(Mirror) 2020 is a landmark year as symphonies and choruses around the globe celebrate the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth.
South Florida is no exception, as both resident orchestras, the South Florida Symphony and Symphony of the Americas, honor the master with special tributes.
Music lovers will also be treated to operatic classics and some swinging jazz this season, also.
South Florida Symphony
Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m., Key West
Maestra Sebrina Maria Alfonso conducts a special performance of Beethoven’s epic Symphony No. 9 “Choral” with a full choir led by Dr. Giselle Elgarresta Rios. The famous “Ode to Joy” finale, features bass-baritone Neil Nelson (returning to the SFSO stage following the triumphant Porgy and Bess last season), soprano Robyn Lamp; mezzo-soprano Mabel Ledo, and tenor Edgar Miguel Abréu. Also on the bill is Schumann’s beloved piano concerto performed by Svetlana Smolina. Tickets at SouthFloridaSymphony.org.
Symphony of the Americas
March 10, 7:45 p.m., Broward Center
The Symphony of the Americas and Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with “Beethoven to Bluegrass,” featuring the Lubbens Brothers. These classically trained triplets perform the Triple Concerto in C Major for piano, violin and cello with a fusion of bluegrass instrumentation and classical style. You’ve never listen to Beethoven again in the same way after this unique concert. Tickets at SymphonyOfTheAmericas.org.
Florida Grand Opera
“Madama Butterfly,” Jan. 18 – Feb. 1, Arsht and Broward Centers
“Rigoletto,” March 28 – May 2, Arsht and Broward Centers
“Il matrimonio segreto,” April 18 – 26, Miami-Dade County Auditorium
Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” and Verdi’s “Rigoletto” are familiar standards in the operatic repertoire, but Florida Grand Opera plans to surprise audiences with an unique interpretation of Cimarosa’s operatic farce, “Il matrimonio segreto.” Loaded with awkward situations and compromising positions, this classic gets a telenovela treatment that will be familiar to many Miami audiences. Tickets at FGO.org.
Palm Beach Opera
“Turandot,” Jan. 24 – 26, Kravis Center
“Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” Feb. 28 – March 1, Kravis Center
“Eugene Onegin,” March 27-29, Kravis Center
Like Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera’s first two productions of the year are beloved classics, Puccini’s epic story of sacrifice, “Turandot,” and Mozart’s whimsical “The Barber of Seville.” The season concludes at the Kravis Center with Russian romantic composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s grand saga of romance, risk and regret, “Eugene Onegin,” sung in Russian with English supertitles. Tickets at PalmBeachOpera.org.
Gold Coast Jazz Society
Terell Stafford Quintet, March 11, 7:45 p.m., Broward Center
Tony DeSare, April 15, 7:45 p.m., Broward Center
For decades, the Gold Coast Jazz Society has presented both legends and up-and-coming jazz artists at the Parker Playhouse and Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. This season is no different, with trumpeter Terell Stafford, performing music of Billy Strayhorn and Lee Morgan, and singer/pianist Tony DeSare, who offers fresh takes on old school classics. Tickets at GoldCoastJazz.org.
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