Critic’s Choice

By David Fleshler

Stephane Deneve. Photo; Stu Rosner

Stéphane Denève. Photo: Stu Rosner

Stéphane Denève has conducted some of the best recent concerts in South Florida.

As principal guest conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, he led performances that made South Florida Classical Review’s Top Ten list for both 2016 and 2017. And the French conductor has been among the most impressive of podium guests to lead the New World Symphony, drawing outstanding playing from that ensemble.

Denève, incoming music director of the St. Louis Symphony, returns to South Florida this week to conduct New World in concerts of French and Italian works. Appearing as soloist will be the cellist Johannes Moser, performing Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1.

The program also includes Respighi’s Pines of Rome, Berlioz’s Overture to Benvenuto Cellini (led by New World conducting fellow Dean Whiteside), and the United States premiere of E chiaro nella valle il fiume appare (And the River Sparkles Brightly in the Valley), a 2015 work by French composer Guillaume Connesson.

Concerts will take place 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at New World Center in Miami Beach. nws.edu; 305-673-3331

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