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December 10, 2010, 5:04 pm
Filed under: At the Center

One of the most cherished holiday traditions is spending time with friends and family, and the Adrienne Arsht Center is once again one of the most exciting places in Miami for a memorable family outing. The magic of the holidays will be alive and well on all our stages with an exciting family-friendly lineup that includes the season’s classics as well as Miami’s newest holiday traditions.

For the fifth consecutive season, Miami City Ballet inaugurates the festivities at the Center with one of the most enduring shows of the season – the beautiful sets, lavish costumes and magical special effects of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.  This year’s production will feature a large cast of local children dancing side-by-side  international ballet stars to the magical music by Tchaikovsky. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ runs from December 17 through December 23 in the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House. 

Building on the tradition of presenting dazzling Broadway productions over the holidays, which began with the legendary Cats and continued last season with the loveable 101 Dalmatians, the Adrienne Arsht Center’s musical treat this season is the romantic and enchanting Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The Broadway musical for all generations based on the Academy® Award-winning animated feature film will make its Miami premiere at the Adrienne Arsht Center from December 28 – January 2.  This classic love story is an eye-popping spectacle that has won the hearts of more than 35 million people worldwide and will wow Miami audiences into the New Year!

Liz Shivener as Belle and the cast of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Photo by Joan Marcus.

In what has become another Miami tradition, Seraphic Fire and the Firebird Chamber Orchestra will grace the stage of the Center’s John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall for a fourth time with a stirring performance of Handel’s Messiah on December 18. Messiah, Handel’s most celebrated composition, has been thrilling audiences during the holiday season for more than 250 years. 

Joining the Center’s stellar holiday lineup this year is the Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller on December 26. Mannheim Steamroller, now celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their annual Christmas tour, will perform versions of some the most popular Christmas music of all time, including classic hits such as “Deck the Halls” and “Silent Night.” It’s “a magical experience,” says the South Bend Tribune.

Choir photo by Sound Trak Inc.

The festivities continue into the New Year when the annual Salute to Vienna recreates on January 2 in the Knight Concert Hall the beauty and excitement of spending the holiday in the Austrian capital with gorgeous music, beautiful costumes, singers, dancers, and a full orchestra.

With nearly 20 performances from which to choose, the Adrienne Arsht Center is a terrific option for spending quality family time over the holidays.


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