Christmas Cheer from Symphony
As usual the Symphony of the Americas put a smile on everyone's face and a warm glow in every heart with their annual Christmas concert in Ft. Lauderdale.
Star of the show, under the usual masterful baton of James Brooks-Bruzzese (shown here in his festive red vest and bow tie) was guest soloist Frank Loconto. He was the lead singer with The Lane Brothers from 1957-1979, a group best known for the 1958 recording Boppin' In A Sack (you can hear it on YouTube). The title refers to a 'sack dress' that was popular at the time; it looked like a sack because it did not taper in at the waist. Not exactly high fashion, but it made for a groovy song! Read full review at www.sunnewsmiami.com
Ted Rosenthal Makes Gershwin Sing And Swing With Symphony Of The Americas
Ted Rosenthal is one of the leading jazz pianists on the world's concert stages. He has played with such jazz legends as Gerry Mulligan, James Moody and Wynton Marsalis and his recordings of improvisations on Beethoven sonatas and jazz classics have received critical plaudits. On Tuesday night at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater, Rosenthal joined Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese and the Symphony of the Americas for a memorable performance of an American classic - George Gershwin's Concerto in F. Read full review on www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com
Symphony Of The Americas Pays Tribute To Italian And Hispanic Heritage In Rousing Season Opening
Italian and Hispanic Heritage Month formed the celebratory theme of the Symphony of the Americas' rousing season opener at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater on Tuesday night. The music of Italian opera master Giacomo Puccini was featured on the program's first half. With the exception of the Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut, this was not the familiar Puccini of La Boheme, Tosca, Madama Butterfly or Turandot but the music of a young composer finding his way into the Italian musico-dramatic tradition.. Read full review on www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com
Roberto Cani and Symphony Of The Americas in Superb Performances of Scores from Romanticism's Golden Age
Italian violinist Roberto Cani joined the Symphony of the Americas on Tuesday night for a program of mostly late 19th century music from the golden age of artistic romanticism.
Cani, who has played with the Ft. Lauderdale based ensemble several times in past seasons, was a late replacement for Florin Ionescu-Galati who was unable to obtain a visa to travel to the United States for the concert. Cani was nothing short of sensational. From the moment he played the violin's initial entrance in Henryk Wieniawski's Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Cani's tonal gleam and sterling technique had the audience at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater on the edge of their seats. Read full review on www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com
Symphony Of The Americas Holiday Celebration Spans Tchaikovsky To Kander And Ebb
The Symphony of the Americas' Sounds of the Season concert at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater on Tuesday night was one big holiday party, replete with musical good cheer spanning classical ballet, folk music, Broadway and Hollywood and traditional Christmas favorites. Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese and the orchestra were in great form, delighting an audience that braved rainy weather for an evening of sheer musical joy. Read full review on www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com