Performing arts groups pushing ahead on live showings
After almost two years without being able to showcase live performances, local performing arts institutions and venues are not scaling back anticipated fall season premiers.
Like most of the cultural arts community, live arts organizations are ready to put on world-class performances and carefully welcome back audiences modestly.
In October, The New World Symphony Orchestra will begin to sell its first tickets and have audiences back once again at the New World Center at 500 17th St. in Miami Beach starting with 50% capacity, said Howard Herring, the orchestra’s president and CEO.
“We’re going to be very careful. I think we can welcome back our audiences with the protocols that we have set,” Mr. Herring said. “We believe that we can make music as an orchestra and for a good audience, smaller and distance, but a live audience.”
Building on New World Symphony’s mission to prepare young musicians for leadership roles in orchestras and ensembles around the world and its vision of diversity and inclusion initiatives, conductor Edwin Outwater will lead a pre-season concert on Oct. 2 and a season-opening concert conducted by Christian Reif featuring mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke will kick-off on Oct. 9 and 10.
The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, which is managed by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, will be adopting the Broward Center’s safety protocols requiring audience members to wear face coverings at all performances and show documentation of a recent negative Covid-19 test or provide documentation showing full vaccination status.
“We have been working in conjunction with the Broward Center and the Cleveland Clinic to create guidelines for a safe and enjoyable audience experience,” said Jeff Kiltie, the cultural center’s general manager.
Aventura Arts & Cultural Center at 3385 NE 188th St. opens its arts season with a performance by Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida’s “UNBROKEN,” which is a new and original ballet performance choreographed by Ballet Master Vladimir Issaev, who will bring to the stage the music of Édouard Lalo’s Namouna.
This re-imagining of Lalo’s Romantic ballet serves as a testament to the timelessness of classical ballet as well as its continuity during these challenging and changing times while introducing the audience to the future of classical ballet, Mr. Kiltie added. Additional repertoire includes “Viva España” with music by Massenet and Choreography by Issaev and other neo classical and contemporary pieces.
“Both artists and audiences have been seeking a way to get back to live performance,” he said. “Performing arts centers in South Florida and around the state are adopting similar guidelines to create what is, in effect, an industry-standard that enables artists to successfully tour the nation.”