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By Levi Weinhagen, St. Paul arts blogger Walker West Music Academy plans to use its 8 O’Clock Jazz series to meld history, community, education and progress on Selby Avenue. The series, which was awarded a 2014 Knight Arts Challenge grant, will bring high-level local and national jazz artists to St. Paul on a monthly basis. […]

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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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A few weeks ago, in full stealth-mode, I snuck into the Miami Light Project to borrow their bench and ice-cold air. A rock was propping the side door open. It was hideously hot, and the air conditioning at the Wynwood Warehouse, where I was working across the street, wasn’t cutting it. I’m not shy, so […]

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It’s been 14 years since construction began on the new Tubman Museum, a Knight Arts grantee. Although it was not intentional, the wait was definitely worth the while. The new Tubman Museum, which opens at 310 Cherry Street on May 16, is the largest of its kind in the state and the Southeast. This beautiful […]

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Jarrod Hartzler, executive director of Tuesday Musical, a Knight Arts grantee, recently announced his second programming schedule after taking the helm of the organization a couple of years ago. It seemed like a good time to sit down with him, discuss the direction he sees the organization and its performances going, and to take a […]

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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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By Levi Weinhagen, St. Paul arts blogger In 2006, composer and audio designer Ben Houge was living in Shanghai and working on audio for a video game project for Ubisoft when he had dinner at a multi-sensory restaurant called Ultraviolet. The dining experience, coupled with how immersed Houge was in his audio work, made him […]

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M. Lamar. Photo by Michael Benabib.

The 2015 Out in the Tropics Festival, produced by FUNDarte, a Knight Arts grantee, runs from Tuesday, May 5th through Saturday, May 9th. The festival features work from innovative local, national and international GLBTQ artists, including Chely Lima, M. Lamar, Marga Gomez, Caridad Svich and John Moletress. The festival opens on May 5th at 7 […]

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