Patrick Quigley can usually be counted on to take the route less traveled in choral programming. For the opening of Seraphic Fire's 13th season, the choir's director has conceived a concert of rarely heard American choral music. Quigley's own arrangement of the traditional hymn How Can I Keep from Singing? provided both the program's opening and its title.
The orchestra was seated in late 19th-century fashion with violins divided and seven double basses on the left -- bringing greater clarity to instrumental textures with the underpinning of the lower string lines strikingly present.
The overall picture may seem a bit disjointed and fuzzy, but the world premiere of The Cuban Spring at New Theatre incisively depicts the complexities of Cuban-American families in modern Miami as their American-born generation conflicts with parents struggling with ghosts of their birthplace.
Every couple of years, Actors’ Playhouse — home of the mainstream musical — mounts an edgy modern work that nourishes the creative soul of artistic director David Arisco and the theater’s more adventurous patrons.
A glittering crowd enjoyed the New World Symphony’s season opener Saturday night as Michael Tilson Thomas presented a program of “rare delights.” Congenial works by towering 20th-century masters Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg drew on music nearly two centuries past, and the evening’s truly forward-looking work was American composer George Antheil’s practically unknown Jazz Symphony.
Miami-raised theater artist Teo Castellanos’ new solo show “Third Trinity” tells the fraught tale of Castellanos and his two brothers — a Puerto Rican nationalist and a drug dealer — in violent ’80s Miami.
The fifth annual TEMFest, a Spanish-language theater festival, will open on Wednesday with a tribute to three local actors, followed by the opening on Thursday of Lo que el circo se llevó (Gone With the Circus), the first of six plays to be presented over the 18 days of the festival.
A respectable crowd enjoyed exceptional performances Sunday at the New World Symphony’s first chamber music concert of the 2014-15 season. The sun-dappled stage lighting accented with aqua mirrored the late-summer afternoon outside, complementing the program’s sunny music.