Symphony of the Americas Orchestra and Cellist Yehuda Hanani - Photo credit Wade Caldwell Photography
The return of a beloved artist and the Czech infused melodies and rhythms of Antonín Dvorák resounded in the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater on Tuesday as the Symphony of the Americas presented Dvorák Totems, a celebration of the master's fusion of native Bohemian dance and nostalgia with the cultural vistas of the New World. Israeli born cellist Yehuda Hanani, remembered by many South Florida music lovers for his Close Encounters with Music concert-lecture series, played Dvorák's monumental Cello Concerto in B minor, his first appearance with the orchestra in three decades. Read full review on fortlauderdaleconnex.com
Heroic is not often a term used to describe a musical composition, but that is what famed cellist Yehuha Hanani told me he believes Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor to be.
In an interview after his bravura performance, Hanani said the cello concerto is very dear to his heart as it was his performance of it more than 40 years ago that was crucial to his entire career. “Leonard Bernstein heard me play it in Israel,” said Hanani. “He and Isaac Stern were able to bring me over to the United States to study and launch my career. Bernstein even wrote a letter to the Israeli government asking them to exempt me from mandatory military service.” ...Read full review on The Sun News Miami
The Symphony of the Americas opened the 2014-15 season on Tuesday night with From Venice to Venezuela, a musical party celebrating Hispanic and Italian Heritage Month. Also celebrating the commencement of the orchestra's 27th season, the program was wide ranging in repertoire, performed with spirit and pizzazz and, like any good party, great fun. State Senator Maria Lorts Sachs (who played a vital role in the state legislature's declaration of Italian Heritage Month) and legendary pop star Connie Francis were among the special guests at the performance in the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater. Read full review at www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com
The Salina Family conquered Ft. Lauderdale this month with a charm offensive launched at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in conjunction with the Symphony of the Americas.
Their chosen artillery was music, and they brought out the big guns: dual pianos and the powerful singing voice of Giulio Salani, who is 89. His children Barbara and Sergio were the dual pianists of a composition by their uncle Renato Salani, 91, who was also in the audience! Read full review at www.sunnewsmiami.com/miami
The Symphony of the America's annual Summerfest lights up summer evenings every year and Saturday night's concert at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater by the Mission Chamber Orchestra of Rome was a high spirited delight from first note to last. Composed of international musicians (and bolstered by several Symphony of the Americas members), the ensemble is first class, playing with precision, energy and Italianate fervor. Led by Symphony of the Americas artistic director James Brooks-Bruzzese, the concert offered an enticing mix of familiar and rarely played music as well as two new works. Read full review on www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com/music-arts