You don’t have to be an initiate of Indian culture to appreciate the beauty and power of its music or the talents of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Zakir Hussain, who play the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center this week.
Sharma is considered an innovator of the ancient santoor, a hammered dulcimer-like instrument, which he increased from the standard 72 to 92 strings for greater range. He is also credited with developing a sustained-note technique for greater expression.
Drummer Hussain has been a figure not only in Indian classical music but in jazz (as a member of John McLaughlin’s Shakti), rock and world music (as part of the Global Drum Project along with the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart and Puerto Rican percussion master Giovanni Hidalgo).
Tickets for their 8 p.m. Thursday performance at the center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Ridge, are $10-$30 at smdcac.org or 786-573-5316. A limited number of $5 tickets are available to patrons ages 13 to 22 at cultureshockmiami.com.
Juanes at B&B
Colombian rock star Juanes, who is almost as famous for his humanitarian social-activist efforts as his arena-filling concerts, will take a different kind of stage Monday night — at Books & Books in Coral Gables. It will be his first appearance in support of his just-published autobiography, Chasing the Sun (Celebra, $28.95).
In the photo-packed book, penned without a ghost writer, Juanes tells of his childhood in Colombia, his rise to stardom, his struggles to keep his family together and his musical and spiritual inspiration.
He will appear at 6 p.m. at the 265 Aragon Ave. store to sign autographs only. Attendees must purchase a copy of Chasing the Sun, available in English or Spanish; 305-442-4408, booksandbooks.com.
Civil War songs
Donald Oglesby, associate director of choral studies at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, will lead UM’s Collegium Musicum in a program of Civil War choral music to commemorate the conflict’s 150th anniversary.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday at Riviera Presbyterian Church, 5275 Sunset Dr., Coral Gables, and 3 p.m. April 7 at First United Methodist Church, 400 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets, available at the door, are $10, students $5; 305-284-4162.
Teatro Avante founder and International Hispanic Theatre Festival director Mario Ernesto Sánchez will receive the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts Monday night at the 37th annual Carbonell Awards ceremony for his contributions to Spanish-language theater in South Florida.
The Ruth Foreman Award will be presented to Actors’ Equity Association in recognition of its centennial. Scholarships of $1,000 will go to Sammi-Jack Martincak (New World School of the Arts), Christian Frost (J.P. Taravella High School) and Jade Zaroff (West Boca Community High School).
Produced by Michael McKeever and directed by Stuart Meltzer, the program will feature performances by Vicki Lewis, Kate Shindle, Jodie Langel, Matt Loehr and Wayne LeGette. All are Carbonell nominees.
Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. event at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, are $25 in advance, $35 at the door; 954-462-0222, browardcenter.org.
• The second annual PhilanthroFest, a celebration of South Florida’s nonprofit community, is noon-6:30 p.m. Saturday at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami. The free, family-friendly event lets residents connect with more than 150 nonprofits in areas ranging from the arts to health, youth development and animal services; philanthrofest.com, 786-505-5992.
• A Sea of Voices, an album of original music by Jamie Ousley, an assistant professor of jazz bass at Florida International University, won top prize in the most recent Global Music Awards competition. Ousley’s CD is also a nominee in the Music Resource Group’s 12th Independent Music Awards. Winners will be announced in May, with voting in a people’s choice competition open until July 19 at independentmusicawards.com.
• Jacob Hindman Mason, 14, a student at Miami Arts Charter School, won the New World Symphony’s 2013 Young Artist Competition and will perform Prokofiev’s First Piano Concerto with orchestra at 7:30 p.m. April 13 at New World Center. The program will also include Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture and two movements from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Free tickets are available at nws.edu.
MIA Encore, a show of contemporary art in various media aboard the yacht SeaFair at Bayfront Park, launches the inaugural Downtown Miami First Friday art walk with free admission 6-10 p.m. Friday. Tickets for the rest of the run, through 7 p.m. April 7, are $10 in advance; $15 at the door; expoships.com, 239-949-5411.
• Works by the late, self-taught Overtown artist Purvis Young are part of Great and Mighty Things, a show of outsider art on view through June 9 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Representing 27 artists, the 200-piece exhibit will become part of the museum’s permanent collection; philamuseum.org.
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.