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And suddenly, the season is full flower. This weekend is one of the many overbooked ones between now and April, and here’s a look at the reasons why: Miami Music Festival From Around the World: Newly renamed in its third season, Adolfo Vidal’s four-concert series opens Friday night at Florida International University’s Wertheim Concert Hall […]

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The 2014 edition of Festival Miami opens Friday night with a concert by the University of Miami’s Frost Symphony Orchestra in an all-American program of 20th and 21-century music. Thomas Sleeper leads the Frost in two concerti, the Alto Saxophone Concerto of the now-overlooked composer Paul Creston, with Dale Underwood as soloist, and Samuel Barber’s […]

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This Sunday, the Miami Symphony Orchestra opens another season at the Knight Concert Hall, in an evening of canonical works by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Rachmaninov. Conductor Eduardo Marturet will lead the orchestra in the Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage overture of Mendelssohn, Brahms’ First Symphony and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Rachmaninov, […]

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When the new Liam Neeson thriller, A Walk Among the Tombstones, makes its debut Friday, at least one Miami man will be watching with more than the usual interest. That’s because Carlos Rafael Rivera wrote the score for the film, and the University of Miami lecturer found his first experience writing music for a movie […]

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Anyone who’s talked to Patrick Dupré Quigley over the years at some point becomes aware that he is a committed advocate for American choral music and choral ensembles. Quigley’s latest recording with his Miami-based Seraphic Fire concert choir, released Tuesday, is a collection of American music spanning about 120 years, from the anonymous hymns of […]

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Mix a display of sculptures by a major West African artist with an art song recital, and what do you get? Something, perhaps, that’s half art exhibit and half concert, or maybe something that glides between the two worlds ably enough that an audience member would be unaware of any obvious joins between the two. […]

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The French pop duo known as Daft Punk almost never perform anywhere without their robot helmets, preferring to see their music as the creation of an entity outside themselves as two young European men. But even they might be surprised to hear their music treated in an orchestral fashion, as the trumpeter, arranger and composer […]

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One of the jazz world’s more interesting players is the Detroit-born saxophonist, bandleader and composer James Carter, who made a big splash in the classical world a couple years back with his performance and then recording of Roberto Sierra’s Concerto for Saxophones. One of the reasons for its success was that it spotlighted a performer […]

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For more than three decades, the folks at the University of Miami have opened the South Florida musical season in expansive style with Festival Miami, presenting a month’s worth of concerts that start in October and last through early November. A couple weeks ago, UM announced much of the lineup for this 31st iteration of […]

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Independence Day is a splendid occasion for a good old-fashioned cookout, with hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, and all the usual patriotic gustatory suspects. But it might be that at some point during the day, you find yourself pretty much done with the eating part of the festivities until it’s time for fireworks, […]

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