The Symphony of the Americas offered an eclectic mix of old and new compositions to mark the Christmas season at the Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale.
The program notes state that Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms are among his most popular compositions and one of the most performed major choral pieces by an American composer. That may be true, but festive it's not. Fortunately this was the only somber piece in an otherwise bright and uplifting musical offering that featured the Cathedral Choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale. Read full review at www.sunnewsmiami.com
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- Each summer the indefatigable James Brooks-Bruzzese and the Symphony of the Americas present a European chamber orchestra in an extensive tour encompassing Latin America and South Florida as well as the ensemble's home base. I Musici Estensi lit up the stage of the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater on Friday night with an outstanding concert, a high watermark for the annual Summerfest. Based in Milan and Turin, the group's flawless ensemble, precision, bright and rounded sonority and wide idiomatic spectrum were consistently impressive throughout an adventurous program of new and less familiar scores...Read Full Review at www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com
On a Saturday afternoon in 2005, a 10-year-old pianist named Conrad Tao performed at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale, one of two child prodigies presented in the Miami International Piano Festival.
This week Tao has returned to the same stage to play all five Beethoven piano concertos, and judging from his performance of the first three Monday night with Symphony of the Americas, he has brilliantly fulfilled his early promise. The mastery he displayed was more than the predictable brilliance of the grown-up prodigy, it was a performance that brought out the nobility, the eloquence and the dramatic power of these works. He will play Beethoven’s 4th and 5th concertos Tuesday evening at the Broward Center. >>READ FULL REVIEW
Conrad Tao, the gifted classical musician-composer who graced South Florida audiences at the age of 10 at the Miami International Piano Festival, is back again this week thanks to the Symphony of the Americas.
Reviews are already in for his performance this week and everyone is raving about how his brilliance, although predictable is just touchingly revering. We can’t be grateful enough to the Broward Center and the Symphony of the Americas for bringing Conrad Tao time after time even before he was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts in 2011 or being among the Forbes 30 under 30 in music as the only classical musician. Education, supportive parents, and practice, seems to have added to the innate genius Conrad was doted with from the beginning. However, not all child prodigies seemed to make it when they reach adulthood. Note: He is still 18 and technically still a teenager with a global performing agenda and studying full time at Columbia. >>Read full review
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- The Power of 150 Voices Singing! was the appropriate theme of the Symphony of the Americas' program on Tuesday evening at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater. Under the artistic direction of Gordon Roberts, the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida joined Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese and the orchestra for a vociferous evening of choral music from both classical and popular genres.
The Fort Lauderdale based men's chorus makes a mighty sound. Superbly honed by Roberts, the group's finely blended voices can rouse to full throated perorations or sing caressingly soft vocal lines with acute musicality. Brooks-Bruzzese opened the program with the Hallelujah Chorus from Beethoven's oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives. Composed in 1801, the oratorio was one of Beethoven's greatest successes but, like the master from Bonn's other religious and secular cantatas, has fallen off the repertoire radar. These works show a more intimate side of Beethoven's wide ranging genius. In sheer fervor and complexity of choral writing, the Hallelujah Chorus prefigures the finale of Beethoven's only opera Fidelio. Brooks-Bruzzese led a rousing performance, the contrapuntal voicing clear and precise, a testament to the chorus' musical discipline. Read full review at www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com
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