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Promo photo for Rising Stars.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 21 – April 26
Opening Reception: March 21, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
25 NE 2 Street, downtown Miami, FL 33132
Free and open to the public
Information at 305-237-3620
March 21 at 7:30 PM
174 E. Flagler Street, downtown Miami, FL 33132
Performance Tickets: $40, $30, $20
Please visit: http://olympiatheater.org or http://nwsa.mdc.edu
Information at 305-237-3135

March 21 at 6:00 PM
174 E. Flagler Street, downtown Miami, FL 33132
VIP Reception and Performance Tickets: $125 – $250 per person
For tickets to the VIP Reception and Performance, please call: 305-237-3502

Rising Stars Exhibition: Titled “Objects,” the art exhibition kicks off New World School of the Art's signature annual Rising Stars showcase. A carefully curated exhibition featuring a wide-range of artwork, created specifically for this annual event by the college and high school students of NWSA, the theme of this show is based on a specific action or feeling which can be seen or touched. Unexpectedly transforming the New World Gallery into a black box, the exhibition will showcase and display the works - created by 24 student artists – to illustrate them as fine objects. Objects will be juried by New World School of the Arts graphic design college graduate Camilo Rojas (BFA 2008), who will receive this year’s Rising Stars Alumni Award during the Rising Starts performance at the Olympia Theater later that evening.

Rising Stars Performance: The show will be followed by the Rising Stars performing arts showcase with renowned works in dance, music and theater. Presenting an excerpt from the new choreography Chance of Thunder, by Eduardo Vilaro - Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico, a cast of thirteen NWSA college dancers will dance to powerful music by Juan Garcia Esquivel. The NWSA high school student dancers will perform a work by Robert Battle, Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Company and NWSA dance alumnus, entitled Boxed - a dance that explores the theme of confinement and freedom. The NWSA high school music theater students will transport the audience to the vibrant community of Washington Heights with flavorful excerpts from the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical In the Heights. Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, with music orchestration by NWSA music alumnus, Tony Award-winner Alex Lacamoire, In the Heights is the story of a close-knit Hispanic neighborhood In Washington Heights, New York. At its core the musical centers around the ideas of chasing one’s dreams and finding one’s true home. Presenting an excerpt of the popular Broadway music Big Fish, the NWSA college music theater students will take the stage with contemporary music that reflects southern culture written by one of the better composers working today: Andrew Lippa. A story about the complex relationship between fathers and sons, Big Fish will present the audience with the eternal and sometimes underrecognized importance of standing by family. Led by Maestro Alfred Gershfeld, the NWSA Symphony Orchestra will showcase Giuseppe Verdi’s powerful Overture to his opera, La Forza Del Destino (The Force of Destiny), who librettist Francesco Maria Piave based on the Spanish drama, Don Alvaro o la fuerza del sino by Angel de Saavedra in 1835. The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jim Gasior, will enthuse the hall with rousing sounds of Manteca by Dizzy Gillespie, Walter Gil Fuller, Luciano Pozo Gonzales - arranged by Mike Tomaro. Gillespie’s collaboration with Cuban percussionist Luciano “Chano” Pozo Gonzalez created a movement known as Afro-Cuban jazz. Dizzy’s 1947 recording of Manteca is widely regarded as one of the most important jazz recordings of the 20th century. Interpreting Refuge, the NWSA Concert Choir under the direction of Leslie A. Denning, will feature a soloist to capture the essence of the musical piece. With music by Elaine Hagenberg, Refuge explores a sorrowful text by Sara Teasdale. The piano frantically races out of control, as the cello becomes the voice of heartache and despair the realization that all the endured inner conflict was self-inflicted. Hagenberg ends the piece with a sparse accompaniment, bringing us to the light of hope and home within oneself.  Finally, the Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Brent Mounger, will offer a performance of Symphonic Dance No. 3 by Clifton Williams, that will prove to be a high energy musical ride inspired by the evocation and excitement of a Latin city’s celebration.

NWSA Rising Stars Alumni Award: New World School of the Arts will recognize visual arts alumnus Camilo Rojas who graduated from the NWSA college BFA program. Camilo is a multidisciplinary graphic designer and creative director living and creating in Miami, Florida. After graduating from New World School of the Arts in 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, Camilo began creating work for people, brands and interior spaces worldwide by effectively balancing concept, type, design, art and function. Typography is the starting point of his work and is usually characterized by a whimsical and meticulous re-appropriation of everyday materials and handcrafted techniques. His work has been featured in a wide range of art and design publications and has been exhibited worldwide in group exhibitions, biennales and parallel events including The Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial in the United Arab Emirates - 2016 and 2018, Raw pop-up, 100 typographic posters International Exhibition in China, Typography in Contemporary Art in Germany and in¬ter¬na¬tional ex¬hi¬bi¬tions in UAE, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and the United States. Camilo currently leads his multidisciplinary design studio CR-eate and Startup “Shoot My Travel”- a nationally recognized endeavor.

About NWSA: Founded by the Florida Legislature 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. Information about New World School of the Arts at 305-237-3135 or at http://nwsa.mdc.edu/

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