Sunday, October 10, 2010

ArtsPreview 2010-11: The season in classical music

Conductor Ramón Tebar.‭
(‬Illustration by Pat Crowley‭)



By‭ ‬Greg Stepanich


With the addition of a new performing arts center in southern Palm Beach County‭ (‬and a major new hall on Miami Beach‭)‬,‭ ‬the‭ ‬2010-11‭ ‬classical music season in South Florida looks a little stronger than it did last season,‭ ‬and that impression is fortified by the unusual fact of there being two performances each of major Romantic masterworks:‭ ‬The Verdi‭ ‬Requiem,‭ ‬and the Fifth Symphony of Gustav Mahler.

Meanwhile,‭ ‬the other chief arts venues‭ ‬offer a full and active season of orchestral,‭ ‬choral,‭ ‬and chamber music concerts,‭ ‬with visits from rising soloists and old friends making return appearances to familiar halls.‭ ‬The Festival of the Arts Boca,‭ ‬which last year featured soprano Renee Fleming,‭ ‬will return March‭ ‬5-12,‭ ‬but details won‭’‬t be firmed up until mid-October,‭ ‬said festival co-founder Wendy Larsen.

‭ ‬Here‭’‬s a selective list of some of the notable performances headed our way:

ORCHESTRAS:‭ ‬The new Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University‭ ‬in Boca Raton stands to become an important regional place for concerts in the coming years,‭ ‬but in the immediate future,‭ ‬the opening of the center in October is a boon for the university‭’‬s conservatory orchestra.‭ ‬It‭’‬s a good hall with up-to-the-minute acoustics that can be precisely adjusted for many different kinds of concerts.

Perhaps acting on the theory that you might as well go big if you‭’‬re going to go at all,‭ ‬the‭ ‬Lynn Philharmonia opens the hall and its six-concert season with the Mahler Fifth,‭ ‬a gigantic work that will tax the players to their limit but should provide an impressive start to this new era in the life of that university and this area‭’‬s concert scene.‭ ‬Standout violinist and Lynn faculty member Elmar Oliveira also solos in the much-beloved Mendelssohn Violin‭ ‬Concerto.‭ ‬Albert-George Schram conducts‭ (‬Oct.‭ ‬9-10‭)‬.

The conservatory‭’‬s New Music Festival this year welcomes composer Gunther Schuller,‭ ‬who‭ ‬will lead the Lynn orchestra in the world premiere of a work chosen from the school‭’‬s call for scores,‭ ‬while festival founder Lisa Leonard solos as pianist in the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.‭ ‬1‭ ‬on a program that also features the Brahms Third Symphony.‭ ‬(Jan.‭ ‬29-30‭)‬.

In addition to the Lynn‭’‬s usual concerto competition concert,‭ ‬featuring contest winners‭ (‬Dec.‭ ‬4-5‭)‬,‭ ‬there also will be performances of the‭ ‬Beethoven Fifth Piano Concerto‭ ‬with Lynn faculty member Roberta Rust‭ (‬Feb.‭ ‬19-20‭)‬,‭ ‬and at season‭’‬s end,‭ ‬the Master Chorale of South Florida joins forces with the orchestra for the Verdi‭ ‬Requiem‭ (‬March‭ ‬26-27‭)‬.‭ ‬Soloists are‭ ‬Amanda Hall,‭ ‬Christin-Marie Hill,‭ ‬Scott Ramsay and Wayne Shepperd.‭ [‬See the Opera preview in this issue for information about another area performance of the Verdi‭ ‬Requiem on Jan.‭ ‬16‭ ‬in West Palm Beach.‭]

Schuller also is in town in late January to guest-conduct the‭ ‬Boca Raton Symphonia in his own music‭ (‬Concerto da Camera‭)‬,‭ ‬plus works by Ibert,‭ ‬Mozart and Prokofiev,‭ ‬as well as the Haydn Cello Concerto‭ ‬featuring the young cellist SuJinLee‭ (‬Jan.‭ ‬23‭)‬.‭

Veteran French pianist and conductor Philippe Entremont leads the Symphonia in three other of its five concerts,‭ ‬including the opening program Dec.‭ ‬4‭ ‬in which he‭’‬ll be the soloist in the Piano Concerto No.‭ ‬20‭ ‬of Mozart.‭ ‬Also planned are Richard Danielpour‭’‬s‭ ‬Souvenirs,‭ ‬written by the Palm Beach County-reared composer for Entremont‭’‬s‭ ‬75th birthday,‭ ‬and the Beethoven Fourth Symphony.‭

Mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack sings Manuel de Falla‭’‬s‭ ‬El Amor Brujo on an all-Spanish concert‭ (‬Feb.‭ ‬20‭) ‬that includes new orchestrations of works by Granados‭ (‬Goyescas‭)‬,‭ ‬Albeniz‭ (‬Triana‭) ‬and the Sortileges of Xavier Montsalvatge.‭ ‬And on March‭ ‬20,‭ ‬Entremont is joined by violinist Ludwig Mueller and cellist Christopher Pantillon for the Beethoven Triple Concerto‭ (‬in C,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬56‭)‬,‭ ‬the Shostakovich Chamber Symphony‭ (‬in F,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬73a,‭ ‬arranged by Rudolph Barshai from Shostakovich‭’‬s Third String Quartet‭)‬,‭ ‬and the string sextet from Richard Strauss‭’‬ opera‭ ‬Capriccio.‭

Spanish conductor Ramón Tebar takes full control of the‭ ‬Palm Beach Symphony‭’‬s conducting duties this season,‭ ‬and he opens the‭ ‬five-concert series with an all-American program Dec.‭ ‬15‭ ‬at the Society of the Four Arts.‭ ‬Featured works include Gershwin‭’‬s‭ ‬Rhapsody in Blue‭ (‬soloist TBA‭)‬,‭ ‬the‭ ‬Appalachian Spring suite of Aaron Copland,‭ ‬and the elegiac‭ ‬Adagio for Strings of Samuel Barber,‭ ‬the centenary of whose passing has been marked all this year.‭

As usual,‭ ‬the symphony will perform in several Palm Beach and West Palm Beach locales,‭ ‬with readings of the Schubert Symphony No.‭ ‬6‭ ‬on a program with Ravel‭’‬s‭ ‬Introduction and Allegro for harp and orchestra at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church on Palm Beach‭ (‬Jan.‭ ‬24‭)‬,‭ ‬and a season closer March‭ ‬29‭ ‬at the Flagler Museum with Darius Milhaud‭’‬s impish‭ ‬Le Boeuf sur le Toit on the bill along with the‭ ‬Variaciones Concertantes of Argentina‭’‬s Alberto Ginastera and the Beethoven Third Symphony.‭

The symphony also serves as the house band for the International Certificate for Piano Artists concerto concert Feb.‭ ‬17‭ ‬at the DeSantis Family Chapel on the campus of the host Institution,‭ ‬Palm Beach Atlantic University.‭ ‬ Scheduled works include the Two-Piano Concerto of Mozart,‭ ‬the Two-Piano Concerto of Francis Poulenc,‭ ‬and the wonderfully weird‭ ‬Choral Fantasy‭ ‬of Beethoven.‭

Over at the‭ ‬Kravis Center,‭ ‬Zubin Mehta leads the‭ ‬Israel Philharmonic in the‭ ‬Mahler Fifth Symphony on Feb.‭ ‬20,‭ ‬while on Jan.‭ ‬12,‭ ‬conductor Peter Oundjian brings the‭ ‬Toronto Symphony to town with a work by Canadian composer Gary Kulesha‭ (Torque‭) ‬and‭ ‬the Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphony‭; ‬Canadian violinist James Ehnes solos in the Barber Violin‭ ‬Concerto.‭ ‬Young Polish soloists‭ (‬violinist Marta Kowalczyk and pianist Jacek Kortus‭) ‬appear for two concerts with the‭ ‬Opole Philharmonic of Poland‭ (‬Jan.‭ ‬25-26‭) ‬that will include the almost-forgotten Piano Concerto of Jan Paderewski on the‭ ‬25th.‭ (‬The‭ ‬orchestra also plays Stuart‭’‬s‭ ‬Lyric Theatre on Jan.‭ ‬31‭)‬.

Alisa Weilerstein.

Entremont leads his‭ ‬Deutsche State Philharmonic in two concerts on the Regional Arts series that include the Beethoven Second Piano Concerto with Sebastian Knauer‭ (‬Feb.‭ ‬7‭)‬,‭ ‬and the Mahler Fourth Symphony‭ (‬soloist TBA‭) ‬on Feb.‭ ‬8.‭ ‬Nikolai Alexeev is joined by pianist Nikolai Lugansky on April‭ ‬6‭ ‬for the Rachmaninov Second Concerto‭ (‬in C minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬18‭) ‬with the‭ ‬St.‭ ‬Petersburg Philharmonic‭ ‬,‭ ‬and Yuri Temirkanov leads the orchestra the following afternoon‭ ‬in the Shostakovich First Cello Concerto with the fine young American cellist Alisa Weilerstein.

