Critic’s Choice

By David Fleshler

Hélène Grimaud. Photo: Matt Hennek

Fresh from an acclaimed concert under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen, the New World Symphony this weekend brings more world-class collaborators to South Florida.

The brilliant, idiosyncratic French pianist Hélène Grimaud and the renowned American conductor Leonard Slatkin will team up for a performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 Friday and Saturday nights.

In Friday’s program at New World Center in Miami Beach, the concerto will be paired with a new work by the American composer Cindy McTee called Double Play, composed for Slatkin’s Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Critics have praised the work as accessible on first hearing while still challenging to the listener.

Saturday’s concert, which will take place at the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall, will present the Brahms concerto with Shostakovich’s mighty Symphony No. 5.

For tickets go to or call 800-597-3331.

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