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Richard Wagner never quite got the theatrical effects he was looking for in his gigantic operas, mostly because he died in 1883, before the advent of cinema. But Carson Kievman is a little luckier than that: the founder and director of the SoBe Institute of the Arts in Miami Beach has benefited from today’s digital […]

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Summer has long been a breather season for South Florida, a time to get some space on the beach or a table at a popular restaurant, or a chance to see just how much you can take it in August when the temperature really starts to climb and there are far fewer people to complain […]

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Last week, Centaur Records released the second of two recordings containing the complete works for violin and piano of Franz Schubert, as played by violinist Tomas Cotik and pianist Tao Lin. Both are veteran performers on the South Florida scene, and Cotik, an Argentinian who holds a doctorate from the University of Miami, is a […]

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Last year, pianist Mia Vassilev and the members of her Miami Piano Circle premiered a Miami-themed work by the popular American classical composer Michael Torke, a suite for 10 pianos called Miami Grands. On Saturday, Vassilev and nine of her closest 88-key friends converge on Miami Beach’s New World Center for an all-American concert of […]

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By most reckonings, the season has already ended, but for a few Miami organizations, this time of year is when things turn somewhat edgier. Two multiple-event programs begin this week, one of them tonight, and the other on Saturday. Florida Grand Opera: The chill of the Cold War is all over The Consul, Gian-Carlo Menotti’s […]

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Turning a grandmother-in-law into a Daft Punk fan is no small achievement, and by that measure alone, the Nu Deco Ensemble is considering its April 4 debut a success. A 26-person orchestral ensemble made up of members of the musical collective performed a program of contemporary music, virtually all of it American and most of […]

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We’re well past the spring holidays, but the season hasn’t quite ended yet. Indeed, there are several concerts taking place just this weekend, plus earlier this month, the Mainly Mozart music festival announced programming that will go through June. Seraphic Fire This week’s concerts feature three vocal soloists and a small chamber orchestra in two […]

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The Cleveland Orchestra brings its Miami residency to a close beginning tonight and ending Saturday night with three performances of a 1937 blockbuster, German composer Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. In its own proto-minimalist way, this setting of medieval Goliard lyrics drawn from a collection in a monastery has been as influential as milestones such as […]

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Franz Joseph Haydn spent a lot of time on opera, not just writing it for his royal employers at Esterhaza, but also arranging and conducting the works of other composers for the company. But while his surviving Italian operas and German singspiels have been unearthed, recorded and mounted in imaginative productions (particularly Il Mondo della […]

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Every five years, the Chopin Foundation of the United States hosts its national piano competition, and this year marks the 9th annual mounting of that event, which is set for February 21 through March 1 at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium. Over those eight days, 24 young pianists – all U.S.-based, all born between 1985 and […]

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