The Miami Beach-based Chopin Foundation will raise the top prize for its 2015 competition to $75,000, making it the highest award for a piano contest in the country.
“In support of our mission to assist the career development of American pianists exclusively, we decided to raise the bar in hopes of attracting the very best pianists from the U.S.A. to the 2015 competition in Miami,” said executive director Jadwiga Gewert.
“As one of only two organizations in this country that are committed to discovering and promoting American classical pianists exclusively, we feel the increased cash prizes will go a long way to help get the winners noticed.”
The winner of the National Chopin Competition will advance to the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, and be booked for concert engagements in the United States and internationally, arranged by the Chopin Foundation. Second prize will be $35,000 and also include acceptance to the International Chopin Piano Competition. Additional prizes of $20,000, $10,000, $5,000 and $4,000 will be awarded, with all finalists receiving expense-paid trips to the Warsaw contest.
Founded by Blanka A. Rosenstiel, the first National Chopin Piano Competition was held in Miami in 1975 under the auspices of the American Institute of Polish Culture. It has since been presented every five years by the Chopin Foundation of the United States.
The National Chopin Competition will take place Feb. 21 through March 1, 2015 in Miami; chopin.org.
Lawrence A. Johnson
South Florida Classical Review
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts has announced a five-event 2013-14 classical season programmed by former Florida Philharmonic Orchestra music director James Judd.
While two visiting orchestras will perform in the 2,700-seat Au-Rene Theater as in the past, the recitals and chamber orchestra performance will be presented in the 590-seat Amaturo Theater.
The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra opens the season Nov. 16, with conductor Anu Tali leading the ensemble in the Overture No. 2 by Veljo Tormis and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 with Narek Hakhnazaryan as soloist in Dvorak’s Cello Concerto.
The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra presents an all-Beethoven program Jan. 20 featuring Nobuyuki Tsujii, the blind Japanese pianist who tied for the gold medal at the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition.
The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra will return Feb. 8 under Nikolai Alexeev with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and Giya Kancheli’s ... al Niente. Denis Kozhukhin will be the soloist in Tchaikovsky’s familiar Piano Concerto No. 1.
Violinist Daniel Hope will present a recital on March 18 of music written for the celebrated Joseph Joachim, including works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Grieg and Clara Schumann.
Pianist Jon Kimura Parker closes the series April 24 with a program that includes a transcription of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.
Subscriptions to the Broward Center Classical Series are available, with individual tickets on sale Aug. 30; 954-462-0222, browardcenter.org.
Lawrence A. Johnson
South Florida Classical Review
Jillian Mayer of Plantation is one of 14 video artists chosen for the North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art’s Optic Nerve 15 festival. Selected by MOCA’s Alex Gartenfeld and a panel of curators, the short videos will be screened at 8 p.m. Friday, with an art talk by Aram Moshayedi, curator of Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum, at 7 p.m.
Both events are at MOCA, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. Admission is free with museum admission ($5, $3 students and seniors, free for city residents), with reservations recommended; mocanomi.org or 305-893-6211.
Naked Bite catering will serve a “designed meal” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, followed by an 8 p.m. screening of Food Design.
The film by Martin Hablesreiter and Sonja Stummerer considers how form, color, smell, consistency, sound and history influence the creation of food. Cost is $30, members $25 (film only $10), with reservations required by Tuesday at email@example.com or 305-535-2644.
Kutumba Theatre Project, which debuted last summer with founder Kim Ehly’s Baby GirL, will present its second production, The Beebo Brinker Chronicles, Sept. 6-29 in Fort Lauderdale.
The Beebo Brinker Chronicles is described as a lesbian pulp-fiction play set in Greenwich Village before the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and based on novels by Ann Bannon. It was written by Kate Moira Ryan and Linda S. Chapman, and is directed by Ehly.
The play will run Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. at Galleria Studio Theatre (also known as the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre) in the Galleria Mall, 2542B E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets $25; 954-646-1000, brownpapertickets.com.
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