Winter Arts Guide: Classical Music and Jazz

South Florida Symphony, and Youth Pride Band

 

Symphony of the Americas

The Symphony of the Americas, under the direction of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, continue their 2014-15 season in the Amaturo Theater at Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center with “Dvorak Totems,” Feb. 10; “Symphony Classics and the Best of Broadway II,” March 10; and “Why We Sing” with the 200-voice Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, April 7 and 12. Tickets are $20 – 75 at SymphonyOfTheAmericas.org.

South Florida Symphony

Maestra Sebrina Maria Alfonso and the South Florida Symphony perform their programs in Key West, Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach. The busy winter and spring schedule includes “Continuous Crescendo,” works by Ravel, Barber and Mussorgsky, Jan. 17, 19–20; “Love, Loss and Redemption,” works by Mendelssohn, Sibelius and Brahms, Feb. 18-19, 22; and “Fate of a Hero,” works by Brahms and Beethoven, March 26, 29-30. For tickets and information, go to SouthFloridaSymphony.org.

Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency

Every winter, one of America’s premiere symphonies, the Cleveland Orchestra, takes residency at Miami’s Arsht Center. This year, the season offers a variety of great masterworks: “Fate and Freedom: Music of Beethoven and Shostakovich,” Feb. 27-28; “Mahler’s Sixth,” March 6-7; and Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, March 26-28. For information and tickets, go to ClevelandOrchestraMiami.com.

Florida Grand Opera

Florida Grand Opera has an unusually diverse season planned for South Florida audiences, including a modern interpretation of Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte,” Jan. 24-25, 27, 30-31, Arsht Center, and Feb. 12, 14, Broward Center; Georges Bizet’s French grand opera, “The Pearl Fishers,” Feb. 28, March 1, 3, 6-7, Arsht Center, and March 12, 14, Broward Center; and Gian Carlo Menotti’s contemporary American opera, “The Consul,” May 9-10, 12, 15-16 at the Arsht Center. Tickets start at $12 at FGO.org.

Master Chorale of South Florida

Under the direction of dynamic young conductor Brett Karlin, the Master Chorale specializes in the great choral works, with each program performed at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Miami; First Presbyterian Church, Pompano Beach; and Lynn University, Boca Raton. The chorale will accompany the great Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Feb. 12, 14-15, and perform the works J.S. Bach and his contemporaries with orchestra, April 24-26. Tickets are $30 for the Baroque concert and can be purchased at MasterChoraleOfSouthFlorida.com.

Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida

With 200 voices, the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida is the largest choral ensemble in the state of Florida. Under the artistic direction of Gordon Roberts, the chorus maintains a busy schedule. “Let Music Live” is the theme for the March 27 – 28 concerts at Fort Lauderdale’s Sunshine Cathedral. On April 7 and 12, the chorus teams up with the Symphony of the Americas for two performances, “Why We Sing,” at the Broward Center. Tickets to the chorus performances regularly sell out, so plan accordingly. Information and tickets are available at GMCSF.org.

Miami Gay Men’s Chorus

The Miami Gay Men’s Chorus continues its multi-year children’s initiative with the world premiere of a new musical, “The Purim Superhero,” based on the book by Elisabeth Kushner with original score by Eric Lane Barnes. The musical is based on the first Jewish children’s book to portray a same-sex family and reinforces the chorus’ commitment to LGBT understanding and anti-bullying programs. The musical will debut on March 1 at Temple Israel Greater Miami. For more information and tickets, go to MiamiGayChorus.org.

REGIONAL GAY MEN’S CHORUSES

The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Gary Keating, performs throughout the year at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale and is known for their entertaining, cabaret style productions. For more information and tickets go to TheFLGMC.org. Voices of Pride, the gay men’s chorus of the Palm Beaches, is a favorite in Palm Beach County and continues to grow each year. For information and tickets, go to VoicesOfPride.org.

South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble

Once again, the Pride Wind Ensemble will share the stage at the Broward Center with the Youth Pride Band on Feb. 15. In just four years, the honor band for LGBT and allied high school musicians has grown exponentially while using music to raise awareness of teen bullying. Guest conductor and clinician is world-renowned composer Frank Ticheli. This concert sold out last year, so reserve tickets early. The Pride Wind Ensemble wraps up its spring season with another concert on June 6. For more information and tickets, go to PrideWindEnsemble.org.

The Colony Hotel Royal Room

When it comes to cabaret, the Colony Hotel’s Royal Room in Palm Beach rivals the swankiest dinner clubs in Manhattan. The hotel recently underwent a multimillion dollar renovation and has booked a lineup of entertainers to match: Barbra Streisand’s kid sister, Rosalind Kind, Jan 27 – 31; TV host and crooner Regis Philbin, Feb. 17 – 21; Tony Award-winner Christine Ebersole, Feb. 24 – 28; comedian and master impressionist Rich Little, March 3 – 7; and former Supreme Mary Wilson, March 24 – 28. For more information and reservations, go to TheColonyPalmBeach.com.

Gold Coast Jazz Society

The Gold Coast Jazz Society is one of the best kept secrets in Broward County, attracting some of the best jazz artists to monthly concerts at the Broward Center. The winter and spring season includes jam sessions by Latin trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, Feb. 13; Canadian jazz pianist and vocalist Michael Kaeshammer, March 13; jazz organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, April 8; and jazz pianist Mike Longo, accompanied by the Gold Coast Jazz Society Band, May 13. Individual concert tickets are $53.10 at GoldCoastJazz.org.


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