Critic’s Choice

By Lawrence Budmen

The Ehnes Quartet has given some of the most musically probing chamber music performances in South Florida during recent seasons. Violin virtuoso James Ehnes and his three colleagues return to Miami’s Friends of Chamber Music series Tuesday night with a continuation of their cycle of Beethoven string quartets.

The program features works from each of Beethoven’s compositional periods: Beethoven’s Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18, the first of the Rasumovsky quartets–Op. 59, No. 1 in F Major–and Beethoven’s final Quartet in F Major, Op. 135.

Performance time is 8 p.m. Tuesday at Coral Gables Congregational Church.


Last season The Philadelphia Orchestra under principal guest conductor Stephane Denève gave a terrific concert at Miami’s Arsht Center. The Philadelphians and the talented French conductor return to South Florida for a two-day engagement at West Palm Beach’s Kravis Center.

Tuesday night’s program features Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 (perhaps the Olympus of piano concertos) with the formidable Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin as soloist.On Wednesday afternoon Denève turns to his native French repertoire with Ravel’s Le Tombeau du Couperin and Debussy’s La Mer plus Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

Performance are 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.

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