Miami Music Festival (MMF), an intensive training program for the next generation of classical musicians, announces the lineup for the 2018 season from June 6 through July 30, 2018 at various venues in Miami.
Young classical musicians gain world class experience and bring enchanting and passionate performances to Miami’s summer season, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ghosts of Versailles; an entertaining night out with the double bill of Dido and Aeneas and The Medium; and comedy in the form of Ariadne auf Naxos and La Rondine
New to the festival this year is the directorial debut of Richard Wagner’s great grandson, Antoine Wagner, as part of the MMF Wagner Institute. Audiences will also enjoy the return of the 2nd Annual Independence Day Celebration with the MMF Symphony Orchestra, featuring popular and patriotic symphonic favorites
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Enjoy a double bill evening where two one-act classic operas are paired perfectly for one amazing night! Dido and Aeneas, by English baroque composer Henry Purcell, is based on the legendary love story between the Queen of Carthage, Dido, and the Trojan prince, Aeneas. Enter the spiritual realm with The Medium, a modern work by Gian Carlo Menotti that tells the story of Baba, who hosts seances that trick bereaved parents into spending their money.
June 21, 22 @ 7:30
Pure magic comes to life on stage in Britten’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s iconic play. The enchanting fairytale brings magical creatures together in romance and comedy. A Midsummer Night’s Dream closely follows Shakespeare’s original, and features a spectacular range of characters from fairies to royalty with interwoven plots capturing your attention to the very end
June 28 @ 7:30 PM
June 30 @ 7:30 PM
Comedy and music are beautifully intertwined in Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss. Taking place in 18th century Vienna, one very serious group of opera singers is juxtaposed against a group of comedians, leading to an entertaining evening of unplanned performances and a love story in this opera-within-an-opera.
June 29 @ 7:30 PM
July 1 @ 2:00 PM
Handel’s 5-act opera is set in ancient Athens, where mistaken identity, sorcery, and jealousy lead to confusion, heart break and drama. Can there still there be a happy ending? Audiences will enjoy this studio opera in an intimate setting at Barry University’s Weber Hall.
Celebrate the 4th of July with the MMF Orchestra!
Capture the uniquely American spirit with music from Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. Listen as Tchaikovsky’s bombastic 1812 Overture, movie music from John Williams, Stars and Stripes, and other patriotic favorites round out a fun evening of orchestral hits sure to please the whole family. Plus, rock out to 80s and 90s classic rock, with Michelle Kim on electric violin with the Miami Music Festival Orchestra.
After the concert, head over to Miami Shores Village to see the fireworks. at 9 PM.
July 4 @ 5:00 PM
Shostakovich began his Symphony No. 10 only a few months after Joseph Stalin’s death. It has been rumored to be a musical portrait of the Communist dictator and to include many covert anti-Stalin protests, thus creating an intense score with brooding moments that eventually crash into a slower, calmer finale. The MMF Orchestra, conducted by David Effron, will bring the intensity of Shostakovich’s narrative to life in this special performance.
MMF Conducting Participants showcase their talents conducting the MMF Symphony Orchestra. Program includes:
Beethoven, Leonore Overture No. 3
Dvořák, Symphony No. 8
Mozart, Symphony No. 39
The MMF Orchestra Institute is immensely proud of its exceptional roster of student musicians, and offers an annual showcase in which select winners of our Concerto Competition get to perform with the orchestra as soloists. In addition to the masterful performances of intense classical repertoire the winners offer, the concert will also feature Stravinsky's Petrushka under the baton of conductor Joel Smirnoff.
July 19 @ 7:30 PM
Lohengrin, Act 2- Complete
Die Walküre, Act 2- Complete
Conductor- Michael Rossi
MMF Symphony Orchestra
Antoine Wagner, Die Walküre
Marc Callahan, Lohengrin
Brunhilde- Linda Watson
Wotan- Alan Held
Wagner Institute Participants
Through innovations focused on technology, the Miami Music Festival’s Wagner Institute advances the famed German composer Richard Wagner’s legacy of using an opera’s theatrics as part of the “total art.” This season, the festival has a special surprise for audiences as Wagner’s great, great grandson, Antoine Wagner, makes his directorial debut in the halls of the New World Symphony.
Wagner will create the concept, set design and direction for Act II of Die Walküre. Die Walküre brings Norse mythology to the stage with the continuance of Wagner’s 4-opera saga, The Ring. The second opera in the cycle, Die Walküre deals with the difficult relationship between gods and mortals as the main characters struggle with their pride in order to decide the ultimate destiny of mortals. Famous Bass Baritone Alan Held returns as Wotan and Long Time Wagnerian Soprano Linda Watson joins the cast of participants as Brunhilde.
Following Die Walküre is yet another epic Wagner episode, Act II of Lohengrin. Based on an old German legend, Lohengrin tells the story of a mysterious knight who appears by way of a magic swan boat. The enchanted story intertwines love and death with magical transformations and legendary quests.
July 14 @ 7:30 PM
NEW WORLD CENTER
La Rondine is an Italian comic opera set in mid-19th century Paris and the French Riviera. Created by Giacomo Puccini in 1916, it tells the love story between a woman from high society and a naïve younger man of lesser means. The story twists and turns through the tumultuous times of true love.
July 26 @ 7:30 PM
July 28 @ 7:30 PM
In The Ghosts of Versailles, the spirits have literally come back to court; the court of Louis XVI that is. Marie Antoinette is upset about having been beheaded, so her favorite playwright attempts to entertain her by continuing the adventures of his characters from The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. This opera-within-an-opera goes awry when Figaro refuses to stick to the script and the playwright must come to the Queen’s rescue and win her affection.
