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Adrienne Arsht Center Signature Series Bring to Miami the Best in International Arts and Entertainment
September 29, 2009, 8:35 pm
Filed under: At the Center

The Adrienne Arsht Center invites the finest artists and productions from across the nation and around the world to entertain and enlighten South Florida audiences. The Center’s programming not only represents the best the world has to offer, but also the most diverse, so that the unique cultural and ethnic mosaic that is South Florida is reflected on its stages year round.

Adrienne Arsht Center performances—many of them grouped together into six thematic Signature Series—cover a wide range of the performing arts: theater, all kinds of music, dance, Broadway musicals, and evenings such as our Celebrity Chef appearances, that are uniquely our own.

Below is a highlights preview of the Adrienne Arsht Center 2009 – 2010 Signature Series

The 2009 – 2010 lineup includes the South Florida premiere of the soul-stirring The Color Purple (October 27 – November 1); a pre-Broadway engagement of the new family blockbuster 101 Dalmatians (December 30 – January 3), starring Rachel York as Cruella de Vil; Broadway’s biggest blockbuster Wicked (March 3 – 21); the long-running feel-good phenomenon Mamma Mia! (March 30 – April 4) and the Best Musical Tony-winning Spring Awakening (May 11 – 16), Broadway’s most talked about show in years.

Musical Hit Wicked

Musical Hit Wicked

Complementing the Broadway offerings are a series of Broadway Extras, special performances which this season includes the acclaimed Edinburg Festival and off-Broadway hit The Walworth Farce (November 4 – 7), a concert by Broadway Tony Award-winning star Brian Stokes Mitchell (December 12), and an evening of grand illusion with David Copperfield (January 12).

Now Adrienne Arsht Center patrons can enjoy delicious music in a swanky setting when Sherie Rene Scott (October 15 – 18), Karen Akers (January 21 – 24), and Christine Andreas (April 22 – 25), three Broadway stars and some of our finest interpreters of theater and popular songs, perform in the Carnival Studio Theater in the Ziff Ballet Opera House. Signature Barton G cocktails are served one-half hour before each performance.

Sherie Rene Scott

Broadway star Sherie Rene Scott

The world’s top chefs come to the Adrienne Arsht Center stage for “Inside the Actor’s Studio”-style interviews, live cooking demonstrations, and Q&A sessions with the audience. Season 2 features the star Latina chefs Ingrid Hoffmann and Daisy Martinez (October 16), Anthony Bourdain hosting Jacques Pepin and Eric Ripert in a “surprise ingredients” cook-off (November 13), and Emeril Lagasse and his signature “New New Orleans” cuisine (January 9).

1Emeril - photo by Ron Calamia

Chef Emeril

Six evenings, each devoted to a different type of jazz, featuring the music’s greatest stars and interpreters. The Blues (November 6) kicks off this year’s series with Buddy Guy and Dr. John and the Lower 911. Next up is An Evening with Dave Grusin (December 4), a celebration of his award-winning film scores and his masterful arrangement of West Side Story, with performances by Patti Austin, Jon Secada, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, Gary Burton, Sammy Figueroa, and the Mancini Institute Orchestra.

The Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, and the legendary Jon Hendricks take the stage for Vocalese (January 15) followed by Jazz and Soul (February 26) featuring Al Jarreau and Ramsey Lewis; A Tribute to Frank Sinatra (March 19), starring Michael Feinstein and John Pizzarelli; and concluding with Piano Latino (April 16) with Eddie Palmieri, Michel Camilo and introducing Alfredo Rodriguez.

1Michael Feinstein

Musician Michael Feinstein

The John S. and James L. Knight MASTERWORKS SEASON represents the Center’s first full offering of classical music and dance programming: the four-performance Sanford and Dolores Ziff Classical Music Series and the three-part Dance Series, as well as a variety of special events—such as Sweet Honey in the Rock (December 11), Seraphic Fire’s Messiah (December 19), and Tony Bennett (January 8 ) that are made available to subscribers on a priority basis.

2009-2010 concerts includes the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman (December 16); Itzhak Perlman in recital (January 12); the Detroit Symphony, conducted by Leonard Slatkin (February 14); and superstar pianist Lang Lang with the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra conducted by Christophe Eschenbach (March 29).

Lang Lang

Pianist Lang Lang


Exciting contemporary dance from three unique companies—The Miami premiere of Israel’s Batsheva Ensemble (December 5 & 6); new works by The Joffrey Ballet (March 26 & 27); and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater back by popular demand (May 20 – 23).


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