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

Anderson & Roe: Rite of Spring video

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.

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