Exhilarating "RISING STARS" showcase to dazzle downtown Miami once again, Friday, March 27

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showcase dazzles downtown Miami
with an impressive art exhibition,
exhilarating performance
and elegant benefit reception

  NWSA actors from the musical Titanic

MIAMI---Over twenty years of providing the Florida community with one of its most unique and internationally applauded institutions of learning, New World School of the Arts (NWSA) will step up to the occasion with “Rising Stars,” an all-out display of talent on Friday, March 27, 2009. The evening begins with a free visual arts exhibition at the New World Gallery, followed by the performing arts showcase at the Gusman Theater. A Benefit Reception culminates the evening at the Bank of America Tower – Sky Lobby Terrace, downtown Miami.

•    Rising Stars Exhibition 5:00 PM: Free admission. New World Gallery, 25 N.E. 2nd Street, Miami
•    Rising Stars Performance 7:00 PM: Tickets $50, $30, and $20. Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174  E. Flagler Street, Miami
•    Rising Stars Benefit Reception 9:00 PM: Tickets at $250 includes Exhibit (free event), Performance, and Benefit Reception. Bank of America Tower – Sky Lobby Terrace, 100 SE 2nd Street, 11th Floor, Miami
•    Information: 305-237-3852
•    Tickets at: www.mdc.edu/nwsa
•    Tickets for the “Rising Stars” performance will also be available at the Gusman Center box office on the night of the performance

This year the Rising Stars exhibition has taken a new and innovative approach. High school and college faculty members will recommend students that have demonstrated great talent and innovation to create artwork for the exhibition. Each student selected will be provided with a 10”x10” blank canvass to create their work. Sure to be as diverse as the student population at NWSA, these exhibited pieces will be sold that same night at the Rising Stars Benefit Reception to guests. All the proceeds from the sales of these works will benefit the high school and college visual arts programs.

Showcasing four works in this season’s repertoire, the Dance division will present excerpts from the high school and from the college divisions. “The Hunt” by Robert Battle, bears his trademark musicality and is an aggressive study of a primal hunting ritual.  Originally commissioned by the Parsons Dance Company in 2001, this sextet of dancers in flowing black and red skirts leads the audience through a nonlinear and abstract trajectory showing preparatory rites of passage, tracking the prey, the chase and finally the kill. Meanwhile, the high school senior class will present Forced Entry an excerpt by Josée Garant, former director of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Modern Dance Division. A dynamic and challenging piece, it is sure to exhilarate guests.

Robert Battle, a 1990 alum of NWSA high school founded Battleworks Dance Company in 2001, which premiered in August 2002 at the World Dance Alliance’s Global Assembly in Düsseldorf, Germany. Selected as the American representatives to the festival, the company was chosen for its unique outlook on the future of modern dance. Battleworks has performed extensively in New York City and across the country at such venues as The Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, American Dance Festival, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

The music division will be presenting its award winning performing ensembles including singers from the Opera Theater Ensemble performing the Act II Sextet from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, the Jazz Ensemble performing Indian Lady by Don Ellis, and additional performances by the department’s talented singers and instrumentalists.

Directed by the NWSA Dean of Theatre, Patrice Bailey, the theater division will showcase their main stage productions with excerpt presentations from “The Women” by Clare Boothe Luce, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” book by Richard Morris and dick Scanlan with new music by Jeanine Tesori and new lyrics by Dick Scanlan and “Titanic” book by Peter Stone, music and lyrics by Maury Ueston. “Mind, Body and Susan” a monologue written and performed by NWSA college senior Betsy Graver will also be staged.

 NWSA college seniors Justin O’Ferrall and Daniela Grosso

A tradition at the Rising Stars performance, NWSA will present the “Alumnus of the Year” award to a successful alum that is working actively in his or her career. Representing the Music division, Jencarlos Canela, a 2006 music, high school graduate from New World School of the Arts will receive the honors. A true example of what signifies talent and professionalism is the ascending artistic career of this young singer and actor, who at 20 years of age, has carried out more than 80 successful international concerts in countries such as Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic and The United States. Widely renowned nationally as the face and song author of car maker Ford’s “Ride it like a Ford” advertising campaign, Jencarlos has become one of the best known teen idols from South Florida. His most recent accomplishments include roles in various prime-time soap operas broadcast on Univision and Telemundo Networks, sharing credits with prominent actors such as Lorraine Red, Mauricio Islands and Lupita Ferrer among others. Canela, who will represent the Hispanic community while participating in charitable activities with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, will work alongside other renowned entertainment figures such as Robin Williams, Meryl Streep and Ben Stiler. His most recent work includes the dance extravaganza Miami Libre, where Canela gave the South Florida community yet another taste of his extraordinary talent as singer, dancer and actor. In the role of “Pepito”, Canelas told the story (in English and in Spanish) of a musician’s quest for love and liberty in this cabaret-style musical which ran for 3 weeks summer 2008 at the Adrienne Arsht Center - Knight Concert Hall.
About NWSA: The distinguished history of the New World School of the Arts began in 1984 when the Florida State Legislature established the institution to provide artistically talented high school and college students the means to achieve both an academic education and artistic training. In September, 1986, NWSA opened its doors to students in grades ten through twelve. The first college freshmen were enrolled in September 1988 identifying NWSA as the first high school college dual-enrollment arts program to provide academic and artistic opportunities for the nation’s gifted young people.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. An educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida, NWSA’s audition-based programs is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater. NWSA offers the high school diploma as well as a four-year BFA or BM college degree.

Sponsors of the 2009 Rising Stars include Bank of America, Radio Caracol-1260 AM, Miami Monthly Magazine, Univision-23, Bacardi, and Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.

Photo IDs: 
Rising Stars 09.jpg: Excerpt from the musical Titanic that will open the 2009 Rising Stars Performance at the Gusman. Photo by Liliam Dominguez.
The Hunt.jpg: NWSA college seniors Justin O’Ferrall and Daniela Grosso performing Robert Battles’ The Hunt. Photo by Juan E Cabrera.
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