Performing Arts

16 pianists to perform in a pair of South Florida concerts

Christopher O’Riley joins André Mehmari for the world premiere of Mehmari’s ‘Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra’ with the Miami Symphony Orchestra.
Christopher O’Riley joins André Mehmari for the world premiere of Mehmari’s ‘Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra’ with the Miami Symphony Orchestra.

Two concerts, one by the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the other by Miami Piano Circle, will bring 16 pianists to South Florida stages in less than a week, while the Miami Chamber Music Society’s ongoing Mainly Mozart Festival presents a quintet of string players at the Biltmore Hotel.

▪ ▪ The Miami Symphony Orchestra has put together a piano extravaganza to close out its 26th season. Conductor Eduardo Marturet will lead the orchestra and six pianists — Israeli pianist Elisha Abas, NPR From the Top host Christopher O’Riley, Brazilian pianist-composer André Mehmari, Ukranian-American pianist Marina Radiushina, and New World School of the Arts professors Roberto Berrocal and Ciro Fodere — in a program that will include Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto in D-flat Major, Op. 38; the world premiere of Mehmari’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra; and Mozart’s Concerto No. 7 in F Major for Three Pianos and Orchestra.

All six pianists and the orchestra will perform Liszt’s massive Hexameron for Six Pianos and Orchestra. The concert is at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Arsht Center’s John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets are $38-$154 . Call 305-275-5666 or visit www.themiso.org.

▪ Miami Piano Circle brings together 10 pianists for American Grands, a program of works by John Philip Sousa, Scott Joplin, Charles Ives and others, at 8 p.m. May 9 at the New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach. Tickets are $30. Call 305-673-3331 or visit www.newworldcenter.com.

▪ The Miami Chamber Music Society’s 22nd Mainly Mozart Festival continues at 4 p.m. Sunday with a concert dubbed Songful Strings. Violists Chauncey Patterson and Felicia Besan, violinists Delcho Tenev and Erin David, and cellist Akmal Irmatov will perform works by Haydn, Tchiakovsky and Mendelssohn in the Granada Ballroom at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. For information, call 786-556-1715 or visit www.mainlymozart.com.

Christine Dolen

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