A Heroic Cello Concerto

 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

Symphony of the Americas Opens Season with Musical Party Toast To Hispanic and Italian Heritage Month

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The Symphony of the Americas opened the 2014-15 season on Tuesday night with From Venice to Venezuela, a musical party celebrating Hispanic and Italian Heritage Month. Also celebrating the commencement of the orchestra's 27th season, the program was wide ranging in repertoire, performed with spirit and pizzazz and, like any good party, great fun. State Senator Maria Lorts Sachs (who played a vital role in the state legislature's declaration of Italian Heritage Month) and legendary pop star Connie Francis were among the special guests at the performance in the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater. Read full review at www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com

Arrivederci Roma

Arrivederci Roma

The Salina Family conquered Ft. Lauderdale this month with a charm offensive launched at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in conjunction with the Symphony of the Americas.

Their chosen artillery was music, and they brought out the big guns: dual pianos and the powerful singing voice of Giulio Salani, who is 89. His children Barbara and Sergio were the dual pianists of a composition by their uncle Renato Salani, 91, who was also in the audience! Read full review at www.sunnewsmiami.com/miami

Italian Chamber Orchestra Brings Festive and Delightful Music Making to Summerfest

The Symphony of the America's annual Summerfest lights up summer evenings every year and Saturday night's concert at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater by the Mission Chamber Orchestra of Rome was a high spirited delight from first note to last. Composed of international musicians (and bolstered by several Symphony of the Americas members), the ensemble is first class, playing with precision, energy and Italianate fervor. Led by Symphony of the Americas artistic director James Brooks-Bruzzese, the concert offered an enticing mix of familiar and rarely played music as well as two new works. Read full review on www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com/music-arts

Two World Premieres at Broward Centre

Audiences who were lucky enough to attend a performance of the Mission Chamber Orchestra of Rome at the Broward Centre this weekend were treated to not one but two world premiere musical events.

The concert was part of the Summerfest concert series of the Symphony of the Americas. Its composer-in-residence for three years has been Lorenzo Turchi-Floris, musical director of the Mont Blanc Choir and Symphony Orchestra. In this concert he premiered Presentiments, which he wrote a few months ago as a special commission for Summerfest. Read full review on www.sunnewsmiami.com

Concertos for Cello and Piano

Iris van Eck plays the cello for Symphony of the Americas. Iris van Eck plays the cello for Symphony of the Americas.

The Symphony of the Americas offered two famous concertos to an audience at the Broward Center this week. The first, a Cello concerto by Elgar, showcased the principal cellist for the Symphony of the Americas, Iris van Eck. Formerly with the Florida Grand Opera, van Eck richly deserved her opportunity to take the spotlight. Read full review at www.sunnewsmiami.com/miami-news/item/450-concertos-for-cello-and-piano

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