While symphony orchestras across the country still continue to deal with the aftermath of the Great Recession and dwindling donations, the South Florida Symphony continues to buck the trend.
Last season, the orchestra, which presents each of its programs at venues in Key West, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, surpassed its fundraising goals, raising more than $1 million for the first time. According to Symphony officials, the funds will be used to continue the organization’s mission of inclusivity and engagement with the diverse communities of South Florida.
The Symphony kicks off its 2015-16 season Nov. 14 – 16 in Key West, Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale with “And the Tony goes to….,” a pops concert featuring the hits of Broadway. The program will also feature local and visiting guest artists, including Mara Bonde, Bridgette Gan, Beth Holland, Janna Baty, Davron Monroe, John Whittlesey and Neil Nelson. For more information and tickets, go to SouthFloridaSymphony.org.
Broward’s other professional orchestra, the Symphony of the Americas, opens its season Oct. 13 with an eclectic program celebrating Italian and Hispanic heritage. Cuban pianist Jorge Luis Prats will be featured, along with guest conductor Nino Lepore of the National Symphony of Bari, Italy.
The Symphony welcomes the West Point Glee Club to the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater stage on Nov. 10 and offers its annual holiday concert, Sounds of the Season, Dec. 8, also at the Amaturo Theater. All performances begin at 8:15 p.m. For tickets and more information, go to SymphonyOfTheAmericas.org.
The Miami Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 10th season with artistic director Eduardo Marturet at the Arsht Center on Oct. 4 with the world premiere Cresimini’s “Echoes” and symphonies by Brahms and Schubert. MiSO, as it’s called, then inaugurates its newest performing venue, [email protected], with a program from Bizet’s opera, “Carmen,” and a premiere from Marturet, “Pictures for an Exhibition.” For tickets and more information, go to TheMiSO.org.
Another orchestra that is selling plenty of tickets is the Cleveland Orchestra, which celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Miami residency at the Arsht Center. Giancarlo Guerrero will conduct the famed Saint-Saën Organ Symphony, Nov. 13 and 14. The program will also include Johannes Moser performing the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1. For tickets and more information, go to ClevelandOrchestraMiami.com.
The South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dan Bassett, has steadily gained a reputation as one of the finest LGBT and allies instrumental organizations in the country. On Nov. 13, the wind ensemble, which got its start as the Flamingo Freedom Band marching in pride parades, celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special concert at the Amaturo Theater. The program will include musical favorites and guest performers from the band’s history. For tickets and more information, go to PrideWindEnsemble.org.
The region’s gay men’s choruses holiday concerts regularly sell out well in advance. While dates had not been published by press deadline, check their websites periodically for concert announcements: GayMensChorusOfSouthFlorida.org, MiamiGayChorus.org, TheFortLauderdaleGayMensChorus.org and VoicesOfPride.org.
For jazz lovers, the Gold Coast Jazz Society has another exciting season planned, beginning with the Shelly Berg Trio performing the music of George Gershwin, Nov. 11, and the Allan Harris Quartet offering a music tribute to Billy Strayhorn on Dec. 9. Both concerts are at 7:45 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center. For tickets and more information, go to GoldCoastJazz.org.