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Performing arts groups ready to showcase holiday spirit

Written by on November 16, 2021
Performing arts groups ready to showcase holiday spirit

With the winter season just around the corner, Miami-Dade’s most prominent performing arts groups are set to present their premiere programming and kick off the joy of the holiday spirit.

Still following all safety protocols, local live performing arts organizations are not holding back and are bringing their A-game – reminding the community of the immense artistic talent South Florida has to offer.

It’s about to be 100% cheer as the New World Symphony (NWS) at 500 17th St. performs seasonal favorites decked out in their finest and funniest holiday costumes Dec. 18. NWS fellows and conductor Chad Goodman are encouraging families and friends to celebrate a variety of cultural heritages with Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival,” Alan Silvestri/arr Jerry Brubaker’s “Suite from The Polar Express” and Lucas Richman’s “Hanukkah Festival Overture Quinn Mason: Christmas Eve Festivities.”

Anthony DiLorenzo will also showcase “Navidad Latina Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Selections from The Nutcracker Miniature Overture Mother Goose and the Clowns.”

On Dec. 3, the University of Miami Gusman Concert Hall at 1314 Miller Drive in Coral Gables presents its annual holiday tradition with Stephen Guerra Big Band’s “Swingin’ for the Holidays!”

Arrangements include holiday classics and a brand-new sing-along. The band showcases a tapestry of musical traditions from around the world. Frost professor Stephen Guerra’s Big Band is comprised of talented students and faculty from across the Studio Music and Jazz program.

The Florida Grand Opera will hit the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts’ stage at 1300 Biscayne Blvd. with “Stella!: A Streetcar Named Desire, ” an opera that follows the downward spiral of former southern belle Blanche Dubois, who after having experienced a series of personal losses, leaves behind her wealth and privilege and moves into a run-down apartment with her sister and brother-in-law.

The presentation is promising to be filled with soaring melodies and an orchestral score that puts audiences right in the middle of New Orleans during a hot summer. The first showing is Jan. 22. For the safety of all, the Arsht Center requires proof of Covid-19 vaccinations or negative test for entry.

The Cleveland Orchestra will be returning on its US Tour offering two dramatic works at the Adrienne Arsht Center starting with “Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4,” conducted by Franz Welser-Möst on Jan. 21, and “Mozart Symphony No. 36: Lin” and “DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 8” kicking-off Jan. 28.

Miami City Ballet has two major winter performances, tropical-imbued presentation of George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker, which marks its return to in-theater performances starting Dec. 16, and Alexi Ratmansky’s “Swan Lake” Feb. 11; both are also going to be at the Arsht Center.

This is the ballet’s largest production in the company’s history and the first time it will perform the very challenging full-length “Swan Lake,” said Amber Dorsky. Miami City Ballet’s communication manager. Alexi Ratmansky is largely considered one of today’s greatest ballet choreographers, who gave the ballet the exclusive right to premiere this work in the US – a major milestone for the ballet organization.

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