Concerts in Miami Beach

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Back in 1950, when it was still known as the Miami Beach Municipal Auditorium, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, and Frank Sinatra could be seen in the audience acting like average Joes while enjoying song-and-dance shows and boxing bouts. Throughout the following decades, the entertainment mecca has remained a magnet for famous entertainers. In 1964, when the city of Miami asked famed funnyman and honeymooner Jackie Gleason to move his television variety show from New York to Miami Beach, he relocated in a bang-zoom, declaring ?Miami Beach audiences are the greatest in the world,? then muttering under his breath, ?and New York audiences smell like Art Carney?s hat.? Rechristened as The Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts in 1987, the theater hosted the best in Broadway shows, dance and classical-music performances, and concerts throughout the ?70s, ?80s, and ?90s. In 2007, the venue underwent a multimillion-dollar face- and body-lift, adding even more glitz to the sleek columned entrance and the spacious multichandeliered auditorium. Now merged with California?s famed Fillmore chain, the theater has inherited a rich rock ?n? roll history to add to its already lofty annals.

1700 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach,
FL
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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.

1040 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach,
FL
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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.

500 17th St.
Miami Beach,
FL
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