Performing Arts

Holiday concerts bring sounds of the season to the region

Elaine Rinaldi will conduct Orchestra Miami in a holiday pops concert at Pinecrest Gardens.
Elaine Rinaldi will conduct Orchestra Miami in a holiday pops concert at Pinecrest Gardens. Ada Stevens

Coming up on the South Florida music scene are several holiday concerts, a zarzuela master class and performance, a chamber concert and a celebration (with music and theater) at Centro Cultural Español.


▪ Orchestra Miami will play a holiday pops concert mixing Christmas classics, Hanukkah songs, a singalong and more at 8 p.m. Dec. 19 at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Miami. Elaine Rinaldi will conduct, and baritone Enrique Estrada will be the special guest. Admission is $25 ($20 seniors, $10 for kids 17 and younger). Call 305-274-2103 or visit

▪ The Greater Miami Symphony Band performs a pair of holiday concerts featuring Christmas and Hanukkah songs, with Gary Green and Robert Longfield conducting. The first is at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Banyan Bowl, 11000 Red. Rd., Pinecrest. The second, which also features the Bells of St. Andrews handbell choir, is at 8 p.m. Dec. 15 at the University of Miami’s Gusman Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. Tickets are $15 ($5 for students and children over 5). Call 305-273-7687 or visit

▪ The University of Miami’s Collegium Musicum and the Miami Bach Society Chamber Players will present an English musical Christmas celebration at 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 14260 Old Cutler Rd. in Palmetto Bay. They’ll play an encore at 8 p.m. Dec. 19 at Riviera Presbyterian Church, 5275 Sunset Dr., Coral Gables. Tickets are $20 ($30 for preferred seating; $5 for college students, free for students 18 and younger). For information, call 305-669-1376 or visit


Renowned Spanish zarzuela coach, composer and pianist Borja Mariño is coming to Miami to teach master classes to singers exploring the operetta-meets-Broadway art form. Viva la zarzuela begins Dec. 16-17 at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center on Florida International University’s main campus. Mariño will then accompany the singers in a Dec. 18 concert paying tribute to Pily de la Rosa, the Cuba-born founder of Miami’s Sociedad Pro-Arte Grateli. The three-day program, all open to the public, is a collaboration between Opera Fusion of West Palm Beach and the FIU School of Music.

The master classes are from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 16-17, with tickets priced at $10. The performance is at 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Wertheim, 10910 SW 17th St., Miami. Tickets are $38. For information, call 305-348-0496 or visit


Miami’s Friends of Chamber Music continues its 60th anniversary season at 8 p.m. Dec. 15 with a concert featuring the Brentano String Quartet and violinist Roberto Diaz. Works by Mendelssohn and Britten are on the program.

The concert is at the Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables. Tickets are $35, available by calling 305-372-2975 or visiting


Centro Cultural Español is throwing an end-of-season party at 8 p.m. Dec. 17, with a concert by the Miami-based Cuban group Timbalive and short plays from MicroTheater Miami’s popular Rum and Coke program. The party happens at 1490 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, and admission is free. For information, call 305-448-9677 or visit