South Florida Arts Scene

Miami pride: Mozart ensemble to debut, film wins Sundance prize

 

Violinist Scott Flavin knows launching a new classical music ensemble might seem like a quixotic venture.

“We call it the field of dreams orchestra — if we play it, they will come,” Flavin says of Miami Mozarteum, dedicated to the music of its namesake, which debuts Monday – Mozart’s birthday — at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Miami.

Assembled by Flavin, a violin professor at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, and Alfredo Oliva — founder of Miami Symphonic Services — the 30-member group includes Frost and FIU music faculty members and former New World Symphony fellows.

“These are some wonderful players,” says Flavin, who is also resident conductor at Frost’s Henry Mancini Institute. “There’s a wonderful pool of vocal talent in South Florida, and they’re not performing as much as they should be.”

The group, which is applying for nonprofit status, does not yet have a home; Flavin is working for free, and the musicians did one rehearsal without pay. “I view it as an investment in this town and in our musicians,” he says.

The concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the cathedral, 464 NE 16th St., Miami, features Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 and Violin Concerto No. 5 with soloist Joseph Silverstein. Tickets are $21 at miamimozarteum.com or the door.

Sundance honors

Yearbook, the story of a man tasked with compiling mankind’s history before the planet blows up, won the Short Film Jury Award: Animation at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

The jury prize, announced Thursday, is the first for a Miami film at Sundance, one of the nation’s most prestigious film festivals.

The movie, directed by Bernardo Britto, is the latest triumph for Miami’s Borscht Corp., a collective of artists, filmmakers and writers. Yearbook marks the fourth time Borscht has made its presence known at Sundance.

Last year, the group was invited to screen #PostModem, directed by Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva, and in 2012, the pair showed The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke, starring Luther Campbell. Borscht made its Sundance debut in 2011 with Daniel Cardenas’ Xemoland.

Visual arts

• Mixed-media artist and retired psychoanalyst Connie McSilver debuts a series of whimsical sculptures made of fiberglass covered with automotive paint alongside brightly colored paintings that explore psychology at Markowicz Fine Art Gallery, 114 NE 40th St., Miami. The opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, with RSVPs requested to 786-362-5546.

• Christine Argillet, daughter of Salvador Dalí’s publisher and confidante, Pierre Argillet, makes two South Florida appearances on Saturday on behalf of Salvador Dalí: The Argillet Collection, a show of original etchings, photographs and pen and ink at the Wentworth Gallery. Argillet will be at 819 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, from 1 to 3 p.m. and Town Center Mall, 6000 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, from 6 to 9 p.m. RSVPs for the free events are requested to 954-468-0685 or 561-338-0804.

Classical music

• Conductor Eduardo Marturet and the Miami Symphony Orchestra celebrate the Bass Museum of Art’s 50th anniversary with a free concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Collins Park, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. The event includes a picnic “bass-ket” contest and free Perrier. Valet parking will be available for $15; bassmuseum.org, 305-673-7530.

•  The New Trio performs a program of Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky at 4 p.m. Sunday for Sunday Afternoons of Music. Tickets to the concert at Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables are $35, $30 seniors, $10 students at sundaymusicals.org or 305-271-7150.

Literary salon

LitChat, a literary salon at The Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a day-long schedule of panel discussions on Friday followed by a reception. Panelists include novelist Edwidge Danticat, poet Campbell McGrath and bookseller Mitchell Kaplan. All events are free, but RSVPs are requested at litchat.com.

James at Aventura

Two-time Tony Award nominee Brian d’Arcy James brings his solo show of songs by Billy Joel, Phil Collins and many others to the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura, at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $39.50; 877-311-7469, aventuracenter.org.

Llosa play

Mario Vargas Llosa’s Al pie del Támesis ( On the Banks of the Thames), presented by Miami’s Teatro Avante at last summer’s International Hispanic Theatre Festival, returns to Miami-Dade County Auditorium’s On Stage Black Box, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami. Mario Ernesto Sánchez directs Julio Rodríguez and Marilyn Romero in the play about a couple’s sexual secrets. Performances in Spanish with English supertitles are at 8:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Feb. 2. Tickets are $30; 305-547-5414, ticketmaster.com.

Theater briefly

• The Plaza Theatre, 262 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, presents a staged reading of the Rich Orloff comedy Skin Deep, about an Ohio couple who inherit a clothing-optional Key West resort, at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $10; 561-588-1820.

• The 2 p.m. Sunday performance of the Miami Children’s Theater’s Disney’s Aladdin Jr. will be dedicated to the memory of childhood-cancer victim Bella Rodriguez-Torres, with $5 of each $20 ticket going to the Live Like Bella Foundation. The show is at the Alper Jewish Community Center’s Russell Theater, 11155 SW 112th Ave., Miami; miamichildrenstheater.com.

• Becoming Dr. Ruth, Mark St. Germain’s play about sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer, is set for April 16-20 at Fort Lauderdale’s Parker Playhouse. Tickets are $28-$66.50, and go on sale Friday; 954-462-0222, parkerplayhouse.com. 

Christine Dolen, Jordan Levin, Kathy Martin, Galena Mosovich and Rene Rodriguez contributed to this report. Send news to cdolen@MiamiHerald.com (theater), jlevin@MiamiHerald.com (dance, pop and Latin music), jwooldridge@MiamiHerald.com (visual arts) or kmartin@MiamiHerald.com (jazz, classical music).

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