Festival Miami opens music season tonight

By Lawrence A. Johnson

This weekend marks the start of South Florida’s music season proper, with two competing events Thursday night: the debut of the Firebird Chamber Orchestra and the opening of Festival Miami. Patrick Dupre Quigley leads his new chamber ensemble in string music of Vivaldi, Telemann, Barber and David Diamond Thursday Friday and Sunday evenings at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. For more info and ticket details, scroll down.

Across Biscayne Boulevard at the same time, Festival Miami kicks off at the Knight Concert Hall with a salute to American composer John Corigliano, including the local premiere of his third symphony, Circus Maximus, and the Red Violin Concerto with soloist Jennifer Koh.

Thursday’s Corigliano event will open the festival’s “Great Performances” week, which will continue at Gusman Concert Hall on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus. On Friday night the African-American Ritz Chamber Players will perform music of Dvorak and George Walker; pianist and outgoing Frost School teacher Ivan Davis will be saluted Saturday evening; Sunday afternoon will offer a Faculty Composers Concert, and pianist Ning An performs Chopin Sunday evening.

Most striking is Monday night’s concert, copresented with Friends of Chamber Music of Miami. The Brahms and Schumann piano quintets will be performed by an all-star lineup featuring violinists Cho-Liang Lin and Adele Anthony, violist Roberto Diaz, cellist William De Rosa and pianist Joseph Kalichstein. Call 305-284-4940 or log on to http://www.festivalmiami.com/

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