One of the more unusual orchestral events promises to be the appearance of the‭ ‬Cape Town Philharmonic‭ ‬at‭ ‬the‭ ‬Society of the Four Arts on Feb,‭ ‬16,‭ ‬and‭ ‬the‭ ‬Broward Center‭’‬s Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale on the‭ ‬17th.‭ ‬This is the first time any South African symphonic ensemble has made a trip to the states,‭ ‬and‭ ‬the concerts under Bulgarian conductor Martin Panteleev feature the Russian violinist Philippe Quint in the Tchaikovsky Concerto‭ ‬and the‭ ‬Candide‭ ‬Overture of Bernstein.‭

One of the most important events in South Florida classical music takes‭ ‬place Jan.‭ ‬25,‭ ‬when the new Frank Gehry building for the‭ ‬New World Symphony formally opens on Miami Beach in a concert that features the world premiere of a work by Britain‭’‬s Thomas Adès.‭ ‬Michael Tilson Thomas also conducts the orchestral academy in the Copland Third Symphony.‭ ‬The New World‭’‬s lineup of concerts this season is remarkably impressive,‭ ‬and includes two readings under Thomas of the Mahler Seventh Symphony‭ ‬on‭ ‬April‭ ‬30‭ ‬and May‭ ‬1‭ ‬at the new Gehry hall,‭ ‬composer John Adams on April‭ ‬2‭ ‬with his own‭ ‬City Noir,‭ ‬and violinist Christian Tetzlaff in the Bartok Second Concerto‭ (‬Feb.‭ ‬5-6‭)‬.

The New World travels north to the Broward Center with Thomas on Oct.‭ ‬18‭ ‬for the Tchaikovsky‭ ‬Rococo Variations with the veteran cellist Lynn Harrell on a program that also features American composer Steven Mackey‭’‬s‭ ‬Eating Greens and‭ ‬the Beethoven Seventh Symphony.‭ ‬The group also is at‭ ‬the Kravis Center on Feb.‭ ‬18‭ ‬with the great British conductor Neville Marriner and Dutch violinist Isabelle van Keulen in the Mendelssohn Concerto and‭ ‬the Tchaikovsky Fourth Symphony.

Not to be overlooked is the‭ ‬Cleveland Orchestra in its continuing Miami‭ ‬residency,‭ ‬which will have only one appearance this year by the orchestra‭’‬s music director,‭ ‬Franz Welser-Möst.‭ ‬He‭’‬ll lead the Ohio band and French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard in the Schumann Piano Concerto‭ ‬(Jan.‭ ‬28-29‭)‬,‭ ‬while the young German violinist Augustin Hadelich plays the Mendelssohn Concerto‭ (‬March‭ ‬4-5‭) ‬under Giancarlo Guerrero of the Nashville Symphony.‭ ‬Pianist Horacio Gutierrez rounds out the series April‭ ‬8‭ ‬and‭ ‬9‭ ‬with the Rachmaninov Second Concerto under Czech conductor Jiri Belohlavek.

Further north,‭ ‬the‭ ‬Atlantic Classical Orchestra under Stewart Robertson opens with an all-English concert at its venues at the Waxlax Center in Vero Beach and the Lyric Theatre‭ (‬Jan.‭ ‬5,‭ ‬7‭)‬,‭ ‬while pianist Jon Nakamatsu solos in the Chopin First Concerto‭ (‬Feb.‭ ‬2,‭ ‬4‭)‬.‭ ‬The rarely heard Fourth Symphony of Denmark‭’‬s Niels Gade is heard March‭ ‬2‭ ‬and‭ ‬4,‭ ‬and violinist Caroline Goulding solos in the Bruch First Concerto on March‭ ‬31‭ ‬and April‭ ‬1.

Hilary Hahn.

