Patrician Mozart Performances Conclude Symphony Of The Americas Season

Violinist Glenn Dicterow and Violist Karen Dreyfus

Few musical experiences are as wonderful as fine performances of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  The Symphony of the Americas concluded its concert season on Tuesday night with outstanding traversals of two of the greatest scores by the wunderkind from Salzburg at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater. As the evening's culmination and piece de resistance, Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major for violin and viola, K. 364/ 320d was given a performance of surpassing mastery by violinist Glenn Dicterow and violist Karen Dreyfus. (Dicterow, former longtime concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, and Dreyfus are husband and wife - a duo in life as well as art.) Read the full review on www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com

My First Orchestra, MAGICO

By Zachary Davis

The Symphony Orchestra “Magico” has nine different pieces with the first four before intermission being, Intermezzo from Goyescas composed by Enrique Granados, Sevilla from Suite Espagnole op. 47 composed by Isaac Albeniz, Luces Mexicana’s (Mexican Lights) Composed by Eduardo Magallanes, El Salon Mexico composed by Aaron Copland in 1935. After the Intermission we were welcomed with five more stunning pieces beginning with, Joyeuse Marche composed by Emmanuel Chabrier in 1888, Sones Y Huapangos composed by Eduardo Magallanes, Tres Viejos Airs and Dance composed by Joaquin Rodrigo, Espana Rhapsody composed by Emmanuel Chabrier, with the night ending with Huapango by Jose Pablo Moncayo.

The ambience of the venue really gave me appreciation for the orchestra and the people who love and attend them. As someone who goes to a lot of rap concerts, where concert goers are not so friendly, I was taken back at how friendly other patrons were. As soon as I entered the building, I was greeted kindly and was directed to where I needed to go. While being in the waiting area of the symphony, I thought I would stand out based on my race, but as everyone started to mingle around, I slowly started to feel more welcome as I was greeted by multiple people that I thought would not talk to me. One gentleman and his wife made my girlfriend and I feel welcome, he began telling us about the various symphonies they have attended, and how they too originally felt they would not fit in. We took our seats about fifteen minutes before the show started, that way we would not “dis-concert” anyone around us. Many people were still chatting, and others were looking through the concert brochure. As the lights started to dim, I felt my body getting more excited, at that moment I knew I was ready to get out of my comfort zone and start expanding the diversity of different cultures in my life.

As the musicians started to perform, I instantly began to gain an appreciation for how much it takes just to perform one piece. I was in awe of the conductor’s ability to lead the orchestra just like a sports star like Tom Brady would lead his team. The orchestra was so in sync I felt as if they had been playing these pieces their whole life. The violinist also intrigued me because of the shift of pace. At one moment the violinist would go very fast with their bow and then quickly change pace and go slow. Even the triangle played an important role in the orchestra. Every musician showed their passion and love for music as well as their hard work they put into this performance. Because of the passion I saw in their performance, I gained an instant respect for their craft.

One of the pieces that really stood out to me was titled “Luces Mexicana’s” or in English “Mexican Lights”. I think what really captive this performance for me was the huge monitor that hung over the stage. The screen displayed children and family’s everyday lives in Mexico. The orchestra had the perfect Spanish sounding rhythm and tone, it sounded like we were at a Mexican festival. This performance like the others, had no words but, I felt that the image presentation really was important in making the piece of Luces Mexicana’s come to life.

            A few days after the symphony, I found myself looking up and listening to one of the pieces on Youtube. That moment was mind opening to me because it was then I realized I was not just intrigued by the orchestra that night, but that I still was intrigued after the event. Ever since attending the Symphony, my love for orchestra has grown. I even found myself looking up composers like Aaron Copland and Isaac Albeniz so I could hear more of their classic work.

Going to this event opened my eyes to being in a different culture. Being around others that enjoy the sounds of the orchestra really made me believe that everybody has something different that they are passionate about.

Colors Of Art And Music Intermingle At Symphony Of The Americas

February 2019 concert

The renowned French-American artist Duaív joined the Symphony of the Americas on Tuesday night at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater for a vivid demonstration of how music and art relate and inspire creativity. Appropriately the Florida based Duaív painted several canvases on stage to the music of the Impressionist master Claude Debussy. There was more rare Debussy as well from the terrific clarinetist Dimitri Ashkenazy, son of famed pianist-conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy. Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese presided over an evening of vivacious, multi-hued performances. Read the full review on www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com

Symphony Of The Americas Presents Holiday Spectacle Of Sight And Sound

Symphony Of The Americas Presents Holiday Spectacle Of Sight And Sound

On Tuesday night the Symphony of the Americas lit up the holiday-bedecked Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center with an eye and ear filling holiday extravaganza to delight both the seasoned concertgoer and musical neophyte alike. With Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese and the orchestra in top form, music for Christmas and Hanukkah was accompanied by films that pictured the impressions and vibrations of the musical menu. Some of the videos were from Hollywood films and animated holiday features. Read the full review on www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com

Symphony Of The Americas Celebrates Thirtieth Anniversary At Season Opening With Stellar Soloists And Great Music Making

Ciro Fodere

The Symphony of the Americas opening concert of the 2018-2019 season on Tuesday night at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater was cause for celebration indeed. The event marked the ensemble's thirtieth anniversary and the commencement of its fourth decade. Prior to the program, the Broward Center's President and CEO Kelley Shanley hailed the orchestra's important contribution to classical programming, arts education and community outreach that has extended far beyond its home base in Fort Lauderdale. Shanley noted that Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese and the orchestra inaugurated the Amaturo Theater, giving the first concert in the hall. The ensemble remains the intimate auditorium's mainstay and the season opener proved a capital artistic event. Read the full review on www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com

Music On Pointe A Rousing Treat For The Eyes, Ears And Senses At Symphony Of The Americas

Music On Pointe A Rousing Treat For The Eyes, Ears And Senses At Symphony Of The Americas

The conflation of sight and sound that is classical ballet provided a rousing evening on Tuesday when the Symphony of the Americas presented 'Music on Pointe' at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater. When the hall's red curtain parted, the orchestra was seated further back on stage than usual to make way for the concert's special guest artists - Yuriko Kajiya and Jared Matthews, principal dancers from the Houston Ballet, one of America's major regional dance companies. Read the full review at www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com


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