The Masterworks Season at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County will provide classical music and dance performances through 2013, with new support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The $600,000 grant, part of Knight Foundation’s national Arts Program, will be matched with $1.2 million of private sector support, both through private and corporate funding.
The Adrienne Arsht Center launched the Masterworks Season series in 2009 after preserving the bulk of the Concert Association of Florida’s 2009 season once that organization filed for bankruptcy. Since then, audiences have embraced classical music and dance presented by the Center: tens of thousands of patrons attended concerts and performances in the series’ first year and ticket sales consistently exceeded the Center’s budget estimates.
“On behalf of the Arsht Center and the Miami community, we express our deepest gratitude to Knight Foundation for its generous support for our Masterworks Season,” said M. John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “Following an inaugural year that was embraced by our patrons and participating artists alike, we are committed to solidifying the Masterworks Season as a permanent fixture in our repertoire of annual Signature Series. Knight Foundation’s gift will help us do just that. We encourage members of our community to demonstrate their appreciation for Knight Foundation and love for classical music and dance by answering this important funding challenge.”
The John S. and James L. Knight 2010-2011 Masterworks Season will include the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Classical Music Series, a Signature Dance Series, and for the first time, four Pops performances by: Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis, Michael Bolton, Joshua Bell, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, The 5 Browns, and Yuri Bashmet and Evgeny Kissin.
For tickets to any Masterworks Season performance or to subscribe to the series, call the box office at 305-949-6722 or visit arshtcenter.org. To donate to the Adrienne Arsht Center in support of matching the Knight Foundation’s grant, contact Churé Gladwell at 786-468-2242.