MIAMI — The Adrienne Arsht Center presents an eclectic mix this season, with jazz, gospel and Latin music, a mix of dance styles and of course, Broadway shows. Performances are in the Ziff Ballet Opera House and the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall..
The Broadway Across America series features seven musicals: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Oct. 28-Nov. 2; Book of Mormon, Dec. 2-14; Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Dec. 30-Jan.4; Disney’s Newsies, Feb. 3-8; Wicked, March 11-29; and Sister Act, April 14-19. Prices and times vary.
Knight Masterworks Season – Signature Dance Series has a special treat from the Batsheva Dance Company, Oct. 25-26. The Tel Aviv troupe will feature a fully re-formed Deca Dance, which will be performed exclusively in Miami during their U.S. tour. Other performances are by Ballet Nacional de Espana, Nov. 6-9; Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, an all-male drag ballet company, Feb. 15;
The 2014-2015 seventh anniversary Jazz Roots season kicks off with a spectacular concert Georgia On My Mind: Celebrating Ray Charles, celebrating the musical genius Ray Charles, an American treasure who transcended racism cultural upheavals, and spread his gospel, blues, jazz and country sound around the world. Performers include gospel group Take 6, Emmy Award winner Clint Holmes; Grammy and Stellar Gospel Award winner saxophonist Kirk Whalum; and Shelly Berg, three-time Grammy Award-nominated music director and dean of the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Joining in the celebration is the Miami Mass Choir, the Arsht Center’s resident choir, directed by Pastor Marc Cooper.
Other Jazz Roots performers include Ramsey Lewis, Gregory Porter and Lisa Fischer in Jazz Roots Celebration, Dec. 19; Arturo Sandoval and friends, with Willy Chirino and Amaury Gutierrez, Jan. 9. Dianne Reeves and Phil Perry, Feb. 20; and Al Jarreau and David Sanborn, April 24.
The Free Gospel Sunday Series, a crowd favorite, returns with four performances that feature top-level recording artists who are accompanied by one of Miami’s best local choirs for every performance, as well as the Miami Mass Choir: Tye Tribett, Oct. 26; Damian Sneed, Dec. 14; Rance Allen Group, Feb. 22; and a yet-to-be announced guest artist on the final show, April 19. Each of these performances begins at 4 p.m.