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The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County Announces Three Concerts for its 2016-2017 Live At Knight Series
FROM THE BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB™ OMARA PORTUONDO 85 TOUR
October 28, 2016
THE HAVANA CUBA ALL-STARS THE ASERE FRIENDSHIP TOUR
November 25, 2016
PINK MARTINI January 13, 2017
And a very special collaboration…
CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN, ROCK BAND AND STRING ORCHESTRA COMPOSED BY R.E.M.'S MIKE MILLS FOR ROBERT MCDUFFIE
October 20, 2016
Plus a Halloween weekend treat from Chicago’s WildClaw Theatre…
DEATHSCRIBE MIAMI October 27-30, 2016
All shows available exclusively to Arsht Center Members beginning July 19
On sale to the public beginning July 22
Also available for purchase for the first time: SIEMPRE FLAMENCO
BROADWAY’S THE ILLUSIONISTS MIAMI CITY BALLET’S PROGRAM I: GISELLE
Theater Up Close’s AFTER and
SALUTE TO VIENNA
MIAMI, FL July 18, 2016 – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is proud to announce three new concerts for its 2016-2017 Live at Knight Series: Cuba’s BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB diva, OMARA PORTUNDO, celebrating her music and life with special guests on October 28, 2016; THE HAVANA CUBA ALL-STARS presenting “The Asere Friendship Tour” highlighting Cuba’s greatest musicians on November 25, 2016; and the biggest little orchestra around, PINK MARTINI featuring lead singer China Forbes, making its anticipated return to the Arsht Center on January 13, 2017. The Center is also pleased to announce CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN, ROCK BAND AND STRING ORCHESTRA, a high-energy, rock-n- roll experience with a string orchestra composed by R.E.M.'s Mike Mills for Robert McDuffie; and a Halloween weekend treat with DEATHSCRIBE MIAMI, a horror-filled night of live-action radio plays performed by Chicago’s WildClaw Theatre on October 27-30, 2016. Tickets are available to Arsht Center Members beginning July 19 and to the general public beginning July 22. Tickets may be purchased at the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at www.arshtcenter.org. The following shows will also be available for the first time to the general public: SIEMPRE FLAMENCO'S 11th ANNUAL FESTIVAL DE CANTE FLAMENCO, a mesmerizing and passionate production featuring Spain's brightest stars; THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY, a mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on Earth; MIAMI CITY BALLET’S PROGRAM I: GISELLE, the most cherished of all 19th-century ballets; Theater Up Close’s AFTER, a world premiere play from multiple Carbonell Award-winning, internationally produced playwright, Michael McKeever; and SALUTE TO VIENNA, the ultimate New Year’s Eve concert. Additional information for the shows on sale beginning July 19: Siempre Flamenco and the Adrienne Arsht Center present SIEMPRE FLAMENCO’S 11TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL DE CANTE FLAMENCO September 2-4, 2016. Various times. Tickets: $48* Carnival Studio Theater – Adrienne Arsht Center SIEMPRE FLAMENCO'S FESTIVAL DE CANTE FLAMENCO returns to the Arsht Center for a mesmerizing and passionate production featuring Spain's brightest stars. This festival, a celebration of cante, brings South Florida audiences a unique opportunity to enjoy an art form that is seldom heard outside of Spain. The deep emotions that emanate from flamenco song unite with the intricate fury of dance in a unique performance that will exhilarate audiences with an up-close experience in the Carnival Studio Theater. The 11th anniversary edition of the festival pays homage to the city of Jerez de la Frontera, considered to be the birthplace of flamenco. Veteran singer Nano de Jerez, along with rising young artists Sara Salado and Miguel Lavi, are set to bring the authentic flavor of Jerez to Miami! The Adrienne Arsht Center and Broadway Across America present THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY October 11 – 16, 2016. Various times. Tickets: $27, $49, $69 & $89* Ziff Ballet Opera House – Adrienne Arsht Center Part of the 2016-2017 Broadway in Miami Series presented in partnership with Bank of America THE ILLUSIONISTSTM – LIVE FROM BROADWAY has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.
