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2008-09 Season

XX Anniversary Season Opening
The Miami Symphony Orchestra, kicks off their 20th Anniversary Season with a GALA OPENING NIGHT featuring appropriate festive music by Shostakovich, Brahms, Ravel and Rimsky-Korsakov, including the exquisite, richly lyrical Violin Concerto by Brahms.


Sat., October 18, 2008 at 8:00 pm at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
Alexis Cardenas, violin
Shostakovich: Festive Overture
Brahms: Violin Concerto
Ravel: Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol
with Alexis Cardenas, violin

Soloist information coming soon.

some Art, Jazz and Basil
Sat., December 6, 2008 at 8:00 pm at the Gusman Concert Hall at University of Miami
Sun., December 7, 2008 at 8:00 pm at the Lincoln Theatre
Antonio Serrano, harmonica
Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Arnold: Harmonica Concerto (Florida Premiere)
Piazzolla: Suite for Harmonica (Florida Premiere)
Marquez: Danzon No. 2
Ravel: Bolero
with Antonio Serrano, harmonica

Soloist information coming soon.

An Evening in Vienna
A much anticipated program each season returning with a splendid selection of the grandest overtures, waltzes and dances from the world's most beloved composers: Beethoven, Brahms and Johann Strauss. Francisco Flores, a gold medal winner, joins as guest artist for this spectacular program.

Sun., January 11, 2009 at 8:00 pm at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
Francisco Flores, trumpet
Great overtures, waltzes and dances including favorites by Beethoven, Brahms and Johann Strauss Jr.

Arutunian: Trumpet Concerto
Program is sponsored by Mercantil Commercebank N.A.

Made in America
Sat., February 7, 2009 at 8:00 pm at the Gusman Concert Hall at University of Miami
Sun., February 8, 2009 at 8:00 pm at the Lincoln Theatre
Shelly Berg
Schwantner: Chasing Light...(Florida Premiere)
Berg: Blackbird, Pavanne, Incandescent, Iridescent, Effervescent (Florida Premiere)
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 "from the New World"
with Shelly Berg, piano trio

Soloist information coming soon.

Romantic Series
Sat., March 21, 2009 at 8:00 pm at the Gusman Concert Hall at University of Miami
Sun., March 22, 2009 at 8:00 pm at the Lincoln Theatre
George Li and Susana Diaz
Webern (arr. Marturet): Langsamer Satz (world premiere)
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1 in g minor, Op. 25
Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G Major
with Susana Diaz, soprano

Susana Díaz is an accomplished lyric coloratura soprano and rising operatic talent to watch for. Her warm, crystalline timbre and intelligent, artistic style bring polished interpretations to the concert and stage. Susana, a Cuban-American, has been featured by many leading regional companies, such as the Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Ballet Florida, and Bay View Music Festival. In South Florida, Ms. Díaz has appeared with Festival Miami, Gold Coast Opera, Miami Lyric Opera, Pro-Arte Grateli, Florida Chamber Orchestra, Alhambra Orchestra, Amici dell’Arte, Hispanic-American Lyric Theatre, and Miami Oratorio Society. Interpreted roles include the title roles of Lakmé and Lucia di Lammermoor, Adina in L’Elisir d’amore, the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, the Sandman/Dew fairy in Hansel and Gretel, and Amarilli in Handel’s Il pastor fido. Upcoming roles include Elvira in the Riuniti Opera’s 2007 production of I Puritani.

Susana is an engaging recitalist and concert singer, excelling in the works of Mozart, Debussy, Turina, Richard Strauss, and Webern. She was an award winner of the Metropolitan Opera District Auditions, a finalist in the Columbus Opera Competition and a winner of the Schloss Leopoldskron Voice Competition in Salzburg, Austria. Ms. Díaz holds a Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she is also completing her doctoral thesis on the vocal works of Cuban-American composer Aurelio de la Vega.

with George Li, piano

Soloist information coming soon.

