From the Big Easy to the Russian Steppes

By Lawrence A. Johnson

An extraordinarily varied lineup of music is in the offing this weekend, with several noteworthy events.

 Born on the Bayou 

 Patrick Quigley and Seraphic Fire will take audiences on a populist trip to New Orleans, Quigley’s hometown, for a recreation of a New Orleans funeral. The eclectic program will incorporate jazz standards, traditional hymns, Cajun ballads and soul, with the conductor’s father, attorney and activist Bill Quigley, as guest narrator.

7:30 p.m. Friday

First United Methodist Church

536 Coral Way

Coral Gables


8 p.m. Saturday

Miami Beach Community Church

1620 Drexel Avenue (on Lincoln Road).                          


4 p.m. Sunday

All Saints Episcopal Church

333 Tarpon Drive

Fort Lauderdale

 Tickets are $30. 305-476-0260;


 Classical for two-and-a-half bucks

 The New World Symphony is instituting a novel program of bite-sized musical morsels for a price of just $2.50.

 This Saturday the New World will offer short works spaced an hour apart, any of which concertgoers can select for the token admission. The idea is to entice Lincoln Road pedestrians on their way to dinner, a club, or shopping to sample a short classical work with the hope of luring them back for a full-length evening concert.

 The lineup is:

 7:30 p.m.  Copland’s Music for the Theatre, conducted by Edward Abrams

 8:30 p.m. Ibert’s Three Short Pieces and Barber’s Summer Music

 9:30 p.m. Ravel’s String Quartet.

     In its more traditional guise, the New World presents its first chamber music event of the year 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Carter Brey, New York Philharmonic principal cellist, joins New World fellows in Schubert’s String Quintet. The program also includes Schumann’s Andante and Variations and Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. Admission is $12.

 Both events take place at the Lincoln Theatre, 541 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.  Tickets are available online at,  by calling 305-673-3331 or at the Lincoln Theatre box office.


The Russian (Steel) Steppes

 Valery Gergiev and the mighty Kirov Orchestra come to South Florida for four concerts over the tri-county area next week.

 Monday night at 8 p.m. the Russian conductor will lead his musicians in an all-Prokofiev program at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale, featuring suites from the ballets Cinderella, Chout and The Steel Step. Pianist Alexei Volodin will be the soloist in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 4.  The program will be repeated 8 p.m. Thursday Nov. 6 in Miami at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Call the Concert Association of Florida at 305-808-7446 (x301) or go online to

 In between those dates, Gergiev and the Kirov will perform two concerts at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Tuesday at 2 p.m. they will offer Act 1 of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Volodin will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4.  At 8 p.m. Thursday they will largely repeat the same all-Prokofiev program heard in Broward and Miami with the strange exception of  Mendelssohn’s Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream replacing The Steel Step.  Call Kravis at 561-832-7469 or go online to

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