Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, hosts its 18th annual National Children’s Theatre Festival Kids Fest from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The day’s highlight is the rock musical adventure Excellent Conquest, which focuses on classmates trying to make a positive difference in the world. The original musical, written in celebration of Actors’ 25th anniversary season, is by Earl Maulding, the company’s director of musical theater for young audiences, and Scott Morlock. Performances are 2 p.m. Saturdays through May 25, with tickets $19.50 after next weekend.
Also at Kids Fest, children can create puppets, costumes, do graffiti and more at activity stations. The vocal group Musical Miracles will perform songs and dances from Shrek, Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors and other Broadway shows, and at 4 p.m., Into the Woods Jr. will be performed.
Kids Fest tickets are $15; 305-444-9293, actorsplayhouse.org.
Seraphic Fire will offer acclaimed masterworks by Bach, Haydn and Mozart in its 2013-14 season, which also will see two venue changes for the Miami choir.
Due to scheduled construction at St. Jude Melkite Church, Seraphic Fire will move its downtown Miami performances to St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Coral Way. In Miami Beach, it will shift to All Souls Episcopal Church, 4025 Pine Tree Dr., from Lincoln Road’s Miami Beach Community Church to gain greater capacity, better acoustics and free patron parking.
The season will open Oct. 16-20 with a program of Renaissance music, including works of Palestrina and Lassus. Mozart’s Requiem will be presented Nov. 15-17 in a new “completed” version by American composer Gregory Spears.
Chicago’s Spektral String Quartet will join with Seraphic Fire in a presentation of Haydn’s Seven Last Words April 9-13 in an Easter program the two ensembles will take to the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on April 16.
The Firebird Chamber Orchestra will join Seraphic Fire for Bach’s stirring Magnificat Feb. 14-17. The choir’s countertenor, Reginald Mobley, will be spotlighted in a Firebird program March 12-16 performing arias written for the celebrated castrato Farinelli.
Other choral programs include music of the French Baroque Jan. 15-19, Handel’s Messiah Dec. 20-22, the “Candlelight Christmas” program Dec. 11-15 and a season finale of American spirituals May 7-11, 2014.
Subscriptions start at $102; 305-285-9060, seraphicfire.org.
Lawrence A. Johnson
South Florida Classical Review
The City of Fort Lauderdale and Cadence, a downtown landscape architecture and design firm, launches “Play Your City,” a public art and music installation with repurposed pianos, during the FATVillage Art Walk, 7-11 p.m. Saturday, and at the Riverwalk Pavillion, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 28.
Pianos by Brian Buzzella, Luzalma Gonzalez, Richard Vergez and student artists will be on display before being distributed throughout downtown Fort Lauderdale. Members of the public will be invited to vote on their final locations; email@example.com.