Rising Stars, NWSA’s signature visual and performing arts showcase lights up downtown Miami

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New World School of the Arts, South Florida’s premier arts conservatory located in downtown Miami, presents its annual signature showcase Rising Stars, a professionally staged, energy packed, one-of-a-kind performance. Presented by the extraordinary students of the NWSA high school and college programs, the showcase begins at the New World Gallery with a juried visual arts show featuring impressive student artworks. The exhibition, as diverse as the school population, includes painting, drawing, design, sculpture, digital media and installations. The evening continues just a few blocks away at the historic Olympia Theater with a pre-performance VIP Reception to welcome guests to this artistic landmark. Following the reception, the performance showcases dance, music and theater excerpts from works performed during the school year.

March 22 – April 27
Opening Reception: March 22, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
New World Gallery
25 NE 2 Street, downtown Miami, FL 33132
Free and open to the public
Information at 305-237-3620

March 22; 7:30 PM
174 E. Flagler Street, downtown Miami, FL 33132
Performance Tickets: $50, $30, $20
For Performance only tickets visit: http://olympiatheater.org or http://nwsa.mdc.edu
Information at 305-237-3620

March 22 at 6:00 PM
174 E. Flagler Street, downtown Miami, FL 33132
VIP Reception and Performance Tickets: $125 – $250 per person
Please call 305-237-3502
Rising Stars Program: With an exciting program that includes a vibrant and diverse art exhibition at the New World Gallery, followed by performance excerpts of renowned works in dance, music and theater at the Olympia Theater, the showcase will capture the artistic heart and soul of its guests. The dance progam will highlight the work of world-renowned choreographers including Echad Mi Yodea by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. This iconic dance is set to the music of Israeli rock group Nikmat Hatractor and will be performed by select college dance students. Overture by NWSA 1990 alumnus Robert Battle, Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, will also grace the stage. Set to the beautiful and moving music of J.S. Bach, this choreography shows characters that are “overcome with despair, experiencing euphoric relief as they find themselves possessed by spiritual forces” (Lisa Jo Sagolla, Backstage). Interchanging by NWSA High School sophomore Sofia Gonzalez, a 2018 National YoungArts finalist in choreography, was created for seven NWSA high school dancers. A languorous tango, the dancers bring to life this work, which poignantly juxtaposes the group with the individuals within it and reaches out with both delicacy and power.
Led by maestro Alfred Gershfeld, the NWSA Orchestra will come alive with the famous Overture to Gioachino Rossini’s William Tell Opera (popularly known as the William Tell Overture), premiered in 1829 and the last of Rossini’s 39 operas. NWSA Wind Ensemble will present a movement from David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 8 for Wind Ensemble, led by director Brent Mounger. Under the direction of Jim Gasior, the NWSA Jazz Ensemble will captivate guests with the contagious tune by American Jazz pianist, arranger and composer, Mary Lou Williams. The NWSA Choir, under the direction of Alan Denning, will perform Eriks Esenvalds’ moving work, Only in Sleep.
With a deliciously seductive number from the award-winning musical Sweet Charity, Big Spender choreographed by Herman Payne using the elements of Fosse’s style, will set the evening in motion as NWSA High School music theater students magically captivate guests with the love story of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic but comically unfortunate dance hall hostess in New York City. The NWSA College Theater students offer a much more serious exchange as they explore the cost of violence in our society through the opening scene of The Orphan, a comical yet poignant play by Tony award winning playwright David W. Rabe. A much more obscure play dealing with obsession, violence, and family, this production is laced with overlays of metaphysics and the inner workings of the brain. Luck be a Lady Tonight, from the ever-popular award-winning musical Guys and Dolls, revitalizes the hall with a spark of energy as the ensemble of College Music Theater students call upon lady luck for their lucky roll of the dice.
Rising Stars Alumni Award: New World School of the Arts will recognize dance alumnus Jamar Roberts who graduated from the NWSA High School Dance program in 2000, and currently performs with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, under the artistic direction of NWSA dance alumnus Robert Battle. Jamar Roberts trained at the Dance Empire of Miami, where he continues to teach, and as a fellowship student at The Ailey School. Roberts was a member of Ailey II and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Dance Magazine featured him as a “25 to Watch” in 2007 and on the cover in 2013. He has performed at The White House in 2010, and as a guest star on So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars. In 2015 Roberts made his Ailey II choreographic debut with his work Gemeos, set to the music of Afrobeat star Fela Kuti. Most recently, he won Outstanding Performer at the prestigious New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards and was a guest star with London’s Royal Ballet. He first joined the Company in 2002. Presented to artistically successful alumni of the NWSA high school or college programs, Jamar Roberts was selected by NWSA administration along with dean of dance Mary Lisa Burns, by evaluating the artistic achievements, growth, and development of dance alumni candidates.
About New World School of the Arts: Founded by the Florida Legislation more than three decades ago as a center of excellence, New World School of the Arts has educated, trained, and cultivated a generation of artists who have become the artistic leaders of the future. Graduates from the high school and college programs of NWSA are award-winning artists, playwrights and performers with Academy, Emmy, Tony, Grammy and Bessie Awards. They are influential painters, sculptors and graphic designers, and their work thrives in museums and galleries, as well as on stages and concert halls around the globe. Our alumni are a source of inspiration to young artists from all walks of life in our community and in our state, and their success is a testament of the possibilities that emerge when the right blend of support and resources are engaged.
A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, New World School of the Arts is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative, and academic development through a curriculum that reflects our community and the rich multicultural state of Florida. Through our partners NWSA confers the high school diploma, Associate of Arts degree, and Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees in programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, Music, Theater and Art & Design. New World School of the Arts' rigorous eight-year curriculum and conservatory-style teaching has empowered students in our community and our nation to become leaders in the arts for more than 30 years.
Providing access is one of New World School of the Arts most important missions. Blind to academic standing at the onset, NWSA’s acceptance policy is based solely on artistic talent. This allows students from all backgrounds, ethnicities and socioeconomic status to compete for their spot in the school’s coveted arts programs based on their individual talent. Once accepted, students are expected to achieve both academically and artistically. Earning respected national merit and leadership-based scholarships such as the Gates Millennium Scholarship, Posse Foundation Scholar, and Presidential Scholar in the Arts, NWSA students have demonstrated over the years that a rigorous arts curriculum not only helps foster their passion and create the next generation or artists, but it also helps students engage and achieve excellence in any academic discipline.
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