Classical Music

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Over 17 years ago, the tortured life of a Cuban dissident artist was the subject of a critically acclaimed film.

“Before Night Falls,” directed by Julian Schnabel, examines the life of Reinaldo Arenas, the poet and novelist oppressed by the Castro regime for his outspokenness and his homosexuality. 

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What is the sound of Miami?

Is it this?

What about this?

Or this?

As part of a project 305,  the New World Symphony is asking residents to send in sound and video of what Miami is to them. The idea is to use those submissions to build a symphony for, to and from Miami, maybe with a little bit of love.

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Sam Hyken and Jacomo Bairos first got turned on to Frank Zappa not from classic albums like "Weasels Ripped My Flesh" or "Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar," but by playing his orchestral music when they were students at Juilliard (at different times).

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The Cleveland Orchestra is performing the world premiere of Avner Dorman's "Siklòn," inspired by the mélange of Miami cultures and the way this place reminds the Israeli composer of Tel Aviv. The piece was commissioned to mark the 10th anniversary of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and its 10-year partnership with the Cleveland Orchestra.

WLRN Public Media is pleased to announce that classical music is coming back to South Florida Aug. 10. 

WLRN’s HD-2 radio channel will change from “Alternative News and Talk” to “Classical 24.” 

Miami Music Project Students Strike Chord In Little Havana

Jul 3, 2015
By Alexander Gonzalez / WLRN

Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and Queen’s “We Will Rock You” back to back. Why not?

That’s what kids participating in the Miami Music Project (MMP) said when they performed the pieces to an nearly full house at the Manuel Artime Theater in Little Havana Thursday afternoon.

03/27/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, our classical contributor, Charles Greenfield speaks with Executive Director Carlene Sawyer about upcoming Dranoff International Two Piano Foundation events and Bang The Ivories.

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01/02/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, film critic, Dan Hudak, previews the Miami Jewish Film Festival with director Igor Shteyrenberg. Classical contributor, Charles Greenfield talks with Julian Kreeger about the Friends of Chamber Music of Miami’s upcoming concerts through April.

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08/22/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Ensemble-In-Residence at FIU’s School of Music since 2004, the Amernet String Quartet, performs live from WLRN’s Studio A. This award-winning group, born of Juilliard students, has traveled the world performing and educating since 1991. They are committed to the music of our time and aim to enlighten the concert experience through their innovative programming.

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Yida Hernandez, a student at Miami-Dade College wants to change Bayfront Park into a sound garden.

She says she hopes to create an audio oasis that "surrounds people with the soothing sounds of the instrumental music that we will be piping in through a hidden audio system."

The plan is to install fancy chairs in the northeast corner of the park, as well as free wi-fi. Hernandez hopes to get it running by November.

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07/25/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Eric Fliss, General Manager of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, describes an exciting new season on tap at the beautiful arts center in Cutler Bay. Charles Greenfield runs down some reading and classical music suggestions for your summer enjoyment.

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05/27/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents features British-born conductor James Judd, and the story behind his ambitious Miami Music Project. Judd conducted the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra from 1987 to 2001.  Financial difficulties forced the ensemble’s closure. Some 25-thousand public school students – many in underserved communities -- have been exposed to classical music through the performances o

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From April 26 to 28, the New World Symphony in Miami Beach is looking hard at the way technology is changing music, and how the group itself is part of that equation. NWS is hosting the annual Network Performing Arts Production Workshop, which connects people from the arts, technology and education.