SHORT BUT POWERFUL
The Frost Opera Theater at the University of Miami concludes its 2009-2010 season with the South Florida premiers of two one-act operas: "Strawberry Fields" by Michael Torke and A.R. Gurney and "Ballymore, Part 1: Winners" by Richard Wargo. 8 p.m. Ends April 17. University of Miami Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables. $5-$20. Details: (305) 284-4886 or www.miami.edu.
The Florida International University Concert Choir and University Chorale perform the works of Stroope, Hovland, Brunner and more. 7:30 p.m. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center, 10910 SW 17th St., Sweetwater. $10-$25. Details: (305) 348-0496 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.carta.fiu.edu.
The multitalented Esperanza Spalding, who plays several instruments, sings and composes, performs a jazz concert in conjunction with Miami Dade College's Cultura del Lobo series. Ms. Spalding became the youngest faculty member of the Berklee College of Music in Boston — which she attended — at age 23. She has also performed twice at the White House, including during a tribute to Stevie Wonder where President Obama awarded him with a Gershwin Prize for Popular Music. 8 p.m. Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. $5-$22. Details: (305) 237-3010 or www.mdc.edu/culture.
Latin Jazz harpist Roberto Perera, accompanied by hand drummer Robert Thomas Jr., guitarist Juan Areco and multi-instrumentalist Jorge Alfano, plays original beats and Latina American hits "Under the Oaks" at Miami Dade College's Kendall Campus. 8 p.m. Near Kendall Koffee House at Miami Dade College's Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104th St., Kendall. Scholarship donations requested. Details: (305) 237-2321 or www.mdc.edu/kendall.
Check out a concert at the Arsht Center for free as part of the Gospel Sundays series. Gospel singer Vanessa Bell Armstrong is joined by the New Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Choir. 4 p.m. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.
Students from the Florida International University Opera Workshop perform "Voices from the Fringe: An Afternoon of Contemporary Cabaret." Features songs by Sondheim, Bernstein, Porter and Gershwin. 4 p.m. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center at Florida International University, 10910 SW 17th St., concert hall, Sweetwater. $5-$15. Details: (305) 348-0496 or email@example.com or www.carta.fiu.edu.
The Voices of Heritage and the Heritage Youth Choir perform their spring concert. 7 p.m. African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave., Gladeview. $10-$15. Details: (305) 638-6771 or www.miamidade.gov.
Alhambra Orchestra presents "South Florida's Got Talent," a free concert featuring three young winners of the orchestra's annual concerto competition. Includes the music of Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, Bizet and more. 7 p.m. April 18. Ransom Everglades School, 3575 Main Highway, Coconut Grove. Details: (305) 668-9260 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.alhambramusic.org.
Caetano Veloso, who won a 2009 Latin Grammy, performs in his Brazilian "transamba" style. 8 p.m. The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $31.50-$76.50. Details: (800) 745-3000 or www.rhythmfoundation.org.
LA VIE BOHEME
University of Miami theater students perform "Rent," one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history. Winner of four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama, Jonathan Larson's musical tells of a group of bohemians struggling to live and make their rent payments in New York's East Village. Times vary. Ends May 1. Jerry Herman Ring Theatre at the University of Miami, 1312 Miller Drive, Coral Gables. $10-$22. Details: (305) 284-3355 or www.miami.edu/ring.
The men of Seraphic Fire perform ancient Latin and Gregorian chants by candlelight. 7:30 p.m. St. Christopher's by the Sea, 95 Harbor Drive, Key Biscayne. Additional performances through April 25. $35. Details: (888) 544-3473 or www.seraphicfire.org.
A DRAMATIC DAY
Set within a single day in Rome, comedic opera "Don Pascuale" follows a rich uncle's plot to preserve his family lineage after his nephew falls for a lower-class woman, Norina. In disguising herself as the uncle's new bride, Norina makes his life miserable enough so that when he finds that he has been duped, he happily consents to his nephew's choice of bride. Miami Lyric Opera performs the classic tale. 8 p.m. Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. $25-$30. Details: (305) 297-3619 or www.miamilyricopera.com.