Things to do in Miami: Miami Beach Classical Music Festival July 1-31, 2022

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The Miami Beach Classical Music Festival (MMF) has been offering free public concerts every summer since 2013. This year, Founder and Artistic Director Michael Rossi promises there will be even more to enjoy.

“MMF increased performances, including five opera productions, two symphony concerts and a series of summer concerts on the new Ocean Drive boardwalk,” Rossi said.

The eight-week intensive training program gives young classical musicians the opportunity to work with world-renowned mentors and gain professional performance experience. The community benefits from free public concerts featuring top talent, Rossi says. Nearly 1,500 international candidates compete for one of the approximately 300 places in its training institutes in orchestra, opera, piano and conducting. Gate entry is through a rigorous audition process, Rossi explains.

“Miami Music Festival began with a vision to provide quality classical music programming during the summer months, when most arts organizations are off season,” continues Rossi. “For many attendees, especially young children, our performances may be their first exposure to classical music experiences.”

Performances at various Miami Beach venues are scheduled for Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 24. Arias, Broadway and the chamber music of MMF are at Lummus Park every Sunday in July as part of the Ocean Drive Association’s Ocean Drive Promenade series.

Kicking off the MMF begins Friday, July 1, as the Wagner Institute of MMF will host an intimate evening of tunes at the Betsy Hotel. The singers will perform selected pieces produced by Luana de Vol and Dolora Zajick of the American Wagner Project (AWP).

It is also the Wagner Institute which will present Das Rheingoldthe exciting prelude to Wagner’s famous ring cycle (also composed of The Valkyrie, Siegfriedand twilight of the gods), on Thursday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Temple House on Euclid Avenue, one of MMF’s new venues this year.

“This year, we are pleased to announce that Temple House will be a new performance venue in Miami Beach,” said Rossi. “In such a unique location, we will present opera in a way never before possible, immersing the audience on stage with state-of-the-art 360-degree projections.”

Rossi explains that Das Rheingold was originally scheduled for summer 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic.

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The MMF’s Wagner Institute presents Opera at La Faena.

Photo courtesy of the Miami Beach Classical Music Festival

“Our performers have been training and practicing their roles for over two years and are extremely excited that the time has come to take the stage and have the privilege of presenting the first fully staged production of this masterpiece. in South Florida,” he said.

The opera festival continues with its Opera at the Faena series at the Forum Faena with three productions: Georges Bizet Carmen (Thursday July 21 and Saturday July 23), Benjamin Britten’s Dream of a summer night (Friday July 22 and Sunday July 24) and that of Claudio Monteverdi The Orfeo (Saturday July 23 and Sunday July 24).

MMF’s “Family Opera” is by Mozart The magic flute at Temple Emanu-El. Rossi explains that it was designed for young children and will be staged with dialogue in English.

But MMF’s offer is not limited to opera. As in previous editions, music also occupies a prominent place in the programming. On Thursday, July 7, at Temple Emanu-El, the Conductor’s Symphony Concert will feature a group of new symphonic conductors from its Conducting Institute. They will conduct the orchestra in pieces by Montgomery, Mozart, Okpepholo, Verdi, Saint-Saëns and Schumann.

Subsequently, on Monday, July 18, the MMF Orchestra Institute will present a chamber music concert at the Betsy Hotel. Rossi says this is a special event since the participating musicians are students who have selected their repertoires in partnership with professors and artists in residence.

And the MMF Symphony Orchestra helps Miami Beach celebrate Independence Day with a program of patriotic and Broadway music at 8:30 p.m. for the 4th of July at Lummus Park.

“Miami Music Festival began with a vision to provide quality classical music programming during the summer months, when most arts organizations are off season,” Rossi said. “We are now expanding our programming beyond the summer months by presenting various performances throughout the city of Miami Beach, including annual concerts such as a New Year’s Day celebration. Every third Thursday of the month, MMF alumni and young performers surprise audiences on the terrace of the Betsy Hotel at the Miami Beach Culture Crawl, and we have many more exciting plans.

– Jesus Vega, ArtburstMiami.com

Miami Beach Classical Music Festival. Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 31 at various locations; miamimusicfestival.com. Prices vary.

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