Celebrating its tenth year, New World School of the Arts' Make Art Work series (MAW) continues with two respected artists, Eduardo Vilaro, choreographer and Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico and Russell Thomas, distinguished tenor and NWSA 1998 music alumnus.
NWSA’s Make Art Work series is designed to bring professionals in the art world together with students and the community for a dialogue on the business of art by focusing on providing tools, guidance and strategies for success to the next generation of artists. The primary goal of these dialogues is to expand understanding of what it takes to live as an artist in the twenty-first century. Each talk includes a question and answer session, allowing students, guests and the public opportunities for direct communication with respected leaders in the art world.
EDUARDO VILAROS’s MAKE ART WORK (MAW) SESSION: CHANCE OF THUNDER
Friday, February 15, 2019, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM. New World Dance Theater. 25 NE 2 Street, 8th Floor, Miami. MAW is free and open to the public. Information at 305-237-3341.
Eduardo Vilaro kicks off the MAW series this year with a one-hour dialogue where he will showcase a short excerpt of his newly choreographed work Chance of Thunder - created specifically for select NWSA college students. Vilaro will speak about his choreographic process and his approach to choreography during the Q & A session with the audience, hosted by NWSA Dean of Dance, Mary Lisa Burns. The MAW session will be followed by a full rehearsal with participating dancers.
About Eduardo Vilaro: Mr. Vilaro joined Ballet Hispanico as Artistic Director in August 2009, becoming only the second person to head the company since it was founded in 1970. In 2015, Eduardo Vilaro took on the additional role of Chief Executive Officer of Ballet Hispanico. He has been part of the Ballet Hispanico family since 1985 as a principal dancer and educator, after which he began a ten-year record of achievement as Founder and Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. Mr. Vilaro has infused Ballet Hispanico's legacy with a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects America's changing cultural landscape. Born in Cuba and raised in New York from the age of six, he is a frequent speaker on the merits of cultural diversity and dance education. Mr. Vilaro’s own choreography is devoted to capturing the spiritual, sensual and historical essence of the Latino cultures. He created over 20 ballets for Luna Negra and has received commissions from the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Grant Park Festival, the Lexington Ballet and the Chicago Symphony. In 2001, he was a recipient of a Ruth Page Award for choreography, and in 2003, he was honored for his choreographic work at Panama’s II International Festival of Ballet. In 2016, Eduardo Vilaro was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame.
RUSSELL THOMAS’ MAKE ART WORK (MAW) SESSION: AN EVENING WITH AN OPERA TENOR
Monday, March 4, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus Auditorium. 300 NE 2 Avenue, Room 1261, Miami. MAW is free and open to the public. Information at 305-237-3622.
Continuing the MAW series through March, Russell Thomas, distinguished tenor and New World School of the Arts 1998 music alumnus, will present An Evening with an Opera Tenor, working with singers from the New World School of the Arts Music division in a special masterclass to focus on voice technique and performance. The MAW Q & A session following the class will cover topics relating to Russell Thomas' extensive career as an opera star. The session will be hosted by Dean of Music, also a NWSA music alumnus, Dr. Daniel Andai.
NWSA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR CONCERT WITH GUEST TENOR RUSSELL THOMAS:
Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at 7:30 PM. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts - Knight Concert Hall. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. General Admission $20; Students and seniors $10
Tickets at http://nwsa.mdc.edu. Information at 305-237-3622.
The day following his MAW session, Russell Thomas will perform alongside the New World School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra and Choir during the school’s annual concert. Under the baton of Maestro Alfred Gershfeld, the orchestra performance will feature Gounod's ballet suite from Faust, Tchaikovsky's Capriccio Italienne, Verdi's Overture to La Forza del Destino and Va Pensiero from Nabucco. Russell Thomas will sing arias from opera favorites including Bizet’s Carmen, Massanet’s Werther, Verdi’s Ottelo and Mascagni's Cavelleria Rusticana.
About Russell Thomas: Acclaimed for his "voice of intrinsic warmth and refined sense of style" (Opera News), Russell Thomas has enjoyed a string of operatic triumphs in recent seasons, including performances as Don Carlo at Washington National Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin; Cavaradossi in Tosca at Los Angeles Opera and Los Angeles Philharmonic; and Pollione in Norma at Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia. He has debuted as Florestan in Fidelio at Cincinnati Opera, as Stiffelio at Oper Frankfurt, and as Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Mr. Thomas has sung Rodolfo in La bohème at the Metropolitan Opera, Loge in Das Rheingold with the New York Philharmonic, Adorno in Simon Boccanegra at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and Ismaele in Nabucco at the Metropolitan Opera and Seattle Opera. Graduating from the Music division of New World School of the arts in 1998, he is also an alumnus of the young artist programs at the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and has received prizes from the George London Foundation for Singers, Liederkranz Foundation, Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, and Richard Tucker Music Foundation. In 2010, he swept the Grand Prize, Audience Prize, and Tenor Prize of the Francisco Viñas Competition in Barcelona, Spain.
About NWSA: A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development through a curriculum that reflects the rich multicultural state of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, NWSA offers four-year BFA and BM college degrees, as well as the high school diploma. Through its rigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts. New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as 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.
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