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Your cultural hit list: Florida Grand Opera, New World Symphony and HistoryMiami

New World Symphony turns 30 in style. Photograph by Rui Dias-Aidos.
New World Symphony turns 30 in style. Photograph by Rui Dias-Aidos.

Looking to get your fill of culture this month? Our three top picks:

1. ‘Photographs of a Jewish Community’ at HistoryMiami

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Through March at HistoryMiami. Photograph by Gary Block.

Before the glass skyscrapers and celebrity-chef restaurants, South Beach was a sleepy haven full of retirees, many of them Holocaust survivors. To pay homage to that generation of local settlers, HistoryMiami has opened “South Beach, 1974-1990: Photographs of a Jewish Community,” a show of 120 photographs from five photographers.

They captured dance nights, daily exercise routines and rope lines that retirees used to use to wade into the ocean. “This was the missing piece between the glitzy South Beach of Frank Sinatra in the 1950s and the trendy place it has become today,” said Jorge Zamanillo, the museum’s director. Sponsored in part by the Knight Foundation, the show runs through March.

101 West Flagler Street, Miami; 305-375-1492;

2. New World Symphony Turns 30 in Style

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New World Symphony. Photograph by Emilio Collavino. Emilio Collavino

Make plans to see how New World Symphony is celebrating its 30th birthday. An Inside the Music seminar on November 7 mixes chamber music with on-stage performances. A Solo Spotlight on the 13th gives the stage to symphony fellows, basically the next generation’s big stars, for solo recitals.

Then on the 17th, the symphony turns into a late-night lounge with an event called PULSE. Headlined by the DJ team known as Dude Skywalker, that night concludes with the DJs spinning alongside conductor Dean Whiteside and NWS fellows. While the symphony might be entering its 30s, it’s far from getting old.

500 17th Street, Miami Beach; 305-680-5866;

3. Florida Grand Opera Performs ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ 

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Soprano Anna Christy. Photograph by Dario Acosta. Dario Acosta

The story begins, as all the good ones do, with a maiden in distress, a Scottish girl who is forced into a marriage to save her family. But things take a turn in the classic Italian opera Lucia di Lammermoor when the girl takes things into her own hands and — well, maybe you should wait and see what happens next.

Soprano Anna Christy, star of the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, headlines the Florida Grand Opera’s performances. Catch the three-act show first at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts from November 11 to 18, then the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on November 30 and December 2.