Point of View

January 14, 2010, 4:03 pm
Filed under: About the Center

In December, Miami New Times saluted the Adrienne Arsht Center as one of Miami’s Ten Defining Moments of the Decade: “It was clear Miami was coming of age culturally, but we lacked a traditional, central arts center to host orchestras, ballets, Broadway shows, and the ilk.  BOY, DID WE GET ONE.  The Adrienne Arsht Center is the third-largest performing arts center in the nation, only behind one in Denver and New York’s famed Lincoln Center.”  

Last Spring, the Center proudly welcomed its one millionth patron and the Center’s many sell outs have included the 2008-2009 Jazz Roots Inaugural Season, while Fuerza Bruta, twice extended in the summer of 2009, became the longest-running touring production in Miami history.  In 2009 the Center also launched its first full season of music and dance programming, the first ever Ailey Camp Miami, in partnership with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, and the Grand Opening of Prelude by Barton G., Miami’s newest dining hot spot.  

The last month of the decade found the center in festive holiday swing with Broadway in Miami’s new family treat, The 101 Dalmatians Musical, playing its most successful national tour engagement to date  at the Ziff Ballet Opera House. Serphiac Fire performed Handel’s Messiah in the Knight Concert Hall and The John S. and James L. Knight Masterworks Season’s Sanford and Dolores Ziff Classical Music Series got off to a gorgeous start with a concert by  the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. Capping off December was Miami City Ballet’s perennial holiday favorite George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

January brings a new decade and legendary entertainers to the Center: Tony Bennett on the Knight Concert Hall stage January 8 is now the highest grossing one-night show in the Center’s history.  Bennett calls the venue “one of the most beautiful in the world.” Itzhak Perlman in Recital wowed a capacity audience on January 12. The 2009-10 Celebrity Chef Series ended with a BAM! January 9 with Emeril Lagasse, and 2010’s first Family Fest kicked off  with a special pre-sale and activities for Wicked, Broadway’s Musical Blockbuster, coming to the Ziff Ballet Opera House March 3-21, and a free performace of Cinderella by the Miami City Ballet School.  

The legendary Tony Bennett onstage at the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center.

2010 will see the opening of the Bombay Sapphire Lounge in the historic Carnival Tower.  And, for the first time, the Center presents off-site at the white big top at Bicentennial Park beginning January 19 with its co-presentation of Cavalia, a unique live entertainment featuring a magical encounter between man and horse.

With so many choices, a visit to the Adrienne Arsht Center could be the easiest New Year’s resolution you’ve ever made!


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