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Shelly Berg’s jazzed-up Gershwin sparks Costa Rican orchestra


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Festival Miami presents the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica under Jose Serebrier at 8 p.m. Wednesday at UM Gusman Concert Hall in Coral Gables. The program features works by Marvin Camacho, Serebrier, Bizet and Borodin with flute soloist Sharon Bezaly and the Frost Chorale under Karen Kennedy; 305-284-4940,

South Florida Classical Review

The return of conductor Jose Serebrier, Festival Miami’s founding artistic director, and the Miami debut of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica brought a full house to Gusman Concert Hall on Tuesday night. But the concert’s real event was Shelly Berg’s stunning traversal of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Berg, the innovative dean of the University of Miami Frost School of Music, is a veteran jazz pianist, composer and arranger. His strong keyboard technique, considerable classical chops and creative flair produced a one-of-a-kind performance of this American classic.

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