Florida Grand Opera is launching Unexpected Operas in Unexpected Places, a program to introduce new audiences to opera by bringing lesser-known works to unlikely venues. The three-year initiative is funded by a Knight Arts Challenge grant.
First up is Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s Tango and Ástor Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires in a late-night double bill at The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami, March 21-24 featuring singers from FGO’s Young Artist Studio. Tickets are $25 at 800-741-1010 or fgo.org.
Cleveland at UM
The public is invited to a free open rehearsal and reading at 8 p.m. Thursday in which Cleveland Orchestra musicians and University of Miami Frost School of Music students will play five new works by Frost composition students. Called Echoes of Fantastique, the event is part of the orchestra’s four-day residency at the school. It takes place at Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables, and tickets are required; music.miami.edu.
Néstor Rodriguez, newly appointed president of Classical South Florida, and Dr. Sanford L. and Beatrice Ziff and will preside at a luncheon Wednesday at which the public radio station honors contributors to the arts in South Florida. Adrienne Arsht Center President and CEO John Richard, philanthropist R. Kirk Landon and Symphony of the Americas conductor James Brooks-Bruzzese are among the honorees. Tickets to the event at Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, are $50; 954-522-8755., classicalsouthflorida.org.
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