NEW WORLD CENTER CONCERT
MMF Honors Ida Haendel
Also Sprach Zarathustra, Richard Strauss
Two Poems of Hyam Plutzik, Jeffery L. Briggs–WORLD PREMIERE
Concertos – TBA
MMF Piano Concerto Competition Winner
Michael Rossi, conductor
Alberto Carvalho, narrator
MMF Symphony Orchestra
MMF honors legendary international violinist Ida Haendel and her illustrious career as one of history’s great musicians in this best-of festival concert with the festival’s reprise visit to South Beach’s New World Center. Orchestral student winners of the MMF Concerto Competition will perform in honor of Ms. Haendel. The concert will also feature the MMF Symphony Orchestra in Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra, as well as the MMF Piano Institute’s Concerto Competition winner.
Inspired by Nietzsche's novel of the same name, Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus spoke Zarathustra) is a tone poem that evokes the vastness and philosophical posturing of Nietzsche. The iconic opening five note theme of the “Sunrise” fanfare is among the most recognized in classical music, and featured in the Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
In keeping with MMF's commitment to the performance of the work of living composers, Miami Dade County's Superintendent of Schools, Alberto Carvalho, will orate the world premiere of a new work by award-winning composer, Jeffery Briggs, set to the poetry of three-time Pulitzer-prize finalist, Hyam Plutzik (1911-62).
FACULTY RECITAL SERIES
CHING-YUN HU, piano
Piano Works by Chopin, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin & Gershwin
Distinguished Taiwanese-American pianist Ching-Yun Hu presents a youthful and modern solo program that includes Scriabin’s Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp minor, Schubert’s Klavierstucke, the Rachmaninoff/Kocsis Vocalise, Rachmaninoff's version of Mendelssohn's Scherzo from “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” the Chopin variations on “Là ci darem la mano” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Gershwin’s “Embraceable you” and “I got rhythm.
Declared a “…first-class talent…” and praised for her “…poetic use of color and confidently expressive phrasing…” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), Hu is recognized and acclaimed worldwide for her dazzling technique, deeply probing musicality and directly communicative performance style.
ANTON NEL, piano
Piano Works by Haydn, Debussy, Granados and Schubert
Acclaimed pianist and pedagogue Anton Nel takes the audience on an exquisite journey of virtuosity, with a varied program including Haydn’s Sonata in A-flat major, Debussy’s Preludes-Book II, Granados’ Allegro de Concierto, and Schubert’s Sonata in B-flat major. Nel is an in-demand concertizing pianist, as well a professor of piano and Endowed Chair of Piano and Keyboard Studies at the Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin.
ALEXANDRE MOUTOUZKINE, piano
Piano Works by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff
Russian-American pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine presents an inspiring concert of Rachmaninoff transcriptions of varied composers’ famous works including Rimsky-Korsakoff, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Bizet and more, along with select works from Beethoven’s sonatas. Hailed as “grandly organic” and “technically dazzling,” Moutouzkine is an in-demand concertizing artist, teacher and performer.
June 11 @ 7:00 PM
June 14 @ 3:00 PM
June 25 @ 7:00 PM
Cor Jesu Chapel,
Student Piano Recitals
Top young piano talents from around the world showcase their breadth and bravura in weekly student piano recitals hosted by the MMF Piano Institute. Discover highlights from the solo pianistic repertoire performed with a youthful and energetic touch; repertoire to be announced.
MIAMI SUMMER FACULTY SHOWCASE
World-renowned artists including members of the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, and other leading institutions showcase their extraordinary professional talents in an evening of chamber music, solos and collaborative artistry displaying the exceptional level of teaching and mastery at Miami Music Festival. Repertoire to be announced.