Spring Is In the Air... Along With Classical Music

by JW Arnold
Tuesday May 21, 2013

During the winter months, when tourists and snow birds flock to South Florida, the arts calendar is filled with theater, music and dance performances; but once Passover and Easter pass, a little culture can be scarce. Fortunately, for classical music lovers, spring and early summer offer several opportunities for musical edification:

Mainly Mozart Festival

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was arguably one of the greatest composers and the Mainly Mozart Festival in Coral Gables celebrates the works of the musical genius, May 12 - June 16. In its 20th year, the festival features a series of chamber music performances at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., by leading regional ensembles, including the Delray Quartet.

This year, the festival concludes with a concert at the University of Miami's Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr. in Coral Gables, and featuring the piano trio of Marina Radiushina, Eli Matthews, and Joshua Roman in a varied program which runs the gamut of musical expression. They will tackle works by Janacek, Piazzolla, Schnittke and de Falla, in addition to Mozart. Musicologist Frank Cooper provides commentary on some of the most expressive and evocative music.

Series tickets (five concerts) are $100 and individual concerts are $20 at MainlyMozart.com.

Symphony of the Americas Summerfest

The Symphony of the Americas, Broward County's resident professional orchestra, hosts Summerfest each year in July, along with a visiting guest orchestra. This year, Musici Estensi Chamber Orchestra will present concerts in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, July 13 - Aug. 3, under the batons of founding artistic director Carlo Taffuri and Symphony of the Americas' Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese.

Symphony of the Americas musicians, including soloists flutist Marilyn Maingart and pianist Renee LaBonte, left for Italy this week for performances at Palazzo Barolo Barolo and Turin, May 21-29, before returning with their Italian counterparts for the South Florida festival, which is sponsored by American Airlines, and includes 10 concerts.

"Summerfest has become a major program for the Symphony (of the Americas)," said Brooks-Bruzzese. "Each year, we participate in a wonderful musical exchange with some of the most talented musicians in the world and bring them right here to South Florida."

In addition to the busy Summerfest schedule, the Symphony will travel to Brooks-Bruzzese's birthplace, Panama, as the featured orchestra at the Alba Music Festival, July 21 - 28.

For a complete schedule of Summerfest concerts and tickets, go to SymphonyOfTheAmericas.org

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