Symphony of the Americas: Classical Soul
Maestro of South Florida´s acclaimed Symphony of the Americas, Dr. James Brooks-Bruzzese, was born in Panama in a bilingual home---his mother born in Colombia and his late father a member of the United States Armed Forces. He received his doctorate in Opera Conducting and Musicology from Washington University in St. Louis. Maestro coached in a master class on the music of Bach under the baton of the great Pablo Casals. Additional studies were with eminent conductors Leonard Slatkin of St. Louis Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra; Ignace Strassfogel of New York’s Metropolitan Opera and Richard Karp of Pittsburgh Opera. Their mentorship is evident in Maestro’s founding of the Augusta Opera with singers from the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Opera and London´s Covent Garden, receiving critical acclaim from Pittsburgh Post and Opera News Magazine. His musicianship is acclaimed as “Dynamic...exciting...and remarkable controlled, but simultaneously free spirited.” Under Maestro’s leadership, The Symphony has taken an inventive approach each season to combining classical music with other art forms on stage to engage and develop new audiences – international guest artists encompass ballet soloists, the classical Mexican mariachi, the pulses of tango, the mesmerizing acrobats of Cirque de la Symphonie, the drama and intensity of opera, toe-tapping Broadway, and the rhythms of Spanish zarzuela. The Symphony remains committed to serving South Florida’s multicultural population. Designated one of just a handful of Major Cultural Institutions in Broward County, the Symphony has called the Broward Center for the Performing Arts home for its International Guest Artist series since the gala opening concert of the Amaturo Theater in 1991. The orchestra’s musical legacy has been captured on PBS and more than 30 compact disc recordings. Since its inception, The Symphony has collaborated closely with local non-profit organizations and municipalities to present outreach concerts and educational programs. The Symphony has also served as a cultural bridge to audiences in Latin America and Europe, thanks to the internationally renowned Summerfest program, a six-week cultural exchange with major European chamber orchestras joined by selected Symphony members presenting concerts throughout Florida and the Americas under Maestro Brooks-Bruzzese’s baton. His talent as a passionate conductor, an artistic innovator and a dedicated educator, showcases the talents of the Symphony and South Florida to audiences around the world. “While music may be one of our most intangible arts, for notes and melodies last only as long as they are heard, Maestro Brooks-Bruzzese and the Symphony’s contributions to our community will last for decades to come.” (U.S. Rep. Allen West)
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