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August 2, 2010, 4:32 pm
Filed under: Performing Arts News

The future of classical music and dance at the Adrienne Arsht Center is bright, thanks to a new John S. and James L. Knight Foundation challenge grant that will support the Center’s Masterworks Season through 2013.

The $600,000 grant, part of Knight Foundation’s national Arts Program, will be matched with $1.2 million of private sector support, both through private and corporate funding. The first Masterworks Season to benefit from the grant will be the recently-unveiled 2010-11 season, which has been named the “John S. and James L. Knight 2010-2011 Masterworks Season” in recognition of the Foundation’s support.

“On behalf of the Adrienne Arsht Center and the Miami community, we express our deepest gratitude to Knight Foundation for its generous support for our Masterworks Season,” said M. John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “Following an inaugural year that was embraced by our patrons and participating artists, we are committed to solidifying the Masterworks Season as a permanent fixture in our repertoire of annual Signature Series. Knight Foundation’s gift will help us do just that. We encourage our community to demonstrate its appreciation for Knight Foundation and love for classical music and dance by answering this important funding challenge.”

The Masterworks Season series was launched in 2009. Since then, audiences have embraced classical music and dance presented by the Center. Thousands of patrons attended concerts and performances in the series’ first year and ticket sales consistently exceeded the Center’s budget estimates.

This year’s season will include the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Classical Music Series, a Signature Dance Series, and for the first time, four Pops performances. Scheduled artists include the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra (Nov. 15, 2010), Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (Dec. 11, 2010), violin virtuoso Joshua Bell (Jan. 18, 2010), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (Feb. 17-20, 2011), and the Boston Pops Orchestra (March 19, 2011), among others.

Visit www.arshtcenter.org/masterworks1011 for additional Masterworks Season information.


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