Performing Arts

Miami International Piano Fest sets three series

Russian pianist Zlata Chochieva will perform at the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater in March as part of the Miami International Piano Festival’s Master Series.
Russian pianist Zlata Chochieva will perform at the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater in March as part of the Miami International Piano Festival’s Master Series. Alena Berezina

The Miami International Piano Festival has announced three different series for 2014-2015 at venues in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, plus a pair of special free concerts at the Anne Kolb Nature Center in Hollywood on Oct. 26 and Feb.15.

First is the Four Classical Sundays at Five program at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura. The series begins at 5 p.m. Nov. 23 with French pianist David Kadouch, followed by England’s Nick van Bloss Jan. 18, Russia’s Nikolay Khozyainov Feb. 22 and Italy’s Vincenzo Maltempo April 12. Tickets are $30 each (half off for students); 305-466-8002 or

The Master Series in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 205 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, is a tribute to the music of Scriabin, Chopin and Rachmaninoff. Russian pianist Zlata Chochieva performs at 3 p.m. March 22, followed by fellow Russian pianist Ilya Itin at 7:45 p.m. Serbian pianist Misha Dacic will play March 23, and all three will perform March 24. Tickets are $15-$50 (half off for students); 954-462-0222 or

The Discovery Series runs May 14-17 at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. It begins May 14 with a concert by Chinese pianist Rachel Cheung. Romanian pianist Raluca Stitrbat performs May 15. American pianist and cellist Sarina Zhang and Russian pianist Leonid Egorov will give separate concerts May 16. The series closes May 17 with opera singers from the Manny Perez studio performing alongside Francesco Libetta, Kemel Gekic and Egorov. Tickets are $15-$50 (half off for students); 305-434-7091 or

For more information on the Miami International Piano Festival and its programming, visit


The theater and music lineups for 2014-2015 from Miami’s New World School of the Arts will both get underway Oct. 10. Tom Stoppard’s challenging play Rock ’n’ Roll kicks off the theater season Oct. 10-19 in the school’s Louise O. Gerrits Theater on the eighth floor at New World, 25 NE Second St. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, and tickets are $12 (students and seniors $5). New World’s high school choir concert is at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at First Presbyterian Church of Miami, 609 Brickell Ave. Admission is $10 (students and seniors $5).

Also coming up in theater this season is a production of The Adding Machine by Elmer Rice Dec. 5-6, Aristophanes The Birds Dec. 5-7, Fiddler on the Roof Dec. 5-14, the One Festival Dec. 18-19 and Jan. 8-9, A Little Night Music Feb. 20-22, William Shakespeare‘s Macbeth April 8-12, the New Playwrights’ Festival April 17-18 and Thornton Wilder‘s The Skin of Our Teeth May 14-18.

The concert calendar features the high school jazz ensemble with guest vocalist Lenard Rutledge Oct. 19; high school instrumental ensembles Oct. 28 and May 21; the Opera Theatre Ensemble Nov. 20; college chamber music and piano recitals Dec. 2 and April 6; performances by the high school choir Dec. 5, Feb. 24 and May 19; college composition concerts Dec. 9, Dec. 15 and April 9; high school jazz combos Dec. 11; the music faculty recital Jan. 13; the high school wind ensemble Jan. 29; the New World School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra Feb. 11, and an opera production March 7-8.

New World’s annual Rising Stars performance is set for 7:30 p.m. March 19 at the Olympia Theater at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami. Tickets to that artistically varied evening are $20-$50. For details on times, venues and ticket prices to New World performances, visit


The Sphinx Virtuosi, an 18-member chamber orchestra made up of black and Latino classical soloists, begins its seventh annual tour at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the New World Center on Miami Beach. The theme of this year’s concert is Americana, with all the musical influences and diversity that embraces. On the program are works by Aaron Copland, Gabriela Frank, Mark O’Connor and others. The Catalyst Quartet will also perform.

Tickets to the concert are free. The New World Center is located at 500 17th St., Miami Beach. 305-673-3331, or


▪ Miami-based graffiti artist Jona Cerwinske, who frequently leaves his mark in Wynwood with edgy murals and is renowned for drawing elaborate designs on a Lamborghini with a Sharpie, was commissioned to paint the walls of the Dragon Lounge atop Katsuya at the SLS South Beach, 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Cerwinske’s work will be on view through March1; dinner reservations required; 305-455-2995 or

▪ The Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., announced a gift of six works of art by American women, including Pat Stier, Marilyn Minter, Jenny Holzer and Maya Lin, from JPMorgan Chase at the museum’s seventh annual corporate luncheon last week.

▪ The Kelley Roy Gallery has moved to a new location in Wynwood, 152 NW 24th St., Miami, and is featuring works by painters Heriberto Mora and Timothy J. Sanchez. The exhibition, From Dusk Till Dawn, is on view through Nov. 6; 305-447-3888 or visit

▪ The art fair Untitled announced a new partnership with Curiator, a digital platform for users to discover, collect and share art, which will allow VIP guests to access its pavilion on the sands of Miami Beach two weeks before the fair opens for Art Basel. To register, visit

▪ Mercantil Commercebank, in partnership with Zoo Miami and the Zoological Society of Florida, has launched the 2014 Zoolens Photography Project, a month-long contest encouraging middle school students from Miami-Dade County to visit Zoo Miami, photograph their favorite animal and enter the photo for a chance to win prizes. The 2014 project runs Oct. 1-31, and students must submit an original, artistic photograph of a Zoo Miami animal before Nov.1. Submissions can be made through a school or at any Mercantil Commercebank branch. More guidelines are available at

Christine Dolen and Galena Mosovich contributed to this report. Send news to (theater), (dance, pop and Latin music), (visual arts) or (jazz, classical music).