Backyard Bash VIII-Pablo Cruise and Pure Prairie League Presented by The Moss Center

Knowing that life is better in flip flops, The Moss Center is hosting a beach-themed Backyard Bash on Saturday, October 22, 2022, as the official kickoff to the 2022-2023 season. The free event on the Center’s Back Yard Concert Lawn & Plaza in Cutler Bay will include a variety of family-fun activities, attractions, and vendors in a relaxed outdoor setting – complete with white sands and pink flamingos.

First Sing in Miami Presented by Florida Grand Opera

Florida Grand Opera kicks off the 81st season with the FGO Studio First Sing. This is your FIRST opportunity to witness the incredible talents of the emerging artists in residency at Florida Grand Opera. During the 2022-2023 Season, the FGO Studio Artists will be featured in Domenico Cimarosa’s El matrimonio secreto, the double bill of Giacomo Pucchini’s Gianni Schicch, and Michael Ching’s Buoso’s Ghost, Giacomo Pucchini’s Tosca, and Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Join us at FGO's First Sing and hear excerpts from each of the operas this season. It’s also your first opportunity to hear this season’s Studio Artists.

FIU Music Festival 2022: Virtuoso Organist Alcee Chriss

A featured star in the PBS documentary Pipe Dreams (2019), Alcee Chriss III is an organist and keyboardist from Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Chriss is the winner of the 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition and the Firmin Swinnen Silver Medal at the 2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. He has been celebrated for his “grace, skill and abundant proficiency” by the Journal Assist News, Albuquerque. And of his most recent solo recording at Montreal Symphony Hall, Art et Rhapsodie (2019), the American Record Guide wrote that “he plays with clarity, imagination, musicality, virtuosity, and yes, personality.” Dr. Chriss has performed throughout North America and Europe. Recent and upcoming performances include the International Orgelsommer (Stuttgart, Germany), Stockholm City Hall (Sweden), and as soloist with the Montreal Symphony in a performance of Copland’s Symphony for Organ and Orchestra. Other engagements include the Princeton University Chapel, Spreckels Organ Pavilion and International Organ Summer Karlsruhe, Germany. In July 2022 he was a featured performer at the national convention of the American Guild of Organists, held in Seattle WA.

FIU Music Festival 2022: Delfeayo Marsalis and FIU Jazz

Grammy award-winning trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis is one of the top instrumentalists, composers and producers in jazz today. In January 2011, Delfeayo and the Marsalis family (father Ellis and brothers Branford, Wynton and Jason) earned the nation’s highest jazz honor, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award. For the opening night of the 2022 FIU Music Festival, he performs with the FIU Faculty Jazz Quintet and the students of the FIU Studio Jazz Big Band. This is one night you won't want to miss!

Nu Deco Imagination: Streams of Influence

Presented in partnership with the Lincoln Road BID, this live performance will also be live streamed from the Colony Theatre and explores the key sources of musical influences from the Old and New World and their musically rich traditions that have profoundly shaped and characterized American popular music. Featuring American composers George Gershwin, Jessie Montgomery, and Nick Omiccioli plus the symphonic reimaginations of the music by Marvin Gaye. There will also be an opportunity to ask the orchestra questions during a Q&A session at the end! Please note that this concert and accompanying resources are intended for and available only to K-12 educators. An email affiliated with an educational institution will be required to access this performance.

35th Anniversary Season Opener Presented by New World Symphony

New World Symphony celebrates 35 years with two triumphant performances led by the Vienna Philharmonic’s Christoph Koncz in the newly christened Michael Tilson Thomas Performance Hall. Hailed as a "revelation” and “breathtaking from start to finish” (NRC, Netherlands), Trinidadian soprano Jeanine De Bique makes her NWS debut in selections from Carl Maria von Weber’s opera Der Freischütz. Join in the hilarious hijinks of troublemaker Till Eulenspiegel in Richard Strauss’ dazzling tone poem before witnessing the world premiere of Fanfares from Uhrovec, a festive fusion of American and Bohemian traditions. Johannes Brahms, the ultimate romantic who once felt paralyzed by Beethoven’s shadow, found immediate success in his Third Symphony, a rich panorama of endless beauty.

The Lark Ascending Presented by New World Symphony

With a “breathtaking conflation of grace and grit” (Cleveland Classical), violinist Jennifer Frautschi makes her anticipated NWS debut. Many listeners believe Ralph Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending is among the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. Inspired by a poem by George Meredith that describes a bird in flight, the work forms what the composer called a “pastoral romance for orchestra.” As a prolific composer who wrote for Harry Belafonte and Marvin Gaye, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson finds a rich source of inspiration in the spiritual “Calvary” for his First String Quartet. Low brass claim the spotlight in Kevin Day’s sizzling Ignition.

Percussion Consort: Junkestra Presented by New World Symphony

The NWS Percussion Fellows are ready to rock out on everything from drums, whistles and harmonicas and even to trash. Composer Nathaniel Stookey scavenged a city dump to create his symphony of garbage, Junkestra. Stookey joins the Fellows with instruments he created from bike wheels, bird cages and other recycled material. Kenji Bunch infuses his Concerto with jazz, blues and rock, propelling it to a rousing finale. By placing items inside of two pianos, George Crumb creates a fantastic sound world in Music for a Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III), praised as “so successful and openhearted, it is among the most frequently performed avant-garde chamber works.”

Daniel Del Pino, Piano Recital By Centro Cultural Español Miami (CCEM) Presented by MDCA

The Joaquín Achúcarro Foundation in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain is pleased to invite you to a very special recital featuring Spanish pianist Daniel del Pino in a solo performance of music from Spain, in honor of Maestro Joaquín Achúcarro's 90th birthday celebration. The program will include important works by Albéniz, Granados, and Turina. The program reflects the descriptive journey of the colors of Andalucía, with its dances, songs, and rhythms; all within its individual character of Spanish culture and pride.