The Masterworks Season at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

Oct 2nd, 2010 through April 21st, 2011.

altThe Masterworks Season at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County will provide classical music and dance performances through 2013, with new support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The $600,000 grant, part of Knight Foundation’s national Arts Program, will be matched with $1.2 million of private sector support, both through private and corporate funding.

The first Masterworks Season to benefit from the grant will be the recently unveiled 2010-11 season, which coincides with the Adrienne Arsht Center’s 5th anniversary season. It has been named the “John S. and James L. Knight 2010-2011 Masterworks Season” in recognition of the Foundation’s aim to fund cultural projects that enrich and engage the South Florida community. With the community’s support, Adrienne Arsht Center will match the $600,000 grant with $1.2 million in private donations. Knight Foundation grant follows 2009-10 Masterworks Season that drew tens of thousands of community patrons.

The Adrienne Arsht Center launched the Masterworks Season series in 2009 after preserving the bulk of the Concert Association of Florida’s 2009 season once that organization filed for bankruptcy. Since then, audiences have embraced classical music and dance presented by the Center: tens of thousands of patrons attended concerts and performances in the series’ first year and ticket sales consistently exceeded the Center’s budget estimates. “On behalf of the Adrienne Arsht Center and the Miami community, we express our deepest gratitude to Knight Foundation for its generous support for our Masterworks Season,” said M. John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “Following an inaugural year that was embraced by our patrons and participating artists alike, we are committed to solidifying the Masterworks Season as a permanent fixture in our repertoire of annual Signature Series. Knight Foundation’s gift will help us do just that. We encourage members of our community to demonstrate their appreciation for Knight Foundation and love for classical music and dance by answering this important funding challenge.”

“The Arsht Center has moved quickly to ensure that top notch classical performances will engage South Florida in coming years,” said Dennis Scholl, vice president/arts and Miami program director for Knight Foundation. The John S. and James L. Knight 2010-2011 Masterworks Season will include the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Classical Music Series, a Signature Dance Series, and for the first time, four Pops performances:

Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza, October 2, 2010: Award-winning Mexican dancer and choreographer Tania Pérez-Salas brings her Compañía de Danza to Miami as part of an international tour celebrating Mexico’s 200th anniversary of independence.

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, November 15, 2010: The Moscow State Symphony Orchestra has been hailed as one of the greatest orchestras from a cultural tradition rich with extraordinary symphonic ensembles.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, December 11, 2010: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, one of America’s most innovative contemporary dance companies, will perform repertory pieces by Ohad Naharin, Jirí Kylián, and Alejandro Cerrudo.

The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis, December 26, 2010: Mannheim Steamroller brings a signature sound combining classical and modern-day rock, acoustic, and electronic music to the holiday season.

Michael Bolton, January 17, 2011: The quintessential romantic vocalist, Michael Bolton’s career spans more than 22 years, 53 million records sold, multiple Grammys, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Joshua Bell, January 18, 2011: A young violin virtuoso who debuted at the age of 14, Bell is widely regarded as one of America’s youngest and most talented musical geniuses, having recorded more than 35 CDs and garnered an Oscar Award for his work in film.

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, February 2, 2011: One of Russia’s finest artistic ambassadors, the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin has earned national and international acclaim featuring some of Russia’s finest young string players.

Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie, February 9, 2011: The Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie is Germany’s official sponsored philharmonic orchestra, comprised of 88 musicians from 16 nations and celebrating 90 years of artistry.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, February 17-20, 2011: Performing at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the third year in a row, the dance company has been recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” and performed for 23 million people in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents celebrating the uniqueness of the African American cultural experience.

Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, March 19, 2011: The Boston Pops Orchestra, the most-recorded orchestra in the world, will highlight the beloved popular tunes of Cole Porter, featuring Broadway darlings Kelli O’Hara and Brian D’Arcy James and world-renowned conductor Keith Lockhart.

The 5 Browns, March 30, 2011: The five Brown siblings, each began playing the piano around age three and were the first family of five siblings to ever be accepted simultaneously at the Juilliard School. At the Adrienne Arsht Center, they will perform classical pieces both individually and in complex five-piano arrangements.

Yuri Bashmet and Evgeny Kissin in Concert, April 21, 2011: Yuri Bashmet, a leading Russian conductor and violist, will be joined onstage by piano virtuoso and Grammy Award-winner Evgeny Kissin to perform a spectacular program for viola and piano.

Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132
305.949.6722
www.arshtcenter.org

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