Articles by Gregory Stepanich

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    Symphony of Americas plans summer concerts

    June 27, 2012 by Gregory Stepanich

    Symphony of Americas plans summer concerts
    The Symphony of the Americas, at a Summerfest concert in Rome. After the excitement of the Fourth fades next week, another venerable South Florida artistic institution steps up to provide some music for the summer. This is the Symphony of the Americas, based in Fort Lauderdale,...
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    Brother-sister team offers new violin sonata

    January 10, 2014 by Gregory Stepanich

    Brother-sister team offers new violin sonata
    Suliman and Jamila Tekalli. The Tekalli Duo, a brother-and-sister violin-and-piano partnership from Winter Park, Fla. have been playing music together since they were children, and while there were the inevitable sibling tensions, today they are busily building a career. “There were pencils flying at some point,”...
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    'Fun' children's opera has a serious message

    February 5, 2014 by Gregory Stepanich

    'Fun' children's opera has a serious message
    The Blue Mice get ready to stir up some trouble. In his tale of the star-bellied sneetches, Dr. Seuss made a compelling and lasting case against racism and discrimination, and made it fun to read and look at all the while. The arts are ideal for...
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    New classical music group plans September festival

    July 11, 2012 by Gregory Stepanich

    New classical music group plans September festival
    Adolfo Vidal, founder of South Florida Friends of Classical Music. Scratch the surface of the South Florida classical music community and you can find any number of people who want to establish arts institutions with regularly occurring features: a chamber music series, orchestral concerts, pocket operas,...
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    Ahn Trio brings sister power to new music

    July 18, 2012 by Gregory Stepanich

    Ahn Trio brings sister power to new music
    The Ahn Trio, from left: Maria, Angella and Lucia. It isn’t every arts group that specializes in new music, particularly when it’s a piano trio, a tried-and-true staple of the world of chamber music. But the Ahn Trio sees things a little differently. “We started out...
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    Organ recital celebrates London Olympics

    July 25, 2012 by Gregory Stepanich

    Organ recital celebrates London Olympics
    Monica Bonvicini's 'Run' sculpture, in London's Olympic Park. (Photo from the official site) Here at my little house on the Rio Blog, I always enjoy hearing from familiar Miami musical voices. And this weekend, because everyone’s attention will be focused the opening Friday of the London...
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    Looking ahead to Festival Miami: Maria Schneider and Dawn Upshaw

    July 16, 2014 by Gregory Stepanich

    Looking ahead to Festival Miami: Maria Schneider and Dawn Upshaw
    Dawn Upshaw (left) and Maria Schneider. For more than three decades, the folks at the University of Miami have opened the South Florida musical season in expansive style with Festival Miami, presenting a month’s worth of concerts that start in October and last through early November....
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    Does South Florida Need Its Own Full-Size Orchestra?

    September 30, 2009 by Gregory Stepanich

    Does South Florida Need Its Own Full-Size Orchestra?
    The Orchestra at the Opera House (1870), by Edgar Degas. The return of James Judd to area concert stages, which will occur in early December when the former Florida Philharmonic conductor leads three performances (one of them at Miami's Trinity Cathedral) of Handel's Messiah with the Master Chorale of South...
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    Black, Jewish cultural links explored in Guava Rugelach recital

    August 31, 2012 by Gregory Stepanich

    Black, Jewish cultural links explored in Guava Rugelach recital
    Singer Lloyd Reshard. Growing up in the Florida-panhandle town of Niceville, Lloyd Reshard remembers hearing the spirit really move the older members of his Southern Baptist congregation. “They would just be completely a cappella, and they would be these long, drawn-out things. They would sing 'Guide...
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    Adams concerto brings saxophone into the concert hall

    December 3, 2014 by Gregory Stepanich

    Adams concerto brings saxophone into the concert hall
    John Adams. Photo by Margaretta Mitchell It’s Art Basel week, and amid all the interest from the outside world, as well as the tremendous amount of art by creators from outside the country, there are a number of local shows in which Miami and South Florida...
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    Latin folk, Baroque style mix in unique fashion

    December 10, 2014 by Gregory Stepanich

    Latin folk, Baroque style mix in unique fashion
    Rumbarocco. This week, we go back to the Baroque for two events: Runmarocco and Messiah. Rumbarocco What do you think of when you hear a musical ensemble described as “Latin-Baroque fusion”? If it takes a while to get a sound picture in your head, then you...
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    Seraphic Fire Sets Cozy Concerts for Christmas

    December 9, 2009 by Gregory Stepanich

    Seraphic Fire Sets Cozy Concerts for Christmas
    Since 1918, when the dean of King’s College in Cambridge, England, put together a “lesson” of carols for Christmastime, the idea of a special music service for the big holiday has established itself all over the English-speaking world. Although it’s done holiday-themed programs in the past, this week the Seraphic...
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    Adams concert also a Carter memorial

    November 29, 2012 by Gregory Stepanich

    Adams concert also a Carter memorial
    Elliott Carter (1908-2012). On Saturday, the American composer John Adams returns to the New World Center for a concert featuring the St. Lawrence String Quartet and the New World Symphony in one of his new works, Absolute Jest, and one of his established pieces, Slonimsky’s Earbox....
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    Viennese New Year's Concert Is Nice, but How About One South Florida-Style?

    December 30, 2009 by Gregory Stepanich

    Viennese New Year's Concert Is Nice, but How About One South Florida-Style?
    Except for the closing credits of It's a Wonderful Life, you don't hear the old drinking song Auld Lang Syne much anymore, even at New Year's. Most of the national televised celebrations drown it out, but there was a time when people really knew this song, understood its message of...
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    Fleming to Do Master Class at UM

    February 10, 2010 by Gregory Stepanich

    Fleming to Do Master Class at UM
    Renée Fleming. The soprano Renée Fleming doesn't have a lot of local performances on her list this season, but in tandem with her appearance at a Boca Raton winter festival she'll be doing a master class at the University of Miami. Her appearance is set for 2 p.m. Friday, March...