Arsht Center

Family of Larry Rosen

Larry Rosen was always looking for his next big project. A decade ago, he'd recently finished producing a series for PBS, "Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis," but he was not a guy interested in taking a break. The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts was new and, as usual, Rosen saw an opportunity: bring jazz to the gleaming new concert hall, one with acoustics that could be adjusted to different kinds of music. Right out of the gate, the Jazz Roots concert series brought in some...

Nadege Green / WLRN

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is commissioning 10 new pieces to celebrate a decade in downtown Miami. The commissions, dubbed 10@10, will all be performed in 2016. They include a dance piece choreographed by Miami native and Alvin Ailey dance director Robert Battle. Battle attended a press conference Tuesday at the Arsht Center and talked about his dance, “The Attention of Souls,” which will debut March 2016. “The creative force is very healing, so I’m thinking a lot about...

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01/08/15 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer , Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Chef Allen Susser; he discusses his new café at the Books and Books Café in the Sears Tower; and Chef Hector Torres discusses Brava, his new restaurant replacing Prelude at the Artsh Center. They bring food for us to taste on the air.

Lisann Ramos

Once a year the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to town to perform at the Arsht Center. Wednesday night the rehearsal director of the company taught a free master class for any dancers interested. The only requirements were that dancers had to be at intermediate level and 16 or older. Matthew Rushing dances and choreographs around the world. While traveling with Alvin Ailey , he also takes part in outreach programs such as this one. "I feel like it’s one of the best parts of touring...

Gio Alma/Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet for the first time is dipping its (bare) toes into the work of famous Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato this Friday. The work, “Jardi Tancat ,” is a soulful and lyrical piece, performed in barefoot to Catalán folk music. It is one of four works making up the ballet’s Program II, See the Music . Miami City Ballet artistic director Lourdes Lopez has made bringing new works to the company one of her priorities. “I want to show people how...

The Arsht Center Sees A Future In Video Games

Nov 22, 2013
Courtesy of Square Enix

A very different crowd will be filing into the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall this weekend. Instead of the usual group, predominately made up of women between 55 and 65 years old, swarms of 18- to 25-year-old boys will be packing the seats. But they aren’t coming for Mozart or Beethoven. They’re coming to hear the music of a popular, 25-year-old video-game series, called Final Fantasy , performed by an orchestra. The show, “Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy” has...

courtesy of Seraphic Fire

When Mozart died, he left unfinished one of his most famous pieces of work: the "Requiem Mass in D Minor." Now, local classical-music group Seraphic Fire is completing it. "Requiem" was commissioned by a baron who was known for buying musical works and passing them off as his own. But in December of 1791, Mozart died before making good on the buy. "[Musicians have tried to finish it] to a greater or lesser degree of success,” according to Seraphic Fire artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley....

Steven Caras/Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet’s season opens the evening of Oct. 18 at the Adrienne Arsht Center with Ballo della Regina, a technical feat of precision and speed, with lots of fast turns, hops on point and at times a combination of the two. The ballet, set to music from Verdi's Don Carlo, is so difficult that it’s not widely performed because many companies don’t have the dancers to pull it off. "Like Champagne" ...

Courtesy of the Adrienne Arsht Center

Between South Floridas companies and performing arts centers, the classical music calendar can fill up fast.

Mendbeeth

08/23/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat , President and CEO, John Richard, brings us news about the incredible new season coming up for the Arsht Center . Charles Greenfield, speaks with Michael Ellert about the exciting fall performance dates for the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival . Chef Norman Van Aken offers A Word On Food and Bill Nix delivers his Palm Beach County arts calendar. <...

Fela! An Afro-Beat Musical In Miami

Mar 21, 2013
courtesy of the Adrienne Arsht Center

The Tony-award winning Broadway musical, Fela! is in Miami this week. The production is based on the complex life-- and music-- of late Nigerian activist, musician and singer Fela Kuti. Kuti is known worldwide for founding the musical genre afro-beat. But in Nigeria, he’s known for using his music to protest the country’s military government through the 70s and 80s. Now, the musical Fela! uses Kuti's songs to tell his story. Fela! is unique because it’s a biographical story, said Adesola...

Over the past several years, FDOT initiated the process to replace the 1.5-mile structure that links State Road 836 east of Interstate 95 to the MacArthur Causeway. As the main artery between the Miami International Airport, the Port of Miami, and South Beach, millions of visitors traverse this scenic stretch annually on the way to a cruise or the beaches. The byproduct of 1960’s urban renewal, I-395 ripped apart neighborhoods and displaced thousands from historic Overtown. Today the...

Christine DiMattei

The disco craze that took the world by storm nearly 40 years ago was born in New York City, right? Maybe not. A theatrical experience celebrating 1970's disco comes to the Adrienne Arsht Center tonight. And while it’s hundreds of miles away from the streets John Travolta struts down in “Saturday Night Fever,” it turns out Miami played a major role in the disco craze. “I think that those people who are from cultures where social dance is an aspect of their cultural life, their everyday life,...