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Miami Music Festival Symphony Orchestra: Honoring Ida Haendel

  • New World Center 500 17th Street Miami Beach, FL, 33139 United States (map)

Also sprach Zarathustra, Richard Strauss
Two Poems of Hyam Plutzik, Jeffery L. Briggs–WORLD PREMIERE
Concertos – TBA, MMF Concerto Competition Winners
Michael Rossi, conductor
Alberto Carvalho, narrator
MMF Symphony Orchestra

The Miami Music Festival honors legendary international violinist Ida Haendel and her illustrious career as one of history’s great musicians in this best-of festival concert with the festival’s reprise visit to South Beach’s New World Center. Orchestral student winners of the MMF Concerto Competition will perform in honor of Ms. Haendel. The concert will also feature the MMF Symphony Orchestra in Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra as well as the MMF Piano Institute’s Concerto Competition winner.

Inspired by Nietzsche's novel of the same name, Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus spoke Zarathustra) is a tone poem that evokes the vastness and philosophical posturing of Nietzsche. The iconic opening five note theme of the “Sunrise” fanfare is among the most recognized in classical music, and featured in the Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. 

In keeping with MMF's commitment to the performance of the work of living composers, Miami Dade County's Superintendent of Schools, Alberto Carvalho, will orate the world premiere of a new work by award-winning composer, Jeffery Briggs, set to the poetry of three-time Pulitzer-prize finalist, Hyam Plutzik (1911-62).