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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