Italian and Hispanic Heritage Month formed the celebratory theme of the Symphony of the Americas' rousing season opener at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater on Tuesday night. The music of Italian opera master Giacomo Puccini was featured on the program's first half. With the exception of the Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut, this was not the familiar Puccini of La Boheme, Tosca, Madama Butterfly or Turandot but the music of a young composer finding his way into the Italian musico-dramatic tradition.. Read full review on www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com
Italian violinist Roberto Cani joined the Symphony of the Americas on Tuesday night for a program of mostly late 19th century music from the golden age of artistic romanticism.
Cani, who has played with the Ft. Lauderdale based ensemble several times in past seasons, was a late replacement for Florin Ionescu-Galati who was unable to obtain a visa to travel to the United States for the concert. Cani was nothing short of sensational. From the moment he played the violin's initial entrance in Henryk Wieniawski's Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Cani's tonal gleam and sterling technique had the audience at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater on the edge of their seats. Read full review on www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com
The Symphony of the Americas' Sounds of the Season concert at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater on Tuesday night was one big holiday party, replete with musical good cheer spanning classical ballet, folk music, Broadway and Hollywood and traditional Christmas favorites. Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese and the orchestra were in great form, delighting an audience that braved rainy weather for an evening of sheer musical joy. Read full review on www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com
Three of the composers featured by the Symphony of the Americas shared a fascination with folk music. But this fascination was a love-hate relationship.
Opening the ‘Sounds of the Season’ concert were selections from Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky. This perennial favourite features some of the most recognizable music created by a major classical composer, who just happens to be the best-known Russian composer in the world. Read full review on www.sunnewsmiami.com
A Tribute to Italian and Hispanic Heritage opened the Symphony of the Americas season under the direction of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese in capital fashion on Tuesday evening at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater. Some of Italy's finest film scores provided the evening's musical appetizer and Cuban born pianist Jorge Luis Prats offered a remarkable performance of that most familiar of concertos - Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor - turning the oft played warhorse into freshly minted gold. >>Read full review on www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com