South Florida Arts Scene

Duo-piano recital kicks off 12th Dranoff competition


Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov, artistic directors of the 12th Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition, will present the contest’s inaugural program, a recital at the University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall, at 8 p.m. Friday.

The performance will be preceded at 7 p.m. by a conversation between classical-music broadcast personality Martin Bookspan, who chairs a Dranoff advisory board, and pianist Shelly Berg, UM’s music dean, about the piece Berg has composed for the competition. His Mary and Martha Meditation will be a required work for the eight duo-piano teams competing May 11-16 at Gusman Hall for the $25,000 gold medal.

The Genova-Dimitrov Piano Duo, winners at major international duo-competitions including a 1997 silver medal at the Dranoff, will perform works by Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev, Anton Arensky and Richard Rodney Bennett.

Tickets to the recital, at 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables, are $35, $5 for students at 305-572-9900 or

Kathy Martin

‘Streetcar’ in Spanish

El Ingenio Teatro and the Trail Theater are joining forces to present Un tranvia llamado deseo, Raquel Carrió’s Spanish-language adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. Lilliam Vega directs the production, which stars Gabriel Porras as Stanley Kowalski and Diana Quijano as Blanche DuBois.

Also in the cast are Rosalinda Rodriguez, Sonya Smith, Marta Velasco, Jorge Alvarez, Rocio Carmona, Francisco Delgado, Luis Nalerio and Lucas Ackerman.

Performances (with English subtitles) are at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Trail, 3715 SW Eighth St., Miami, through March 17; 305-443-1009,

Christine Dolen

Katz retrospective

Adamar Fine Arts, 4141 NE Second Ave., Miami, will present Face to Face, an exhibit of more than 30 works by renowned contemporary artist Alex Katz on Saturday as part of the Design District’s Second Saturday Art Walk. The show includes more than six decades of paintings and prints by Katz, whose works are in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, London’s Tate Gallery and Paris’ Centres Georges Pompidou; 305-576-1355,

Galena Mosovich

Opera preview

Also at the Second Saturday Art Walk, Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artist Studio will preview the company’s tango-themed double bill with performances at 7:30, 8:20 and 9:10 p.m. at The Hangar Gallery, 2235 NW Second Ave., Miami. The performers will sing excerpts from Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s Tango and Ástor Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires. The event is free but reservations are requested at or 305-854-1643, ext. 1211.

Kathy Martin

Briefly noted

• Miami Choral Academy’s Honor Choir will perform at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Saturday at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden and 7 p.m. March 12 at the Interfaith Invitational Choral Festival at St. Hugh Catholic Church in Coconut Grove;

• Florida Youth Orchestra and its and Repertory Strings will present a concert at 2 p.m. March 10 at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs. Tickets are $15, with children younger than 5 admitted free; 954-344-5990.

•  John Guare: A YoungArts Master Class, in which the Tony-winning playwright works with three aspiring writers under the auspices of the Miami-based YoungArts Foundation, premieres at 7:30 p.m. Monday on HBO;

‘Italy in Motion’

Live opera performances and Italian wines and food will inaugurate Italy in Motion at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Coral Gables Art Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. The exhibit, curated by Chloe Chelz, will feature vintage Ferraris, Fiats and Vespas along with historical and contemporary photos. Tickets are $20 for museum members, $30 for others;, 305-603-8067.

Galena Mosovich

Art online

Adriana Cisneros, director of strategy for the Cisneros Group of Companies, inaugurated an exhibition of works from her family’s art collection in January at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid. Called La Invencion Concreta, it showcases in a digital platform 200 works from the geometric abstraction movement that took place in Latin America from the 1930s to the 1970s. Works may be viewed at or by downloading the exhibition app at iTunes.

Galena Mosovich

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