July 27 @ 7:30 PM
July 29 @ 2:00 PM
Radamisto was the first opera Handel wrote for the newly formed Royal Academy of Music of London. The opera's plot is loosely based on incidents from Tacitus's Annals of Imperial Rome. Set in ancient Armenia, this fiery opera involves a tyrannical king who covets the wife of a neighboring kingdom and creates a world of drama in his quest to possess her.
Alon Goldstein is one of the most original and sensitive pianists of his generation, admired for his musical intelligence, dynamic personality, artistic vision and innovative programming. He has played with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the San Francisco, Baltimore, St. Louis, Dallas, Houston, Toronto and Vancouver symphonies, as well as the Israel Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Los Angeles and Radio France orchestras. Mr. Goldstein has performed across the globes in tours, concerts and festivals, including in South America, China and Israel. Miami Music Festival welcomes Alon Goldstein as part of our distinguished faculty in this one-night-only performance.
Returning to delight South Florida audiences, pianist Ching-Yun Hu presents a virtuosic program anchored by Sergei Rachmaninoff, including the demanding set of vignettes in his Études-Tableaux, Op. 39, and the Sonata No. 2, Op. 36. Hu balances the two works with a sprinkling of Mozart, including the Sonata, K. 331, famous for its beloved “Turkish March.” Declared a “first-class talent” and praised for her “poetic use of color and confidently expressive phrasing” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), Hu is recognized worldwide for her dazzling technique, deeply probing musicality, and communicative performance style.
June 14 @ 8:00 PM
Steinway Gallery, Coral Gables
Russian-American pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine has toured throughout Europe, Russia, North and South America, China, and Japan. He has appeared as soloist with the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra, Radio Television Orchestra of Spain, Cleveland Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Valencia Philharmonic, National Symphonic Orchestra of Panama, National Symphonic Orchestra of Cuba, Israel Philharmonic, and many others. International Piano Magazine hailed one performance as “grandly organic, with many personal and pertinent insights, offering a thoughtful balance between rhetoric and fantasy…technically dazzling.” The winner of many renowned piano competition awards, Mr. Moutouzkine has claimed top prizes at the Walter W. Naumburg, Cleveland, Montreal, and Arthur Rubinstein international competitions, among others. Miami Music Festival welcomes Alexandre Moutouzkine as part of our distinguished faculty in this one-night-only performance.
Hailed by the New York Times as “a marvelous pianist,” Peter Takács has performed widely, receiving critical and audience acclaim for his penetrating and communicative musical interpretations. He has performed as guest soloist with major orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, as well as at summer festivals such as Tanglewood, Music Mountain, ARIA International, and Sweden’s Helsingborg Festival. Mr. Takács also enjoys success as a teacher; his students have won top prizes in competitions across the world and have been accepted at major graduate schools such as the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School, and Peabody Conservatory, among others. Miami Music Festival welcomes Peter Takacs as part of our distinguished faculty in this one-night-only performance.
June 8, 13, 23
@ 8:00 PM
Andy Gato Gallery
Young pianists from around the world showcase their talent and technical mastery in weekly performances of the classic soloist repertoire as a part of the MMF Piano Institute; repertoire to be announced.
The Miami Music Festival aims to bring South Florida audiences the very best classical music experiences, and offers regular opportunities to hear opera’s next generation perform the genre’s greatest hits. Throughout the festival season, music lovers can catch multiple concerts of MMF’s students singing favorite arias at the Barry University’s Cor Jesu Chapel and the Betsy Hotel on South Beach, bringing the art form outside of the concert hall and into the community.
One of the great subgenres of the operatic art form is the Zarzuela, Spanish operetta from Spain, Cuba, and the greater Latin American repertoire. Each season, select MMF Opera Institute vocalists are coached in the style of this romantic genre and bring the familiar melodies to the community with each performance. Standards like Lecuona’s Maria, la O, and Lara’s tenor favorite Grenada will have audience members humming along in the return of our beloved concert series.
At the dawn of the Jazz Age, shorter hemlines and Prohibition weren’t the only new trends splashing across American culture. As the 20th century came into its own, the vocal storytelling traditions of opera and cabaret gave way to the birth of American musical theatre. The MMF Opera Institute’s vocalists present several concerts of genre favorites each season, from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved standards to contemporary theatre pieces ensnaring the hearts of Broadway fans today. Featuring family-favorite melodies, uproariously funny acting, and the best of MMF’s diverse vocal talent, these concerts at the Betsy Hotel on South Beach and at Barry University provide a light-hearted showcase of Broadway’s best.
MMF’s Orchestral Institute draws a remarkable pool of talent from around the globe each season, and out of this ensemble, we offer our Chamber Concert series, comprised of student musicians who select their own programs and coach with our distinguished faculty and artists-in-residence. Chamber Concert performances can be enjoyed by the community throughout the entire festival at the Betsy Hotel on South Beach.
We at the Miami Music Festival are very proud of the faculty and distinguished artists-in-residence who mentor our students each summer, but it is an especial privilege to offer our audiences the opportunity to hear them perform in our Faculty Chamber Concert series. The Betsy Hotel on South Beach hosts this program, which features faculty and visiting artists in collaboration; repertoire to be announced.
MMF Opera Apprentice singers perform an intriguing program of opera and operetta dating from the inception of the art form to current works. Scenes explored come from such varied works as Le nozze di Figaro, Philip Glass's Appomattox, Verdi's Falstaff, Bizet's Carmen and Puccini's Suor Angelica.