FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- A large audience was on hand for the first of the Symphony of the Americas' Rosemary Duffy Larson Matinee Series on Saturday at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater. Joined by four excellent vocalists, Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese and the orchestra offered a songfest of highlights from the world of opera and the Broadway stage (and, in one instance, the Golden Age of the Hollywood musical). The orchestra's Executive Director Renee LaBonte was a gracious narrator, providing insightful tidbits about the operatic plots and composers' artistic legacy. Read full review at www.forlauderdaleconnex.com
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- The Symphony of the Americas will present the Rosemary Duffy Larson Matinee Series, an enticing three concert sampler of the orchestra's programming that is the perfect introduction to classical music for young people and families. Afternoon performances are also convenient for senior citizens and others who are unable or prefer not to attend evening events. With a cornucopia of music ranging from opera and Broadway's greatest hits to choral masterpieces and the monumental piano concertos of Ludwig van Beethoven, the selections promise something for every taste. Read full article at www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com
FORT LAURDERDALE, FL -- Italian-American violinist Roberto Cani drew a vociferous ovation from an excited audience Tuesday night at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater for his performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto , the centerpiece on the Symphony of the Americas' Special Spotlight Performance of its 25th Anniversary Celebration Week. Winner of such prestigious musical prizes as the Paganini and Courcillon Competitions, Cani has studied at the Milan Conservatory, Moscow's Gnessin Institute and the University of Southern California. He has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, Russia, Asia and South America and holds teaching positions in Italy and Croatia. Read full review at www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- The Symphony of the Americas presented a joyous holiday celebration Tuesday night. With the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater decked out in Christmas wreaths and lights, the ambience was festive and the music even more so. The five member Symphony of the Americas Brass Ensemble were the stars of the evening. Trumpeters Claudio Osorio and Veselin Bozhilov were joined by colleagues Eric Kerley (French horn), Gilberto Cruz (trombone) and Calvin Jenkins (tuba). These terrific players formed a crack brass quintet. From the first pealing, finely burnished strains of the Bells of Christmas Suite (featuring Carol of the Bells, Jingle Bells and Ding Dong, Merrily on High), it was immediately obvious that these players are first class musicians with both remarkable command of their instruments and real musicality and flair.
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- The Symphony of the Americas opened its twenty-fifth anniversary season on Tuesday night (October 16) with a festive musical celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater. James Brooks-Bruzzese, the orchestra's artistic director for a quarter century, shared the podium with veteran Cuban-American composer-arranger-conductor Alfredo Munar for an evening of music from the Spanish and Cuban zarzuela repertoire.
The orchestra was in top form throughout the evening, playing with precision, luster and sonorous corporate ensemble. Brooks-Bruzzese opened the program with George Gershwin's Cuban Overture, a performance that pulsated with Latin rhythmic thrust. Orchestra and conductor captured the bluesy aura of the central section and the finale literally crackled with high energy excitement. The Farandole from Bizet's L'Arlesienne Suite No.2 sparkled, the wind playing replete with color and the climactic combination of the two principal themes brilliantly articulated by the full orchestral forces.
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The Symphony of the Americas' annual Summerfest has brought numerous top flight European chamber orchestras to South Florida and Latin America for more than two decades. For the 2012 edition, the indefatigable Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese led the Mission Chamber Orchestra of Rome. Joined by several members of the Symphony of the Americas, the ensemble excelled in a lively program before a large and enthusiastic audience at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater on Friday, July 27. Composed of musicians from Italy, Serbia, Switzerland and beyond, the orchestra exhibited precise ensemble and great flexibility in a highly varied program. Read full review at www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com