Critic’s Choice

By Lawrence Budmen

Stéphane Dèneve

Stéphane Dèneve

After a rocky decade that included conductor upheavals, bankruptcy filing and a bitter labor dispute, the Philadelphia Orchestra seems to have bounced back superbly under their acclaimed young music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

The “Fabulous Philadelphians” play a Shakespeare-themed program commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death  2 p.m. today at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach and 8 p.m. Thursday at the Arsht Center in Miami. Led by principal guest conductor Stéphane Dèneve—who has directed several impressive concerts with the New World Symphony—the orchestra plays Berlioz’s Overture to Beatrice and Benedict, excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream incidental music and highlights from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet ballet.;


When British pianist Nick van Bloss made his local debut in 2014 at the Miami International Piano Festival, his supple musicianship and probing intellect produced a striking performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Van Bloss returns for the festival’s Masters Series 7:45 p.m. Monday at the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater. Van Bloss will play another monument of the solo keyboard literature – Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations plus more Bach with the Partita No. 2. 954-462-0222

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