SOLOISTS:‭ ‬This season will see the return of frequent South Florida winter guests including violinists Joshua Bell‭ (‬Jan.‭ ‬18,‭ ‬Arsht Center,‭ ‬Miami‭; ‬Jan.‭ ‬19,‭ ‬Lyric Theatre‭)‬ and Itzhak Perlman‭ (‬Feb.‭ ‬28,‭ ‬Broward Center‭; ‬March‭ ‬1,‭ ‬Kravis‭)‬,‭ ‬flutist James Galway‭ (‬March‭ ‬16,‭ ‬Kravis‭; ‬March‭ ‬17,‭ ‬Broward Center‭)‬,‭ ‬and pianists Andre Watts‭ (‬March‭ ‬29,‭ ‬Kravis‭) ‬and Jean-Yves Thibaudet‭ (‬Feb.‭ ‬7,‭ ‬Broward Center‭)‬.

One of the very finest violinists working today is Hilary Hahn,‭ ‬who has South Florida family connections and in years past made frequent appearances with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra.‭ ‬Hahn comes to the Lyric Theatre on Feb.‭ ‬25,‭ ‬and veteran pianist Emanuel Ax comes to the same venue March‭ ‬6‭ ‬for a solo recital.‭

Russian pianist Vladimir Feltsman brings his stellar musicianship to a recital March‭ ‬2‭ ‬at the Society of the Four Arts,‭ ‬which also‭ ‬will‭ ‬welcome violinist Corey Cerovsek on Feb.‭ ‬20‭ (‬with pianist Paavali Jumppanen‭)‬.‭ ‬The rising young pianist Natasha Paremski appears March‭ ‬2‭ ‬in the Classical Café series at Palm Beach State College‭’‬s‭ ‬Duncan Theatre,‭ ‬and in the Kravis Center‭’‬s Young Artists series,‭ ‬it‭’‬s pianist Michael Mizrahi on April‭ ‬12‭ ‬in the center‭’‬s Rinker Playhouse.

The Key West-based‭ ‬South Florida Symphony brings its classical series for the first time to Palm Beach County this season,‭ ‬and the programs include first-tier soloists.‭ ‬Violinist‭ ‬Chee-Yun plays the Beethoven Concerto‭ (‬Oct‭ ‬6-7,‭ ‬9‭) ‬and violinist Lara St.‭ ‬John plays the Mozart Third Concerto‭ (‬Dec.‭ ‬1-2,‭ ‬5‭) ‬in Key West,‭ ‬the Broward Center,‭ ‬and the Lincoln Theatre on Miami Beach,‭ ‬and pianist Adam Golka plays the Tchaikovsky First Concerto‭ (‬April‭ ‬29,‭ ‬May‭ ‬1-2‭) ‬in the same three cities‭ (‬with the Gehry campus substituting for the Lincoln‭)‬.‭ ‬Irish pianist Barry Douglas brings the Brahms Second Concerto to the Kravis on Jan.‭ ‬30‭ (‬he‭’‬s in Key West on Jan.‭ ‬28,‭ ‬and the Broward Center on Feb.‭ ‬1‭)‬.‭

In addition to pianist Garrick Ohlsson in the Beethoven‭ ‬Emperor‭ ‬Concerto on May‭ ‬7-8‭ ‬at the New World,‭ ‬violinist Jennifer Koh plays the Bruch First Concerto on Nov.‭ ‬16‭ ‬with the Moscow State Symphony under Pavel Kogan at the Kravis Center‭; ‬the expert American‭ ‬pianist Jeremy Denk solos with the same orchestra the next afternoon in the massive Second Piano Concerto of Sergei Prokofiev.

The Enso Quartet.

Chamber music:‭ ‬The Society of the Four Arts‭’‬ always-rich offerings include the St.‭ ‬Lawrence String Quartet‭ (‬March‭ ‬13‭)‬,‭ ‬which gave a spectacular concert last season,‭ ‬and the Fry Street‭ (‬Jan.‭ ‬30‭) ‬and Amernet‭ (‬Jan.‭ ‬16‭) ‬quartets.‭ ‬The excellent New York-based string sextet Concertante is heard in music by Dvorak,‭ ‬Elgar and Brahms on March‭ ‬20,‭ ‬and Spain‭’‬s Cuarteto Casals is joined by pianist Andreas Klein for a concert Feb.‭ ‬27.‭ ‬The society also will host its annual visit from Miles Hoffman‭’‬s American Chamber Players on Jan.‭ ‬9.

