‘Art and All That Jazz’ coming to Arts Center

The Cultural Council Inc. is launching its first annual “Art and All That Jazz” event at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Combining elements of a fine art exhibition and an exciting jazz concert, the program runs from 6 to 10 p.m., with the art displayed in the main lobby and a performance by the Miami Wind Symphony’s new Jazz Ensemble under the direction of conductor Rodester Brandon on the main stage.

The art exhibit will feature fine works in a variety of art media including the watercolors of David Maddern, the photography of John Andersen, the oils of Margarita Vidal and others. Eight artists were selected in all, one from each art medium.

Yolly Buchmann of the Cultural Council said she is looking forward to the new event and the special location.

“The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is a marvelous, wonderful setting,” Buchmann said. “Attending events such as an art show, art exhibit, a variety of concerts from classical to jazz, dance troupes, and theatrical presentations will certainly be appealing to the thousands of people who have been wanting for years for a facility such as this magnificent arts center.”

Through the Cultural Council, a nonprofit volunteer organization inspired by the late Miami-Dade County Commissioner Clara Oesterle during the county’s Decade of Progress bond campaign in 1972, Buchmann has organized both “In The Park With Art” and “Jazz Under The Stars” events for the past two decades, at locations such as Coral Reef Park and the Palmetto Bay Village Center. However, this is the first program to take advantage of the new cultural arts center complex.

“People no longer need to drive to Miami Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale or even the Arsht Center downtown to enjoy the treasure of wellrounded artistic presentations,” Buchmann said.

Complimentary refreshments will be provided through the participation of area caterers and restaurants.

Ticket prices are set at $45, $25, $15 (high school/college students are $5 in balcony). Proceeds from this event will benefit the Cultural Council’s Scholarship Fund, which supports area students in the arts.

The SMDCAC is located at 10950 SW 211 St. in Cutler Bay. For ticket or event information, call 786-573-5300 or send email to boxoffice@smdcac.org. To learn more about the Cultural Council, call 305-238-0703, send email to culturalcouncil. miami@gmail.com or visit online at www.culture-council.org.

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