While many of the snow birds who pack the region’s concert halls will not be returning until late into the fall, the region’s resident orchestras and classical music presenters have not used that as an excuse for a soft start the season. In fact, the early performances of the season offer some of the most fiery and passionate musical programs:
South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble (PrideWindEnsemble.org), the region’s LGBT and allies concert band, hosts the Lesbian and Gay Band Association national convention, Nov. 6-9. The weekend will culminate with a massed band concert, “Fiesta Caliente,” featuring Latin and Spanish music at the Broward Center at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9. Fans of contemporary wind music will enjoy this gripping program performed by 300 talented LGBT and allied musicians from across the country. Tickets start at $30.
Symphony of the Americas (SymphonyOfTheAmericas.org), under the direction of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, opens its 27th season with “The Magic of Cirque de la Symphonie,” the magic of cirque in the music hall. Aerialists, jugglers, contortionists and acrobats will all demonstrate their skills, in this electrifying collaboration accompanied by the soaring music of the Symphony, Nov. 9 and 11, at the Broward Center.
Jazz lovers will have their toes tapping to the music of the Bill Allred Classic Jazz Band, the first performance of the Gold Coast Jazz Society (GoldCoastJazz.org) season, Nov. 12 at 7:45 p.m. at the Broward Center. The concert, “Jazz Comes Up the River,” will include works from Bourbon Street to the Big Bands. The season continues at the Broward Center with American popular songs performed by the Bill Charlap Trio, Dec. 10 at 7:45 p.m.
Virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell opens the Broward Center Classical Series Season (BrowardCenter.org) on Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. Accompanied by pianist Alessio Bax, Grammy Award-winner Bell will offer works by Schubert, Grieg and Prokofiev.
Maestra Sebrina Maria Alfonso conducts the South Florida Symphony (SouthFloridaSymphony.org) in “Expressive Virtuosity,” works by Verdi and Tchaikovsky and featuring Zuill Bailey in Prokofiev’s “Sinfonia Concertante” for Cello and Orchestra. The Symphony will offer this technically and musically dazzling program at the Broward Center, Nov. 13, and Delray Center for the Arts, Nov. 15. Tickets start at $35.
The Cleveland Orchestra opens its annual Miami residency at the Arsht Center (ArshtCenter.org) on Nov. 14-15 with Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez, performed by guitarist Miloš Karadaglić and conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero. In addition to Rodrigo’s familiar work, the program will include Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien,” Respighi’s “Fountains of Rome,” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Español.
The Russian State Symphony Orchestra returns to the Kravis Center (Kravis.org) Nov. 18-19 with two series premieres: Rachmaninoff’s powerful and sweeping First and Third Symphonies. Great Russian-American pianist Vladimir Feltsman also returns with Rachmaninoff’s beloved Second Concertoand music of Mozart’s “golden period.”
The Miami International Piano Festival presents the young French breakthrough artist David Kadouch at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (AventuraCenter.org) on Nov. 23 performing a program including works by Bach, Janacek, Schumann and Brahms. Tickets start at $35.
Gay Men Singing
A quick look at the gay men’s choruses of South Florida
The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus (TheFortLauderdaleGayMensChorus.org) kicks off the fall season with its 4th annual “Fall Follies,” on Sept. 20 at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd. This fun, one night only, cabaret style show, under the direction of Dr. Gary Keating, showcases the individual talents of the chorus members and special guest performers. Tickets are $25.
Ring in the holidays with Voices of Pride (VoicesOfPride.org), the gay men’s chorus of the Palm Beaches, with “Glad Tidings,” Dec. 5 and 7 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Lantana.
Get your tickets early for “Comfort and Joy,” the annual Christmas concert of the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida (GMCSF.org), Dec. 12-13 and 19-20 at the Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $35 and $45.