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Classical & Hip Hop Fuse at the Arsht

By mimorg33

 

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Decadancetheatre-2-Photo-by-Daniel-

Brooklyn-based with Jennifer Weber at the helm, the Decadantheatre has been a staple of dance festivals since its inception in 2004. Made up of an all-female group of dancers from the US, France, Germany, Norway, Nigeria and Japan, the ensemble has toured across the United States, the UK and France. It has performed at the long-running Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, in The Berkshires; at B Supreme Festival of Women in Hip Hop, in London’s Southbank Center and at LEAP, in Liverpool.

Decadancetheatre will be featured as part of a special collaboration with Miami-based composer Sam Hyken and the Nu Deco Ensemble, a genre-bending chamber orchestra, in a unique classical music / hip hop dance performance.

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Nu-Deco-Ensemble-Alex-Markow-Photography

 

Hyken has re-imagined Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in a piece titled The Vivaldi Project ‘4’ to be interpreted by Decadancetheatre and Nu Deco Ensemble; together they will also perform Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite. Nu Deco will play J. S. Bach’s Toccata & Fugue and Hyken’s Nu Deco Suite No. 1 – The B Sides.

This exciting fusion will be on stage Friday, April 28 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts’ Knight Concert Hall to cap the 2016-2017 Masterworks Season – Meidar and Alfi Family Foundation Classical Music Series.

The Vivaldi Project ‘4’

April 28

8 pm

Knight Concert Hall

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Yo Yo Ma at the Arsht and much more

by mimorg33

It was an evening of magnificent music. The unequaled Yo Yo Ma returned to Miami’s Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts last February 3rd where he joined The Cleveland Orchestra under director Franz Welser-Möst to play Antonin Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B Minor, op 114. It is an exquisitely melancholic rendering of the Czech composer’s inner universe pulsating with homesickness for his native Bohemia. He completed it in New York, on February 10th, 1895, the same day his son Otakak turned 10 years old. His last New World work premiered in London on March 1896 with the composer at the baton.

Ma’s quintessential interpretation of the lyrical, poignant and expansive composition made for a memorable experience. In the Allegro Ma elaborated with melodic scaling the theme introduced by Michael Mayhem’s superbly executed horn solo. But in the Adagio Ma seemed transfixed with such alluring emotion and for the Finale he established an intense dialogue with concertmaster William Peucil that built up to the rapturous coda. The delighted audience rewarded him with an extended standing ovation that culminated with an elegant encore: an arrangement for cello and orchestra of Dvorak’s pensive Silent Woods, op 68.

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It is fascinating to witness Yo Yo Ma display his charming personality, from the reverence he shows for his instrument to the amiability he demonstrates toward his fellow musicians. Once he finished playing he filled the Knight with sheer joie de vivre: hugging Peucil, shaking hands with other players, laughing and, finally dancing with Welser-Möst. You couldn’t help feeling happy.

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After a brief pause, the orchestra returned to play Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, op. 45, its final movement dominated by the intense brass and percussion with the dance rhythms inspired on the popular tarantella.

The Cleveland Orchestra under Maestro Welser-Möst is back on March 24 – 25 for the last two concerts of its 2016 – 2017 season at the Arsht at which time Italy will be the theme of the program. Two ballet pieces by Verdi from the operas Macbeth and Don Carlo; the Italian Symphony by Mendelssohn and, Respighi’s monumental Pines of Rome.

Two of the performances to take note at the Arsht this week are:
February 10th: 8 p.m.

Knight Concert Hall

Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs

Alan Cumming at Carnegie hall, photo by Tré.

Alan Cumming at Carnegie hall, photo by Tré.

The multifaceted Cumming brings to Miami his adrenaline driven one-man cabaret show where he runs the gamut from bitter to anguished, romantic to humorous through songs with depth, irony, theatricality and an intense dose of humanity. This is a unique opportunity to catch a uniquely talented performer in a very personal staging.

February 11th, 8 p.m.

Chen, Eschenbach and the Bamberg Symphony

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A winning musical trio brought together for the second concert of the 2016 – 2017 Masterworks Season of the Classical Music Series at the Arsht Center. The concert will open with the overture to Mozart’s Don Giovanni followed by Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and conclude with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, the ambitious and revolutionary (Eroica). We will be watching with anticipation how the young virtuoso violinist Ray Chen will perform Bruch’s very demanding piece with its brilliantly rousing Finale.

 

 

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Holiday spirit at the Arsht

By mimorg33

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Smooth jazz saxophonist David Koz’ second stop on the 19th edition of his annual Christmas Tour will take him to Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on November 26 for the Jazz Roots program 10th season second show. The always-engaging Koz, whose multi-faceted career as a recording artist, humanitarian, radio host, entrepreneur and instrumental music advocate is a shining example to the young students participating in the Sound Check educational program. During each season 1,000 aspiring jazz musicians from different high schools in the Miami-Dade Public Schools system are invited to the sound check at the Knight Concert Hall, talk to internationally renowned musicians and attend a Jazz Roots concert free of charge.

Dave Koz, Summer Horns photo shoot, Studio 1444, Hollywood, California. 10 February 2013.

Dave Koz, Summer Horns photo shoot, Studio 1444, Hollywood, California. 10 February 2013.

The lineup ushering the holiday spirit to one of the Magic City’s warmest concert venues includes well-known performers: jazzy R&B crooner Jonathan Butler and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Kenny Lattimore.

Jonathan Butler

Jonathan Butler

Kenny Lattimore

Kenny Lattimore

 

Typical of the season there will a tinge of nostalgia when it welcomes acclaimed vocalist Valerie Simpson whose album Dinosaurs Are Coming Back Again marked her solo comeback after a long songwriting/performing/producing career with Nick Ashford before his passing in 2011. During their years as collaborators she co-wrote such classic hits as Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, You’re All I Need to Get By, Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand and Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing. Get ready to get into the spirit with classics that make you reminisce and inspire your to plan ahead.

Valerie Simpson

Valerie Simpson

DAVE KOZ CHRISTMAS TOUR 2016
Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets:  $45 – $125*
John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall

We’ll be looking forward to Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Orchestra next on the Jazz Roots schedule January 20. But more on that concert closer to the date.

 

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