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Adrienne Arsht Center’s Festival Grab-Bag
September 29, 2009, 8:06 pm
Filed under: At the Center

As summer draws to a close, it’s time to look forward to the variety of festivals this arts season at the Adrienne Arsht Center. From Tel Aviv at 100 and Flamenco Festival to Miami Made, the Center’s festivals come in all shapes, sizes, and feature varying line-ups offering diverse programming.

In 2009, Arsht Center will present TEL AVIV AT 100 FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, celebrating the centennial of existence, accomplishment and creativity of the first Hebrew city to be established in the modern era. These performances celebrate Tel Aviv’s great cultural accomplishments, and feature artists with a connection to Tel Aviv who are making an impact on performing arts around the world. Tel Aviv at 100 includes:

1Idan Raichel Project - photo by NitzanTreystman

The Idan Raichel Project (November 21) – With an enchanting blend of African, Latin American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern sounds coupled with a spectacular live show, the Idan Raichel Project has become one of the most unexpected success stories in Israeli music history.

Batsheva Ensemble (December 5 & 6) – Led by artistic director Ohad Naharin, Israel’s premiere contemporary dance company heralds a tradition of excellence, artistic integrity and creative freedom that has earned the company its reputation as one of the most inspirational and sought after companies.

1Batsheva Ensemble - Deca Dance - photo by Gadi Dagon

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (December 16) – With guest conductor/violin soloist Pinchas Zuckermann & Amanda Forsyth, cello, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is one of Israel’s oldest and most influential cultural institutions. The IPO has dedicated itself to presenting the world’s greatest music to audiences in Israel and around the world.

Itzhak Perlman (January 12) – Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond to his remarkable artistry and irrepressible joy of making music.

FLAMENCO FESTIVAL MIAMI returns to the Arsht Center, February 13th -19th, 2010, for another year of unforgettable performances. Miami’s annual flamenco celebration, now in its 3rd year, features mesmerizing artistry from renowned dancers and musicians direct from Spain!

1Maria Pages - photo courtesy of Compania Maria Pages

This year’s festival kicks off with an Opening Night Gala on February 13 entitled Los Jovenes Flamencos. The evening is a special tribute to the new generation of flamenco artists who are bringing fresh life to the art form, with performances by Pastora Galvan, Manuel Liñan, Belén Lopez, Juan de Juan, and Rocío Molina.

Rocío Molina then takes center stage on February 17th with her new work, Oro Viejo. A revelation in flamenco dance, Molina has become a major star in the flamenco world at the age of 25. She is followed by the incomparable María Pages, on Feb. 18th and 19th, in Flamenco Republic. Known for her sinuous movement and her charismatic stage presence, she is one of the leading innovators in modern flamenco.
In March, the MIAMI MADE FESTIVAL will showcase innovative, groundbreaking work created by artists living and working in South Florida. The festival includes free workshops of works in progress, readings of unproduced plays, and discussions with artists and arts professionals, in addition to world premiere showcases presented during the annual “HERE & NOW” program, a joint commissioning project with Miami Light Project dedicated to the professional development of South Florida-based artists.

1Miami Made Festival

In addition, both City Theatre’s SUMMER SHORTS FESTIVAL and Teatro Avante’s INTERNATIONAL HISPANIC THEATRE FESTIVAL will return with another line-up of extraoardinary plays in Summer 2010.

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