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Chamber friends, Miami Symphony announce seasons


Friends of Chamber Music of Miami has announced the lineup for its 57th season, which opens on Sept. 23 with the Ehnes Quartet. A trio of pianists follow, with Cyprien Katsaris Oct. 1, Anton Kuerti Oct. 17 and Valentina Lisitsa Nov. 19.

On Jan. 5, Joseph Kalichstein will perform Brahms’ Piano Sonata No 2, and join clarinetist Ricardo Morales and violist Robert Diaz in the composer’s Opus 120 Sonatas.

The season continues Feb. 9 with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and March 27 with mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta. It concludes May 6 with pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and the Escher String Quartet.

Performances will take place at the University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall and the Coral Gables Congregational Church. Season subscriptions ($250-$350) and single tickets ($35-$40, students $10) are available at

Symphony season

Music director and conductor Eduardo Marturet has announced a 25th anniversary season for the Miami Symphony Orchestra featuring five world premieres, three South Florida premieres and guest artists including classical guitarist Ángel Romero, flutist Nestor Torres and guest conductor Alondra de la Parra.

The season opens Oct. 20 at the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall with Romero performing the new work Rincones de España, which he wrote with Joaquín Rodrigo.

A “MISO for the Family” series will be presented Jan. 25 at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center and Jan. 26 at the Bass Museum of Art on Miami Beach.

Seven-concert season subscriptions, which begin at $219, are on sale at 305-949-6722 or, with single tickets available beginning Sept. 2.

Off-Broadway ‘Blender’

A New World School of the Arts graduate used Kickstarter to raise money to take a series of short plays to New York, where they will open Off-Broadway Tuesday. The Blender: Eight Short Plays in the Mix is the brainchild of Dylan Guerra, a Miami native who is now a student at the Southern Methodist University Meadow School for the Arts in Dallas. Guerra wrote, co-directs and is featured in The Blender. He raised $5,000 from supporters through Kickstarter to bring The Blender to the Summer Shares at La MaMa Experimental Theatre. The plays will run Tuesday through Aug. 4;

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Visual arts

• Discounted tickets are on sale for $75 for the Cisneros-Fontanals Art Foundation’s Senses: An Evening of Art and Dining at 7 p.m. Friday at the CIFO Art Space, 1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami. The evening will feature video works paired with dishes by Hidden Kitchen chef Michael B. Jacobs and cocktails by The Corner. Regular price is $90;

•  Michael Jon Gallery is presenting its first show through Aug. 31 in its new location, 122 NE 11th St., Miami. Curated by Hunter Braithwaite, Gattaca explores the 15-year-old film Ethan Hawke film through works by Ethan Greenbaum, Hayal Pozanti, Will Rockel and Cole Sayer;


Briefly noted

• Soprano Deborah Voigt will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at Florida Grand Opera’s Oct. 26 gala. Tickets to the black-tie event, which includes a four-course dinner, dancing and performances by members of FGO’s Young Artist Program, begin at $500; 305-854-1643,

•  Lawrence A. Johnson, founder of South Florida Classical Review, which provides classical music coverage to The Miami Herald, was named one of the top behind-the-scenes figures in Chicago music in the Newcity Chicago website’s “Music 45” issue. Johnson, a Windy City native, has also created Classical Review sites in Chicago and Boston.

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