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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.

Sun-Sentinel

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