Critic’s Choice

By Lawrence Budmen

Elaine Rinaldi

Conductor Elaine Rinaldi and Orchestra Miami celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment (which gave women the right to vote) with a program of works by female composers Saturday night at First Miami Presbyterian Church. Cuban-American composer Tania León’s Ácana opens the program. Asiya Korepanova is the soloist for the Piano Concerto in C-sharp minor by Amy Beach, America’s first significant female classical composer. The music of African-American composer Florence Price has recently been rediscovered and Rinaldi leads her Concert Overture No. 2. The program concludes with the Pulitzer-Prize winning Symphony No. 1 by Miami native Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

Elaine Rinaldi conducts Orchestra Miami 8 p.m. Saturday at First Miami Presbyterian Church, 600 Brickell Avenue in Miami.;  305-274-2103


The Chicago Symphony Orchestra under its formidable music director Riccardo Muti gave one of the most impressive concerts of 2019 in South Florida. Muti and the CSO return to the Arsht Center on Tuesday with two audience favorites – Wagner’s Overture to The Flying Dutchman and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor (“From the New World”). The concert’s pièce de résistance is a performance of Paul Hindemith’s symphony Mathis der Maler, once a repertoire staple but now rarely programmed.

Riccardo Muti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra  8 p.m. Tuesday, February 11 at the Arsht Center in Miami.; 305-949-6722

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