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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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In the summer months, classical music festivals usually take place far from South Florida, often in woodsy places like Aspen, Colo., or Marlboro, Vt. That hasn’t stopped people from trying to get some summer concerts going; the Mainly Mozart Festival just wrapped this past weekend at the Knight Concert Hall to a very large audience, […]

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It’s a one-off recital during a time when South Florida is beginning to swelter and all the snowbirds have gone home, but violinist Anne Akiko Meyers’s appearance this Thursday will include two new pieces of music that she’ll be championing all this year. Meyers, a native of Southern California, came to prominence at age 11 […]

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There never seems to be any end to Mozart, and in the next couple weeks Miami audiences can hear some relative rarities from this composer’s vast output. Amernet String Quartet: The Mainly Mozart Festival continues under new management this weekend with an appearance by the Amernet String Quartet, Miami’s own highly respected, durable foursome. An […]

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Playing through Sunday at the Little Theater on the grounds of the SoBe Institute of the Arts in Miami Beach is an hourlong exploration of the fault line between modernity and madness, served up in operatic style by the institute’s founder, Carson Kievman. Fairy Tales: Songs of the Dandelion Woman is a two-person chamber opera […]

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Cellist Dane Johansen played Coral Gables last night as a member of the Escher Quartet, joining British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor for a concert of music by composers including Dvořák and Dutilleux. But tonight, he’s in Palm Beach, where the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach is holding a fundraiser for his solo project, which begins […]

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This is the wrap-up weekend for two local orchestras, with the New World Symphony and the Miami Symphony Orchestra ending their seasons in big fashion. The New World offers another in its cycle of symphonies by Gustav Mahler as conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. This time it’s the Seventh, usually considered the least commercial of […]

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