Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is celebrating the new season with ArtsLaunch2015, an all-day arts-and-info party on Sept. 12. The day of discussion, entertainment, fun and food tasting begins with the forward-looking ArtsTalk2025 at 9:30 a.m. and ends sometime after 7 p.m. when the Culturist Happy Hour will be winding down on the center’s Thomson Plaza.
At ArtsTalk2025, Victoria Rogers, the Knight Foundation’s vice president for arts, will moderate a discussion involving Mikhaile Solomon of Prizm Art Fair, playwright-performer Teo Castellanos and composer-musician Sam Hyken on what the arts might look like in South Florida a decade from today.
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Arts leaders who will be listening and participating include John Richard, Arsht president and CEO; Deborah Margol, deputy director of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs; Susan Danis, general director and CEO of Florida Grand Opera, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this season; Howard Herring, president and CEO of the New World Symphony; Gary Moore, visual artist; Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, Dimensions Variable gallery; Ruth Wiesen, Thomas Armour Youth Ballet; Francisco Tardí and Mayra Torres, Micro Theatre Miami; Nicholas Richberg, Zoetic Stage; Michael McKeever, Miami playwright; Keith Allen, Lou Rawls Performing Arts Center; Alan S. Bernstein, Miami Music Project; and Cameron Basden, former artistic director of the Joffrey Ballet. Breakout sessions will generate comments and ideas, which will then be shared with the group.
The day also brings the first chance to buy single tickets to myriad 2015-16 events at the Arsht. Among those are four of the five musicals in the Broadway in Miami lineup: Kinky Boots (Dec. 8-13); The Sound of Music (Dec. 29-Jan. 3); Motown the Musical (Feb. 2-7); and Cabaret (April 12-17). Tickets to The Phantom of the Opera, which runs Feb. 24-March 6, go on sale Nov. 13. Arts lovers can also buy single tickets to performances or concerts by the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, New World Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Patti LaBelle, the House Theatre of Chicago, Zoetic Stage and many others.
The celebration (except for those tickets and some food offerings) is free. It takes place in and around the Ziff Ballet Opera House, the Knight Concert Hall and Thomson Plaza at 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. For more information, call 305-949-6722 or visit www.arshtcenter.org, which has a complete schedule of the day’s activities.