Schools Superintendent’s Benefit Concert Series continues, Oct. 9

By John Schuster….
Some of Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ (M-DCPS) top student singers will compete at the Superintendent’s Benefit Concert Series on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2 p.m., at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd.

Titled “Best Voice? Your Choice!” the concert will showcase 12 of the school district’s most gifted vocalists as they compete for audience votes. The winning student will receive a recording session at the legendary Hit Factory studios and breakfast with awardwinning music producer/composer Rudy Perez, and the winner’s school will receive a $5,000 award for its arts program.

The proceeds from this talent contest will benefit public education programs. Main anchor for NBC Miami Kevin Corke will be the emcee.

The performers and their schools are: Henry Cedeno, New World School of the Arts; Janelly Perez, Coral Gables High; Christine Engelmann, Miami Springs High; Samuel Collie, Miami Northwestern High; Andy Acosta, School for Advanced Studies- North; Jazmin Lightbourn, Miami Carol City High; Giselle Martinez, Barbara Goleman High; Carmen Danger, Hialeah Gardens High; Candice Dawson, Coral Reef High; Nicole Bequer, South Dade High; Amanda Orihuela, Robert Morgan Educational Center, and Zachary Lopez, Felix Varela High.

Through the school district’s Foundation for New Education Initiatives, the Superintendent’s Benefit Concert Series supports the district’s Cultural Passport Program, providing all K-12 students with a different cultural field experience each school year. By the time a student graduates from high school, he or she will have visited museums and art galleries and experienced live musical, theatrical, and dance performances.

Concert sponsors are the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami- Dade County, eInstruction, Herff Jones, The Hit Factory-Criteria Miami, and Pearson.

Tickets for “Best Voice? Your Choice!” are $25 plus all applicable fees and may be purchased online at or by calling the Arsht Center Box Office at 305-949-6722.

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