You say "virtuosos," we say "virtuosi." Russian conductor-violinist Vladimir Spivakov plays an instrument as old as some of the music that comes flowing sweetly from its strings, and he'll pull his bow across them as he leads the Moscow Virtuosi in concert today at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. In 1979 Spivakov handpicked the members of the Virtuosi -- now one of the world's preeminent chamber ensembles -- from the top-ranking soloists of the great orchestras of what was then the Soviet Union. That same year the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Cultural Exchange Agreement collapsed following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, so it wasn't until 1987 that the Moscow Virtuosi performed in the United States. Since 1989 the ensemble has returned for stateside tours six times; this year the Virtuosi bring a program featuring Bach, Shostakovich, Webern, and Tchaikovsky. Spivakov performs a solo during Bach's Concerto in C minor for Violin, Oboe, and Strings, on which he'll be joined by principal oboist Alexei Utkin. The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Tickets for the 2 p.m. performance range in price from $20 to $65. Call 800-572-8471.
Take pounding, tribal drumming and add deep, pulsating bass licks, and you've got jungle, the subgenre of electronic dance music that has risen to chart-topping prominence in the United Kingdom and is quickly gaining ground on the DJ-fertile South Florida scene. Now you can take a weekly dance safari at A Jungle Ting, the drum-and-bass format night now in residence every Wednesday night at Squeeze. DJ and In-Depth Records recording artist Element, a Fort Lauderdale local, spins at this week's jungle jam. He's joined by another homegrown talent, DJ Roxanne, a spinstress breaking into the DJ boys' club with her own phat jungle beats. "When it started in '92 or '93, we didn't know that it would evolve from the reggae that influenced it early on," says 26-year-old Element, whose parents still call him Dale Nibbe. "Now it's headed in all different directions." A $5 cover gets you into the groove starting at 9 p.m. at Squeeze, 2 S. New River Dr. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-522-2151 for more information.