South Florida Arts Scene

Dranoff puts 2-night spotlight on contemporary composers


The Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation presents a back-to-back celebration of contemporary music this week with a concert by the gold medalists from its 2013 competition plus a panel discussion with composers it has commissioned.

At 8 p.m. Wednesday, Duo Yamamoto will perform “21st Century Classical,” a program of works by William Bolcom, Robert Xavier Rodriguez, University of Miami music dean Shelton Berg and Alice Ping Yee Ho at the New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach. At 6 p.m. Thursday, the composers will convene at The Betsy Hotel South Beach, 1440 Ocean Dr., for a conversation about contemporary music.

Concert tickets are $35-$50, $5 students at The Betsy event is free and open to the public;, 305-572-9900.

1-minute plays

There are short plays, then there are the really short plays that make up the One-Minute Play Festival at the Deering Estate at Cutler. The 31 works, some with mature content, will inaugurate the theater space at the Deering, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay.

Andie Arthur, Nicole Stodard, Steven Chambers, Sheri Allender, Ivan Lopez, Gladys Ramirez and Wendy White will direct, with performances at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26. Tickets are $20; 305-235-1668, ext. 233,

New center

The Miami Music Project and Miami Children’s Initiative join forces to open a third music-education center with a performance at 6 p.m. Thursday at Charles R. Drew K-8 Center, 1775 NW 60th St., Miami. The project’s 50-member ESMIA Children’s Orchestra will be joined by jazz vocalist Nicole Henry and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain. Admission is free with reservations at or 786-422-5221.

Bard in brief

The Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival performs The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at Pinecrest Gardens’ Banyan Bowl amphitheater. Actors Trent Stephens, Daryl Willis and Wally Lutz perform the 90-minute mash-up of all the Bard’s plays. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Jan. 26 at 11000 Red Rd., Pinecrest. Admission is $20, $15 seniors, $10 students, free for tots 3 and younger; 305-669-6990,

De Shields at FAU

Broadway veteran André De Shields, whose credits includes The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and The Full Monty, concludes a three-day residency at Florida Atlantic University with a performance of his solo show Frederick Douglass: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory. The free show is at 7 p.m. Fridayin the University Theatre, 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton; 561-297-2595,

Play readings

• The Women’s Theatre Project will present a staged reading featuring Karen Stephens of A Song for Coretta, a Pearl Cleage play inspired by Coretta Scott King, at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Tickets are $20, students $10;

• Miami’s City Theatre presents a free reading of plays under consideration for its annual Summer Shorts Festival from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-755-9401.

Visual arts

• Finished in Beauty: Navajo Weaving from the Permanent Collection opens Friday at the Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables, with 19 examples of blankets. A 7 p.m. members’ preview and lecture precedes an 8 p.m. reception that’s free for members, $10 for others; 305-284-3535.

• Funding Arts Network this week launches five weekly Monday night talks on the visual arts by museum directors, gallerists, curators and art teachers. The 7:30-9:30 p.m. series at Grove Isle, Coconut Grove, is $125 for network members, $150 for others, with reservations required at 786-953-6714 or

• Transitions, a traveling exhibition of paintings and photography by Victor Matthews and Paolo Nicola Rossini, is at Oxenberg Fine Art, 50 NE 29th St., Miami; 305-854-7104.

• Miami abstract painter Lynne Golob Gelfman’s trued surface is on view through Feb. 23 at Dimensions Variable, 100 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-607-5527.

Briefly noted

• A 7 p.m. Sunday concert that explores the intersection of jazz and classical music concludes Garden Music, a concert series at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables. Tickets are $5-$10 at

• Discovering Gloria, a documentary by University of Florida filmmaker Boaz Dvir that tells the story of a Florida woman who became a national model for teaching, receives a free screening at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Miami Jackson Senior High School, 1751 NW 36th St., Miami.

• The Keys Community Concert Band presents a free concert at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Nelson Government & Cultural Center Park, MM 102, Key Largo; 305-853-7294.

Christine Dolen, Kathy Martin and Galena Mosovich contributed to this report. Send news to (theater), (dance, pop and Latin music), (visual arts) or (jazz, classical music).

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