at the Coral Gables Museum are free for the entire family, 2-5pm. coralgablesmuseum.org.

The Wizard of Oz   Jan 7 - 19

Next Tuesday a broadway show opens in Fort Lauderdale that serves as a great way to bring generations of people together; young kids seeing it for the first time, and adults reliving their childhood at the same time. Broadway Across America’s The Wizard of Oz opens at the Broward Center and runs through Sunday the 19th with matinee and evening shows. To find the one that fits your schedule, visit browardcenter.org

Friends of Chamber Music Miami   Jan 5

This weekend Friends of Chamber Music Miami welcomes Ricardo Morales (clarinet), Roberto Diaz (viola), and Joseph Kalichstein (piano) for Brahms Chamber Music Masterworks with an all Brahms program featuring the Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 2, and two clarinet sonatas. 4 pm this Sunday the 5th at Gusman Concert Hall, University of Miami. miamichambermusic.org

Southwest Florida Symphony  Jan 11

“World Class Music in Paradise”…that’s the Southwest Florida Symphony. The second concert in the Southwest Florida Symphony’s Masterworks series is coming up next Saturday the 11th with world renown conductor and violinist Guillermo Figueroa. On the program: the Roman Carnival Overture by Berlioz, Rachmaninoff’s Symphony no. 2, and a piece that earned Maestro Figueroa a Grammy nomination in 2012, Cordero’s Insula Tropical. Music starts at 8pm at the Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers. swflso.org.

December 26, 2013

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Strauss Symphony of America  Dec 31
There’s a special NYE concert in the spirit of the annual New Year’s
concert of waltz music in Vienna at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts.
Celebrate the New Year with The Strauss Symphony of America, and the best Strauss waltzes, polkas and excerpts from favorites like Die Fledermaus, and The Merry Widow. New Year’s Eve at 8pm at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. coralspringscenterforthearts.com

West Side Story  Now - Dec 29
So…who do you root for, the Jets or the Sharks? Not New York or Jacksonville, I’m talking West Side Story, the heart pounding love story by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, this show is full of classics that helped change the face of musical theater more than 50 years ago. You can get tickets at artisnaples.com.

Segment 3  Jan 6 - 24
Artserve in Ft. Lauderdale has a mission to provide progressive events, programs and services that help artists turn ART into business, and that means supporting every genre of art. Fluidity, a celebration of mixed media, opens on Monday, January 6th and will be on view through the 24th, a dance competition will be part of the gallery social night on Thursday the 16th. You can find more details online at artserve.com.

Hilary Hahn and the NWS  Jan 10, 11
The new year starts off big for the New World Symphony, coming up on
Friday, January 10th James Gaffigan will conduct Prokofiev’s Symphony
no. 5. Verdi’s overture from Sicilian Vespsers is also on the program. Then on Saturday the 11th at 8pm, the NWS will play that same program, plus Mozart’s Violin Concerto no. 5 as violin virtuoso Hilary Hahn makes her debut with the orchestra. You can find more information and get tickets at nws.edu.

December 19, 2013

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The Nutcracker   Dec 19 - Jan 5
The Miami City Ballet’s production of the #1 holiday show in the country is going on now with performances throughout South Florida through early January. The Nutcracker; the timeless story, Balanchine’s choreography, Tchaikovsky’s music…but don’t forget the live orchestra! Now through Christmas Eve at the Arsht Center, Friday the 27th through Monday the 30th at the Kravis Center, and January 3rd through the 5th at the Broward Center.  miamicityballet.org

Holiday Pops  Now - Dec 22
The Naples Philharmonic invites you to join them for their annual Christmas celebration at Artis Naples!  This year, the Philharmonic has an all-new program of holiday classics, featuring the Philharmonic Center Chorus and Philharmonic Youth Chorus. Stuart Chafetz conducts. Holiday Pops with the Naples Philharmonic, tonight through the 22nd, with matinee and evening performances. artisnaples.org

Terrestrial Paradises Now - July
In 1768, Captain James Cook undertook three historic voyages of exploration around the world. On each of the voyages, artists created sketches, drawings, and occasionally paintings based on their first-hand observations. Some of those images are now on view at the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami. Terrestrial Paradises: Imagery from The Voyages of Captain James Cook is on view now through July at the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables. lowemuseum.org

A Mouse’s Holiday  Dec 21
If you’re looking for something to keep the kids entertained over the holiday break, the Curtain Call Playhouse in Sunrise has a fun option; a friendly, kid specific musical full of holiday fun. With singing and dancing performers dressed as mice, this interactive theatre experience is fun for audiences of all ages. A Mouse’s Holiday, presented by Curtain Call Playhouse at Sunrise Civic Center Theatre and Gallery, Saturday the 21st at 2pm. artscalendar.com

December 12, 2013

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The Nutcracker  Now - Dec 22
Take ETA Hoffman’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, add Tchaikovsky’s music and choreography by Vladimir Isaaev, and you have the Arts Ballet Theater of Florida’s annual production of a Christmas season favorite!  The Arts Ballet of Florida’s production of The Nutcracker runs this weekend, the 13th-15th at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, and next weekend the 21st and 22nd at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. artsballettheatre.org

Itzhak Perlman    Dec 19
Born in Israel and trained at Juilliard, Itzhak’s disarming humanity and charm, his amazing artistry and irrepressible joy in making music have made him one of the world’s most loved musicians. One night only, Thursday December 19th at 8pm at the Arsht Center. Tickets and additional information is available online at arshtcenter.org.

Sunday Afternoons of Music    Dec 15
This Sunday there is a special concert coming up for Sunday Afternoons of Music; it’s their first collaboration with the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida. Enjoy an evening performance this Sunday the 15th at 7:30 pm, Gusman Concert Hall, University of Miami, Coral Gables. sundaymusicals.org

Celebrate the Season   Dec 14, 15
The Naples Orchestra and Chorus present a special holiday program, “Celebrate the Season” on Saturday, December 14, at 7 PM and a matinee performance Sunday, December 15th. at 2PM On the program is a world premier performance of a work “Hymn to Music” by Catherine McMichael. Also on the program are pieces by Albinoni, Tartini, and a bit of Handel’s Messiah! naplesorchestraandchorus.org