Music from the Soil of England
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
Jorge Luis Prats Opens Symphony of the Americas Season With Remarkable Tchaikovsky Performance
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
The Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky was featured in the latest concert by the Symphony of the Americas at the Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale. Mixed in with a selection of Broadway showtunes, the Symphony was trying to appeal to a wide audience and it seemed to work as the concert was sold out. Read full review on thesunnewsmiami.com
Cellist Yehuda Hanani and Symphony of the Americas Join Forces For Great Evening of Dvorak
Symphony of the Americas Orchestra and Cellist Yehuda Hanani - Photo credit Wade Caldwell Photography
The return of a beloved artist and the Czech infused melodies and rhythms of Antonín Dvorák resounded in the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater on Tuesday as the Symphony of the Americas presented Dvorák Totems, a celebration of the master's fusion of native Bohemian dance and nostalgia with the cultural vistas of the New World. Israeli born cellist Yehuda Hanani, remembered by many South Florida music lovers for his Close Encounters with Music concert-lecture series, played Dvorák's monumental Cello Concerto in B minor, his first appearance with the orchestra in three decades. Read full review on fortlauderdaleconnex.com
A Heroic Cello Concerto
Heroic is not often a term used to describe a musical composition, but that is what famed cellist Yehuha Hanani told me he believes Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor to be.
In an interview after his bravura performance, Hanani said the cello concerto is very dear to his heart as it was his performance of it more than 40 years ago that was crucial to his entire career. “Leonard Bernstein heard me play it in Israel,” said Hanani. “He and Isaac Stern were able to bring me over to the United States to study and launch my career. Bernstein even wrote a letter to the Israeli government asking them to exempt me from mandatory military service.” ...Read full review on The Sun News Miami