Thursday, August 11, 2011


photo by Robin Hill

A brand-new $51 million state-of-the-art performing arts venue is officially introduced to the South Miami-Dade community on October 1 & 2. The much-anticipated South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay) opens with two days of spectacular, high-quality performances open to the public, and is followed by an inaugural season of performances.
The Grand Opening Celebration is highlighted by a multidisciplinary show featuring international artists, as well as some of Miami’s highest caliber performers. The show takes place on Saturday, October 1 at 8pm and Sunday, October 2 at 3pm. On both days, the Center offers additional FREE pre-show outdoor activities, for all to enjoy.
Tickets for the Grand Opening performance are $50, $35, $20 on Saturday night and $40, $25, $10 on Sunday afternoon (Family Day). Sunday pricing also includes $5 Culture Shock tickets for youth ages 12-22, 50% of for kids ages 6-12 and $5 off for Seniors at all ticket levels. For information on how to buy tickets the public should call (786) 573-5300 or visit
The Grand Opening performance spans genres and cultures of south Miami-Dade and includes jazz, classical, Latin, Caribbean and gospel music and dance, as well as, theater and multimedia presentations created from interviews with community members. The Grand Opening Celebration is a community event that represents both the artistic and demographic diversity found in Miami-Dade and is designed to present outstanding cultural offerings to people from all backgrounds.
The artistic team producing the show includes: Director Heidi Marshall; Teo Castellanos, Dramaturge; Rosie Herrera, Choreographer; Jordy Gomez, Musical Director; Elizabeth Sobel, Manager of Musical Director; Andrew Yeomanson, DJ Designs; Edouard Duval Carrié, Set Concept Designer; Ken Kurtz, Set Planner; Xavier Pierce, Lighting Designer; Benton Bainbridge, Projection/Video Designer; Mark Moormann, Documentary Filmaker and Carry Cabrera, Wardrobe Supervisor; Ronald K. Brown, Choreographer (pre-show activities)
An official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony takes place on Saturday night along with free outdoor pre-show activities, bringing together residents, community leaders, and government officials to commemorate the opening of the facility. Sunday’s activities feature outdoor family-friendly events and a children’s price for the Grand Opening performance.
The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, designed by an internationally-acclaimed design team that includes Arquitectonica International, Inc. (architects), Fisher Dachs Associates, Inc. (theater design), Artec Consultants, Inc. (acoustics), and AMS Planning & Research Corp. (theater management), provides, for the first time, a state-of-the-art cultural venue and community gathering place in the southern part of Miami-Dade County.  The Center features prominent works of art created by Miami artist Robert Chambers who was commissioned by Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places program to design a kinetic light wall and sculptures for the theater. The Center is an integral part of the economic and cultural development of the area, offering quality artistic programming and community accessibility.

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the Office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.  The Center is dedicated to presenting and supporting arts and culture and providing access to the arts to the entire Miami-Dade County community.
About the Building
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center serves as a showcase for the performing and media arts, welcoming people from all backgrounds and economic means.  The facility includes 966 seat state-of-the- art theater, which features a fly tower, orchestra pit, front of house spaces (box office, lobby, concessions, etc.) and back of house support spaces (dressing rooms, storage and work areas, administrative offices, etc.).  The site also includes an activities building which houses lab / experimental theaters, and may be used for classrooms, rehearsals, and small-scale performances.  A beautiful outdoor plaza allows for festivals, art shows, and other outdoor activities.  The concert lawn “back yard” slopes to the Black Creek Canal, and can host outdoor concerts, performances and events.
Following its Grand Opening Ceremony and performance weekend in early October, the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay), presents a thrilling line up of today’s acclaimed contemporary artists representing a variety of genres. For information on how to buy tickets the public should call (786) 573-5300 or visit
The Center’s mission is to offer accessible arts experiences for residents and to provide a state-of-the-art facility for presentations by local artistic groups. The inaugural season offers the community a variety of shows that include a series of productions presented or co-presented by the Center. These types of shows fall under the SMDCAC Presents title.
An important component of SMDCAC Presents is education and community outreach. Many of the artistic groups performing at the Center engage the South Miami-Dade community directly by offering classes, workshops, school field trips and professional master classes.
The Center is also a rental facility providing reasonable rates to artistic groups based on a sliding scale. Organizations with a broad range of budgets are able to produce shows, use rehearsal space, run performing arts camps, and host events at the new facility. For the inaugural season SMDCAC Presents offers a range of dance, music and theater programming.
SMDCAC Presents brings influential artists in the jazz, blues and gospel arena to south Miami-Dade. In February, three-time Grammy Award-winning blues artist Keb Mo plays from his latest album The Reflection. The Reflection is the first studio album by Mo since Suitcase in 2001 and represents a departure by the artist into African American “folk soul.”
SMDCAC and Tigertail co-present legendary blues artist James Cotton and his band in March. Cotton represents one of the most prolific eras of blues music and throughout his career played with giants like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Known affectionately as “Superharp,” Cotton is one of the most dynamic blues harmonica players around today.
The Center also presents New Orleans brass band music featuring the Rebirth Brass Band and artists from the HBO special “A Night in Treme” in October.

