Performing Arts

April 13, 2014

Bell, Mitchell, Perlman featured in Broward concert series

April Yvette Thompson is raising funds for the second play in a Miami trilogy.

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 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 for details.

Opera on campus

• Guest artist Tony Dillon sings the title role when Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera Don Pasquale gets its final performance at 3 p.m. Sunday. Staged by New York City Opera’s Albert Sherman and performed by the New World School of the Arts Opera Theater Ensemble, the opera features accompaniment by the NWSA Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alfred Gershfeld. The performance is at the William and Joan Lehman Theatre on Miami Dade College’s North Campus, 11380 NW 27th Ave., Miami. Tickets are $10 (students and seniors pay $5). Visit for details.
• The Opera/Musical Theatre Ensemble at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus will present two performances of The Mikado by W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Catch the comic opera in Room 1261 of Building 1 on the campus at 300 NE Second Ave., Miami. Tickets are $15 ($5 for students and faculty). Call 305-237-3201 or visit

Easter story

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

Visual arts

• The Bass Museum of Art celebrates its 50th anniversary with Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by renowned Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui. Monumental metal wall and floor sculptures comprise his first solo show to tour the United States and are widely considered to represent the apex of his career. The exhibit is on display through Aug. 10 at the Bass, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Call 305-673-7530 or visit
• Miami artist Bhakti Baxter’s solo exhibition exploring geometric principles with concrete sculptures and ink-on-Mylar drawings is on view at Gallery Diet, 174 NW 23rd St., Wynwood, through May 10. Call 305-571-2288 or visit
• Cuban-born photographer Ramiro A. Fernandez shares more than 250 vintage images of life in Cuba from his personal collection in Cuba Then. The book features photos of Fidel Castro as a school boy, a bare-chested Che Guevara, an early image of former president Fulgencio Batista, as well as photographs of Josephine Baker and Ernest Hemingway. The foreword and poems are by award-winning, Miami-raised author Richard Blanco. The $40 book is available Tuesday 15 via
• ArtCenter/South Florida kicks off its 30th anniversary with pARTy, from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Richard Shack Gallery, 800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Artwork by 34 resident artists will be raffled off for $20 a ticket. General admission is $30, and the $100 VIP Access Pass admits two guests and includes five raffle tickets. A silent auction, food, drinks and live music are part of the celebration. The fundraiser is the first of a series of events culminating in a retrospective curated by artist and ArtCenter alumnus Edouard Duval-Carrie in the fall. Call 305-674-8278 or visit
• Artist Virginia Overton’s first solo exhibition at an American museum opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Thursday with a large-scale, site-specific installation incorporating found materials. An opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. for Overton’s Flat Rock includes the opening of A Fantastic Journey, a concurrent show by Wangechi Mutu. The popular Kenya-born, New York-based artist who addresses feminism with large, colorful images will be in conversation with exhibition curator Trevor Schoonmaker of the Nasher Museum. Admission is free for members, $10 for nonmembers, and an RSVP is required. The museum is at 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. Call 305-893-6211 or visit
• The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables is showcasing 12 large-scale sculptural works by Michael Aram as part of his 25th anniversary traveling exhibit. The works are on view through April 26 at the Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave. Call 855-311-6903 or visit
• The annual poetry festival O, Miami presents Anonymous Letters, a project by Miami artist Christina Pettersson aimed at reviving the beauty of sharing lines of poetry by hand. From Friday through June 20, visitors to her current exhibit at Primary Projects can choose a poem from a book, copy it onto stationary and mail it to an unknown person in Miami. The experience is open to the public during gallery hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Primary Projects is at 151 NE Seventh St., Miami. Call 786-615-9308 or visit

Christine Dolen 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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