South Florida Symphony to mark 20 years with new music and Martha Graham choreography

Posted on: January 24, 2018

“The South Florida Symphony’s 20th-anniversary program foregrounds a different vision of the artistic process: the kind of innovation that occurs when artists surrender their single vision in their encounters with other artists and the greater community,” writes Sean Erwin in Tuesday’s (1/23) Miami New Times (FL). “January 21 through 24, the South Florida Symphony Orchestra will present its 20th-anniversary program in Key West, the Broward Center, and the Arsht Center together with the 20th-century dance vanguard the Martha Graham Dance Company. The program includes … Aaron Copland’s ‘Appalachian Spring’ and Igor Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring,’ as well as a world debut of a Martha Graham Company choreography set to music by South Florida composer Tom Hormel…. Choreographed by Virginie Mécène—director of the pre-professional troupe Graham 2, comprising dancers from the Martha Graham School—and performed by the eleven Graham 2 dancers, ‘A New Place’ will be performed to Hormel’s ‘Legend of Bird Mountain.’ … Asked how it feels to look back at her 20-year odyssey as both conductor and founder of SFSO, Sabrina Maria Alfonso says … ‘To be able to come to the point where the orchestra is able to perform with Martha Graham and world-renowned artists feels terrific.’ ”

Posted January 24, 2018