Most people would feel spread thin if they were running orchestras on both sides of the country. But most people aren't Michael Tilson Thomas. One of America's most famous conductors, composers, and tuxedo-wearers, Tilson Thomas has remained the artistic director of the New World Symphony since he founded it in 1987, even after becoming musical director of the San Francisco Symphony in 1995. This is because the Miami-based orchestra feeds a need for Tilson Thomas: that of remaining at the forefront of symphonic trends, in a laboratory where top musical graduates can explore performance and compositional opportunities. But new works from students and professionals aren't the only thing on the New World Symphony's docket?every year, ticket-holders can expect a thrilling lineup of the classical masters who built the genre.
Since 1989, The Miami Symphony Orchestra has mimicked Miami’s cultural diversity with concerts and events that act as a melting pot of musical influences. Music director Eduardo Marturet, a Venezuelan composer and conductor, helms many of the concerts, encouraging the musicians to unleash their inner Beethovens or Bachs—former members of the ’80s hair-metal band Skid Row.
The silent church seems to lean in with anticipation as Dr. Karen Kennedy raises her arm into the air. With a graceful flick of her baton, the artistic director of Master Chorale of South Florida—an accomplished conductor and teacher—coaxes forth the opening strains of Bach’s Magnificat from the flock of singers and musicians in front of her, weaving their voices into a tapestry of crescendos and soaring notes. Since its creation in 2002, Master Chorale of South Florida has performed their awe-inspiring concerts in churches, cathedrals, and high schools across South Florida, delighting audiences with a diverse choral repertoire. Audiences can expect to hear many musical periods represented in each performance, from the baroque stylings of Handel to Debussy’s impressionistic melodies and Aaron Copland’s epic pieces that blend traditional American folk songs with traditional Bruce Springsteen hits.
In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.
Experience the majesty of tuxedoed musicians playing music with today's side deal. For $15, you get a ticket to the Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency (a $40 value). Tickets are available for either the March 26 or the March 27 performance at 8 p.m. in the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center. This deal is only for tickets in the venue's third-tier rear seating in zone five.
The Boca Raton Symphonia infuses South Florida's arts and culture community with spirited classical-music performances, escorting listeners through the works of some of history's most revered composers. As the first installment of a two-part mini series, the January 14 concert spotlights guest conductor Arthur Fagen alongside piano soloist Alex Cobrin, who employs masterful keystrokes to caress open ears like a grizzled groundskeeper caresses his glass eyeball during a time of quiet reflection. Throughout the program, the ensemble's vacillating scales will reverberate during the premiere of Turkin's Five Brief Essays on One Theme before shifting to a pair of fiery pieces, including Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 4 and Mendelssohn's Symphony no. 3. From seats in section A, attendees enjoy up-close views of the stage while basking in tightly spun measures or the company of their mannequin dates.