The word in South Florida music for the coming week is “eclectic.”
Among the choices are soprano Lisa Vroman, a former Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, performing with Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artists; a Langston Hughes collaboration at YoungArts; the BBC Concert Orchestra and pianist Charlie Albright in concert; the Miami Music Project Children’s Orchestra performing alongside Florida International University’s Symphony Orchestra, and the grand finale concert of Convivencia Miami.
Here’s what you need to know about each event.
▪ Soprano Lisa Vroman, who performed the role of Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera for two years on Broadway and five in San Francisco, will perform with Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artists at 8 p.m. April 17 as part of the Saint Martha-Yamaha Concert Series. Vroman, who has also sung such operatic roles as Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus and Birdie in Regina, and FGO’s Young Artists will sing separately and together. I Feel Pretty, Siempre en mi corazón, All I Ask of You and I Got Rhythm are among the songs on the varied program.
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The concert takes place at Barry University’s Broad Center for the Performing Arts, 11300 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. Tickets are $10 and $20. For information, call the Saint Martha’s box office at 800-595-4849 or visit www.saintmartha.tix.com, or contact FGO at 800-741-1010 or www.fgo.org.
▪ Outside the Box: The Langston Hughes Project brings together multidisciplinary artists in a free National YoungArts Foundation performance at the organization’s Miami campus. Master teacher Ron McCurdy, his quartet and 1997 YoungArts theater winner Kenyon Adams join forces for a multimedia concert performance of Hughes’ Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz. The piece is a jazz poem suite about the struggle for artistic and social freedom in the 1960s.
Surprise guests will also participate in the event, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at the YoungArts campus, 2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. RSVP to OutsideTheBox@youngarts.org. For more information, visit www.youngarts.org.
▪ The BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by its American musical director Keith Lockhart, performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Arsht Center’s John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall in a concert featuring pianist Charlie Albright. Works by British composers Ralph Vaughan Williams (The Wasps overture) and George Butterworth (A Shropshire Lad: Rhapsody for Orchestra) are on the program along with Antonin Dvorak‘s Symphony No. 8 and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
A free pre-concert lecture happens at 7 p.m. in the Knight Concert Hall’s Peacock Foundation Education Center. Tickets to the performance are $50 to $130. The concert hall is at 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. call 305-949-6722 or visit www.arshtcenter.org.
▪ The Miami Music Project Children’s Orchestra will perform alongside the Florida Internatioanl University Symphony Orchestra and FIU Concerto Competition winners at 7:30 p.m. April 17. Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1 is on the bill and will be conducted by Abiram Brizuela. Also conducting different parts of the program are Neil Varon, Darwin Aquino, Isaac Corzo and Jordan Cohen.
The concert will be at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, 10910 SW 17th St., Miami. Tickets are $5-$10. for information, call 305-348-0496 or visit wpac.fiu.edu or www.miamimusicproject.org.
▪ The ongoing Convivencia Miami programming on Miami Beach winds up with a grand finale concert, a concert titled Las tres culturas. Music and dance from three cultures — Jewish, Christian and Muslim — which coexisted in relative harmony in medieval Iberia (now Spain and Portugal), will be presented at 7 p.m. April 18 at St. John’s on the Lake, 4760 Pinetree Dr., Miami Beach.
Featured performers are Joe Zeytoonian, Elias Kilzi, Tony Tahan, Celia and Paco Fonta, Tiffany Hanan and Myriam Eli. Tickets are $15 in advance ($10 for students and seniors at the door). Call 305-613-2325 or visit www.artsatstjohns.com.