Critic’s Choice

By David Fleshler

Pianist Thomas Steigerwald performs Schumann and Haydn on Sunday in Miami Beach.

Pianist Thomas Steigerwald performs works by Schumann and Haydn in a New World Symphony chamber program on Sunday in Miami Beach.

The New World Symphony is justly celebrated for its top-quality orchestral concerts. But equally impressive are the organization’s chamber music events. Under chamber music dean Michael Linville, these concerts have come to offer polished, committed performances of traditional and non-mainstream repertory, as the orchestra draws on its resources to perform works for unusual combinations of instruments that would otherwise never be heard in South Florida.

On the program Sunday is Schumann’s Piano Quintet, one of the composer’s best-known works, which will provide the opportunity to hear New World’s new piano fellow, Thomas Steigerwald. Also on the program is Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76, No. 5, composed when the inventor of the string quartet was at the height of his powers.

Finally, in keeping with the orchestra’s ability to perform works for unusual combinations of instruments, the concert will present the Octet of Paul Hindemith, a rarely heard work for clarinet, bassoon, horn and strings.

The concert will be 2 p.m. Sunday at New World Center in Miami Beach.; 800-597-3331.

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