The Arsht Center’s Knight Masterworks Classical Music series returns in October


Four-concert series features:


One of the world’s most acclaimed tenors makes his

Arsht Center debut

October 14, 2021



Two nights at the Arsht Center featuring Beethoven’s Eroica and a made-for-Miami world premiere performance of a ballet by the visionary choreographer Pontus Lidberg commissioned by the Miami Chamber Music Society for Miami City Ballet, bookending a weeklong Miami residency and cultural exchange.



Globally-beloved pianist returns to the Arsht Center

March 10, 2022


Four-Concert Subscriptions start at $190 (early bird starts at $174)

Knight Concert Hall


Miami, FL – June 7, 2021 – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) is proud to announce the return of its Knight Masterworks Classical Music series for 2021-2022. The world’s great musicians return to the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall with fresh repertoire and masterful interpretations that will thrill fans and transform newcomers into enthusiasts.


“The 2021-2022 Knight Masterworks Classical Music series is a season of artists setting the musical mark for the 21st century,” said Liz Wallace, vice president of programming at the Arsht Center. “This season of magnificent music performed in the acoustic perfection of the Knight Concert Hall will delight classical music lovers.”


The 2021-2022 KNIGHT MASTERWORKS CLASSICAL MUSIC SERIES is funded with leadership support from the Knight Foundation, with additional support from Steinway Piano Gallery of Miami, Caring Friends Foundation, Funding Arts Network, WLRN, and Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee.


The star-studded lineup for the 2021-2022 Knight Masterworks Classical Music series is as follows:



October 14, 2021

Knight Concert Hall


JONAS KAUFMANN is among the world’s most acclaimed tenors. Born in Munich, Kaufmann has been an international star since a breakout appearance in 2006 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Singing in German, Italian, French and English, Kaufmann has performed lead roles in OtelloToscaAndrea ChénierCarmenWertherDie WalküreLohengrin and many other classic operas at venues such as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Paris Opera and the Sydney Opera House.


“He can bend a plaintive phrase with tender pianissimos and then stun you with the visceral power of his full-voiced top notes,” The New York Times raved of Kaufmann’s 2010 performance in Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera. “He has everything: intelligence, musicianship and resourceful technique.”


For his Arsht Center debut, Kaufmann will appear in recital, a style of performance he once described as “the royal class of singing” for the technical and emotional demands it places on a vocalist.


In addition to his masterful concert performances, which have been screened in cinemas worldwide, Kaufmann has also conquered the recording studio. His many solo albums and collaborative efforts are international bestsellers.



Two-night engagement: February 26 and March 4, 2022

Knight Concert Hall


“…an ensemble of first-rate musicians, technically superb, generously expressive, and obviously enjoying themselves.” – Dallas Morning News


“…impressively seamless ensemble…” – Chicago Classical Review


With standing ovations and multiple bravos from the audience at their most recent Arsht Center concert, GRAMMY® Award-winning violinist JOSHUA BELL, directing the beloved ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS return to the Knight Concert Hall in 2022 for a unique two-night engagement. The opening concert features the world-renowned orchestra led by Bell in a glorious evening of Dvořák and Beethoven while night two is a made-for-Miami night of music, movement and multimedia. Bell, the Academy, Pontus Lidberg and Miami City Ballet will also participate in a weeklong community residency created and produced by the Miami Chamber Music Society and co-presented by the Arsht Center.


February 26, 2022

Dvořák Violin Concerto in A minor, Opus 53



Bell and the Academy, a critically-acclaimed winning combination, welcome Miami audiences back with what promises to be another “performance of greater momentum than many larger orchestras with a conductor on the podium” (South Florida Classical Review). The evening features Dvořák’s Violin Concerto in A minor, a virtuoso work incorporating the spirit of the Czech composer’s homeland that has charmed violinists and audiences around the world. The program concludes with Beethoven’s dramatic and emotional Eroica (meaning heroic) – a work that is credited with elevating the symphony into a work of art in its own right.


March 4, 2022

Miami City Ballet, original choreography by Pontus Lidberg

Larisa Martinez, soprano


For their second 2022 performance at the Arsht Center, Bell and the Academy – both celebrated for their inspired interpretations of classical repertoire — collaborate with MIAMI CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY to co-create an imaginative multi-genre performance adding stunning elements of original choreography, literature and visual storytelling to the mix. Created exclusively for this Miami engagement, the performance is co-presented by the Arsht Center and will feature the acclaimed soprano LARISA MARTINEZ and original choreography created by visionary PONTUS LIDBERG for MIAMI CITY BALLET.


Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, the ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS gave its first performance in its namesake church in November 1959. Through unrivalled live performances and a vast recording output, the Academy quickly gained an enviable international reputation for its distinctive, polished and refined sound. Today, the Academy is led by Music Director and virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, retaining the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble which has become an Academy hallmark. With a career spanning over 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, conductor and director, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. Named the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011, he is the only person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner.


LANG LANG, pianist

March 10, 2022 at 8 p.m.

Knight Concert Hall

BACH “Goldberg” Variations


“The hottest artist on the classical music planet!” – The New York Times


Few artists can claim to have the same profound impact on the world of music as LANG LANG. As a pianist, educator and philanthropist, as well as an influential ambassador for the arts, he has fully embraced new technology and innovation, leading the way in bringing classical music into the 21st century. Equally happy playing for billions of viewers at the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony in Beijing, or for a few hundred children in public schools, he is a master of communicating through music. LANG LANG will devote his 2022 program at the Arsht Center to Bach’s monumental “Goldberg” Variations, an enigmatic score originally composed by Bach for the harpsichord in 1743 that has challenged pianists for centuries ever since. Built on a single, simple tune, it is a set of 30 kaleidoscopic variations that are now considered one of the most ambitious and fascinating scores that a great pianist can bring to life.



To complete the musical experience, Miami-based classical music experts lead free, informal and informative conversations before each concert. Classical Conversations are open to all (concert tickets and pre-registration not required) and take place in the Arsht Center’s Peacock Foundation Education Center (inside the Knight Concert Hall) prior to every concert in the series. For information, visit here.



Season ticket prices for the four-concert KNIGHT MASTERWORKS CLASSICAL MUSIC SERIES range from $174-$570 for early bird subscriptions now through June 30. Starting July 1, regular subscriptions range from $190-$630.* Subscriptions can be renewed starting May 26 and new subscriptions can be purchased by phone at (305) 949-6722, online at or in person at the Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office. Priority group seating for 15 or more guests may be arranged by calling the Adrienne Arsht Center at (786) 468-2326.



While the protocols are evolving, the Adrienne Arsht Center is working in collaboration with federal, state, city and county health authorities and medical advisors from FIU Academic Health System to further guide our plans and welcome you back for the Knight Masterworks Classical Music season with safety and health as a priority. The Arsht Center has already made updates – such as digital ticketing, touchless fixtures, enhanced air filtration and an increased number of hand-sanitizing stations – and will share further enhanced safety protocols with plenty of time prior to your first arrival at the Center. All updates will also be shared at We’ve been working hard to ensure that when you return to the Arsht Center, your experience is better than ever!

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