Corigliano to be composer in residence for SoBe Arts’ American music festival

By Lawrence Budmen

John Corigliano

The ambitious SoBe Arts musical campus in Miami Beach has scored a major coup by nabbing Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Corigliano as composer-in-residence of its American Masterworks String Festival December 5-10.

The festival is the brainchild of Carson Kievman, founder and director of Sobe Arts. “The passion, artistry and distinctive sound of these internationally acclaimed musicians playing vibrant American repertoire will be a once in a lifetime experience for South Florida audiences,” said Kievman said in a released statement.

A daily series of masterclasses, lecture-demonstrations and concerts will feature celebrated artists such as cellist Matt Haimovitz, violist Kim Kashkashian and violinists Lara St. John and Anastasia Khitruk. String students from around the country will audit and participate in the classes by festival artists. The festival will conclude with a concert at the Colony Theater December 10 featuring a preconcert lecture by Corigliano and performances by all the featured artists, accompanied by pianist and Sobe faculty member Robert Chumbley.

With the exception of Bach’s Suite No.1 on Haimovitz’s recital program (December 9) and Tchaikovsky’s Meditation and Valse-Scherzo from Khitruk (December 8), the series of solo concerts by the festival artists will¬†comprise works by American composers. The eclectic programming includes scores by such diverse composers as Corigliano, ¬†Aaron Copland, Elliot Carter, Ned Rorem, Osvaldo Golijov, Stephen Paulus and recent Pulitzer Prize winner Zhou Long.

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