Jean-Baptiste recently was chosen to participate in the young artist program with the Florida Grand Opera’s 2013-2014 season. She will also perform in the title role in "Tosca" for three performances with FGO next season. It is a role she has already performed with Opera San Jose in California.
This is an event worth attending, not only for the musical benefits, but also to support the young and upcoming artists in our community. It’s free and open to the public. If you need more information, call Diaz at 305-757-7725.
Whole Foods program aids Orchestra Miami
From now through July 7, Whole Foods Market at 6701 Red Road in Coral Gables will have a "Donate Your Dime" program to benefit Orchestra Miami. The program works like this: Customers at the store will receive 10 cents back on their bill, with every reusable bag they bring from home. the customer can choose to either keep the dime per bag, or donate it to the local charity or organization of that quarter. This quarter, Orchestra Miami will receive the donations.
Orchestra Miami was founded in 2006 by Artistic Director Elaine Rinaldi and has established itself as an important part of Miami’s vibrant cultural community. Since its beginning, the orchestra has presented some of the finest in classical symphonic, Latin jazz and opera, with some of the most important and recognized names in the music world. Orchestra Miami is also committed to the community and education, as reflected in its series of free family concerts, presented around the county in various venues, the annual "Cultural Passport" performances for Miami Dade County Public Schools and its annual series of free outdoor concerts. The orchestra’s excellence has been recognized by visiting artists Andrea Bocelli, Idina Menzel, Raul Esparza, and Juan Diego Florez.
The proceeds from the "Donate Your Dime" program will go to help sustain and support Orchestra Miami’s education efforts and many free programs. For more information and if you want to make an extra donation, go to: www.OrchestraMiami.org.
Christina Alexander will present the one-woman show, Hate! An American Love Story, at 7 p.m. June 8 at Arts at St. Johns, 4760 Pine Tree Dr. in Miami Beach.
Alexander’s work will delve into stories of love in America and the country's struggle to understand that different doesn’t mean wrong. She will play eight characters, who will deliver 16 monologues that offer varied perspectives of who and what defines love in America.
General admission is $20; $15 for seniors; $10 for students with I.D. and free to members of the military and their families.
Holocaust is subject of stage production
Holocaust: A Living Journey-book will be presented at Gablestage at 7:30 p.m. on June 3 at 1200 Anastasia Ave. in Coral Gables.
Presented by What If Works Inc., the production made its successful debut in 2012 at the Arsht Center’s community-wide "Holocaust & the Light" project. The recent project is directed by Phillip M. Church, artistic director of WIW and associate professor of theater at Florida International University. The production includes nine actors who will perform a mosaic of self-scripted monologues drawn from historical and personal accounts of the Holocaust.
The monologues will be woven between five choruses of wartime poet Nelly Sachs, and will shed light on the life of Gustav Schroeder, captain of the ill-fated SS St. Louis, Anne Frank recording eye-witness accounts from the hidden recess of an Amsterdam apartment, Antoni Dobrowolski, Polish school teacher and the oldest living survivor from the camps at Auschwitz and Sir Nicholas Winton, known to many as the "British Schindler" because he systematically saved over 2,700 Jewish children.
The production will include archival film clips, survivor testimonials, song and compositions attributed to Holocaust composers, and will feature, Caitlyn Lincoln, Rafael Martinez, Amanda Ortega, Yarelis Chavez, Patrick Rodriguez, Gabriel Bonilla, Juanita Castro, and Erik Rodriguez. Music will be performed by Amernet String Quartet: Jason Calloway, Cellist; Carla Cao, clarinetist, and Anton Church, multi-media content. Vicky Collado is the assistant director.
The production will tour England in July and will be joined there by co-director John Barlow. Prior to going to England, the production will also be at the Millais Theatre at Solent Southampton University. Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased by calling the box office at 305-445-1119. Proceeds will benefit the US-UK tour.