Critic’s Choice

By Lawrence Budmen

Serge Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev

This weekend’s concerts by the Cleveland Orchestra offer the opportunity to hear two rarely played scores by Sergei Prokofiev from the composer’s Paris years. Both orchestral pieces are based on theatrical works that were not performed at the time. The Divertissement (1928) features music from the abandoned ballet Trapeze and the Symphony No. 3 in C minor (1929) utilizes themes from the score of Prokofiev’s opera The Fiery Angel. Franz Welser-Möst conducts both works 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Arsht Center. Between the Prokofiev rarities, two of the orchestra’s first chair players (concertmaster William Preucil and principal cellist Mark Kosower) take the solo spotlight in Brahms’ Double Concerto.; 305-949-6722.


Two large-scale orchestral showpieces and the more intimate world of a Mozart piano concerto comprise the New World Symphony program 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the New World Center in Miami Beach. James Gaffigan, conductor of Switzerland’s Lucerne Symphony, leads Franck’s The Accursed Huntsman and Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra. Jeffrey Kahane, a former winner of Miami’s American Chopin Competition, plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22.; 305-673-3331.

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