Critic’s Choice

By Lawrence Budmen

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich is one of America’s most prominent and respected composers. The Miami native has won numerous prizes and honors, including the Pulitzer Prize for music. On Thursday night at the Broward Center, cellist Zuill Bailey joins the South Florida Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of Zwilich’s Cello Concerto. The program also features the first performance of Sunset by Key West native John D. Gottsch, Beethoven’s Consecration of the House Overture and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor (Reformation). Sebrina Maria Alfonso conducts.

The South Florida Symphony and Zuill Bailey present Ellen Zwilich’s Cello Concerto 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater, Saturday at Temple Israel in Miami and Sunday at the Tennessee Williams Theater in Key West.


Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for violin, cello and piano is rarely programmed at orchestral concerts because it requires three soloists, running up an ensemble’s budget and rehearsal time. While not top-drawer Beethoven, the score is an attractive vehicle for a first class trio. The venerable Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio joins the New World Symphony 8 p.m. Saturday night at the Arsht Center for Beethoven’s unique opus. Cristian Măcelaru also conducts Anton Webern’s orchestration of J.S. Bach’s Ricercar from The Musical Offering, Strauss’s Don Juan and Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1.;

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