Season of the Arts

Zubin Mehta makes his final Miami tour — and other performances you want to hear

Zubin Mehta will lead the Israel Philharmonic when it plays on Feb. 6, 2019, at the Arsht Center during his farewell tour. The famed conductor is stepping down.
Zubin Mehta will lead the Israel Philharmonic when it plays on Feb. 6, 2019, at the Arsht Center during his farewell tour. The famed conductor is stepping down. Skai Skiff

Nu Deco Ensemble Season Opener: Oct. 11-13 at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, Wynwood; www.nu-deco.org.

The innovative Miami-born ensemble fuses classical and contemporary (often pop) music to come up with a unique sound. Their first concert of the 2018-2019 season includes Leonard Bernstein’s “On The Town”; a Duke Ellington interpretation by co-founder Sam Hyken called “Caravan”; and an original Hyken composition, “Curtis Mayfield Symphonic Suite.”

Miami Symphony Orchestra: Grand Season Opening: Oct. 14 at the Knight Concert Hall, Arsht Center for the Performing Arts; www.arsht.org.

This first night unveils a MISO commission world premiere, “Orbits.” Also on the program are Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F Major and Gustav Holst’s powerful “The Planets” suite, composed during World War I.

Seraphic Fire with American Brass Quartet: Oct. 21 at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center; www.smdcac.org

Miami’s much-vaunted choir teams up with a top-rated brass quartet to explore the centuries-old Spanish musical tradition that celebrates the famed Galician pilgrimage the Camino de Santiago. The evening also features a world premiere of “O, Antiphons” by Australian-Canadian composer Julian Revie.

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Nu Deco Ensemble opens its 2019 season Oct. 11 at the Lightbox at Goldman Warehouse. Jason Koerner Nu Deco Ensemble at the Lightbox

Miami International Piano Festival: various dates, at Aventura Arts & Culture Center; www.aventuracenter.org.

Festival favorite Francesco Libetta returns on Nov. 18 with a wide variety of offerings that include Moskowski’s “Danzas Espanolas”; Schubert’s “Wanderer”; and Liszt’s “Rapsodia Espagnol.” Another highlight will be the young Julien Libeer, who will play Respighi’s “Three Preludes on Gregorian Songs” and play selections from the preludes of the great Alexander Scriabin on Jan. 28.

The Cleveland Orchestra: Jan 25 at the Knight Concert Hall, Arsht Center for the Performing Arts; www.arshtcenter.org.

Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, also known as The Resurrection Symphony, was one of the 19th century Austro-Bohemian’s most successful and expansive, works. Only a superb orchestra like the Cleveland and its classy conductor Franz Welser-Möst can do it justice. With guest soprano Joelle Harvey and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke.

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: Feb. 6 at the Knight Concert Hall, Arsht Center for the Performing Arts; www.arshtcenter.org.

Zubin Mehta is stepping down as musical director of one of the world’s most revered institutions, which is why this is being labeled as the Mehta Farewell Tour. The program includes symphonies from Schubert and Bruckner.

Osmo Vänskä conducts the New World Symphony: March 9 at New World Center; www.nws.edu.

The Finnish-born and trained Vänskä — now the conductor of the critically acclaimed Minnesota Orchestra — visits Miami with guest pianist Inon Barnatan to perform Saariaho’s “Winter Sky” and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 (also known as the Scottish Symphony).

Florida Grand Opera, March 21-24 at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium; www.fgo.org.

Composer Robert Xavier Rodriguez gives the operatic treatment to Mexican artistic icon Frida Kahlo in “Frida.” With Catalina Cuervo in the role of Frida, Ricardo Herrera as Diego Rivera and Dominick Carbacio as Leon Trotsky. Lyrics sung in both English and Spanish (with screen translations).

Frost Music Live! April 26 at the University of Miami Concert Hall; frost-music-live.miami.edu.

This massive music festival begins in September and runs through April, with almost 110 concerts incorporating pop, jazz and classical music. The culminating highlight will be guest conductor Larry Rachleff leading the Frost Symphony Orchestra in a world premiere by James Stephenson; the evening includes Eastern European classics from Bela Bartók and Antonin Dvořák.

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New World Symphony Season Finale: April 26-27 at The World Center; www.nws.edu.

Michael Tilson Thomas takes the baton to conduct an exciting finishing lineup, including a yet-to-be announced new commissioned work plus Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 5 and Berlioz’s “Symphony Fantastique.” Special guest: Yuja Wang on the piano.

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