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South Florida’s music week includes pianists and a beachside concert

Russian pianist Zlata Chochieva performs twice during the Miami International Piano Festival’s Broward Center concerts.
Russian pianist Zlata Chochieva performs twice during the Miami International Piano Festival’s Broward Center concerts.

The upcoming week in South Florida’s classical music world brings pianists (lots of them), percussionists and an orchestra filling a beach with music. The concerts stretch from Cutler Bay to Fort Lauderdale, so there will be music in the air for everyone.

The Miami International Piano Festival has moved north to Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center for four concerts Sunday through Tuesday, with this year’s programming a tribute to the works of Alexander Scriabin and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Russian pianist Zlata Chochieva will give her solo concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, and fellow Russian Ilya Itin will give his at 7:45 p.m. Sunday. At 7:45 p.m. Monday, Serbian pianist Misha Dacic gives a solo concert. On Tuesday at 7:45 p.m., all three pianists will play on a program titled Jewels for Two Pianos.

Tickets to each concert are priced from $15 to $50. The Broward Center is at 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. For information, visit For tickets, call 954-462-0222 or visit

Bang the Ivories, a concert presented by the Dranoff 2 Piano organization, will feature 1995 Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition winner Maarten van Veen and world-renowned pianist Ralph van Raat along with percussionist Colin Currie and timpanist Benjamin Ramirez. Set for 8 p.m. Saturday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, the concert will feature works for two pianos, a percussion duo and quartet works performed by all four musicians.

On the bill are Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion by Béla Bartók, a new work by David Maric titled Trophic Cascades, Liebliches Lied by Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky, as well as Currie’s performance of Rolf Wallin’s Realismos Magicos for solo marimba. The quartet will be performing a new arrangement by artistic director Erik Ochsner of Gavin Bryars’ Sketch for Sub-Rosa.

The center is at 10950 SW 211th St, Cutler Bay. Tickets are $30 ($45 for VIP seating and a reception, $5 for students). For tickets and more information, call 305-572-9900 or visit

Orchestra Miami is giving a free Beethoven on the Beach concert on March 29. Artistic director Elaine Rinaldi will conduct, and soprano Jouvanca Jean-Baptiste will be featured as guest soloist. On the program are works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Bartók, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Gustav Holst.

The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Park on Sunny Isles Beach, 192nd Street and Collins Avenue. The organization suggests bringing blankets and lawn chairs, and there’s free on site parking. For more information, call 305-274-2103 or visit