‘Rising Stars’ showcases talent of NWSA students

By Maria M. Flores….

Catherine Ordonez, NWSA BFA Music Theater student, performs in a scene from the musical The Drowsy Chaperone.

“Rising Stars,” a professionally staged exhibition and performance, showcases the remarkable talent of high school and college students from New World School of the Arts (NWSA), Florida’s premier arts institution.

This Broadway-style extravaganza is an energy-packed, one-ofa- kind performance that undoubtedly will captivate the audience with exhilarating works of art, and enthralling dance, music, and theater performances.

The exhibition on the evening of Mar. 25 will begin with an unequaled Rising Stars visual arts showcase at the New World Gallery. Featuring artwork specifically curated for Rising Stars the show will be representative of the student body that comprises NWSA. Exhibiting artists will include both high school and college students.

The Rising Stars performing arts showcase sponsored by Bank of America will feature repertory from the Dance, Music and Theater divisions. With works by NWSA’s renowned faculty members, Peter London and Gerard Ebitz, among others, the evening will present a vibrant and varied selection of choreographies.

Arno, inspired by Tchaikovsky’s Sextet in D Minor, explores the Arno River, which runs through the heart of Florence, Italy and its relevance as a source of life, sustenance, destruction and death. Excerpt from The Virgin Queen by world-renowned choreographer Darshan Singh Bhuller also will be presented.

Conducted by Alfred Gershfeld, the exuberant NWSA Symphony Orchestra will present Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor while the Concert Choir, featuring more than 100 musicians under the direction of Albert Clark, will interpret Cloudburst by Eric Whitacre, in collaboration with the dance division, directed by Dale Andree. The spirited award-winning wind ensemble, directed by Lee Michael Morrison, will culminate the music division presentation with Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 in C minor.

Works by the theater division will include excerpts from the Broadway musical Curtains with lyrics by Fred Ebb, music by John Kander as well as from the musical The Drowsy Chaperone, book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and lyrics and music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. ARestoration Comedy, The Girl From Maxim’s by George Feydeau, will round off the theater presentation.

After the performance, guests will have an opportunity to continue the fête at La Loggia Restaurant, just west of the Gusman Theater on Flagler Street, where savory hors d’oeuvres and scrumptious entrees will be offered in celebration of the magical evening.

Rising Stars Visual Arts Exhibition Showcase take place at 5 p.m. in the New World Gallery, 25 NE Second St. Opening reception and show are free to the public. Rising Stars Performing Arts Showcase begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Gusman Theatre, 174 E. Flagler St. Assigned seating with tickets at $50, $40, $30, $20. Tickets may be purchased online at nwsa.mdc.edu.

Rising Stars VIP Reception starts at 9:30 p.m. at La Loggia Restaurant. 68 W Flagler St. Tickets are $250 (including VIP reception, performance and parking).

For VIP tickets call 305-237-3753.

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