Discovery Series
Fri., April 3, 2009 at 8:00 pm at the Gusman Concert Hall at University of Miami
Sun., April 5, 2009 at 8:00 pm at the Lincoln Theatre
Giora Schmidt, violin
Photo by: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
Hahn: Mozart Overture
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5, K. 219 in A Major
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Ibert: Divertissment
with Giora Schmidt, violin

Hailed by critics for recalling "...Perlman in his prime" (The Miami Herald), violinist Giora Schmidt is quickly establishing himself as a virtuoso of the grand tradition - with a distinctive sound. His performances are illuminated by a richness of color and effortless technique making Giora one of the most commanding young artists on the stage today.

XX Anniversary Season Finale
Fri., May 1, 2009 at 8:00 pm at the Gusman Concert Hall at University of Miami
Sat., May 2, 2009 at 8:00 pm at the Lincoln Theatre
Angel Romero, guitar
Nuñez: Tangos & Mangos (world premiere)
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Holst: The Planets
with Angel Romero, guitar

Hailed for his superior artistry as the Spanish maestro of the guitar, Angel Romero’s eminence in the music world as soloist and conductor is heralded by audiences and critics alike. One of the most sought-after musicians of his generation, Angel Romero has appeared in the major cultural centers throughout the world including those of London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Madrid, Munich, Zurich, Chicago, Los Angles and New York among others. He has appeared as soloist with such leading orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. As conductor, he has led numerous orchestras worldwide including the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Royal Philharmonic, Germany’s NDR Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Symphoniker, the Beijing Philharmonic, the Euro-Asia Philharmonic, the Shanghai Symphony, the Bogotá Philharmonic, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Orquesta de Baja California, the Santa Barbara Symphony, the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra among others. Regardless of his role on stage, his driving intensity and flawless control mark him as a true master of the arts.

Angel Romero’s extensive discography includes highly acclaimed recordings for Delos International, RCA Victor Red Seal and RCA Victor Worldwide, Telarc and Angel/EMI. In 2001, Delos released “Bella,” which includes monumental pieces such as Bach's Air on the G String to Romero's own father's Tango Angelita - a composition dedicated to his late mother. In 1999, “Romero Plays Rodrigo” was released featuring works written for and dedicated to Angel Romero through his long and close relationship with the Spanish composer. In 1998, he was featured as soloist and conductor in an acclaimed recording of Vivaldi’s guitar concertos with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. In 1995, RCA released a crossover recording of flamenco and pop music, featuring Angel Romero playing a diverse repertoire spanning works from Pachelbel to Bill Conti. This particular recording features Mr. Romero’s world-premiere transcriptions for one guitar.

In February 2000 he was presented with the highest honor that the country of Spain has to offer, the Grand Cross of Isabel la Catolica and was knighted Sir Angel Romero in reverence of his astounding musical accomplishments. In 2007, Angel Romero was honored by the Recording Academy, producer of the Grammy Awards, with the Recording Academy President’s Merit Award for his significant contributions to the music world and for his professional career achievements.

Angel Romero is noted for his activities in the film industry. In 1989, he performed the entire score for “The Milagro Bean Field War” directed by Robert Redford. In 1994, he composed and directed the musical score for the Gabriele Retes film “Bienvenido-Welcome,” which opened at the Muestra del Cine film festival in Guadalajara. For his work on this film, Mr. Romero won the 1995 ARIEL (the “Academy Award” of Mexico) in the category of music written originally for film. He also performed and recorded the entire score for the film “By The Sword” composed by Bill Conti, and played a cameo role in the major motion picture “Bound by Honor,” a Taylor Hackford film.

Born in Malaga, Spain, Angel Romero made his professional debut at the age of six and his United States debut at the Hollywood Bowl when he was 16 giving the West Coast premiere of the famed Rodrigo’s “Aranjuez Concerto.” This occasion also marked the first time a guitarist was featured as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 1991, he gave the world premiere of Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Rincones de España” at New York’s Lincoln Center. Mr. Romero studied conducting privately with Eugene Ormandy, the legendary conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Angel Romero has played for numerous world leaders including his globally telecast 1992 appearance in the United Nations General Assembly Hall with the National Orchestra of Spain under the baton of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. The performance was by invitation of then Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali to promote world peace and to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.

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