Special events are in full swing and upcoming this week are a few wonderful fundraisers that are sure to bring in the big bucks for Pinecrest public schools, student scholarships and horticultural initiatives at the Gardens.
The Palmetto Senior High Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, in conjunction with Ron Magill, presents Sex and the Animals, Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Banyan Bowl. Listed as a “Best Bet” by the Miami Herald and “a real crowd pleaser” by the Florida Times Union, this unforgettable presentation has been enjoyed by thousands who have packed numerous venues around the country to see it. Magill illustrates the incredible facets surrounding the courtship and breeding behaviors found throughout the animal kingdom using humor to keep the audience loose and uninhibited. It is geared to helping people appreciate the wonders of nature while giving a whole new meaning to the term “doing the wild thing.” Tickets are $24 in advance and $29 at the door and proceeds benefit the Palmetto Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. For tickets call 877-496-8499.
FASHION IN THE GARDENS
Fashion in the Gardens will take place on Friday, Feb. 27. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Village, along with the Community Foundation of Pinecrest, invites you to an extraordinary day where all proceeds will benefit the Public Schools of Pinecrest. You’ll enjoy a delicious luncheon complete with a signature cognac cocktail. There will be music, a market place, a silent auction and a preview of spring and summer fashions, courtesy of Bloomingdales. Enjoy this day of activities, food and fashion benefiting local public schools — $60 per person. For more information, call 305-669-6990.
The Garden Fund, whose mission is to provide horticultural support and botanical beautification to Pinecrest Gardens, will host the ninth annual Garden Soirée on Saturday, March 7, at 7 p.m. This year the fund will present Julian Marley in concert with a preconcert reception. Tickets are $60.
MUSIC, FLAMENCO AND ART
Popular and classical music, flamenco and tropical art is featured at the Gardens this month.
Civic Choral of Greater Miami —
On Friday, Feb. 27, at 7:00 p.m., the Gardens will welcome for the first time the Civic Choral of Greater Miami in a concert entitled 76 Trombones. Join us for this wonderful choral performance featuring memorable melodies from The Music Man and other favorite Broadway show tunes. The Civic Chorale of Greater Miami is one of South Florida’s most professionally active adult choral ensembles and has earned a reputation as being both musically excellent and community minded. This extraordinary group of vocalists continues to expand their role in the local artistic community, providing singers and area audiences the opportunity to experience performances of great choral music of all styles and genres. Tickets are $10 general admission, available online or at the gate.
Siempre Flamenco — —
On Saturday, Feb. 28, the Gardens welcomes back Siempre Flamenco for one performance only at 8 p.m. presented by First Bank Florida. “Flamenco Passion, Celia (is) a petite firebrand with flashing eyes and charismatic stage presence, exuberant and full of beautiful rhythmic shadings. Paco’s guitar is pristine, unblemished, rendering a classical tour de force.” — Chicago Sun Times. Siempre Flamenco is one of the most coveted Flamenco Companies in the United States. Led by husband and wife team, Paco and Celia Fonta, this talented duo will take their emotionally charged art to the Banyan Bowl Stage along with their company of eight talented musicians and dancers. Experience the deepest feeling of Flamenco Song as it blends with the intricate fury of dance in a unique concert that will exhilarate and delight both young and old. Tickets are $20 and $25. Select your seat online at pinecrestgardens.org or call 877-496-8499.
Orchestra Miami continues it annual tradition of presenting outstanding classical music on Sunday, March 8, at 7 p.m. It’s a wonderful opportunity to gather with your friends and listen to the orchestra. The stunning program will feature an all-string chamber orchestra, conducted by artistic director Elaine Rinaldi, with works by Bartok, Tchaikovsky, Holst, Beethoven, Britten and more. Special guest soprano Jouvanca Jean-Baptist will perform Beethoven’s rarely heard No, non scordarti. Spend a night under the stars listening to some of the most beloved orchestral works of all time performed by some of the finest musicians in South Florida. This concert is free to the public
Taste of the Tropics —
A Special Art Exhibition presented by Miami Dade Public Schools will open on Monday, March 2 and continue through Tuesday, March 3, with a special Awards Ceremony and Opening Reception Thursday, March 5 from 6-8 p.m. Whether you are familiar with the areas of Miami or not, the city emits an ambiance of tropical culture. This thematic exhibition allows students to examine Miami’s nuances while viewing it like a true native as they explore it through the use of various media such as, but not limited to, drawing, painting and printmaking. Miami’s natural waterways, mangroves palm trees, small islands, seagulls, sultry sea breezes, the sounds of Biscayne Bay lapping at the shore, flora, fauna and sunsets that paint the sky a thousand shades of tangerine and lavender are but a few of those tropical wonders explored and interpreted through this student exhibition. Taste of the Tropics is a juried exhibit by Miami- Dade County Public School Students in grades K-12.
For a complete listing of cultural, educational and recreational programming at the Gardens, go to pinecrestgardens.org.