Miami City Ballet dancer Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg communicates beautifully with her body, but it turns out she’s also got a way with words. The MCB principal dancer, beloved for her performances in the title roles of ballets such as Romeo and Juliet and Giselle, will read Thursday from her book, So, You Want to be a Ballet Dancer, at The Bookstore in the Grove.
Aimed primarily at girls on the verge of a dance career, the book covers everything from sewing pointe shoes to nutrition to handling stress and auditions to the benefits of freelancing vs. joining a company.
Kronenberg writes from 19 years experience at MCB, 12 of them as a principal dancer. She was absent from the stage last season after giving birth to daughter Eva Carlynn, her child with husband Carlos Miguel Guerra, also an MCB principal dancer.
Kronenberg’s reading is part of Local Author Night, from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at The Bookstore in the Grove, 3390 Mary St., Coconut Grove, 305-443-285.
One of the world’s largest collections of classical music recordings has been donated to Florida International University’s College of Architecture and The Arts (CARTA). The Julian and Judy Kreeger Collection, containing more than 27,000 vinyl discs and albums from as early as 1903, will be housed at the Green Library at the FIU South Campus. It includes one of the largest compilations of piano recordings, many of them extremely rare, including a 1903 recording of Camille Saint-Saens; the collection also encompasses orchestral, chamber, opera and vocal works from around the world, as well as books, sheet music and videos. It is valued at more than $632,000.
Julian Kreeger, president of the Friends of Chamber Music of Miami, began his collection 50 years ago when he was an undergraduate at Columbia University and became classical music director of the radio station there. He has worked as a classical music critic, radio host and concert presenter, and has served on the boards of the National Symphony, the Miami Philharmonic, and the Miami Music Project.
“This collection represents a 50-year labor of love and passion,” Kreeger said. “I am happy to see our collection provide the university with limitless educational possibilities.”
Brian Schriner, dean of CARTA, said the school was equally happy to have it. “We are honored to have such a rich and comprehensive collection,” Schriner said. “Our students will benefit greatly from having access to this … archive.”
For detailed information about the collection, go to carta.fiu.edu/giving/julian-judy-kreeger.html
Friends of Chamber Music of Miami released its roster of renowned classical music artists for the 2013-2014 season, starting Sept. 23 with the Ehnes Quartet: violinists James Ehnes, Amy Schwartz Moretti and Richard O’Neill, and cellist Robert deMaine. This season’s eight performances run through May 2014 with locations alternating between the University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall and the Coral Gables Congregational Church. Subscriptions for the concert series are $250-$350 (preferred seating). Individual concert tickets are $35-$40; and students are $10. Miamichambermusic.org or 305-372-2975.