Orchestra Miami will celebrate the centennial of composer Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) with an all-tango program at Miami Beach’s North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., on Friday, July 9 at 8 p.m. The concert coincides with Argentina’s Independence Day.
Piazzolla, considered the most influential tango composer, spent his early years with his family in New York City, where he became known as a child prodigy bandoneon player. After returning to Argentina in 1937, he began performing in nightclubs at the age of 17 and studied theory and composition with composer Alberto Ginastera.
Looking to leave tango behind, he studied the works of Stravinsky, Bartok and Ravel and won a scholarship to study with the legendary pedagogue Nadia Boulanger in France. Boulanger encouraged him to continue composing tango, but infused with his knowledge and love for jazz and classical styles. After returning to Buenos Aires, he went on to revolutionize the art form and still composed concertos, pieces for full orchestra, opera and chamber music.
The orchestra will be joined by special guests from Buenos Aires: guitar and vocal duo Rosa Incaica and bandoneon master David Alsina, led by guest conductor Andrés Cárdenes.
Tickets are $20 at OrchestraMiami.org. Free parking is available after 6 p.m. in Collins Ave. municipal lot.
Hooray for Hollywood
On the first Monday of each month and beginning July 5, Plays of Wilton! (POW!) will be celebrating the great Hollywood movie musicals at the Foundry at Wilton Theater Factory, 2306 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors.
Sing-a-long to clips from the featured movie (July’s film is “Sweet Charity”), plus enjoy live performances, trivia and costume contests, pizza and wine. Bobby Peaco will be on the piano and the evening is hosted by Charles Baran.
“I cannot tell you how excited I am to host this amazing Movie Musical Madness night every month at the Foundry. I love movies … especially if they’re musicals! As a kid growing up in Queens, New York, I sat for hours in front of our Sony TV watching Ann Miller tap her way across our 13-inch screen and Gene Kelly bat his eyes at my 14-year-old face,” said Baran.
Seating is limited. Tickets are $30 at RonnieLarsen.com.
A Tribute to Playwright Michael Aman
Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr. in Fort Lauderdale, presents the world premiere of Michael Aman’s comedy, “Off Balance: A Comic Parade,” July 9 – 25. Aman died recently of cancer and the play is offered as tribute by his husband, Director Michael Bush, friends and colleagues in the local theater community.
Set in a restored farmhouse in the Catskills, owner Billy suddenly finds himself under the spell of a dangerously attractive young man who was originally revealed to him as a male escort. When Billy’s best friend April suddenly starts feeling earthquakes and develops vertigo and a mysterious woman named Loretta appears, the entire house is thrown off balance.
Tickets are $30 at EmpireStage.com. Use promo code EMPIRE for $5 off individual tickets.