The three-day Deering Estate Festival of the Arts may be short in duration, but it’s big in every other way. Linking the arts and the environment, the festival will showcase the work of 27 writers, 61 visual artists and 122 performing artists, with more than 100 works of sculpture, performances and installations throughout the estate on the edge of Biscayne Bay.
The festival begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday with a free reading of Messenger No. 4 (or How To Survive a Greek Tragedy), a free play reading by the Lost Girls Theatre in the estate’s Visitor Center Theatre. Katherine Siegel directs actors Carlos Rivera, Arturo Sierra, Stephanie White, Kent Wilson, Elizabeth Abad, Ashley Chang, Merry Jo Cortada, Vyvian Figueredo, Scott Douglas Wilson and Meredith Bartmon in the play by Will Hollis Snider.
Saturday’s schedule kicks off at 10 a.m. with a master class by violinist Charles Castleman, featuring young South Florida string players. The ecological and environmental art exhibit opens at 3:30 p.m., and a National Water Dance performance featuring more than 100 singers, dancers and musicians takes place on the main lawn and boat basin at 4 p.m. Curator Lucinda Linderman leads visitors through indoor and outdoor exhibitions from 4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. A guided mangrove forest tour happens from 4:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., and a fire circle highlighting poetry is scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Presenting artists will lead a guided tour of artworks from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Also on Saturday, children can enter a photography competition beginning at 3:30 p.m. (bring a camera or cellphone) and go on a self-guided ecology and environmental scavenger hunt.
At 6:30 p.m. April 13, Castleman and the founding members of the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble will perform a concert focused on images of nature evoked by the music of Felix Mendelssohn and Erich Korngold. Admission to the concert is $25 for adults, $12 for children.
The Deering Estate at Cutler is located at 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami. For information, visit www.deeringestate.org.
Crow to sing
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow is the featured performer during Saturday’s Huizenga Pavilion grand opening celebration at Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $500 and proceeds benefit the center’s education and enrichment programs.
The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 7 p.m., followed by Crow’s performance in the center’s smaller Amaturo Theater at 8:30 p.m. The celebration follows at 10 p.m. at the pavilion, which affords sweeping views of the New River, and its terraces. The Huizenga Pavilion will be home to the first-floor New River Bistro restaurant and the Porter Riverview Ballroom on its second floor.
The Broward Center is at 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. For information on the gala, call 954-468-3284 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus will host the third edition of an innovative dance and community program April 15-17. Artistry in Rhythm: Engaging the Community (AIR Dance Conference) offers master classes, lecture/demonstrations and performances. Guest artist/teachers include Pioneer Winter, Elaine Wright, Teo Castellanos, Hanan, Gelan Lambert and others. Classes will be offered in a wide range of styles, including ballet, belly dance, hip-hop, Afro-Haitian, liturgical, contemporary and modern dance, as well as workshops in choreography, panel discussions and a performance
The AIR Conference will be held at the Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104th St, Miami, and is open to middle and senior high school students, college students and the community at large. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 7:45 p.m., with nightly performances at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include admission to the evening AIR dance concert. Call 305-237-2426 or email email@example.com for information.
The Miami Children’s Chorus will hold the final edition of All Together Now, the longtime youth chorus’ program of free community singalongs, at 11:30 a.m. Saturday . The program, which features performances by the beginning chorus and by children from the Leadership Learning Center and Playing the Game of Life program, takes place at at the North Shore Park and Youth Center, 501 72nd St., Miami Beach. Families and children will get to hum, clap and sing along on traditional American songs. Call 305-662-7494 or visit www.miamichildrenschorus.org.
A Miami Bach Society concert dedicated to the memory of former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew will feature works by 17th century British composer Henry Purcell and his contemporaries.
Along with his family, Askew, who died March 13, supported the Bach Society since its founding in 1984.
Set for 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Coral Gables, the concert is under the direction of the Bach Society’s Donald Oglesby. On the program are chamber and choral music performed by the University of Miami Collegium Musicum, the Miami Bach Society Chamber Players and Indiana’s Echoing Air ensemble under the direction of countertenor Steven Rickards.
Tickets are $30 ($40 for preferred seating, $5 for college students and New World Symphony Fellows, free to students under 18). The church is located at 5690 N. Kendall Dr. Call 305-669-1376 or visit www.miamibachsociety.org.
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