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Symphony of the Americas Hispanic Heritage: An evening of Zarzuelas

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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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Mission Chamber Orchestra lights up the stage at Summerfest 2012

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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

Pembroke Pines Concert Comment

 Just to let you know that I and my 92 year old dad thoroughly enjoyed, for the second summer running, your just completed 7/13 concert at the Katz Theatre in pembroke Pines.  The program was magnificent and high quality, including the shostopping flute suite.  I was pleased to see a nearly capacity house,  with a far reaching age and audience base represented.  I have long sought this tyupe of cultural presence in pembroke pines......and I hope we can expand upon it. If the audience is any indication, there is a good future in the Pines for all of us. Thank you!!!

Free Summerfest concert planned in Pines

A Pembroke Pines summer tradition is back as the Symphony of the Americas returns for a free concert.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. July 13 at the Susan B. Katz Theater of the Performing Arts, 17195 Sheridan St. The concert is part of the Fort Lauderdale-based symphony's annual Summerfest series, which includes a musician exchange with an orchestra in a foreign country, along with a visit to Panama. This year, they're teaming up with the Rome-based Mission Chamber Orchestra, which frequently plays with the Vatican and is partnering with Vatican City for a music festival in 2013.

"Their musicians come over and combine with ours," said Kristen Noffsinger, the symphony's marketing and development director.

Mission Chamber is sending 14 musicians to Florida while the symphony is sending six of its musicians to Rome. In addition to music from composers like Bach and Mendelssohn, the concerts will feature the debut of an original composition by Lorenzo Turchi-Floris, Mission Chamber's musical director.

The symphony, now in its 25th year, has been playing concerts in Pembroke Pines for 10 years, Noffsinger said. Each year, its Summerfest features two legs of performances in Broward, with a visit to Panama sandwiched in the middle. Noffsinger said work on the next Summerfest begins as soon as the current one ends. The symphony's maestro, James Brooks-Bruzzese, selects partner orchestras in other countries based on conductors he's worked with in the past, but Noffsinger said the symphony also receives submissions from around the world.

"He has quite a worldly experience base. He has a lot of connections all over the place," Noffsinger said.

The Pembroke Pines concert is notable in that it's one of the few free concerts in the series, as it's funded in part by the city. The symphony will be performing another free concert at 8 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Hollywood ArtsPark at Young Circle, on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and U.S. 1.

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Summerfest 2012 - Comment from Bob Boyer

 “My name is Bob Boyer,  and I serve as the Asst Musical Director for PPTOPA (Pembroke Pines Theatre of Performing Arts).  We (as part of the city) are hostting your 7/13 concert at our stage at river of Grass, and I read with great interest and enthusiasm yor comments and article regarding summerfest etc. in the Sun-Sentinel's Community section today.

Elisso, Child Prodigy 2012

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Elisso Gogibedaschwili, who celebrates her 12th birthday Saturday, will be the youngest guest artist to perform with the Symphony of the Americas. The young violinist from Austria will perform the Bruch violin concerto at the Broward Center of the Arts in the Amaturo Theater Tuesday evening. She had a special performance Friday at Sawgrass Springs Middle School for about 300 students.

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