With balmy weather and few mosquitoes, January in Miami could be the most wonderful month to spend quality time outdoors. Throw in a blanket, a picnic basket, a cerulean sky, and the hometown symphony orchestra playing a mournful albeit romantic melodic concerto, and you’ve got an ideal pre-Valentine’s Day date. This Sunday, those looking to escape their standard weekend repertoire are in for an aural treat. The Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) and Bass Museum of Art are presenting a concert on the lawn at Collins Park (2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). With an orchestral complement led by seasoned maestro Eduardo Marturet, MISO’s alfresco performance of “Ocean Drive in Vienna” will feature Viennese waltzes, polkas, and overtures by legendary composers, including Johann Strauss Jr. The popular annual production, previously titled “An Evening in Vienna,” ups the ante by incorporating a little South Beach flavor — original musical scores were written using famous Viennese melodies or famous Latin melodies treated in a Viennese waltz fashion, all thanks to the Knight Foundation’s three-year grant in support of MISO’s Composers-in-Residence program.
Sun., Jan. 27, 4 p.m., 2013