New 2009 – 2010 Season
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is proud to announce its 2009-2010 inaugural John S. and James L. Knight Masterworks Season. The inaugural season, which includes two subscription series, has been supported by a $200,000 challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a $500,000 pledge over five years from Dr. and Mrs. Sanford L. Ziff and $80,000 in additional private support from the Classical Encore Circle.
The John S. and James L. Knight Masterworks Season represents the Center’s first full offering of classical music and dance programming: the four-performance Sanford and Dolores Ziff Classical Music Series and the three-part Signature Dance Series, as well as a variety of special events that will be made available to subscribers on a priority basis.
The Sanford and Dolores Ziff Classical Music Series will present four diverse works by the highly regarded Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Pinchas Zukerman, on December 16th; a solo recital of audience favorites by four-time Emmy® Award and 15-time Grammy® Award-winning violinist Itzhak Perlman on January 12th; the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of the internationally recognized American conductor Leonard Slatkin, on February 14th; and outstanding pianist Lang Lang accompanied by the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, on March 29th, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.
The Signature Dance Series will feature a selection of world-renowned dance companies including one of Israel’s leading cultural ambassadors, the Batsheva Ensemble on December 5th and 6th; the internationally acclaimed American dance company The Joffrey Ballet on March 26th and 27th; and the return of Miami favorite Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from May 20th – 23rd. The three-part series will take place in the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House.
Also announced as 2009-2010 season special events are two holiday performances. Following two years of sold out performances, Miami’s own Seraphic Fire returns to deliver their powerful, critically acclaimed performance of Messiah on December 19th. The all-female vocal ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock performs their unique blend of blues, gospel, rap and reggae-inspired sounds in a special “Holidays with Sweet Honey in the Rock” performance on December 11th. Plus, an evening with the man who Frank Sinatra called “the best singer in the business” – the legendary crooner Tony Bennett – on January 8th.
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132