The silent church seems to lean in with anticipation as Dr. Karen Kennedy raises her arm into the air. With a graceful flick of her baton, the artistic director of Master Chorale of South Florida—an accomplished conductor and teacher—coaxes forth the opening strains of Bach’s Magnificat from the flock of singers and musicians in front of her, weaving their voices into a tapestry of crescendos and soaring notes. Since its creation in 2002, Master Chorale of South Florida has performed their awe-inspiring concerts in churches, cathedrals, and high schools across South Florida, delighting audiences with a diverse choral repertoire. Audiences can expect to hear many musical periods represented in each performance, from the baroque stylings of Handel to Debussy’s impressionistic melodies and Aaron Copland’s epic pieces that blend traditional American folk songs with traditional Bruce Springsteen hits.
MUSE stands for "mastering unique self expression"—a common experience for students at the MUSE Center for the Arts, where they show off their creativity in dance, music, and theater classes. Its instructors, who come from a variety of arts backgrounds, have extensive résumés, including dancing with choreographer Twyla Tharp's company, performing at the Metropolitan Opera House, and specializing in stage combat.
Both children and adults learn styles such as jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary in dance classes, and skilled kids aged 6–18 can try out for MUSE's competitive dance team. Musicians can further their craft in private or group lessons available for a variety of instruments, including voice, guitar, and violin. And the theater season is divided into school-year and summer sessions, where young Broadway hopefuls learn how to sing, dance, and write a quippy Playbill bio.
A former professional boxer, Howard Davis, Jr. lays claim to some staggering accomplishments. He won the New York Golden Gloves while still an amateur, made it into the 1976 Olympics where he earned a gold medal and was awarded the Val Barker Trophy for all-around style, and worked as the striking coach for such iconic MMA fighters as Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell and Thiago Silva. In 2010, he turned his love of the sport into a venue to promote young fighters by creating Fight Time Promotions. Anchored by a professional series that organizes five cards per year, Fight Time showcases some of Florida's most promising MMA and kickboxing talents. It also features an amateur division for young fighters, who work toward a professional career by perfecting hand-to-hand techniques that can impress in the cage.
From January 20 to 22, some of football's biggest stars?including Hall-of-Famers Chris Doleman, Bob Griese, and Anthony Mu?oz?try their hand at a different game at Jacaranda Golf Club. Proceeds from the charity golf tournament will benefit the Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center in Fort Lauderdale. Guests can stick to the sidelines and cheer on their favorite players, or join them on Jacaranda's newly restored east and west courses, which are four-star rated by Golf Digest. Other highlights include a dinner cruise on-board the Floridian Princess, a gala awards ceremony and fashion show, and the thrill of knowing you could be tackled by John Randle at any moment.
The Florida Renaissance Festival is a wholly different world??a world of jousts and costumes and turkey legs. Here be dragons, or so the armor-clad knights would have you believe. At the festival, live shows recreate the romance of the Renaissance with references to Shakespeare and swordplay on 12 different stages. Meanwhile, merchants share the secrets of their crafts, blowing unbreakable glass for spectators and selling hammered pewter goblets. Visitors, dressed in period garb or not, can wander on their own, exploring the shows and stalls, or trying their hands at games of chance while gnawing on scotch eggs and chocolate cheesecake.
Since 1951?The Classic Gateway Theatre has dimmed the lights for crowds of moviegoers. The theater continues to celebrate the classics that came out during its early years by playing hits starring the likes of Cary Grant, though it does not shy away from first-run blockbusters and indie flicks. Audience members walk into a spacious lobby with pictures of the theatre's long history gracing the walls and they savor the smell of popcorn before settling into their seats in renovated all-digital auditoriums. In addition to regular screenings, the theater plays host for events such as the Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.