The conversation hearts that Vladimir Putin is giving to Russian gays this year equate pedophilia and homosexuality and say things like, “Just leave kids alone, please.” Sad drunks are pouring out their vodka in protest. Sad thrill-seekers are skipping the Russian roulette and resigning themselves to a genetically modified diet like the rest of us.
But if you love Russian classical music, you can enjoy it without impunity this Wednesday. The New World School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, Opera Chorus, and Concert Choir present From Russia With Love, an evening program of Russian masterpieces in the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami).
There’s probably no political component to this, but that’s no reason you can’t bring your sweetie and tongue kiss through the mouth holes of your neon balaclavas during the set breaks.
The program includes Stravinsky’s “Symphony of Psalms” and Rachmaninov’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.” Italian piano upstart Viviana Lasaracina will make her American debut on the Rachmaninov piece, so be sure to check her out before Putin retaliates by having her killed with a radioactive metronome. Also on the bill: the first symphony by Shostakovich, the Ryan Lewis of his day. His contemporary, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, was the Macklemore of their time, begging the question of how the Sochi Olympics might have been different if Solzhenitsyn hadn’t been imprisoned in a Siberian gulag and the two had been free to come up with their version of “Same Love.”
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. All tickets are general admission and cost $20. Visit arshtcenter.org or call 305--949--6722.
Wed., Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m., 2014