The Conchita Espinosa Festival of the Arts, which took place on June 4 at Miami-Dade County Auditorium, has been a tradition since the school and conservatory’s inception in 1933.
Every other year Conchita Espinosa Academy (CEA) and Conservatory of the Arts (CEC) gather the talent, gifts, wisdom, and lessons learned by the teachers and students, and showcase them in the festival.
“In this changing world we don’t need more of the same. We need to let our minds, our hearts, and our imaginations soar,”said Maribel Zubieta-Diaz, school and conservatory director. “This is what we want for the future, and this is what we’re building in the present. This is what our festivals are all about.”
For more than 80 years, CEA and CEC have continued this tradition of collaboration, cooperation, and artistic creation that is the Festival of the Arts. This year’s theme was FACETS: Seeing, Feeling, and Creating, as the festival explored the many facets of its young artists’ daily lives, the process of growth and artistic creation from the youngest participants to the most mature, and the inspiration behind a philosophy that has transformed so many lives for decades.
The festival began with a sophisticated tribute to Ravel’s Bolero, creatively performed by representatives of each of the disciplines taught in the Conservatory: dance, theater, voice, martial arts, and visual arts, and culminating with the Conchita Espinosa Orchestra, directed by Maestro Marlene Urbay.
Collaboration was key in a performance of this magnitude, which brought together over 450 young artists under the age of 18 on the same stage. Alumni returned to pay tribute to their alma mater and share their developing talent with the school and conservatory that first planted the seed of curiosity and love of the arts in them. CEA class of 2012 alumna, Stephanie Perez, who recently graduated from New World School of the Arts and will be attending Point Park University in Pittsburgh on scholarship for dance, danced the part of Beatrix Potter in a tribute to Beatrix Potter’s beloved stories, choreographed by Danella Bedford.
The talent and the extraordinary caliber of work and professionalism of the young artists at Conchita Espinosa Academy and Conservatory of the Arts were impressive for all who attended. From the youngest performers to the advanced musicians, singers, actors, and dancers, what was achieved on stage was a true testament to Conchita Espinosa’s legacy.