Beethoven's 5th Symphony comes to life with the NWSA Symphony Orchestra.

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Beethoven’s 5th Symphony comes to life with the NWSA Symphony Orchestra.  
Special presentation by soprano Elaine Alvarez seals the evening
 
MIAMI---Compared to legendary soprano Maria Callas by Opera News and hailed as a “bountiful, focused and alluring bright soprano” by the Frankfurter Neue Presse, Elaine Alvarez Elaine Alvarez joins the musical energy of the NWSA Symphony Orchestra to present her alma mater’s annual symphony concert. In celebration of New World School of the Arts 25th Anniversary, the performance will feature a powerful rendition of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony conducted by Maestro Alfred Gershfeld and presented by more than eighty exceptional young musicians. Elaine Alvarez, world-renowned Cuban-American soprano and NWSA alumna will open the program with a collection of beloved arias from Mozart, Verdi and Puccini operas. The much-anticipated symphony will be followed by a private reception to honor founders and supporters who have, for more than two and half decades, demonstrated their love and commitment for NWSA.
 
The NWSA Symphony Concert will take place at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, February 16, at 7:30 PM. 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, downtown Miami. General Admission seating is $20 / $10 (Students/Seniors). 
 
“Elaine represents our mission, to train and nurture the future generation of performing artists.  It is exciting to have Elaine back to share her success and talent with her New World School of the Arts family” expressed Jim Gasior, Interim Dean of Music at New World School of the Arts. 
 
Although the NWSA Symphony Orchestra is highly recognized for its annual professional-level symphony concert, this will be the first time the ensemble presents Beethoven’s magnificent 1808 masterwork in the Arsht Center’s state of the arts concert hall. 
 
ELAINE ALVAREZ - Elaine Alvarez made her break-out company debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago asMimi in La Boheme in 2007. SHE has since gone on to debut at major theatersaround the world with celebrated performances of Magda in La Rondine with Oper Frankfurt alongside Joseph Calleja, Violetta in La Traviata at the Bayerische Staatsoper with Jonas Kaufmann, Simon Keenlyside and Keri-Lynn Wilson at the podium, and most notably, as soprano soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater under the baton of Maestro Riccardo Muti with the Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino on tour in Italy and Greece. Elaine returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Micaela in Carmen during the 2010-2011 season.  Other performances include Carnegie Hall debut as a featured artist in the Marilyn Horne Foundation’s Annual Recital alongside long-time mentor and friend, Warren Jones, her Oper Frankfurt andArizona Opera debuts in La Bohème, and her much-anticipated Florida Grand Opera debut in her hometown of Miami as Micaela in Carmen. Additional highlights of recent seasons include performances of La traviata, Mimi in Peter Konwitschny's La bohème and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, all with Oper Leipzig. She also toured to Hong Kong for a series of performances of Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the Gewandhaus Orchestra. A dedicated recitalist, Elaine made her Washington DCdebut with the prestigious Vocal Arts Society at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater in 2007.  As a Grand Prize winner of the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition, she made her New York recital debut in the same year under the auspices of the Horne Foundation, along with additional performances at the University of Pittsburgh. Elaine Alvarez is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Manhattan School of Music, studying with Joan Patenaude-Yarnell and Warren Jones.
 
At New World School of the Arts (NWSA), Miami’s premiere eight-year arts conservatory, music students receive one-on-one instruction from accomplished musicians and grow through disciplined guidance and training as they develop their personal style and repertoire. Through its educational partnerships, NWSA’s audition-based programs, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, offer the high school diploma as well as the BFA and BM college degrees. Areas of concentration in Music include: composition, performance, instrumental, piano, strings and voice.
 
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature in 1984as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. 
 
For tickets and information, visit nwsa.mdc.edu or contact the Music Hotline at 305-237-7855.
 
Photo caption: NWSA Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Alfred Gershfeld-Photographer: Jose Lopes-Moreno
Elaine Alvarez