Symphony of the Americas Artistic Director Pablo Mielgo returns to the podium at the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater on Tuesday, March 15 to conduct “Symphonic Masters: Stravinsky and Rachmaninov.”
While both were born and trained in Russia, Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Rachmaninov explored diverging musical styles in their compositions. After leaving their homeland, the composers were finally reunited in the United States. According to Mielgo’s program notes, the performance demonstrates “the power of their music and its prominence to transcend on a global scale.”
The symphony will perform “Pulcinella” Suite, a collection of eight orchestral excerpts from Stravinsky’s ballet of the same name, and Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2, one of the composer's most popular and best-known compositions.
Tickets start at $35 to $75 at BrowardCenter.org.
Palm Beach Dramaworks Hosts Online Readings
Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach will host two live readings of plays in development on Zoom. The “Drama(in the)works” readings take place on Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a talkback led by The Dramaworkshop Manager Bruce Linser.
“Goddess of Mercy” by Jenny Connell Davis, March 14
In a fast-gentrifying corner of New York, Kate, Claire, and Mike are locked in a battle over sex and real estate. When Mike’s Gen Z sister flies in from half a world away and discovers his ties to a global oil scandal, they soon realize a leaky penthouse is the least of their problems. “Goddess of Mercy” is (very) dark comedy about personal, corporate and social responsibility.
White Ally by Douglas Williams, March 28
Over the course of one tense evening inside a Brooklyn apartment, ideologies and political views clash as Tiana and Wyatt, two childhood friends recently reacquainted, discuss race, privilege, and white fragility.
Both readings are free, but reservations are required. Go to PalmBeachDramaworks.org for more information.
An ‘Epiphany’ at Fort Lauderdale UCC
Epiphany Theater at Fort Lauderdale United Church of Christ, 3501 N.E. 30th St., will present a staged reading of Artistic Director Ed Sparan’s play, “Bert’s Big Bed,” on Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26, at 7 p.m.
The play is about an attractive guy named Bert who moves to San Francisco. He makes friends with a local bartender, who needs his services as a photographer. While at the bar he meets Tim, who is having trouble with his partner and gets some help from Bert in a “Cyrano de Bergerac” way.
The play was originally produced in 1991 at the P.W.A. Theatre in San Francisco. Over the past 30 years, there have been major developments in the fight against AIDS. Sparan revised the play to reflect that an HIV diagnosis is no longer a death sentence and medications such as PrEP are available.
Tickets are $10 at BertsBigBed.Eventbrite.com.