MMF honors legendary international violinist Ida Haendel and her illustrious career as one of history’s great musicians in this best-of festival concert with the festival’s reprise visit to South Beach’s New World Center. Orchestral student winners of the MMF Concerto Competition will perform works by Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Reinecke and more in honor of Ms. Haendel. The concert will also feature the MMF Symphony Orchestra in Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra, as well as the MMF Piano Institute’s Concerto Competition winner.

Inspired by Nietzsche’s novel of the same name, Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus spoke Zarathustra) is a tone poem that evokes the vastness and philosophical posturing of Nietzsche. The iconic opening five note theme of the “Sunrise” fanfare is among the most recognized in classical music, and featured in the Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

In keeping with MMF’s commitment to the performance of the work of living composers, Miami Dade County’s Superintendent of Schools, Alberto Carvalho, will orate the world premiere of a new work by award-winning composer, Jeffery Briggs, set to the poetry of three-time Pulitzer-prize finalist, Hyam Plutzik (1911-62).