The Miami-based Amernet can also be heard on the Duncan Theatre series Feb.‭ ‬2,‭ ‬and The Links,‭ ‬a trio featuring violinist Yuki Numata,‭ ‬clarinetist Bill Kalinkos and cellist Joshua Roman,‭ ‬appears Jan.‭ ‬12.‭ ‬The Gould Piano Trio,‭ ‬a British ensemble,‭ ‬welcomes clarinetist Robert Plane for a concert March‭ ‬16.‭ ‬Cellist Carter Brey and pianist Christopher O‭’‬Riley of‭ ‬From the Top renown‭ ‬perform in recital Dec.‭ ‬19‭ ‬at the Kravis,‭ ‬and the much-lauded young Morgenstern Trio of Germany gives a Young Artists concert at the Rinker on Nov.‭ ‬30.

The Delray String Quartet,‭ ‬which expanded to Broward and Miami-Dade counties last year,‭ ‬continues this season with regular concerts at All Saints Episcopal in Fort Lauderdale and St.‭ ‬Stephen‭’‬s Episcopal in Coconut Grove in addition to its events at its home base at Delray Beach‭’‬s Colony Hotel.‭ ‬It has a new second‭ ‬violinist,‭ ‬Thomas Cotik,‭ ‬and‭ ‬also has added concerts at Palm Beach Atlantic University in‭ ‬West Palm Beach and‭ ‬Trinity by the Cove Episcopal‭ ‬Church‭ ‬in‭ ‬Naples.

American music is featured in two of the five concert programs,‭ ‬with the Fourth Quartet of Kenneth Fuchs on a bill with music by Haydn‭ ‬and Brahms‭ (‬Dec.‭ ‬3,‭ ‬5,‭ ‬and‭ ‬12‭) ‬and the Second Quartet of Randall Thompson on a program with music by Borodin,‭ ‬Sibelius and J.S.‭ ‬Bach that also features pianist Tao Lin,‭ ‬a frequent Delray collaborator‭ (‬March‭ ‬6,‭ ‬11,‭ ‬13,‭ ‬and‭ ‬20‭)‬.‭ ‬The Shostakovich Seventh Quartet is heard on a concert with music by Beethoven and Arensky‭ (‬Jan.‭ ‬2,‭ ‬9,‭ ‬14‭; ‬Jan.‭ ‬16‭ ‬in Naples‭)‬,‭ ‬and quartets by Mendelssohn and Dvorak are featured in a program set for Feb.‭ ‬13,‭ ‬18‭ ‬and‭ ‬27.‭

The group ends it season with the Third Quartet of Schumann and the Second Quartet of Tchaikovsky‭ (‬April‭ ‬3,‭ ‬8,‭ ‬10‭ ‬and‭ ‬17‭)‬.‭

John Blades at the‭ ‬Flagler Museum on Palm Beach has assembled a fine series of chamber music concerts in the Whitehall mansion‭’‬s ballroom,‭ ‬including the Enso String Quartet on Jan.‭ ‬11,‭ ‬the Ying Quartet on Jan.‭ ‬25,‭ ‬and the Alianza Quartet on Feb.‭ ‬8.‭ ‬Rounding out the series is the Storioni Piano Trio of the Netherlands‭ (‬Feb.‭ ‬22‭)‬,‭ ‬and Chicago‭’‬s Lincoln Trio on March‭ ‬8.

Fort Lauderdale‭’‬s‭ ‬Chameleon‭ ‬Musicians‭ ‬series opens its ninth season at the Leiser‭ ‬Center near downtown with the Amernet Quartet and Chameleon founder Iris van Eck,‭ ‬a cellist,‭ ‬in quintets by Schubert and Sergei Taneyev‭ (‬Oct.‭ ‬24‭)‬.‭ ‬Other programs include piano trios by Mozart,‭ ‬Ravel and Dvorak‭ (‬Nov.‭ ‬28‭)‬,‭ ‬string trios by Beethoven and Jean‭ ‬Francaix‭ (‬Feb.‭ ‬6‭)‬,‭ ‬and van Eck and‭ ‬pianist Kemal Gekic in a recital that includes the Sonata by the English composer Frank Bridge.‭ ‬The series ends with tenor Eduardo Aladren joining van Eck and pianist Misha Dacic‭ (‬April‭ ‬17‭)‬.

Over at St.‭ ‬Paul‭’‬s Episcopal in Delray Beach,‭ ‬music director Keith Paulson-Thorp‭’‬s Camerata del Re,‭ ‬a Baroque music ensemble,‭ ‬plays music from France‭ (‬Nov.‭ ‬21‭) ‬and Germany‭ (‬Aug.‭ ‬21‭)‬,‭ ‬and Mexico‭’‬s Vitali String Quartet‭ (‬Oct.‭ ‬17‭) ‬and Miami‭’‬s Bergonzi Quartet‭ (‬April‭ ‬10‭) ‬also appear on the Sunday afternoon series.‭ ‬Wellington violinist Gareth Johnson is in recital Feb.‭ ‬6‭ ‬with pianist Tao Lin,‭ ‬and flutist Jeanne Tarrant is joined by pianist Fedora Horowitz on June‭ ‬5.

