Concert Review: Miami Symphony premieres Rivera’s “Concierto”

Posted on: October 27, 2010

In Wednesday’s (10/27) Miami Herald , David Fleshler writes, “The great jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval came to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday to join the Miami Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of an evocative, high-energy work inspired by Miami. Concierto de Miami by Carlos Rafael Rivera is the product of a commission by Miami Symphony Orchestra and the famed El Sistema Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. Rivera, who spent his teen and young-adult years in South Florida, has composed an optimistic and atmospheric tribute. Also on the program, led by conductor Eduardo Marturet and forming part of the University of Miami’s Festival Miami series, were Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Ravel’s Bolero. The 14-minute, single-movement Concierto opens with a fanfare for solo trumpet, soon taken up by the full orchestra, with broad harmonies that clearly invoke Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. It proceeds swiftly through a variety of moods and styles, with a strong Latin-American tone.” The audience “responded enthusiastically to the new piece with a long standing ovation.”

Posted October 27, 2010