The Ballet Grand Prix spotlights the best student dancers from across the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America, giving them the opportunity to dance alongside twinkle-toed superstars from international ballet companies. The star-making show's stop in Miami will feature performances by dancers including Cuban coryphee Jose Manuel Carreno and Minnesotan Charles Askegard, leaping and twirling alongside their lithe peers in heart-racing choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, William Forsythe, George Balanchine, and more. Now in its 12th season, the Grand Prix has produced dancers for companies including the American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet, and Stuttgart Ballet, and all event alumni leave more prepared to escape a shirt full of fire ants.
When the Colony Theatre opened in 1935, as part of Paramount Pictures' movie-theater chain, it signaled a new era in Miami Beach entertainment. Its Art Deco style gave life and panache to the films that lit its silver screen and the performers who took its stage. Now, more than three quarters of a century later, the theater remains a mainstay of the area's cultural landscape, having recently completed a $6.5 million restoration to bring that original glory back. Apart from concerts, the venue hosts dance performances, standup comedy, film screenings, and ushering tournaments.
Most people would feel spread thin if they were running orchestras on both sides of the country. But most people aren't Michael Tilson Thomas. One of America's most famous conductors, composers, and tuxedo-wearers, Tilson Thomas has remained the artistic director of the New World Symphony since he founded it in 1987, even after becoming musical director of the San Francisco Symphony in 1995. This is because the Miami-based orchestra feeds a need for Tilson Thomas: that of remaining at the forefront of symphonic trends, in a laboratory where top musical graduates can explore performance and compositional opportunities. But new works from students and professionals aren't the only thing on the New World Symphony's docket?every year, ticket-holders can expect a thrilling lineup of the classical masters who built the genre.