In November, FUNDarte and Nestor Torres Foundation in association with SMDCAC present: Nestor Torres in A Concert for a New Renaissance: Symphonic Dances, Prayers & Meditations for Peace, based on reflections by the artist 10 years after 9/11.

For Black History month in February, the Center shows a special multimedia jazz and spoken word production based on the writings of Langston Hughes called “Ask Your Mama,” 12 Moods for Jazz, performed by the Ron McCurdy Quartet with a special guest narrator. In April, SMDCAC Presents features gospel duo CeCe and Be Be Winans and Grammy Award-winners Turtle Island Quartet who play their classical interpretations of John Coltrane’s legendary jazz album, A Love Supreme.
SMDCAC Presents Schedule and Pricing
(Additional shows are being programmed)


SMDCAC & Asolo Repertory Theatre Present (Open Access Theater Series)
Hamlet Redux
Friday, October 14, 8pm (Main Stage)
$15 ($5 tickets

This production is a contemporary look at Shakespeare’s classic tale about justice, revenge and family conflict that resonates with students and families and includes shadow performances for the hearing impaired.

Funding provided by the NEA.

SMDCAC Presents
“A Night in Treme”
The Musical Majesty of New Orleans
Friday, October 21, 8pm (Main Stage)
$30, $20, $10 ($5 tickets
$5 off orchestra level seats for students and seniors

The Treme neighborhood of New Orleans has been a source of African American music and culture for as long as cooks in the Crescent City have been serving red beans and rice on Monday nights. Birthplace of the great New Orleans brass band tradition and one of the first black neighborhoods in America, “Treme” (pronounced truh-MAY) is the heartbeat of New Orleans and the home to
Congo Square
“A Night In Treme” features the legendary Rebirth Brass Band and special guest artists from New Orleans who are part of the HBO Series, Treme from David Simon and Eric Overmyer, which centers around the rebuilding of the famous neighborhood following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

SMDCAC & CR Music Productions Present
Christina Robinson, South Florida Gospel Music Award Winner
Saturday, October 29, 8pm (Main Stage)

Christina Robinson is an international gospel recording artist under the record label of Destiny Joy Records owned by Vickie Winans International. She has recently released her music single called “More of You” and is working on her live recording project “Heavenly Experience” set to take place on October 29, 2011. Robinson’s goal and mission for this project is to strengthen and empower the lives of people in all walks of life.

SMDCAC Presents
Garth Fagan Dance
Saturday, November 5, 8pm (Main Stage)
$25, $15, $10 ($5 tickets
$5 off orchestra level seats for students and seniors

Now in its 40th season, Garth Fagan Dance is “unfailingly original” deemed by the The New York Times. Tony Award-winning choreographer of Broadway’s The Lion King, Garth Fagan’s dancers communicate with unbridled energy the depth, precision, and grace of Fagan’s work. On this program is Fagan’s newest dance Madiba.

Fagan’s ever-evolving dance language draws on many sources: sense of weight in modern dance, torso-centered movement and energy of Afro-Caribbean, speed and precision of ballet, and the rule breaking experimentation of the post-moderns.

Funding for this project is provided in part by South Arts.

SMDCAC Presents
Brazz Dance Theater
Artistic Director, Augusto Soledade
November 10-12, 17-19, (Lab Theater), 8:30pm
$15 ($5 tickets
Brazz Dance Theater is an Afro-Brazilian contemporary dance company under the direction of acclaimed choreographer Augusto Soledade. The company presents an exciting new work performed in the intimate setting of the SMDCAC Lab Theater. The piece will be developed during a month-long residency for the Company at SMDCAC.

