After somewhat more adventurous programming this season, the Cleveland Orchestra will revert to a lineup heavy on populist favorites in 2014.
Rather than offering a fall program as last year, music director Franz Welser-Möst will open the first of four Cleveland Orchestra weeks Jan. 24-25 with a Viennese evening. Gil Shaham will be the soloist in Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Violin Concerto, which will be flanked by Schubert’s Symphony No. 2 and waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss Jr. and Sr.
The centennial of The Rite of Spring will be marked Jan. 31-Feb. 1 with performances of Stravinsky’s groundbreaking score. The program will also include Richard Strauss’ Don Juan and feature British baritone Simon Keenlyside in songs by Strauss and Duparc.
Giancarlo Guerrero, the orchestra’s Miami music director, will lead the final two weeks. Tchaikovsky’s not unfamiliar Symphony No. 5 will be the box-office bait Feb. 21-22 on a program that also includes Dvorak’s Otello Overture and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Arabella Steinbacher as soloist.
The final program March 21-22, will offer the sole contemporary work of the Cleveland’s Miami season, Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto with Colin Currie as soloist. Mozart’s Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio will lead off, and Holst’s The Planets will close the season, presented with high-definition NASA projections.
Subscriptions start at $135 for a four-concert package. Individual performances go on sale in September; 305-949-6722, arshtcenter.org.
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts also announced its classical lineup for 2013-14. Soprano Deborah Voigt will open the five-event series with a recital Nov. 14. Violinist Itzhak Perlman will follow Dec. 19. Leonard Slatkin returns to South Florida with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 28. Violinist Joshua Bell will perform March 15 with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and Zubin Mehta conducts the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra March 23. No program details were released for the performances. Series subscriptions go on sale Monday for $225-$680; 305-949-6722, arshtcenter.org.
Lawrence A. Johnson
S. Florida Classical Review
Connick at Arsht
The John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall will transform its orchestra level into a supper club for a performance by singer-songwriter Harry Connick Jr. April 26 at the annual Arsht Center gala.
Connick, who has three Grammys, three Emmys and two Tony nominations to his credit, “is a rare ‘triple threat,’ ” said event chair Swanee DiMare. “We are thrilled that our gala attendees will have a chance to see him perform up close and personal.”
Tickets are $2,500, with tables $15,000-$50,000. Proceeds benefit the Arsht Center’s arts education and community outreach programs; 786-468-2020, email@example.com.
Longtime New World School of the Arts dance teacher Peter London will welcome back former students for two Sunday performances by his Peter London Global Dance Company. Lloyd Knight and Mariya Dashkina Maddux, both of the Martha Graham Dance Company, will perform Graham’s Conversation of Lovers. Also on the program is a new work from New World alum La Michael Leonard, who now dances with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance.
London will show three new works, Carmen, based on the Bizet opera; The Secret, inspired by griot music from Mali, and Rain and Wings, set to Native American music for guest artist Sasha Caicedo Paolo. Performances are at 1:30 p.m. (students and seniors) and 7:30 p.m. (general audiences) at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Ter., Miami. Tickets are $35 at the door or miamifoundation.org. RSVPs for a $100 VIP reception at 6 p.m. should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Actor Tom Dugan brings his solo show Wiesenthal: The Conscience of the Holocaust to the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center Wednesday through March 17. Winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, Dugan portrays Wiesenthal recounting his most suspenseful cases as he tracked down more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals including Adolf Eichmann. Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. March 17 at the Aventura center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura. Tickets are $36; 877-311-7469, aventuracenter.org.
The monthly performance series Big Night in Little Haiti will be joined this week by Afropop Worldwide, a groundbreaking radio program on world and African music. Afropop host Georges Collinet will celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at the center, 212 NE 59th Ter., Miami. Performers include the Miami compas and jazz group Magnum Band with guitarist Dadou Pasquet and opening act Papy Jo Le Twoubadou, an old-school Haitian folk trio. Admission is free; bignightinlittlehaiti.com.
Banksy at Unix
Unix Fine Art, 2219 NW Second Ave., Miami, pairs Banksy and Zhuang Hong Yi in an exhibit that includes the notorious street artist’s Kate Moss and Monkey Queen and the Chinese-born painter’s work with rice paper, ink, oil and acrylic on canvas. Eight Banksy pieces are on display through March, making this the largest showing of his work at a Miami gallery to date; 305-496-0621, unixfineart.com.
Miami City Ballet has revamped its Open Barre series, turning what had been dance performances at the troupe’s intimate studio theater into talks on dance and music with new artistic director Lourdes Lopez.
In three sessions next weekend, Lopez will focus on how choreographers Jerome Robbins and Michel Fokine used similar Chopin compositions for two of classical ballet’s most renowned works, Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering and Fokine’s Les Sylphides. Lopez will be joined by Gary Sheldon, conductor of the Opus One Orchestra, which accompanies MCB performances, MCB pianist Franciso Renno, along with dancers from the company.
“I would like Open Barre to be an intimate examination into the world of dance, guiding audiences to further understand what dancers already know: that the art form is powerful and transformational,” Lopez said.
Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at Miami City Ballet, 2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach. The $35 admission includes a wine and soda “open bar” 30 minutes before curtain; 305-929-7010, miamicityballet.org.
Broward College presents a perfect-for-spring play, Matthew Barber’s Enchanted April, Thursday through March 24. The play is about a group of British women who answer an ad in The London Times and journey to an Italian villa, where they spend a life-transforming month.
Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Broward College Fine Arts Theatre (Building 6, Second Floor), 3501 SW Davie Rd., Davie. Tickets are $8-$15; 954-201-6884.
St. Martha series
The St. Martha-Yamaha Concert Series will present the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin and pianist Paul Posnak in a program of Elgar, Shostakovich, Bach, Dvorak and Gershwin at 3 p.m. March 17 at St. Martha Church, 9301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores. Tickets are $10-$20 at saintmartha.tix.com or 305-982-5535.
The series will present its first fundraising concert at 8 p.m. April 6 featuring jazz artists Shelly Berg, Carmen Bradford and Tierney Sutton and University of Miami Frost School of Music musicians in works including the jazz vespers Convergence by Berg, dean of the Frost school. Donation levels are $50, $100 and $1,000 at the website above.
• Orchestra Miami will present free outdoor concerts at three public parks: 8 p.m. Friday at the North Shore Park Bandshell, 7250 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 7 p.m. March 17 at Pinecrest Gardens’ Banyan Bowl, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; and 6:30 p.m. March 24 at Heritage Park, 19200 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; 305-274-2103.
• The Greater Miami Symphonic Band will perform with guest conductor Arnald D. Gabriel and saxophone soloist Dale Underwood at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. Tickets are $15, students $5 students at gmsb.org.
• Miami playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney has been named one of nine winners of the new Windham Campbell literature prize from Yale University. McCraney, 32, is the youngest winner and, like the others, will receive $150,000. His next play, Head of Passes, has its world premiere at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre April 4-June 1.
• In his first public appearance since leaving the troupe last fall, Miami City Ballet founding artistic director Edward Villella will take part in an interview series Monday at New York’s Paley Center for Media, with his daughter, Crista, querying him about his career at New York City Ballet and MCB.
Compiled by Miami Herald staff. Send news about theater to cdolen@MiamiHerald.com; dance, pop and Latin music to jlevin@MiamiHerald.com; visual arts to jwooldridge@MiamiHerald.com and classical music and jazz to kmartin@MiamiHerald.com. Add events to our calendar at MiamiHerald.com/events.