Contemporary Classics

Festival Miami edges into modern Latin territory

Damn, Miami really is bursting at its cultural seams. Even without the historical and emotional cachet of last year’s retirement sendoff for Festival Miami founder William Hipp, the -- as in the -- classical music blast of the region sold out opening weekend. That’s okay, there’s plenty left; the mix of musical styles (lighter on mainstream celebs and international reach this year, which might or might not be a good thing) runs through November 10 with the rest of its two dozen concerts.

Not to box this year’s festival in, but there is a serious Latin bent this year, from the “new tango” session with the Cuartetango String Quartet (plus dancers) tonight at 8:00, to guitarist Manuel Barrueco (Friday October 5, at 8:00), to later appearances by Raul Murciano and Hansel. Fret not: In between there are plenty of strums and dirges, drawing from UM’s incredible pool of on-campus talent, both student and faculty. Numerous attendant events to the concerts will take place as well. Ticket prices and other fees vary wildly; there are even a couple of free shows. Tonight’s tango tickets range from $15 to $30. The venue is on the UM campus at Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. Call 305-284-4940, or visit www.festivalmiami.com.
Oct. 4-Nov. 10, 2007

 
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