adventurous festival, usually devoted to discovering young
pianists, kicks off this year by bringing back some favorites.
Established in 1998, the Miami International Piano Festival
has been a champion of discovering and nurturing young masters
of the keyboard, launching careers as well as letting audiences
reacquaint themselves with internationally acclaimed pianists
whose first major engagements took place here.
This year, the festival opens with a Master's Series celebrating
just such artists with an intensive program of concerts, films
and lectures in Broward. All Master Series events are at the
Amaturo Theater of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts,
201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $15 to $50.
Call 954-468-3326 or visit http://www.browardcenter.org/.
Here is the VII Miami International Piano Festival at a glance:
7 p.m.: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky: Conductor, Conjuror, a film
by Bruno Monsaingeon.
8:15 p.m: Brahms, Sonata in F-minor for Viola, Violin and
Piano; Shostakovitch: Two Waltzes for two violins and piano;
De Falla-Kochansky: Spanish Suite (chamber transcription of
Falla's Six Popular Songs); Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Piano,
Miroirs from Alborada del Gracioso; Enesco: Sonata No. 3 for
Violin and Piano in a-minor, Op. 25. Gilles Apap, violin;
Bruno Monsaingeon, viola; Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua, piano.
7 p.m.: Monsaingeon and Apap on stage in a discussion of
the making of the film The Unknown Fiddler of Santa Barbara.
8:15 p.m.: Konstantin Lifschitz in concert. Program includes
Schubert, Wanderer Fantasie; Liszt, Six Grandes Etudes de
Paganini; Boris Yoffe, Sonata ricercata; Martinu, The Butterflies
and the Birds of Paradise; Beethoven, Sonata No. 29 in B-flat,
7 p.m.: Bruno Monsaingeon introduces the film The Pianist
of the Impossible, featuring Francesco Libetta.
8:15 p.m.: An Evening of Romantic Piano Duos, including Rachmaninov's
Symphonic Dances and Rimsky-Korsakov's Schehérezade
transcribed for piano by Francesco Libetta; with Libetta and
Ilya Itin, pianists.
2 p.m.: Lecture by Frank Cooper, ``Monsters & Marvels
-- More Tales on Music's Prodigies.''
3 p.m.: A program billed as ''Prodigies and Masters of Tomorrow''
features 13-year-old Ji-Yong and 12-year-old Kit Armstrong
at the piano.
7:15 p.m.: Lecture by Mark Malkovitch, ``Behind the Scenes
at the Newport Music Festival.''
8:15 p.m.: Mihaela Ursuleasa in recital. The Romanian pianists'
program includes selections from Clara Schumann's ''Soirées
musicales'' Op. 6, as well as Robert Schumann's Davidsbündlertnze,
Op. 6; Scriabin's Three Etudes, Op. 65; and the Brahms Fantasien,
The VII Miami International Piano Festival returns May 12-16
with a Discovery Series of concerts and lectures at the Lincoln
Theater in Miami Beach. For more information on this and other
festival activities, call 305-935-5115 or visit http://www.miamipianofest.com/
-- OCTAVIO ROCA