Also on the series is the Paris-based early music ensemble Fuoco e Cenere,‭ ‬which performs a concert of Neapolitan music by Alessandro Scarlatti and Francesco Durante on March‭ ‬6.

The Master Chorale of South Florida.

Choral music:‭ ‬In addition to its performance of the Verdi‭ ‬Requiem,‭ ‬the Master Chorale of South Florida will open its season with Haydn‭’‬s great oratorio,‭ ‬The Creation.‭ ‬The group will be accompanied by the‭ ‬Miami Symphony Orchestra under conductor Joshua Habermann‭ ‬in concerts Nov.‭ ‬19‭ ‬at Trinity Cathedral in Miami,‭ ‬Nov.‭ ‬20‭ ‬at the Wold Center on the Lynn University campus,‭ ‬and Nov.‭ ‬21‭ ‬at the First Presbyterian Church in Pompano Beach.‭

The group‭’‬s season ends with the Miami Symphony,‭ ‬led by Eduardo Marturet,‭ ‬joining it for the Requiem of Gabriel Fauré on April‭ ‬30‭ ‬at Florida International University and May‭ ‬1‭ ‬at Gusman Hall on the University of Miami campus in Coral Gables.

The‭ ‬Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches sets out with a new director,‭ ‬Carl P.‭ ‬Ashley,‭ ‬in concerts featuring the Fauré‭ ‬Requiem and the Requiem of Maurice Duruflé‭ (‬Nov.‭ ‬21,‭ ‬Lakeside Presbyterian,‭ ‬West Palm Beach‭)‬,‭ ‬and the traditional performance of Handel‭’‬s‭ ‬Messiah‭ ‬on Dec.‭ ‬19‭ ‬at the Royal Poinciana Chapel on Palm Beach.‭ ‬On April‭ ‬10,‭ ‬it offers a tribute concert of choral favorites in honor of chorus founder Jack W.‭ ‬Jones,‭ ‬who retired from the post earlier this year.

The Delray Beach Chorale,‭ ‬another community singing group,‭ ‬plans the Vivaldi‭ ‬Gloria and the Mozart‭ ‬Te Deum on Dec.‭ ‬4,‭ ‬and the Duruflé‭ ‬Requiem on April‭ ‬3.‭ ‬A newcomer to the choral lists,‭ ‬George Sullivan‭’‬s‭ ‬Jupiter-based Counterpoint chorus,‭ ‬performs two concerts of music celebrating autumn and the holiday season on Nov.‭ ‬6‭ ‬at the Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens and Nov.‭ ‬13‭ ‬at the Duncan Theatre.

Miami‭’‬s only professional concert choir,‭ ‬Seraphic Fire,‭ ‬plans another‭ ‬ambitious season this year following a remarkable season that‭ ‬ended with the iTunes viral success of its recording of the Monteverdi‭ ‬Vespers of‭ ‬1610.‭ ‬This year,‭ ‬the group plans the‭ ‬St.‭ ‬John Passion of J.S.‭ ‬Bach‭ (‬March‭ ‬18-19‭)‬,‭ ‬Carl Orff‭’‬s‭ ‬Carmina Burana‭ (‬Jan.‭ ‬7-8‭)‬,‭ ‬and Henry Purcell‭’‬s‭ ‬King Arthur‭ (‬March‭ ‬13-15‭)‬,‭ ‬all at venues in Fort Lauderdale and greater Miami.‭ ‬Director Patrick Dupré Quigley also will lead the group in its annual concerts of Handel‭’‬s‭ ‬Messiah‭ (‬Dec.‭ ‬18-19‭)‬,‭ ‬American gospel music‭ (‬Nov.‭ ‬3-7‭)‬,‭ ‬and music from the Jewish diaspora‭ (‬Feb.‭ ‬9-10,‭ ‬12-13‭)‬.‭

Finally,‭ ‬Seraphic Fire‭’‬s Firebird Chamber Orchestra will be heard in the second concert in its Brandenburg Concerto series,‭ ‬this time with the Concerto No.‭ ‬6.‭ ‬Also on the program is the‭ ‬Holberg Suite of Edvard Grieg.

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