Spirit Forward Bacardi Women In Leadership Empowerment Series
– | Comments Off on Spirit Forward Bacardi Women In Leadership Empowerment Series

The Spirit Forward Bacardi Women In Leadership Empowerment Series, kicking off this February, is dedicated to championing the outstanding individuals that make up the spirits trade and hospitality community and elevating them to their highest …

Read the full story »


Home » Events This Week

SongFest South Florida: Sounds of the Americas in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, March 4 and 5

Submitted by on – No Comment

unnamed-10The Josephine S. Leiser Opera Center and Steinway Piano Gallery Miami present the season’s third pair of performances in the free concert series, “SongFest Recital Series.” The program will be heard at Steinway Piano Gallery Miami in Coral Gables on Saturday, March 4, at 7:30 pm and at the Leiser Center in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, March 5 at 6:00 pm.

There is no charge for tickets to SongFest recitals, but reservations are strongly suggested. To RSVP, please call (800) 741-1010 or go to www.fgo.org.

The theme of the March concerts is “Sounds of the Americas.” Featured are three members of the Florida Grand Opera Young Artist Program: soprano Sarah Payne, baritone Benjamin C. Taylor and bass-baritone Alex Soare. The program, devised with an eye toward South Florida’s rich and diverse Latino communities, comes just two weeks prior to the March 18opening of Jorge Martín’s powerful opera Before Night Falls at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Before Night Falls, based on Reinaldo Arenas’s acclaimed memoir, is a work that gives a potent depiction of the Cuban exile experience.

Featured in “Sounds of the Americas” are some of the most evocative and melodious songs of Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Cuba, Colombia, Haiti, Cuba and Venezuela. Sarah Payne offers two excerpts from Heitor Villa-Lobos’s famous Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, made famous by a brilliant array of sopranos, from Bidu Sayão to Renée Fleming. Audiences eager to hear Before Night Falls will have the chance to hear two numbers by Jorge Martín, “La soga” (The Rope), performed by Payne, and “Pilbroch” from the cycle Plundered Hearts, sung by Benjamin C. Taylor. Alex Soare performs two songs by Brazil’s Waldemar Henrique, “Uirapuru” and “Abaluaiê,” as well as Astor Piazzolla’s classic “Los pajaros perdidos.”

The program also features a nod to France, with “Quand je fus pris au pavilion,” composed by Venezuelan-born Reynaldo Hahn, and well-known to listeners, because of mezzo-soprano Susan Graham’s peerless recording. Also included are works by Carlos Guastavino, Jaime Leon, and Violeta Parra.

North America is represented by “Shaman,” composed by one of the U.S.’ leading opera composers, Jake Heggie (Dead Man WalkingMoby Dick), the Negro spiritual “Steal Away to Jesus,” and two of Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell’s greatest pop meditations, “Both Sides Now” and “A Case of You.”

The pianist for the entire program is Paul Kovacovic, who takes the stage for a solo, “Evocation” by Haitian composer Ludovic Lamothe.

Susan T. Danis, General Director and CEO of Florida Grand Opera, comments, “As excitement builds for opening night of Before Night Falls, we are pleased to offer this beautiful program featuring Sounds of the Americas to our diverse South Florida community.”

Sarah Payne made her FGO debut as Clotilde in last season’s Norma. Other recent roles include The Governess in The Turn of the Screw at Miami Summer Music Festival and Monteverdi’s Poppea at FIU Opera.

Benjamin C. Taylor has performed as a Resident Artist at Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and as a Young Artist at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. This season at FGO he has sung Le Dancaïre in Carmen and A Captain in Eugene Onegin.

Alex Soare has appeared at FGO this season as Zuniga in Carmen and as Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin. Next month he appears as Count Horn in the company’s production of Verdi’s classic, A Masked Ball.

The fourth and final SongFest recital of Florida Grand Opera’s 2016-17 season is “A Night at Court,” featuring music that could have been heard in the court of A Masked Ball‘s King Gustav III, taking place on March 31 at the Leiser Center and April 1 at Steinway Piano Gallery Miami.

PGM Interviews

Actress/singer Mariah Carey and musician Nick Cannon attend Roberto Cavalli dinner held at the Roberto Cavalli's yacht RC during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2009 in Cannes, France. 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival - Roberto Cavalli Dinner Cannes, France May 16, 2009 Photo by Venturelli/WireImage.com To license this image (57460625), contact WireImage.com

Comments are closed.

unnamed-34Welcome. My name is Daedrian McNaughton, Jamaican born and bred, Miami-based, a full time flight attendant, student pilot, blogger and founder of Premier Guide Miami. I am honored to be the Miami blogger to cover the 1972 Miami Dolphins honored by President Barack Obama at the White House. I have also covered Art Basel in Miami Beach, the Dalai Lama's visit to Miami, the Clinton Global Initiative, various television shows including, The X Factor, The Voice, American Idol, Glee, multiple Bravo series and interviewed over 100 of entertainment stars and celebrities including Dwyane Wade, former vice-president of the United States, Al Gore; Kelly Rowland, Betty White, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Keith Urban, Trace Adkins, Nene Leakes, John Stamos, Kathy Griffin, Nigel Lythgoe, Anthony Bourdain, Sir Richard Branson and son, Sam Branson; Simon Cowell, Suze Orman, Eva Longoria, Jane Lynch, Rosie O'Donnell, Dr. Oz, Joan Rivers, Donald Trump, Kelsey Grammer, Anna Kournikova, Blair Underwood and Vanessa Williams. During my leisure time, I enjoy test driving luxury cars and traveling to exotic and luxurious locales like Ian Fleming's Goldeneye, Jamaica. Connect with me on Twitter @Daedrianm or @PremierGuideMe unnamed-82 vanessa williamsSuze OrmanAl_GoreDonald-Trump hqdefaultchris-tucker-339-569x377 daedrian-150x150 daphne-guinness Forest-Whitaker-569x426 John-Walsh-with-Daedrian-McNaughton-150x150 outlistevent-150x150 sean-penn-checking-out-my-boobs timthumb.php owen-wilson-569x426 sean-penn-checking-out-my-boobsclive-davis-569x426