NWSA Jazz Ensemble wins First Place in prestigious Essentially Ellington (EE) High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival

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Jazz ensemble playing at Ellington competition.New World School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble returned home to Miami last night victorious with First Prize from the prestigious Essentially Ellington (EE) High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival augmented by a $5000 cash award and a trophy. Coupled with intensive jazz training and mentoring by some of the world’s most distinguished jazz artists, along with nationwide peer collaboration, the NWSA Jazz Ensemble had the opportunity to “realize their potential and shine for the world to celebrate them,” stated Dr. Daniel Andai, dean of music at NWSA.
 
In the last fifteen years, New World School of the Arts has participated in Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival twelve times, including 2016. The group has placed in the top three on six occasions - 1st, 2nd and 3rd – each twice.
 

NWSA honored with two Presidential Scholar in the Arts Awards – Katerina McCrimmon and Sean Stack

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Katerina McCrimmon and Sean Stack in the play Chirldren of Eden.Katerina McCrimmon and Sean Stack in Fiddler on the Roof

MIAMI -- Earning two of the twenty US PresidentialScholar in the Arts this year, New World School of the Arts once again brings home to Miami the coveted honor, representing its excellent theater program. The Scholars, Katerina McCrimmon and Sean Stack, will have the opportunity to invite a professor from NWSA to join them as they travel to Washington D.C. next month to receive their recognition at the White House. The Presidential Scholar award presented on behalf of the President of the United States is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students and symbolically honors all graduating high school seniors of high potential.

The provocative "O Beautiful" closes the theater season at NWSA

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Two actors and Jesus in "O'Beautiful" the play.New World School of the Arts high school theater program concludes the academic year with O Beautiful, written by Theresa Rebeck on commission for the professional actors at the University of Delaware. Stuart Meltzer, NWSA alumnus, theater faculty, Artistic Director of Zoetic Stage, and Director of the play explains, “O Beautiful is a dark and tragic comedy dealing with contemporary American life mashed up with visits from our founding fathers at a turning point in America. With the cries of gun regulation from certain corners of our society and many pleas falling on deaf ears our country has a problem and O Beautiful examines freedom and the rights of every American and what happens when those freedoms are abused.” 

O Beautiful runs May 12, 7:00 PM, May 13 & 14; 7:30 PM and May 15; 2:00 PM. Louise O. Gerrits Theater. 25 NE 2 Street, 8th floor, downtown Miami. General admission is $12, students and seniors $5. Tickets can be purchased online at http://nwsa.mdc.edu.

“URGENT” showcases cutting-edge artworks by NWSA BFA graduates

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Tongue painting for "URGENT" BFA showOriginal piece of art "Big Water"

URGENT, New World School of the Arts’ 2016 BFA final visual arts showcase is a group exhibition highlighting a variety of works from 28 visual artists of divergent disciplines. Professionally curated by NWSA dean of the visual arts program, Maggy Cuesta and gallerist Fredric Snitzer, this exhibition offersunique approaches to the process of making art in all mediums. “This conceptual and highly developed work is the result of our student’s determination and training,” explained Cuesta. “The show demonstrates their ability to take theory, concepts, and the skill they have honed throughout the years to create their final showcase before they enter the world of professional artists or continue to pursue their advanced degrees.”

Opening Reception: Friday, May 27; 7 PM-10 PM. Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), 1018 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33136. URGENT is on view May 28-29 and June 2-5; 10 AM-6 PM. Exhibition is free and open to the public.

Major Barbara takes the stage at Louise O. Gerrits Theater

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Actors on stage in the production of Major Barbara.Miami – George Bernard Shaw welcomes spring at New World School of the Arts with his masterpiece production, Major Barbara, presented by more than a dozen college theater students. Directed by guest artist and former faculty member of NWSA, Andrew Noble, the popular play wittily explores the privileged world of the British upperclass, familiar to audiences of Downtown Abbey, against a background of social deprivation.

Play premieres at 7:00 PM on April 7 - Louise O. Gerrits Theater. Other scheduled presentations are on April 8 and 9; 7:30 PM and on Sunday, April 10; 2:00 PM. Louise O. Gerrits is located at 25 NE 2nd Street, downtown Miami. General admission is $12. Students and seniors pay $5.

NWSA presents Donizetti’s popular opera L’elisir d’amore at the Historic Lyric Theater

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Student cast of L'elisir d'amore pictured before performance.The New World Opera Theatre Ensemble will present L’elisir d’more, the most popular of Gaetano Donizetti’s operas, which is frequently performed professionally as well as in college productions. The timeless melodrama contains one of the most famous and captivating tenor arias, “Una furtive lagrima”. The beautiful tunes come one after another throughout this opera, which contains both sharp comedy and heartfelt pathos.
 
“The New World production is honored to feature a special guest director and singer, Ardean Landhuis, who has a vast resume as a performer and designer,” said Daniel Andai, NWSA dean of music. “Ardean will direct an updated version of the opera and sing the pivotal of Doctor Dulcamara, the traveling salesman.”

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