How Miami's Classical Music Scene Has Changed In 40 Years

Oct 12, 2012

The bassoonist Luciano Magnanini has been a fixture of South Florida's classical music scene for the past four decades. He has played around the world and performed under the conductors Leonard Bertstein and Zubin Mehta. In 1972, after arriving from Italy via Peru and Mexico, Magnanini began a 40-year teaching career at the University of Miami. He’s retiring in May, and this Sunday he performs a chamber concert celebrating his career.

Alicia Zuckerman sat down with Magnanini to discuss South Florida’s evolving classical music scene (listen to the conversation on the first player above).

Sunday’s concert is part of Festival Miami, the University of Miami’s eclectic concert series. It’s called Luciano and Friends and features pieces by Saint-Saëns, Beethoven and Poulenc. Magnanini will also premiere a new piece by jazz composer Stephen Guerra, composed for the occasion:

I’ve been playing symphony, opera, classical music all my life, and this is an opportunity for me to express myself in something that is new.”

Bassoonist Luciano Magnanini performs Sunday, October 14th at 4 pm at the University of Miami. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and free for UM students with an ID, subject to availability.

Music featured:

  • Astor Piazzolla: Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas/Primavera Porteña
    Recorded at Festival Miami, October 5, 2005
    Nield Magnanini Ying Trio:
       Christine Nield-Capote, flute
       Luciano Magnanini, bassoon
       Tian Ying, piano