Soledade, a native of Bahia, Brazil, is a performer, choreographer and currently serves as a full- time Assistant Professor  of Dance at Florida International University in Miami and as Founder Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of Brazz Dance Theater. Soledade is a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow in Choreography.

FUNDarte & Nestor Torres Foundation in association with SMDCAC Present
Nestor Torres in a Concert for a New Renaissance:
Symphonic Dances, Prayers & Meditations for Peace
Friday, November 11, 8pm (Main Stage)
$45, $35, $25
$5 off all seating levels for students and seniors

Ten years after 9/11, Nestor Torres creates a concert event of a lifetime in a Symphonic version of songs from his CD “Dances, Prayers & Meditations For Peace”.  Offering a Musical/ Multidisciplinary performance directed by Daniel Lewis and conducted by Maestro Eduardo Marturet, Mr. will be joined by the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, the Thomas Armour Dance Conservatory, the Miami Children’s Choir, and students from the New World School of The Arts.


SMDCAC & Miami Youth Ballet Present
The Nutcracker
Saturday, December 3, 8pm (Main Stage)
$35, $25

This classic ballet is a perfect holiday spectacle for children and adults alike. Don’t miss a little girl’s dreamlike journey to the magical Land of the Sweets, the Sugarplum Fairy, dazzling costumed characters, and of course, Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score. Based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker is a timeless production that will entertain and delight the entire family.
SMDCAC & Seraphic Fire Present
O Holy Night: Christmas with Seraphic Fire
Saturday, December 17, 8pm (Main Stage)
$25, $15, $10 ($5 tickets
$5 off orchestra level seats for students and seniors

“O, Holy Night, the stars are brightly shining!” Adolphe Adam’s timeless carol has signaled Christmas for countless listeners across the ages. SMDCAC and Seraphic Fire present this spectacular holiday program, with arrangements of O Holy Night and Silent Night by Artistic Director Patrick Dupr√© Quigley, as well as a combination of classic carols, gorgeous motets and Gregorian chant. Now a South Florida holiday tradition, Seraphic Fire’s Christmas concerts always sell out. Don’t miss it!

January 2012

SMDCAC & Culture Shock Present
Black Violin
Sunday, January 15, 7pm (Main Stage)

To most people, jazz, hip-hop, funk, and classical are musical genres, but to revolutionary music group Black Violin, they're nothing but ingredients.

Combining a daunting array of musical styles and influences to produce a signature sound that is not quite maestro, not quite emcee, this group of two classically trained violinists and their DJ are redefining the music world-one string at a time.

With influences ranging from Shostakovich and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z, Black Violin breaks all the rules, blending the classical with the modern to create something rare, a sound that nobody has ever heard, but that everybody wants to feel.

Miami String Project will open the show!

SMDCAC & Chamber South Present
Band of the United States Air Force Reserve
Thursday, January 26, 8pm (Main Stage)

SMDCAC Presents
Keb Mo
Saturday, February 4, 8pm (Main Stage)
$35, $25, $15 ($5 tickets
$5 off orchestra level seats for students and seniors

Keb Mo is a three-time Grammy Award winner for Best Contemporary Blues Album; and a key figure in the acclaimed PBS series Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues.

Mo plays from his recent acclaimed album, The Reflection, influenced by African American "folk soul.”

His music is described as a purely post-modern expression of the artistic and cultural journey that has transformed the blues, and his own point of view, over time. His distinctive sound embraces multiple eras and genres, including pop, rock folk and jazz.

SMDCAC Presents
Evidence, A Dance Company
Ronald K. Brown, Artistic Director
On Earth Together, with music by Stevie Wonder
Saturday, February 18, 8pm (Main Stage)
$25, $15, $10 ($5 tickets
$5 off orchestra level seats for students and seniors

Evidence, A Dance Company, founded in 1985 by acclaimed choreographer Ronald K. Brown, focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. On this program is a new work by Brown performed to music by Stevie Wonder called On Earth Together.

Through their work, Evidence provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. Brown uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture and to acquaint audiences with the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms.

