We would like to invite you to the spectacular Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) performance of John Frederick Lampe’s The Dragon of Wantley (1736) at FIU’s Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Concert Hall on Thursday, November 30 at 8:00 pm. Attendees who donate $100 or more will be invited to BEMF’s pre-concert reception from 6:30 – 7:30 pm where they will enjoy mingling with the artists. At 7:30 pm they will be invited inside the venue for a 15-minute conversation with artists and BEMF administrators regarding the performance they will be experiencing.
I hope to see you all there for this very special event,
Sunday September 10, 2 pm. Palladium Theater St. Petersburg, 253 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA (727) 822-3590
This notification is for our friends and alumni on the west side. I will be joining St. Pete Baroque on theorbo at the Palladium in St. Petersburg for a concert of baroque music that features the the exquisite viola d’amore, a rarely heard instrument whose intoxicating tone will linger in your memory long after the concert concludes. For more information and details, see below.
Join St Pete Baroque for the opening concert of their 3rd season, “Lifting Unheard Baroque Voices”. Experience the magic and learn the stories of four rarely heard women composers. There will also be a premier of a recently discovered piece for the viola d’amore that has not been played in over 350 years. Additionally, there will be gems by Monteverdi, Abel, and Cazzati. The other unheard voices on this program are the rarely-heard instruments themselves!
Hear the powerful and richly dynamic voice of soprano Hein Jung; the 14-stringed viola d’amore, played by Artistic Director Dan Urbanowicz; baroque violin, played by Sarah Shellman; viola da gamba, played by Guest Artist Sarah Biber from Colorado; theorbo, by Guest Artist David Dolata from Miami; and the harpsichord, by Guest Artist Webb Wiggins from Fort Lauderdale. Join us after the show for a free reception in the lobby.
Ruckus’ core is a continuo group, the baroque equivalent of a jazz rhythm section: guitars, keyboards, cello, bassoon, and bass. Other members include soloists of the violin, ﬂute, and oboe. The ensemble aims to fuse the early-music movement’s questing, creative spirit with the grit, groove, and jangle of American roots music, creating a unique sound of “rough-edged intensity” (New Yorker). Its members are assembled from among the most creative and virtuosic performers in North American early music and is based in New York City.
Miami, FL – RK Cultural Productions and Grammy-winner Boston Early Music Festival have partnered to co-present, for the first time in Florida, the Boston Early Music Festival Semi- Staged Opera Series, a double bill of chamber operas– featuring Jean-Baptiste Lully’s Idylle sur la Paix and Marc- Antoine Charpentier’s La Fête de Rueil, at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at 7:30 PM.
Miami, FL – 6/21/2022 On November 30, 2022, at 7:30 PM, RK Cultural Productions (RK) and The Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) will be co-producing BEMF’s annual semi-staged Chamber Opera Series for the first time in Florida at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, located at 3385 NE 188th St, Aventura, FL 33180 Tickets are $40.00 – $50.00 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Once the event becomes live on Ticketmaster, a link will be available through RK’s website: https://rkculturalproductions.org
A pre-concert talk will be available for all patrons beginning at 6:30 PM and will last approximately 30 minutes. This event is included in the price of admission for the performance beginning at 7:30 PM.
Boston Early Music Festival has earned a distinguished international reputation for reviving Baroque opera masterpieces with today’s leading operatic superstars and a wealth of instrumental talent.
Infused with the latest information on period singing, orchestral performance, scenic design, costuming, dance, and staging, these performances take the form of full-scale spectacle operas, salon-style chamber operas, exceptional concert performances, national and international tours, radio and internet broadcasts, and acclaimed recording projects. BEMF operas reproduce the Baroque’s stunning palette of sound and sight, expertly led by Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, and creatively reimagined for the stage by Opera Director Gilbert Blin.
Since 2008, BEMF has taken its signature level of artistry and scholarship to smaller-scale Baroque operas with their annual Chamber Opera Series. Presented in Boston over Thanksgiving weekend, these intimate productions incorporate stunning costumes, Baroque staging and dance, and world-class musicianship. Past Chamber Opera Series productions have been featured on tour throughout North America, winning acclaim in New York City, Vancouver, Seattle, and Kansas City. Beginning November 30th, Miami will be added to the list.
BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL VOCAL, CHAMBER & DANCE ENSEMBLES will include 32 performers and individuals, including: Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors Gilbert Blin, Stage Director Robert Mealy, Concertmaster Melinda Sullivan, Dance Director, Gwen van den Eijnde, Costume Designer Kathleen Fay, Executive Producer
“This is something special.” -The New York Times
The fully-staged Festival Centerpiece Operas bring the glamorous world of Baroque opera to life for modern audiences, complete with a GRAMMY-winning roster of directors, an internationally-acclaimed cast of operatic stars, the all-star instrumentalists of our BEMF Orchestra, lavish period sets and costumes, astonishing special effects, and elegant Baroque dance.
“BEMF spares no effort when it stages opera.” -BachTrack
RK Cultural Productions Inc, is a Florida 501(3)c non-profit cultural arts organization, with a mission to bring the world’s best early, baroque, and classical music artists to South Florida.
RK is able to present its 2022-2023 series with the generous contributions of dedicated music lovers like yourself and with the support of the following sponsors:
Dear loyal friend, Can you believe we are midway through June?
I hope this email finds you and yours doing well, staying healthy, and looking forward to returning to in-person concerts and cultural art events this year.
We at RK are preparing another spectacular season that we hope to present LIVE. Let’s face it, Zoom and digital events are just not the same as friends gathering to enjoy beautiful music and performances.
