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One of the most striking things about the Seraphic Fire ensemble is its ferocious work ethic when it comes to recordings. I’ve had occasion to mention several of their discs on this blog as they’ve come out, and next week (Aug. 6), the group’s latest record, a collection of Gregorian chant and Renaissance motets drawn […]

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There are many threads in the fabric of a community. Once intertwined, architecture, well-designed parks and spectacular public art can work together to strengthen and enrich society. The synergy of arts and cultural activity within a community can have real social impact. This concept is referred to as “creative placemaking,” and it comes in many […]

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The third annual Lowertown Roots Music Festival coming up this weekend is a relatively modest affair, and that’s its strong suit, I think.  The overall schedule has a satisfying breadth of offerings and a big-tent interpretation of “roots music” – including bluegrass string pickers and blues fiddling, but also Louisiana zydeco, Swedish folk music  and […]

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UltraVox

Opera doesn’t always happen in an opera house. Sometimes it happens on Calle Ocho. “UltraVox,” conceived, directed and performed by tenor Santo Martin Cordero and soprano Eloisa M. Ferrer, runs August 2-3 at the intimate SIR Studio on Calle Ocho in Miami’s Little Havana. “The artist is an inventive and daring individual who upsets and […]

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The season is a few months away, but it’s during the summer that the various presenting organizations start to tell us what will be on their programs in the winter months. Several major Miami music series announced their seasonal lineups in the past few weeks; here’s a look at some of the concerts coming for […]

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Street Beat

This Saturday, July 13th at 8 p.m. Culture Shock Miami presents the dynamic Street Beat at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC). Street Beat is an urban dance and drum troupe that fuses African, Cuban, Latin, West African and jazz with breakdance, hip

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Although July Fourth usually signals a slowdown in cultural activity as everyone takes a breather to celebrate the holiday, this week actually marks the beginning of one of South Florida’s most durable music festivals. Friday night, the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival opens its 22nd season of summer concerts, four weeks of three concerts apiece […]

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I discovered a little gem of a live music venue on Saturday night, and I’ll lay odds you’ve never heard of it. Creek House is tucked into a heavily wooded cul de sac in an outer ring suburb of St. Paul. By day, it’s home and studio to artist, furniture craftsman and avid amateur guitarist […]

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It’s a concatenation, that’s what it is – or will be. Never mind the definition, for it really comes down to three local organizations – the City of Akron, through the Lock 3 program, Akron Civic Theatre and the Akron Symphony Orchestra, all Knight arts grantees – lining up to present a music-filled, eventful Fourth […]

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One of the sure signs of summer is when Blossom Music Center opens and the internationally renowned Cleveland Orchestra takes up residency in our area. It’s always a major question – just like on New Year’s Eve – about where to be on the special occasion that one is able to go to out in […]

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