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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
Oct. 4-Nov. 10, 2007


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