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Increasingly each season, the Adrienne Arsht Center is becoming a gathering place for more and more families during the holidays. The performing arts give us a unique opportunity to share time with friends and loved ones. Through them we experience beauty, joy, wonder and delight together—creating warm, distinct memories that will be treasured a lifetime.
To mark this special season the Center planned a December stuffed with excitement and enchantment for the entire family. The voices of Sweet Honey in the Rock, the Free Gospel Sunday choirs, Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell and Seraphic Fire singing Handel’s Messiah made our spirits soar. Dave Grusin and some very famous friends—singers Patti Austin and Jon Secada, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, vibraphone virtuoso Gary Burton among them— brought to life the brilliance that has made West Side Story a favorite of generations.
The incomparable Billy Crystal regaled us with funny and nostalgic tales of his own close-knit family in his Tony Award-winning play, 700 Sundays. For many families, an outing to see The Nutcracker has been a treasured holiday tradition for decades, and happily we have one of the best productions in the country at the Center with Miami City Ballet’s signature staging of the George Balanchine classic. Finally, we’re about to introduce a fun new holiday treat when the pre-Broadway production of The 101 Dalmatians Musical—already being called the best family musical since Annie—scampers onto the Ziff Ballet Opera House stage and into the new year. And what better way to celebrate the arrival of 2010 with a Salute to Vienna, the music and dance performance of waltzes and operetta that has become a New Year’s tradition all over the world.
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