Arts Odyssey: A Collaboration

Benefiting The Arsht Center, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony

Friday November 13 & 14, 2009, from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m.
Aboard Seaboard Odyssey
Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale

Miami’s most influential arts patrons and philanthropists will gather this November for an overnight celebration titled Arts Odyssey: A Collaboration. Underwritten by The Yachts of Seabourn and with the support of the Carnival Corporation, this exclusive event will benefit the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and its three resident companies: Florida Grand Opera; Miami City Ballet; and New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy.

Arts Odyssey: A Collaboration will take place aboard the Seabourn Odyssey, the newest member of The Yachts of Seabourn fleet. The cruise will depart at 5 p.m. on Friday, voyage into international waters, and return by 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. The event’s 400 attendees – a veritable who’s who of South Florida’s top arts enthusiasts, philanthropists, and business leaders – will enjoy dinner and dancing, as well as a celebrity guest performance.

Co-chairing Arts Odyssey: A Collaboration alongside Adrienne Arsht are representatives of the Arsht Center’s resident companies: Arlene and Laurans Mendelson (Florida Grand Opera), Bobi and Jim Eroncig (Miami City Ballet), and Sandy and Stephen Muss (New World Symphony). Proceeds from the event will be divided equally among the four organizations.

In addition to luxury accommodations, first-class cuisine, celebrity entertainment and a full-slate of activities onboard, the Arts Odyssey continues on land throughout the 2009-2010 season. Most packages include selections from various “menus” that offer exclusive artistic experiences with each of the collaborating organizations, such as an in-home concert by the New World Symphony; an invitation to a private black-tie dinner following an opening night performance by Florida Grand Opera; an invitation from Adrienne Arsht Center President/CEO John Richard for six guests to enjoy an Adrienne Arsht Center Presents performance with him in the President’s Box; and six premier box tickets for an opening night performance by Miami City Ballet, including a backstage tour and champagne toast.

Funds raised will support artistic programming, education and community outreach, apprenticeship and fellowship programs, and the continued enrichment of South Florida’s leading performing arts institutions – four areas of priority for Miami-based Carnival Corporation, which has been an ardent sponsor of the region’s arts community for decades. To inquire about detailed information, individual packages, corporate sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, contact Rita DelCarmen Martin, Special Events Manager, 786-468-2254 (phone), 786-468-2007 (fax) or

About the Adrienne Arsht Center

The Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is Miami-Dade County’s largest ever public/private-sector partnership, greatly enhancing the artistic and educational opportunities in South Florida. The Center is a Miami venue not only for its resident companies (Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, and New World Symphony), but also for many smaller South Florida arts organizations that perform in its theaters on a regular basis, as well as for the finest popular and classical performances from around the world. With state-of-the-art performance facilities in Miami for the first time, the Adrienne Arsht Center offers South Florida audiences the best and most diverse theater, music, and dance-with a dedication to entertain, challenge, and educate all segments of the community. For more information, visit

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