RUCKUS, October 1, 2022
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Wertheim Performing Art Center
7:00 PM
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Free admission for FIU students
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.

Boston Early Music Festival Semi- Staged Opera Series

           

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:

Rise Kern Cultural Production| 4000 Towerside Terrace #908, Miami, FL 33138 | 305-519-4442 | Info@RKCulturalProductions.org | RKCulturalProductions.org 

Media Contact

Name: Margie Lopez
Title: General Manager Phone: 305-519-4442
Email address: Mcdcare@aol.com

Phenomenal News from RK Cultural Productions

From our friends at RK Cultural Productions

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.page2image62916848

4000 Towerside Terrace, Suite 908 North Miami, FL 33138 Info@RKCulturalProductions.org

(305) 519-4442 Fax: (305) 901-1644

www.RKCulturalProductions.org

FIU Opera Theater Workshop presents “Handel in Arcadia”

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.

David Dolata
FIU Collegium Musicum Founder

RumBarrocco: AfroBaroque Music & Latin America

AfroBaroque Music & Latin America

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 NegritosJoropoSaya, 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.

The Music of Colonial Latin America Series: March 5-8

 Thursday, March 5 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm

More dates through March 8, 2020

 WPAC – Wertheim Performing Arts Center, Concert Hall (Room 170) 
10910 SW 17th St., Miami, FL 33199

The music of Spanish Colonial Latin America is rich in flavor, history, and expression. This concert series explores music from Mexico City and New Spain, with a particular interest in the musical life of New Spanish cathedrals and music written by Italian composer, Ignacio Jerusalem, and his contemporaries.

Presented as part of the 2020 International Conference on Colonial Music: Music and Arts of Colonial Spain. Information at music.fiu.edu/colonialconference. 

ENTIRE SCHEDULE OF CONCERTS

March 5 | 7:30pm

Music of the Mexico’s Cathedral (1550-1750)

Join the FIU Collegium Musicum, under the direction of Juvenal Correa-Salas, for a not-to-be-missed performance tracing the history and musical development of New Spain’s most important religious center with works by Franco, Fernandez, Céspedes, Salazar, Padilla, Sumaya, and Jerusalem.

– Located at the Wertheim Concert Hall, FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus

$15 General Admission, $10 FIU Faculty, Staff, Seniors, and Alumni, $5 Students (with valid i.d.) 

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March 6 | 7:30pm

Baroque and Galant Music from the New Spanish Cathedrals

FIU Concert Choir

Maria Guinand, conductor

Juvenal Correa-Salas, organ and harpsichord

Works by Billoni (Durando), Salas (Santiago de Cuba), Manuel José de Quiróz (Guatemala), Sumaya (Mexico City), and Ignacio Jerusalem (Mexico City).

– Located at the Wertheim Concert Hall, FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus

$15 General Admission, $10 FIU Faculty, Staff, Seniors, and Alumni, $5 Students (with valid i.d.)

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March 7 | Pre-Concert Talk 7:10pm | 7:30pm Concert

Eighteenth-Century Music from the Mexico City Cathedral: Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Death of Ignacio Jerusalem (1707-1769)

Chicago Arts Orchestra (Professional Chamber Orchestra from Chicago)

Javier José Mendoza, Artistic Director

with Special Guests, Encantus Voices Choir

Maibel Troia, Conductor

Don’t miss this chance to hear the acclaimed Chicago Arts Orchestra present Spanish music from the colonial era, never before heard in Florida! Named a “Critic’s Pick” by Time Out Chicago and a “Recommend” by the Chicago Tribune, the CAO has garnered an international reputation for performing galant music from Spanish archives in the New World. The CAO’s 2012 album release Al combate and forthcoming release of Ignacio Jerusalem’s Mass in G are examples of the orchestras work and dedication to colonial Spanish Repertoire. Join us to hear these rarely performed treasures of Spanish Heritage. Tickets available at www.ChicagoArtsOrchestra.org

– Located at La Merced Chapel on the campus of Corpus Christi Church

$35 General Admission | $20 Seniors | $10 Students with ID

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March 8 | Pre-Concert Talk 3:45pm | 4:00pm Concert

Eighteenth-Century Music from the Mexico City Cathedral: Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Death of Ignacio Jerusalem (1707-1769)

Chicago Arts Orchestra

Javier José Mendoza, Artistic Director

with Special Guests, Encantus Voices Choir

Maibel Troia, Conductor

Don’t miss this chance to hear the acclaimed Chicago Arts Orchestra present Spanish music from the colonial era, never before heard in Florida! Named a “Critic’s Pick” by Time Out Chicago and a “Recommend” by the Chicago Tribune, the CAO has garnered an international reputation for performing galant music from Spanish archives in the New World. The CAO’s 2012 album release Al combate and forthcoming release of Ignacio Jerusalem’s Mass in G are examples of the orchestras work and dedication to colonial Spanish Repertoire. Join us to hear these rarely performed treasures of Spanish Heritage. Tickets available at www.ChicagoArtsOrchestra.org

– Located at La Merced Chapel on the campus of Corpus Christi Church

$35 General Admission | $20 Seniors | $10 Students with ID

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Venice Baroque Orchestra

On March 1, this prestigious ensemble will perform a selection of 18th century Baroque masterpieces, including famous concerti by Antonio Vivaldi and Francesco Geminiani’s version of the most popular tune in music history, La Folia – all with authentic period instruments and inimitable virtuosity.
 
The Venice Baroque Orchestra was founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist, Andrea Marcon. Under his leadership, the orchestra has given modern-day premiers of rarely performed historical operas, including Francesco Cavalli’s L’Orione, Vivaldi’s AtenaideAndromeda liberata, Benedetto Marcello’s La morte d’Adone and Il trionfo della poesia e della musica, and Boccherini’s La Clementina.
 
The critically acclaimed ensemble has performed in more U.S. cities than any other Baroque orchestra in history, in addition to extensive tours across Asia and Europe. The orchestra has also thrilled audiences worldwide through several television specials, including films by the BBC, ARTE, NTR (Netherlands), and NHK.

This concert is a co-production presented by the FIU School of Music and RK Cultural Productions. 

David Dolata
Professor of Musicology