SMDCAC Presents
8th Annual Black History Month Celebration
The Langston Hughes Project “Ask your Mama”
12 Moods for Jazz
Ron McCurdy Quartet
Thursday, February 23, 8pm (Main Stage)
Pricing TBD

The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes's kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite. “Ask Your Mama.” The poem is Hughes's homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s. It is a twelve-part epic poem which Hughes scored with musical cues drawn from blues and Dixieland, gospel songs, boogie woogie, bebop and progressive jazz, Latin "cha cha" and Afro-Cuban mambo music, German lieder, Jewish liturgy, West Indian calypso, and African drumming -- a creative masterwork left unperformed at his death.

March 2012

SMDCAC & Tigertail Present
James Cotton
Saturday, March 17, 8pm (Main Stage)
$35, $25, $15 ($5 tickets
$5 off orchestra level seats for students and seniors

Grammy Award-winner James Cotton with a blast-furnace sound, a larger-than-life personality, and massive fame, “Mr. Superharp” is a blues giant in every aspect. The New York Times adds, “Cotton helped define modern blues harmonica with his moaning, wrenching phrases and his train-whistle wails.”

SMDCAC Presents
Saturday, March 31, 8pm (Main Stage)
$25, $15, $10 ($5 tickets
$5 off orchestra level seats for students and seniors

“The best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama.” – Out Magazine.

Abraham.In.Motion is an ensemble of dancers, under the direction Kyle Abraham, one of one of the nation’s most talented young choreographers. On this program is The Radio Show, an abstract narrative about loss of communication. Abraham investigates the effects of the abrupt discontinuation of a radio station on a community and the lingering effects of Alzheimer's and aphasia on a family. Abraham mixes score with recordings of classical soul and hip-hop with a contemporary classical composition by Ryoji Ikeda and Alva Noto.

Funding for this project is provided in part by South Arts.

April 2012

SMDCAC Presents
Turtle Island Quartet
A Love Supreme, The Music of John Coltrane
Saturday, April 21, 8pm (Main Stage)
$30, $20, $10 ($5 tickets
$5 off orchestra level seats for students and seniors

Winners of a Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album, Turtle Island Quartet pay homage to John Coltrane’s legendary jazz album, A Love Supreme, during this spectacular concert. Recorded four decades ago at a time when the country was deeply troubled by issues of race and war, Coltrane’s music was a personal statement of redemption and salvation that struck a chord in the hearts of millions, becoming one of the most enduring jazz recordings of all time.

Turtle Island Quartet continues its tradition of employing the string quartet form to shed new light on the timeless joy and beauty contained in the greatest music of the American jazz masters.

SMDCAC Presents
BeBe and CeCe Winans
Friday, April 27, 8pm (Main Stage)
$35, $25, $15 ($5 tickets
$5 off orchestra level seats for students and seniors

Brother and sister duo BeBe and CeCe Winans present an inspirational evening of gospel music. Both artists have successful solo careers, but together the duo holds three Grammy Awards, nine Dove Awards and have created numerous Gold and Platinum albums. Don’t miss BeBe and CeCe as they team up once again for this wonderful evening of spiritual singing.
Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and SMDCAC, together with support and funding from The Children’s Trust, Present
The 6th Annual All Kids Included Family Festival
Saturday, May 5, 10am-5pm (All Venues)

The All Kids Included Family Arts Festival is an innovative, interdisciplinary community arts festival for children and families with or without disabilities, and features live entertainment, interactive arts activities and community resources for parents.  Each component of the festival is designed to be accessible, utilizing technology such as Braille, guided tours, ASL interpretation and Shadow Interpreted Theater. 
SMDCAC & Asolo Repertory Theatre Present
Hamlet Prince of Cuba/Hamlet de Cuba
By William Shakespeare
Adapted by Michael Donald Edwards
Spanish Translation by Eduardo Machado
Thursday, May 17, Friday, May 18 & Saturday, May 19 (Main Stage)
Sunday, May 20
Times TBD
$30, $20, $10 ($5 tickets
$5 off orchestra level seats for students and seniors

Hamlet’s intense struggle to understand the meaning of his life has captivated audiences for more than 400 years. Now, Miami-Dade audiences are among the first to see a distinctively Cuban Hamlet, which reveals new perspectives on the classic work, while staying true to Shakespeare’s original story. With performances in both Spanish and English, this new adaptation is a fresh and stunning portrayal of a son’s struggle to pursue justice, and the consequences that threaten to destroy the lives of those he loves..

For information on how to buy tickets the public should call (786) 573-5300 or visit

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