12 highlights of the upcoming arts season

As our ever richer arts season kicks off, look for more action at Miami’s center — and growing, more adventurous programs at smaller centers and groups around Miami-Dade, into Broward and beyond. All of it reflects how much culture has become part of life here.

Downtown Miami is pumping up its cultural profile in a bid to become the artistic heart of Miami-Dade, from big players like Young-

Arts, the soon-to-open Pérez Art Museum Miami, and Miami Dade College’s Freedom Tower, to feisty independents like DWNTN Arthouse, CIFO and Cannonball. Get a taste at this weekend’s Downtown Art Days.

But there are also rich offerings in neighborhood venues across South Florida. Find experimental theater and Latin pop at Little Havana’s revitalized Miami-Dade County Auditorium; intriguing cabaret and renowned dance troupes at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay; Haitian music festivals and children’s art programs at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. There’s something for every taste and level of understanding, from the challenge of an experimental performance piece like Octavio Campos TRPL Quince, to the classic Arts Ballet Theatre. The Broward College speaker series at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts offers culture-changing guests including Jeanette Walls and Jean-Michel Cousteau. And every neighborhood seems to have an art walk these days. This season, it’s easier than ever for art to be not just a special sometime event, but a normal and everyday one.

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Yuja Wang with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony

Oct. 5-6 at New World Center in Miami Beach.

Even in these days of dizzying virtuosity among young keyboard firebrands, Wang’s powerful bravura remains a phenomenon.

Florida Grand Opera’s Mourning Becomes Electra

Nov. 7 and 9 at Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest American operas, the work is adapted from Eugene O’Neill’s play, which features a family haunted and ultimately destroyed by deep secrets.

Art Basel

Dec. 5-8 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

The art world holds its annual meeting of the minds in Miami Beach, with more than 250 leading galleries presenting works by artists across many platforms plus film presentations, public artworks and the multiple satellite fairs scattered throughout Miami.

Jonah Bokaer/Daniel Arsham in Occupant

Dec. 6 at the Adrienne Arsht Center.

Former Merce Cunningham dancer Jonah Bokaer and his collaborator, visual artist Daniel Arsham, create dance-performance pieces that meld intellectual rigor, visual beauty and wit with theatricality.

Totó Lo Momposina

Dec. 15 at Hollywood Arts Park.

The inimitable Totó Lo Momposina has been called the Celia Cruz of Colombia, internationally famed for her powerful, soulful and gutsy performances of traditional Colombian music.

Antony and Cleopatra

Jan 11-Feb. 9 at the Colony Theatre.

Miami’s soaring young playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney crafts a set-in-Haiti version of William Shakespeare’s turbulent historic play, moving the action to the late 1700s on the eve of the Haitian revolution. The production is a collaborative effort by the Royal Shakespeare Company, New York’s Public Theater and South Florida’s GableStage.

Miami City Ballet Program III — West Side Story Suite and Episodes

Feb. 14-Mar. 2 in Dade, Broward and West Palm Beach.

They can dance, but can they sing? Miami City Ballet ventures into musical theater with West Side Story Suite, a distilled version of Jerome Robbins’ Broadway classic plus the company premiere of George Balanchine’s rarely performed Episodes.