South Florida Arts Scene

Radio documentary spotlights Dranoff duo piano competition


The first two-hour installment of The Power of Two, a radio documentary about the 12th Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition, will air at 11 a.m. Sunday on Classical South Florida, WKCP-89.7 FM.

Produced by Chicago public radio station WFMT and broadcast over its network, the four-part, eight-hour program follows the eight piano teams from seven countries who converged on Miami in May to compete for more than $70,000 in prizes and international touring contracts. The gold medal ultimately went to Duo Yamamoto of Japan.

The documentary, funded in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, features performance highlights and behind-the-scenes interviews. Subsequent episodes will be broadcast at the same time over the next three Sundays.

Arts spotlight

South Florida arts and artists take center stage on Spotlight on the Arts, a Becon-TV cable series on which host Iris Ac ker, playwright Michael McKeever, actress Karen Stephens and critic Bill Hirschman quiz guests.

Each show airs at 7 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Here’s the lineup: Playwright Christopher Demos-Brown ( Fear Up Harsh) Sunday; director Michael Leeds Friday-Nov. 10; GableStage artistic director Joseph Adler Nov. 22-24; Florida Grand Opera’s Justin Moss Nov. 29-Dec. 1; Slow Burn Theatre’s Matthew Korinko and Patrick Fitzwater Dec. 6-8, and New Theatre artistic director Ricky J. Martinez Dec. 13-16.

Spotlight on the Arts airs on Comcast Channel 19; Dish, Direct and AT&T on Channel 63, and Atlantic Broadband Channel 83.

Gospel choir

The Fisk Jubilee Singers, an acclaimed choir founded at Nashville’s Fisk University in 1871, will perform classic spirituals with singers from the Coral Reef Senior High School Choral at 8 p.m. Saturday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. Tickets are $20-$37.50, with a limited number of $10 tickets for children 12 and younger, at or 786-573-5300. A limited number of $5 tickets are available to students ages 13-22 at

Visual arts

• Locust Projects, 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami, presents Intethe (Sketch for an Opera), South African sculptor Nicholas Hlobo’s first major project in Miami featuring large-scale leather sculptures and video installation. Miami Haitian band Papaloko and Loray Mistik will participate in the opening reception 7-9 p.m. Saturday. The show is on view, along with Miami artist Frances Trombly’s Over and Under, through Dec. 21 at 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-8570,

•  Lucky You! 6, the annual Bakehouse Art Complex fundraiser, is 7-11:30 p.m. Friday at 561 NW 32nd St., Miami. Works by more than 70 local artists valued at $200-$6,000 will be raffled. Admission is $60, with raffle tickets $10 each or $120 for 13:, 305-576-2828.

Verdi tribute

Orchestra Miami salutes the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth with “Viva Verdi” at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest. Bass Kevin Short and mezzo-soprano Robynne Redmon lead a cast of singers who will be accompanied on piano by Elaine Rinaldi, orchestra artistic director. The Delray String Quartet and violinist Mei Mei Luo will also perform. The concert will be preceded by a 6:30 p.m. lecture by musicologist Karen Henson. Tickets are $20-$30, seniors $20, students $5;, 305- 274-2103.

Parker series

Playwright Matthew Lombardo turns promoter with WinterStage, a Parker Playhouse concert-and-conversation series built around a trio of Broadway and television stars. Sirius XM radio host Seth Rudetsky will talk to the stars: Emmy Award winner Megan Mullally ( Will & Grace) Jan. 16, Megan Hilty ( Smash, Sean Saves the World) Feb. 20 and two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone March 13.

Subscriptions are $85.50 to $342 (includes artist receptions). The theater is at 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222,

Briefly noted

• Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to submit original drawings through Nov. 16 on the theme “Why I love my library” to the Miami-Dade Public Library’s annual Make-a-Bookmark contest. The winning design will be used on the library’s official bookmark for 2014;

•  Michael Margulies, owner of an artists’ agency and son of collector Martin Margulies, has been named chairman of the City of Miami Arts & Entertainment Council;

•  The Met: Live in HD series continues Saturday with a 12:55 p.m. transmission of Puccini’s Tosca to movie theaters throughout South Florida. For locations and tickets, visit

Christine Dolen, Kathy Martin and Galena Mosovich contributed to this report.

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