Adrienne Arsht Center a World-Class Performing Arts Venue

By: Kara Chalmers

ADD TO FAVORITES

This past weekend, I attended a performance – Catwalk Confidential starring Robyn Peterson – at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. This world-class performing arts center houses venues for concerts, operas, ballet and theater productions.

Although Catwalk Confidential is no longer playing, there are loads of great shows coming up. Here’s a rundown:

I’m dying to see the Tony Award-winning In The Heights, which will run from March 29 through April 3 in the center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House. Check out this video to learn more about the show.

Right before that, one of my favorite comedians, Kathy Griffin, will perform her stand-up routine March 28 in the center’s Knight Concert Hall.

And right before Griffin, The Miami City Ballet’s production of Romeo and Juliet will run from March 25 through 27 in the Ziff Ballet Opera House.

The Miami City Ballet is one of the center’s resident companies. Others include the Florida Grand Opera and the New World Symphony (which respectively will put on the opera Don Giovanni April 16 through May 8 and the concert The Emperor and the Queen May 7).

Other upcoming shows include The Sparrow April 7 through May 1 in the intimate Carnival Studio Theater. The Sparrow is described by the Chicago Tribune as "a sci-fi, high school story, owing formative debts to the likes of Carrie, Mean Girls, and Wicked!" Sounds very interesting…

Jazz Roots: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series will present Guitar Virtuosos Al Di Meola and Lee Ritenour April 1. And on April 21, two classical music virtuosos – violist Yuri Bashmet and pianist Evgeny Kissin – will hold an unprecedented musical collaboration they will only perform at the Arsht Center, Carnegie Hall and Chicago’s Symphony Hall.

And I can’t forget to mention the Broadway production of Hair, playing from May 31 through June 5.

In this blog, I’ve written before about Prelude by Barton G Presents, a performance series held in the Arsht Center’s in-house, full-service restaurant and bar called Prelude by Barton G (see my previous blog post). Upcoming performances in this series are Vanessa Williams April 2, Bryan Batt (of Mad Men fame) April 8-9, Wayne Brady April 22-23 and Taye Diggs April 29-30.

Click www.arshtcenter.org for a full list of performances this season.

And if you have time before or after your show (or even during intermission), head to the sophisticated Prelude by Barton G for a drink or a bite. It offers contemporary American cuisine, an extensive selection of wines by the glass and cocktails.

As I mentioned earlier this week, my visit to the Arsht Center was one of the highlights of a great girls' getaway I enjoyed last weekend (you can read more about my trip in my Monday blog post).

If you're interested, you can also read Tuesday's blog post about my stay at - and the spa treatment I experienced at - the Mandarin Oriental, Miami.

And to read more articles about arts and culture in Miami, click www.visitflorida.com/Miami/art_and_culture.

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