Performing Arts

End-of-season concerts pack South Florida’s music calendar

The students in the Children’s Orchestra of the Miami Music Project will give two season finale concerts at Florida International University on May 30.
The students in the Children’s Orchestra of the Miami Music Project will give two season finale concerts at Florida International University on May 30. Miami Music Project

South Florida music lovers will have lots of options on May 30, including a family opera, concerts by the Miami Children’s Chorus and Miami Music Project, a classical concert at Barry University and Miami Lyric Opera’s fundraising gala. Here’s the rundown.

▪ Noye’s Fludde (Noah’s Flood) is a family opera by Benjamin Britten that tells the story of Noah’s ark in under an hour. Featuring bass-baritone Lloyd Reshard Jr. as Noye and soprano Jouvanca Jean-Baptiste in the comic role of his wife, the Orchestra Miami opera presentation will showcase the talents of students from Orchestra Miami’s Liberty City Sings Performance Project, the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, the South Florida Youth Symphony and the Sunrise School of Miami Orchestra. Orchestra Miami artistic director Elaine Rinaldi will conduct, and Michael Yawney is the stage director.

The performance is at 7 p.m. May 30 at Miami Northwestern Senior High, 1100 NW 71st St., Miami (a free 4 p.m. performance for Liberty City residents will also be held that day). Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors in advance; $25 and $20 at the door. For information, call 305-274-2103 or visit www.orchestramiami.org.

▪ Miami Children’s Chorus will perform its final season concert, “Cantare: A Voice with a Future,” at 7 p.m. May 30 at the New World Center on Miami Beach. Included on the program is the world premire of The Sounds of a New Generation by Jim Papoulis, the third piece he has written for the choir. A contemporary setting of Ave Maria by Lázló Halmos is also part of the program. Soprano Carolina Castells and mezzo-soprano Charmyn Kirton will be the concert’s soloists.

Admission is $25 ($10 for students and seniors). The New World Center is at 500 17th St., Miami Beach. For information, call 305-662-7494 or visit www.miamichildrenschorus.org.

▪ The Miami Music Project’s Children’s Orchestra will give a pair of season finale concerts May 30 at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert Hall at Florida International University, 10910 SW 17th St., Miami. Beginning-level ensembles will perform from 1 to 3 p.m., with intermediate and advanced ensembles playing from 7 to 9 p.m.

The event will also feature the 2015 Children’s Choice Awards, giving honors to those with the highest achievement in their curriculum, and the debut of an adult choir called Parent Voices. Admission is by donation, with $5 suggested. For information, call 786-422-5221 or visit www.miamimusicproject.org.

▪ The Amernet String Quartet and pianist Paul Posnak will perform Schumann’s Quintet for Piano and Strings in E-Flat, Op. 44, and Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 40, at the Saint Martha-Yamaha Summer Starburst Series concert at 7:30 p.m. May 30 at Barry University. Also on the program are cellist Esther Chae and pianist James Leng, young musicians chosen by the older artists.

The concert is at the Broad Center for the Performing Arts, 11300 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. Tickets are $10 and $20, but children under 18 get in free with an accompanying adult. For information, call 800-595-4849 or visit www.saintmartha.tix.com.

▪ The Miami Lyric Opera is holding its annual Opera Gala fundraising concert at 8 p.m. May 30 at Miami Beach’s Colony Theatre. Performing are baritone Nelson Martinez, soprano Nathalie Avila, tenor Jorge Pita Carreras, mezzo-soprano Lissette Jimenez, baritone Daniel Snodgrass, baritone Armando Naranjo, tenor Lievens Castillo, soprano Joy Berta and bass-baritone Gibson Dorcé. Leo Walz and Jeffrey Eckstein will conduct.

Tickets are $37, and the gala is aimed at raising money for production expenses. The next Miami Lyric Opera offering will be Rigoletto July 11-12 at the Colony, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. For information, call 305-674-1040 or visit www.colonytheatremiamibeach.com.

Christine Dolen

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