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By David Fleshler

Stéphane Denève will conduct the New World Symphony this weekend in music of Honegger, Prokofiev and Mendelssohn.

One of the world’s rising young conductors will return to South Florida this weekend to lead two concerts by the New World Symphony.

Stéphane Denève, chief conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, will lead the Miami Beach ensemble in Arthur Honegger’s Symphony No. 3, a harrowing work composed at the end of World War II, subtitled Symphonie Liturgique for its invocation of texts from the Latin mass.

Denève, 40, one of several conductors mentioned as a contender to succeed James Levine at the Boston Symphony, has also programmed his own arrangement of selections from Prokofiev’s ballet Cinderella. Although the composer himself arranged three concert suites from the ballet, Denève assembled his own to emphasize its most romantic and dramatic moments.

Along with these works will be one of the most popular pieces in the repertoire, the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. performed by the French violinist Renaud Capuçon.

The performances will take place 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at New World Center in Miami Beach. For tickets go to or call 800-597-3331.

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