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The Miami Symphony Orchestra Adds South Beach Flavor to Its Traditional Viennese Program

January 4, 2013 | By Matthew Marshall
Marketing Director
Adding a twist to MISO’s most popular annual production of Viennese waltzes, polkas, and overtures by Johann Strauss, Jr. among others, this new concept of the previously titled “An Evening in Vienna” concert will incorporate original music specifically written using famous Viennese melodies as their main material or famous Latin melodies treated in a Viennese waltz fashion, thanks to a three-year grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in support of MISO’s Composers-in-Residence program.

“Part of our role as Miami’s hometown orchestra is to create original works that uniquely reflect our community,” says Eduardo Marturet, MISO’s Music Director and Conductor. “We appreciate the recognition of the good work of our Composers-in-Residence program, as all three composers have a deep, personal connection to the musical voice and cultural vibrancy of South Florida.”

• Alex Berti was born in Venezuela and currently lives in Miami, where his interest in children’s music education has led him to found and direct the Miami Youth Symphony Project in Doral, which benefits hundreds of students every year. Berti will premiere his new work titled “American Waltzes.” • Samuel Hyken is a faculty member at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, a former Fellow for the New World Symphony, and most recently served as music director and arranger for the Knight Foundation’s 1000th Random Act of Culture in Miami Beach. Hyken will present two works based around Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5 and a waltz set to the famous Italian song “Volare.” • Carlos Rivera, also a faculty member at the Frost School of Music, incorporates a large diversity of musical influences into his compositions, reflecting his multi-cultural upbringing in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and Miami. Rivera has titled his new work “Pizz-Cuban Polka,” a Cuban version of the famous “Pizzicato Polka.”

The Miami Symphony Orchestra will perform “Ocean Drive in Vienna” at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts’ Knight Concert Hall on January 20, at 7:00 p.m. For tickets please call 305.949.6722 or visit

The Miami Symphony Orchestra is Miami’s hometown professional symphony and a valuable contributor to Miami’s cultural fabric. With national and world premieres becoming more common, MISO is a source of growing local pride and support. Since 2006, the Symphony’s baton has been in the hands of Maestro Marturet. The not-for-profit Symphony conducts an in-school arts and education program for elementary school students in the Miami-Dade Public School System and provides low- or no-cost tickets to students, senior citizens, first responders, active military, and veterans in South Florida. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit





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