The South Florida Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 2014-15 season tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Amaturo Theatre in the Broward Center with “Expressive Virtuosity.” This program will include cellist Zuill Bailey performing Prokofiev’s “Sinfonia Concertante for cello and orchestra,” the overture to Verdi’s grand romantic opera, “Nabucco,” and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. Ian Fraser will offer an informative pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m. in the theater. The program will be repeated on Saturday at Delray Beach Center for the Arts. Tickets are $35-75 at BrowardCenter.org. For more information, go to SouthFloridaSymphony.org.
It’s a fantastic weekend for classical music in South Florida! The Cleveland Orchestra opens its annual winter residency in Miami tonight at 8 p.m. at the Arsht Center with the talented — and very handsome — young guitarist Miloš Karadaglić performing Rodrigo’s passionate “Concerto de Aranjuez.” The program, conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero, will also include Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien,” Respighi’s colorful “Fountains of Rome,” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol.” The program will be repeated on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Knight Concert Hall. Tickets start at $41 at ArshtCenter.org.
James Taylor and his All-Star Band are coming to the BB&T Center in Sunrise tonight for one memorable concert. As a recording and touring artist, Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar playing for more than 40 years. A celebrated song-writer and singer, Taylor has sold more than 100 million platinum, gold and silver albums, won multiple Grammy awards and been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame. Tickets start at $30.75 at Ticketmaster.com.
Today is the final day of the Miami Auto Show, which opened at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., on Nov. 7. In addition to the latest models from around the world, check out special exhibitions, including “Topless in Miami,” a collection of iconic convertibles; “Havana Classics,” a nostalgic drive down Memory Lane; and “Cars Meet Art,” featuring cars as canvas for some of Miami’s leading street artists. Most days the show is open until 11 p.m. Sunday, the exhibit runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 at MiamiAutoShow.net.
The Pride Center continues its November observances of Transgender Awareness Month tonight at 7 p.m. with the Trans Equality Awards Ceremony at the Richardson House in the Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve, just off Wilton Drive and north of the Middle River bridge. This event acknowledges and honors those South Floridians who have advanced transgender equality. Suggested donation is $15. Additional events during Transgender Awareness Month include Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20 and a transgender lifestyles panel discussion on Nov. 25. For more information, go to PrideCenterFlorida.org.
The longest running show in Broadway history, “The Phantom of the Opera,” makes yet another stop at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale tonight through Nov. 30. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s melodic score and the opulent, Tony Award-winning costumes are the same, but the rest of the show has been reimagined. We’re not talking nip and tuck cosmetic changes, but a complete reworking of the sets and special effects to update this classic for new audiences. Tickets start at $34.75. For a full schedule of performances and tickets, go to BrowardCenter.org.