Author: Suzanne James

Review: Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival

In the sultry South Florida Summer nights, languour and boredom are often the de facto conditions of being for those who yearn for musical and visual cultural delectations. Thank goodness for the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival! The Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival’s performance of work from Hispanic artists on Saturday July 14, 2018 was a successful display of cross-pollination in dance and music. The second program in a month-long annual summer display of short pieces by composers, both classical and modern, represents a bit of a departure from tradition for classical music lovers. Julio Medaglia La Belle Epoque en...

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Review: Miami Music Festival and Miami Wagner Institute at New World Symphony

Richard Wagner‘s Romantic operas, Lohengrin and The Ride of the Valkyries need no introduction and are no strangers to high-pitched emotions. In a recent performance at the New World Symphony for the Miami Music Festival (MMF) the audience was treated to a four hour extravaganza of high drama and exquisite offerings of both a vocal and musical nature. The MMF Symphony Orchester and the MMF Wagner Instituted collaborated to perform Act II of Lohengrin and Act II of The Ride of the Valkyries in a glitzy and sultry summer setting. Jon Jonacek as Lohengrin, Amanda Zory as Ortrud, and...

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Exclusive Interview: Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator at NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale

Editor’s Note: Bonnie Clearwater is Chief Curator and Director of the Nova Southeastern University Are Museum in Fort Lauderdale. The former Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami has curated many landmark exhibitions and is responsible for curating the first American solo museum exhibitions of artist as diverse as Albert Oehlen, Mark Bradford, Matthew Richie and Shinique Smith. This email was conducted via email. Sophia News: What is the most fulfilling aspect of  your work at the Nova Southeastern University Art Museum? What drives you, motivates you and inspires you the most? Bonnie Clearwater: Seeing the museum...

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Review: Alvin Ailey in Miami at the Arsht Center

Born in 1931 in New York City and often credited with popularizing modern dance for all audiences, Alvin Ailey was both a visionary and a legacy-maker. His dance troupe continues today, inspired by his gift of fusing homages to African American culture and history with contemporary dance. The name “Alvin American Dance Theater” is a perfect fusion of language to describe the performances of this eclectic and powerful company. Their performance of four works (The Hunt, Revelations, Stack-Up and Shelter) Saturday night at the Arsht Center in Miami was a revelation to this reviewer. This was my first Alvin...

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Review: Miami City Ballet’s One Line Drawn and Other Works

World Premieres are often anti-climactic affairs, debuting works of dance or music that few will remember a year later, let alone 20 years down the road. This is not the case with One Line Drawn, a work of exquisite poignancy choreographed by Brian Brooks with original music by Michael Gordon. It was the second part of the three-piece program by the Miami City Ballet. The evening at the Arsht Center I attended was also the premiere of the Miami City Ballet’s Third Program of the 2017-2018 season. I am beginning with One Line Drawn because it is a work of contemporary...

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