The Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida and Symphony of the Americas.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- The Power of 150 Voices Singing! was the appropriate theme of the Symphony of the Americas' program on Tuesday evening at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater. Under the artistic direction of Gordon Roberts, the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida joined Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese and the orchestra for a vociferous evening of choral music from both classical and popular genres.
The Fort Lauderdale based men's chorus makes a mighty sound. Superbly honed by Roberts, the group's finely blended voices can rouse to full throated perorations or sing caressingly soft vocal lines with acute musicality. Brooks-Bruzzese opened the program with the Hallelujah Chorus from Beethoven's oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives. Composed in 1801, the oratorio was one of Beethoven's greatest successes but, like the master from Bonn's other religious and secular cantatas, has fallen off the repertoire radar. These works show a more intimate side of Beethoven's wide ranging genius. In sheer fervor and complexity of choral writing, the Hallelujah Chorus prefigures the finale of Beethoven's only opera Fidelio. Brooks-Bruzzese led a rousing performance, the contrapuntal voicing clear and precise, a testament to the chorus' musical discipline. Read full review at www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- A large audience was on hand for the first of the Symphony of the Americas' Rosemary Duffy Larson Matinee Series on Saturday at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater. Joined by four excellent vocalists, Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese and the orchestra offered a songfest of highlights from the world of opera and the Broadway stage (and, in one instance, the Golden Age of the Hollywood musical). The orchestra's Executive Director Renee LaBonte was a gracious narrator, providing insightful tidbits about the operatic plots and composers' artistic legacy. Read full review at www.forlauderdaleconnex.com
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- The Symphony of the Americas will present the Rosemary Duffy Larson Matinee Series, an enticing three concert sampler of the orchestra's programming that is the perfect introduction to classical music for young people and families. Afternoon performances are also convenient for senior citizens and others who are unable or prefer not to attend evening events. With a cornucopia of music ranging from opera and Broadway's greatest hits to choral masterpieces and the monumental piano concertos of Ludwig van Beethoven, the selections promise something for every taste. Read full article at www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com
FORT LAURDERDALE, FL -- Italian-American violinist Roberto Cani drew a vociferous ovation from an excited audience Tuesday night at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater for his performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto , the centerpiece on the Symphony of the Americas' Special Spotlight Performance of its 25th Anniversary Celebration Week. Winner of such prestigious musical prizes as the Paganini and Courcillon Competitions, Cani has studied at the Milan Conservatory, Moscow's Gnessin Institute and the University of Southern California. He has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, Russia, Asia and South America and holds teaching positions in Italy and Croatia. Read full review at www.fortlauderdaleconnex.com
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- The Symphony of the Americas presented a joyous holiday celebration Tuesday night. With the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater decked out in Christmas wreaths and lights, the ambience was festive and the music even more so. The five member Symphony of the Americas Brass Ensemble were the stars of the evening. Trumpeters Claudio Osorio and Veselin Bozhilov were joined by colleagues Eric Kerley (French horn), Gilberto Cruz (trombone) and Calvin Jenkins (tuba). These terrific players formed a crack brass quintet. From the first pealing, finely burnished strains of the Bells of Christmas Suite (featuring Carol of the Bells, Jingle Bells and Ding Dong, Merrily on High), it was immediately obvious that these players are first class musicians with both remarkable command of their instruments and real musicality and flair.
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