Audiences will witness stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mind-reading, disappearance and for the first time ever in history, a full view water torture escape. Performed by the acclaimed escapologist Andrew Basso, he will hold his breath for over 4 minutes whilst attempting to escape from his underwater cell. This group of world-class performers take their cue from the showmanship of the great illusionists of the past - such as Harry Houdini – and pair it with a new and updated contemporary aesthetic, whose set and costume design lend the genre a theatricality and artistry that has rarely been seen before. Collectively, these performers have been seen by millions of people around the world and this production showcases their incredible talents together on stage for the very first time. The Adrienne Arsht Center presents CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN, ROCK BAND AND STRING ORCHESTRA Composed by R.E.M.'s Mike Mills for Robert McDuffie Featuring Wordless Music Orchestra October 20, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $35, $50, $75 & $100* John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall – Adrienne Arsht Center A high-energy, amplified, rock-n-roll experience with a string orchestra! This one-of-a-kind evening features icons from both the rock and classical worlds. Mike Mills of the mega rock band R.E.M. pairs up with Robert McDuffie, whom the San Francisco Chronicle describes as “a treasure — a musician of probing intelligence, a violinist of authority, and a force of great vitality,” to present an eclectic evening of works by John Adams, Philip Glass, and Mills himself. Inspired by the increasingly blurred lines between classical and pop music, McDuffie commissioned his longtime friend Mills to compose his CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN, ROCK BAND AND STRING ORCHESTRA. The piece expertly blends Mills’ prolific pop songwriting with McDuffie’s brilliance in the classical realm.
Miami City Ballet presents PROGRAM I: GISELLE October 21-23, 2016. Various times. Tickets: $20, $39, $69, $99 & $189* Ziff Ballet Opera House – Adrienne Arsht Center
Perhaps the most cherished of all 19th-century ballets, GISELLE, created in 1841, has never lost its preeminence in the repertory. One reason among many: Every ballerina wants to dance it! And just about every great ballerina in history has danced it – from Pavlova to Ulanova, Fonteyn, Alonso, Kirkland, Makarova, and so many more. And why not? In Act One the ballerina gets to be a naïve, loving peasant girl who is betrayed by Albrecht, her aristocrat lover, and has a harrowing mad scene before dying. In Act Two she’s a ghostly Wili, raised from her tomb to join her spectral sisters in driving inconstant men to their death -- only to defy the Wilis and use the power of her love to save Albrecht from his doom. Act One demands earthly romantic charm and dramatic intensity; Act Two demands incorporeal purity concealing steely classical technique. A deep theme that binds the two acts together: the power of dance itself. Giselle is a girl who simply loves to dance but is constantly restrained by her mother’s concern about her weak heart – the heart that gives out at the climax of Act One. And in Act Two, the faithless men are forced by Myrthe, the implacable Queen of the Wilis, to dance on and on until they die.
Zoetic Stage and the Adrienne Arsht Center present AFTER by Michael McKeever – World Premiere! October 27 – November 13, 2016. Various Times. Tickets: $50 & $55* Carnival Studio Theater – Adrienne Arsht Center Part of the 2016-2017 Theater Up Close Series supported by Adrianne and Jerry l. Cohen, Alan and Diane Lieberman and the Hotel Croydon Miami Beach
Reeling in the aftershocks of an American tragedy, a victim’s loved ones come face to face with the family of the accused. Shocking, topical and moving, AFTER follows the heartbreaking, ultimately uplifting year- long journey of two families left to pick up the pieces of a life interrupted, after the funerals have ended and news cameras have gone home. The newest world premiere from multiple Carbonell Award-winning, internationally produced playwright, Michael McKeever, author of two Carbonell Award-winning plays Daniel’s Husband and Clark Gable Slept Here. The Adrienne Arsht Center presents WildClaw Theatre’s DEATHSCRIBE MIAMI October 27-30, 2016. Various times. Tickets: $39* Peacock Foundation Studio – Adrienne Arsht Center Come spend the Halloween weekend with us as you’ll hear ghoulish, chilling, suspenseful and downright grotesque radio plays performed by a cast of top Chicago talent from Wildclaw Theatre including sound designers, Foley artists and live musicians! DEATHSCRIBE MIAMI will be four gl