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Opera fans can hear aspiring singers perform in contest

 
 
Herman Head
Herman Head

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There will be great music in the air at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, when Young Patronesses of the Opera and the Florida Grand Opera present the 27th Annual YPO Voice Competition. The program will feature popular and significant arias sung by some of today’s brightest young talents.

“We are not only looking to provide new opportunities for budding opera singers," said Lucie Spieler, chairwoman of the YPO Voice Competition. "We also want to give the community the chance to experience their talent and fall in love with opera, whether for the first time or all over again."

Hundreds of young singers entered the competition, which was later narrowed to 35 semifinalists set to audition on Friday. On Saturday, a hand-picked group of 12 finalists will perform at the Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Arsht Center. Each of the finalists will perform and compete for $46,000 in prizes, some of which include: the Senior Young Artist division (ages 26-30) grand prize of $8,000; the Junior Young Artist (ages 20-25) division grand prize of $7,000; the Troy Moss Memorial prize of $5,000; the Audience Favorite prize of $1,000, for which ticket buyers will have the chance to vote.

Judges for the 2013 competition include, Andrew Bisantz, music director of Eugene Opera and an American conductor with extensive credits leading national orchestras and opera companies throughout the country; Gerald Martin Moore, pianist, conductor and vocal coach, who works with several notable singers; and Maria Zouves, soprano and founder and director of V.O.I.C.Experience in Tampa and associate director of Opera Tampa.

Tickets available to the public start as low as $10 each.

American Cancer Society Gala is Saturday

The American Cancer Society’s 2013 Centennial Gala will be Saturday at the Trump Doral Golf Resort and Spa. To celebrate the 100 years of progress in the fight against cancer, the event will feature food and live entertainment.

It will begin with a cocktail reception, silent auction and red-carpet at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing at 8:30 p.m.

Carnival Cruise Lines will be recognized as the event’s honoree for their dedication to the fight against cancer and their philanthropic partnership with the American Cancer society Dade Unit.

Tables for the gala range from $5,000 to $50,000. for more information call Carmen Piles, director of Leadership Giving at 305-779-2861 or, carmen.piles@cancer.org.

Donation aids kids with disabilities

We know our children are in good hands when we have people like Miami-Dade County School Board member Raquel Regalado working for them, Recently Regalado was able to secure a $10,000 donation from the Humana Foundation to help build new Sensory Rooms for students who have disabilities.

According to Regalado’s aide Ana Herrera, Regalado worked tirelessly on the project that will optimize the lives of special-education students in the Dade County Public Schools district.

"It is a dream come true for Ms. Regalado," Herrera said. "With this donation, we will be able to set up new Sensory rooms for three of our neediest schools. We are now working toward obtaining more donations to bring the Sensory Rooms to more schools."

Teen organizes Holocaust commemoration

Hats off to David Broide, a junior at Scheck Hillel Community School in North Miami Beach, who earlier this month organized a schoolwide initiative to remind his fellow classmates of Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah.

At 10 a.m. on April 8, a siren sounded throughout the early childhood through 12th grade campus for two minutes. At that time, all activities at the school came to a standstill, as students, faculty and staff paid silent tribute to the victims of the Holocaust.

Later during the day, young actors from the Hillel’s Jordan Alexander Ressler Performing Arts Program presented the play Number the Stars, which is based on the award-winning novel by Lois Lowry. The cast, which gave two performances — at 2 p.m. for students and at 7 p.m. for parents, faculty and guests, was directed by drama teacher Don Stansfield.

Broide lives in Hollywood.

Happy 103rd birthday to Air Corps vet

A belated happy birthday to Herman Head, a World War II veteran who celebrated his 103rd birthday on Wednesday. Head, who was born in Amityville, Ark., in 1910, is an Army Air Corps veteran. On his special day, Head enjoyed a celebration organized by the staff of the Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he lives.

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami presented the smiling veteran with a baseball cap and a coin as a way of thanking him for his service to the United States.

Head was joined by his daughter and granddaughter, friends and staff at the celebration.

Worship service for Greeks

All members of Greek sororities and fraternities are invited to a special worship service to be at 10 a.m. today at Mt. Hermon A.M.E. Church, 17800 NW 25th Ave in Miami Gardens.

The service is sponsored by the church and the Miami-Dade County National Pan Hellenic Council. Awards will be presented to the sorority or fraternity with the most members in attendance, and a scholarship will be presented to a high school graduate attending a college or university in the name of a Greek sorority or fraternity.

Belen kids celebrate Earth Day

Middle school students at Belen Jesuit Preparatory school will celebrate Earth Day at 9:45 a.m. on Monday, when Jesuit Father Marcelino Garcia and Jesuit Brother Michael Wood bless the herb garden planted by the students. The students will harvest the garden plots after the blessing.

Later, biodegradable plates will be used in the school cafeteria in honor of Earth Day and a special lunch option on the menu will incorporate at least four school garden ingredients.

Valeria Flores, a science teacher at the school said, "The cafeteria staff has donated appropriate food scraps to the compost tumbler in the garden every day."

The school is accepting monetary and in-kind donations to assist in the development of the garden project. for information on how to make a donation go to www.belenschoolgarden.com.

‘March for Babies’

You can help the Beta Tau Zeta Chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority reach their goal to raise $5,000 this year for the March for Babies Walk by donating $25 to the effort. The walk will be Saturday at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th St. To donate, go online at www.marchforbabies.org/team/t1906900.

The March of Dimes project is a Natiojnal Programmatic Thrust Initiative for the sorority.

String Quintent to perform at Gables Museum

Donald Oglesby will conduct the Amernet String Quartet and a string ensemble from Alhambra Orchestra in an all-Italian program at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave.

The program will include the works of Vivaldi, Mascagni, Corelli and Verdi, and will feature the Italian Serenade, by Wolf.

Oglesby is an internationally known baroque scholar and professor at the University of Miami. Tickets are available in advance and/or at the door. The cost is $30 to the general public; $20 for museum members, and $10 for students with ID. Call 305-603-8067 or visit coralgablesmuseum.org for tickets and more information.

Learn about local philanthropies

"A Night With Non-Profits," a large scale philanthropic networking event to raise support for 12 local non-profit organizations will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday at The Hoxton, 1111 SW First Ave.

Hosted by Cristina Mas and Patrick Jeary, the event seeks to raise support for the Young Associates of Coral Gables Museum; Ponce Society of Young Professionals; Monica Bruguera Foundation; Miami Beach Rotary Club; Fairchild Palms; Save our Sisters; Voices for Children; Radio Lollipop; Miami Science Museum, and Mas Family Scholarships.

The suggested donation is $10 per person. Additional opportunities to give will be presented throughout the evening.

Send all items at least two weeks in advance to Friends and Neighbors, c/o Neighbors, 2000 NW 150th Ave., Suite 1105, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028, fax it to 954-538-7018 or email bea.hines@gmail.com. Pictures are accepted but cannot be returned.

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