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.