The Broward Center for the Performing Arts has turned to conductor James Judd, former music director of the Florida Philharmonic and artistic director of the Miami Music Project, to curate its 2014-2015 Broward Center Classical Series, an eclectic seven-concert lineup.
Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell kicks off the series Nov. 1 in a recital with pianist Alessio Bax. Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell will sing with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, John Morris Russell conducting, in a holiday concert Dec. 8. James Bass will conduct the singers of South Florida’s own Seraphic Fire in a presentation of Handel’s Messiah Dec. 19.
The series continues Jan. 16 with a recital by pianist Jonathan Biss, who will perform music by Berg, Schumann, Schoenberg and Beethoven. Keith Lockhart will conduct the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra in a concert mixing classics, show tunes, movie music and more Feb. 9. Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman performs March 23 in a chamber music recital with pianist Rohan de Silva. The Australian Chamber Orchestra, featuring clarinetist Martin Fröst, winds up the series on April 22.
All concerts begin at 8 p.m., and subscription prices range from $296.25 to $472.50. Subscriptions go on sale May 22, individual tickets June 30. The Broward Center is at 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-462-0222 or visit www.browardcenter.org for information.
Dough for ‘Good Bread’
Playwright April Yvette Thompson turned her experiences growing up in Miami into a hit solo show, Liberty City, which she performed at the New York Theatre Workshop, Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and other theaters around the country.
Now Thompson has turned to KickStarter to raise money for Good Bread Alley, the second play in a Miami trilogy. The actress-author describes the new work as “an epic period play with Afro-Cuban and Gullah music, dance and myth, exploring the most fundamental truths about a mother’s love and the struggle to become better than what was promised.” The piece is set just before the Great Hurricane of 1926, focusing on the experiences of her great-grandmother Celia.
Thompson’s KickStarter goal is $100,000 to fund three developmental workshops of the play. The all-or-nothing campaign deadline is May 5. Visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/749318998/good-bread-alley for details.
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Storyteller Christal H. Walker will share the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection when she performs Love Equals an Empty Tomb, a piece with narrative, music and dance. The performances are at 7 p.m. Friday at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 816 NW First Ave., Hallandale Beach, and 7 p.m. April 20 at the Byron Carlyle Theater, 500 71st St., Miami Beach. Tickets are $25 to $35. Call 954-454-0245 for information on the Hallandale performance, 305-397-8977 for Miami Beach information or visit www.bibleoutloudministries.org.
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