By Lawrence Budmen
Sat Dec 31, 2011
The viola is sometimes viewed as the neglected child of the string family, often assigned inner lines and figuration in chamber and orchestral scores. 2011 has proved a banner year for the instrument in South Florida. A superb recital in April by Yuri Bashmet and Kim Kashkashian’s recent program of works by America composers for SoBe Arts’ American Masterworks Festival displayed the instrument’s range and versatility to impressive effect. Violist Nathan Schram and pianist Marina Radiushina, both members of New York’s esteemed Ensemble ACJW, presented a varied program Friday night at the recital hall of the Miami Conservatory of Music in Coconut Grove.
David Fernandez, a student of Prof. Andres Trujillo, won First Price at the Ray Millete Concerto Competition. He was featured among the Young Winners of this comepetition last Sunday, April 17, at the last Alhambra Orchestra Concert "South Florida's Got Talent".
Featured in the Coconut Grove Grapevine on Sunday, June 05, 2011.
The event brought a lot of new faces out for Gallery Walk and many of the other gallery owners left their gallery for a bit to check out the performance. It's something that will be repeated again maybe in other areas of the Grove, so that everyone gets a little piece of culture. As someone told me, it's more than just about the art, it's about the community involvement and the mixing and mingling of friends and the whole live scene.
Featured in the Coconut Grove Grapevine on Sunday, November 7, 2010.
Looks like a new trend is starting on Gallery Walk days, the music is starting early. The Windisch-Hunt Gallery held the Peace Flags Concert and at the same time, the Miami Conservatory of Music had classical music performances right outside their school, beside the water fountain.
Featured in the Coconut Grove Grapevine on October 4, 2010.
The Miami Conservatory of Music added a lot of high-end culture to Saturday night's Gallery Walk. They had performances all night at their end of the Mayfair Promenade, which is a little world unto itself. Alain Orbiz on cello, Andres Trujillo on violin and Jose Alfredo Fernandez on guitar enchanged the audience.
Featured in the Coconut Grove Grapevine on Monday, August 20, 2010.
The Miami Conservatory of Music opened right on schedule last week, for the first day of school. There's a lot of orange coming from that building now, along with lots of music and talent.
Featured in the Coconut Grove Grapevine on Wednesday, August 18, 2010.
There will be a lot of music emanating from the Mayfair Promenade starting next week, because the Miami Conservatory of Music is moving in. They're coming from Oak Avenue, just a block away.