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La Traviata | Florida Grand Opera

Giuseppe Verdi’s wildly popular, splendidly tragic and sumptuously opulent “La Traviata” closes Florida Grand Opera’s 72nd season with performances scheduled at the Arsht Center and

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For its last production of the season, Minnesota Opera (a Knight Arts grantee) is running an opulent iteration of Puccini’s final opera, “Turandot.” Two sets of lead players are performing in rotation for the show’s one-week run; the matinee I attended featured spinto tenor Scott Piper (as the love-struck, exiled prince Calaf) and sopranos Christie Hageman and Helen […]

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Want to see a 2,500-year old tradition? Me too. As luck would have it, The Golden Dragon Acrobats are bringing a new show, “Cirque Ziva,” to the Akron Civic Theatre, a Knight Arts grantee. In ancient times, the art that we know as Chinese acrobatics apparently was called things like “miscellaneous arts” and “varied skills […]

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Jazz Tango with Pablo Aslan Quintet

Published on April 11, 2013 by in Miami, Music

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Pablo Aslan Quintet

Miami Dade College’s MDC Live Arts will transport audiences to the heart of Argentina, where tango courses through the country like the Rio de la Plata. The Argentinian-born, Brooklyn-based bassist and producer Pablo Aslan

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The concert season is still going strong even as the weather warms up, and we’re starting to head into the heat and humidity that will be with us for most of the rest of the year. Here’s a look at some concerts coming our way in the next few days: Seraphic Fire: This is the […]

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When Akron Symphony Orchestra (a  Knight Arts grantee), approached GroundWorks DanceTheater (also a Knight Arts grantee), things started clicking. ASO wanted to perform Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” while adding a visual element to its aural connection through dance. Maestro Christopher Wilkins met up with David Shimotakahara, artistic director of GroundWorks, and asked him […]

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This weekend, for the third annual Early Music Festival, Zeitgeist (a Knight Arts grantee) will celebrate the pioneers of electronic music: Karlheinz Stockhausen, Steve Reich, John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Michael Oldfield, Charles Dodge. I spoke with percussionist Heather Barringer by phone yesterday and asked her about the idea behind the ensemble’s mini-festival. “From pop to more […]

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When the Civil War came to the United States, it came to a people who, musically speaking, were a churchy lot. But they were also a people of sentimental secular song that hymned home and hearth, of minstrelsy and spiritual, and to hear the music of this time is to gain a greater understanding of […]

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A cool musical invasion is headed our way when the Canadian Brass comes to E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall to perform a concert for Tuesday Musical, a Knight Arts grantee. Recognized as “the world’s most famous brass group,” Canadian Brass will be the vibrant and final performance for Tuesday Musical’s 125th-anniversary season. This talented group […]

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Step Afrika

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) is about community. It’s a space that opens its doors to the varied and diverse residents of South Miami-Dade and beyond. It’s also where art, culture and

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