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On the Town for the week of January 29, 2015

scottThis weeks’s On the Town with Scott Blankenship features actor Michael Wiley’s one man show, a workshop at the Teen Actors Drama Studio, the Boston Pops and more! Read or listen to stay on top of all the arts, music and cultural events in south Florida.


Join us for cocktails and music!

iberiaFeb. 17 and 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Classical South Florida will be holding receptions in conjunction with Iberia Bank. Feb. 17 at the branch on Marco Island and Feb. 19 at the main branch in Naples on Goodlette. The reception will feature Jim Gburek, regional President of Iberia and Milana Strezeva, founder of the Manhattan Piano Trio. They will be performing on the Fazioli, an individually handcrafted piano which is provided for these receptions courtesy of Euro Pianos of Naples. Receptions are free but due to limited space reservations are required – call 239-290-9433 to reserve your spot.

British Invasion with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra

The_Beatles_in_AmericaThe South Florida Symphony and the Grammy nominated group The WannaBeatles, are joining forces to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ arrival in the United States.

Presented by Classical South Florida, the celebrations will take place Feb. 3 at 8pm at the FAU Kaye Auditorium in Boca Raton and on Feb. 7 at 7:30 at the First Baptist Church in Ft. Lauderdale, and all your favorite Beatles’ classics will be heard!

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The Metropolitan Opera

metLive broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera are back for another season! Launched in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical music program in radio history. Margaret Juntwait returns as the series’s host, joined by commentator Ira Siff.

January 31, 2015, 1:00p.m. – Offenbach’s Les Contes D’Hoffmann
February  7, 2015, 1:00p.m. – Verdi’s Macbeth (performance from November 2014)
February 14, 2015, 12:30 p.m. – Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta/Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle

Concierto Re-launch Event

Classical South Florida recently celebrated the re-launch of Concierto – a program featuring the contributions of Hispanic and Latin classical music from musicians and composers presented in a bilingual format – with a cocktail reception and concert at Steinway Pianos in Coral Gables.

Hosted by CSF President, Nestor Rodriguez, the event featured performances by CSF’s youngest member, 14 year old Soprano Claudia Giugni (accompanied by Leonardo Cosio), as well as from virtuoso pianist Anthony A. Coniglio.

And to top it all off, a proclamation from of the Mayor of the City of Coral Gables, James Cason, announced that “Sundays belong to Concierto.”

Daisy Oliveria covered the evening for the, and here is her recap of the night’s festivities:

You can listen to Concierto on Sunday nights at 8 on 89.7, or stream at


Tune in for our special series on Chopin Tuesdays at 1 P.M. and repeated again on Sundays at 11 A.M for the next 12 weeks. The Chopin Showcase is presented by the Chopin Foundation of the US, hosting the American National Chopin Competition, February 21 – March 1, 2015. The Showcase, hosted by Melissa Ousley and produced by Valerie Kahler, will include the music of Chopin as performed by some of its most important past winners and interpreters typically associated with Chopin’s music.


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Upcoming Programs

Mondays, 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Sundays at noon

Top Score

Emily Reese

Host Emily Reese takes an in-depth listen to video game music and talks with the people who make it.

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On the Town

Scott Blankenship

Scott Blankenship hosts this 5-minute weekly segment highlighting some of the best and unique events around South Florida.

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New Classical Tracks™

Julie Amacher

Host Julie Amacher provides an in-depth exploration of a new classical music release each week.

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Fred Child

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The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor®

Garrison Keillor

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From the Top

Garrison Keillor

Hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley, each broadcast presents five high-caliber performances along with interviews, sketches and games, revealing the heart and soul behind extraordinary young musicians.

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Concierto, produced by WDAV Classical Public Radio, is America's first nationally distributed bilingual (Spanish-English) classical music program that calls special attention to the contributions to the art form by Latin-American and Spanish composers and performers.


Wednesdays, 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Saturdays at 9 a.m.

Backstage with The New World Symphony

Elena See

Elena See introduces you to the best and brightest young instrumentalists at Miami's New World Symphony.


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Flicks in Five™

Lynne Warfel

Lynne Warfel takes you to the movies with great movies, their scores and the stories behind the cameras ... all in five minutes.


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Composers Datebook®

John Zech

John Zech hosts Composers Datebook, a daily two-minute program designed to inform, engage and entertain listeners with timely information about composers of the past and present. Produced in association with the American Composers Forum.

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Alison Young

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Michael Barone

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Steve Pomeranz

On The Money features the advice and commentary of Steven L. Pomeranz, CFP. Learn and be protected on valuable money issues like financial planning, retirement issues, smart shopping, consumer news and more.

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