Critic’s Choice

By Lawrence Budmen

Photo: Andy Staples

Photo: Andy Staples

The venerable Borodin Quartet returns to the Friends of Chamber Music on Tuesday, February 21. They are joined by pianist Joseph Kalichstein (of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio) for Schumann’s Piano Quintet. On their own the Borodin plays Beethoven’s Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132, the composer’s penultimate string quartet. (Later in the week on February 23 the Borodin and Kalichstein offer a Shostakovich-Dvorak program).

Performance is 8 p.m. Tuesday at UM Gusman Concert Hall in Coral Gables.


The New World Symphony‘s annual Concerto Night features members of the orchestral academy playing major works for solo instrument and orchestra. Often the repertoire for these performances is off the beaten track and this weekend’s edition is no exception. Jarret McCourt plays Arild Plau’s Tuba Concerto, a real rarity. Cellist Thomas Carpenter offers Ernest Bloch’s rhapsody Schelomo, a work once part of the standard repertoire but less frequently played in recent times. Hilary Glen plays Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 and Je Hyung Shin tackles Sibelius’ formidable Violin Concerto. Alasdair Neale, the ensemble’s former principal guest conductor who frequently helmed these programs, returns to the New World podium.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the New World Center in Miami Beach.; 305-673-3331.

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