As RK’s loyal patron and dear friend, I wanted to share our exciting news.
The Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) and RK Cultural Productions will co-produce BEMF’s annual Chamber Opera Series in Florida!
Boston Early Music Festival has earned a distinguished international reputation for reviving Baroque opera masterpieces with today’s leading operatic superstars and a wealth of instrumental talent. Infused with the latest information on period singing, orchestral performance, scenic design, costuming, dance, and staging, these performances take the form of full-scale spectacle operas, salon-style chamber operas, exceptional concert performances, national and international tours, radio and internet broadcasts, and acclaimed recording projects. BEMF operas reproduce the Baroque’s stunning palette of sound and sight, expertly led by Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, and creatively reimagined for the stage by Opera Director Gilbert Blin.
Since 2008, BEMF has taken its signature level of artistry and scholarship to smaller-scale Baroque operas with their annual Chamber Opera Series.
Presented in Boston over Thanksgiving weekend, these intimate productions incorporate stunning costumes, Baroque staging and dance, and world-class musicianship. Past Chamber Opera Series productions have been featured on tour throughout North America, winning acclaim in New York City, Vancouver, Seattle, and Kansas City. This year we add Miami to their list.
We are thrilled and humbled to be partnering with such a world-renowned organization as the Boston Early Music Festival.
On Wednesday, November 30, 2022, RK fans will have rare opportunity to enjoy BEMF’s double bill of chamber operas – featuring Jean-Baptiste Lully’s Idylle sur la Paix and Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s La Fête de Rueil – at the beautiful and welcoming Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.
With this honor also comes a price tag that will propel us into a higher annual budget since our initial season in 2018-2019.
As part of our mission to keep our events available to everyone in our South Florida community, past ticket pricing will remain.
RK’s projected ticket revenues will cover less than 20% of the cost of presenting this event. We will need your support to make this dream a reality.
We ask our loyal patrons and Early Music lovers, who understand the importance of providing our community with the history and beauty of Early Music, to consider supporting our efforts by making a donation pledge today.
Donations of any amount are welcomed and appreciated. Still, to meet our goal for this performance, we have created a unique circle of support levels with special incentives and recognition.
As a Festival Donor, you will receive particular mention in our program books throughout the season and two (2) complimentary tickets to this year’s BEMF performance.
Donations at the Festival Supporter and Festival Advocate levels will receive additional benefits such as tickets to all of this season’s events; an invitation to a special recognition event with our Board of Directors, artists, and staff; you will be offered a full page in our program book to announce your special milestones, achievements of family or friends, or you may use it as a memorial page for a loved one.
The Pledge form has been attached, and we ask you to complete and return it to us at your convenience. We hope to have all pledges funded by October 30, 2022.
Cash donations can be made via Paypal/credit cards by visiting our website https://rkculturalproductions.org/become-a-sponsor/. Donation checks should be made payable to RK Cultural Productions and mailed to RK Cultural Productions Inc, 7560 SW 28 Street, Miami, FL 33155. RK Cultural Productions is a Florida 501(3)c non-profit, and donations are tax-deductible.
We hope you are delighted with this new addition to our annual series, and we look forward to seeing you at our 2022-2023 season concerts.
We will soon update our website to provide additional information on RK’s 2022-2023 complete season. It’s going to be an exciting return to live concerts.
With great gratitude,
Margie Lopez General Manager Rise Kern Cultural Productions RKCulturalProductions.org 305-519-4442
PS: Tickets for this event will be sold through Ticketmaster. As soon as the event becomes live on Ticketmaster, our website will provide the link, and an email will be distributed.
4000 Towerside Terrace, Suite 908 North Miami, FL 33138 Info@RKCulturalProductions.org
Handel in Arcadia: An Evening of Dramatic Solo Cantatas.The FIU Opera Theater in collaboration with the FIU Collegium Musicum presents a program of cantatas commissioned by members of the Academy of the Arcadians during the composer’s sojourn in Rome. Although composed in his early 20s, these works reveal Handel’s genius for dramatic vocal writing. The lyricism and beauty of his later operas are apparent in these rarely performed secular cantatas. The works to be presented are “Armida abbandonata;” O lucenti, o sereni occhi;” and “Aminta e Fillide.” The works will be fully staged by the Director of FIU Opera Theater, Robert B. Dundas, and performed in Italian with English supertitles. The entire production will be conducted by the Director of the FIU Musicum Collegium, Juvenal Correa-Salas.
Florida International University’s Music Festival 2021 Sunday, October 24, 3 pm
Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert Hall
Featuring FIU alumna soprano Adriana Ruiz
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage, we will illustrate the intersection of early European music with the aural African and Amerindian traditions and the resulting link with current Latin-American genres, the African diaspora in Latin America and its lasting musical legacy in Ibero-American music, and the fusion of art music or “learned” music with folk and popular forms.
Using musical texts from the 17th and 18th century such us the Trujillo Codex and guitar treatises by Santiago de Murcia and Gaspar Sanz, we present the European, Amerindian, and African traditions that have survived in scores, recreating them through current performance practices of Afro-Latin music traditions in Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. We tap into our collective musical memory to blend past and present, connecting current Afro-Latin dances such as the Hatajo de Negritos, Joropo, Saya, and Plena with African-influenced dances such as the Cumbe, early Zarabanda, and Zarambeque in performances informed by both history and folklore.
Also in the program: Early vocal music from Spain and Mexico, with texts from the Iberian Cancioneros that depict black women in endearing terms and connected Latin American dances and instrumental improvisations.