Concert Association of Florida’s Black Tie Dinner Gala

Dolores Ziff, Adriene Arsht, and Dr. Sanford Ziff

Saturday, March 15, 2008, 7:30 p.m.
Freedom Tower, Miami

The Concert Association of Florida, Inc. (CAF), a not-for-profit organization, introduces its forty-first season as the largest and most high profile presenter of classical music orchestras, soloists, opera stars and ballet and dance companies in the Southeastern United States. Coined “The Lincoln Center of the South,” CAF is led by Robert F. Hudson, Jr., Chairman of the Board, Albert Carl Milano, Chief Executive Officer, and Risë Kern, Artistic Director. Interweaving strong, committed partnerships between performers renowned for their brilliance and innovative programming, CAF serves tens of thousands of people per year by putting together a dazzling mix of the best of orchestral world music and ballet. Striving to build a culture of musical excellence and cooperation through our programming, we rely on your contributions to profoundly impact the cultural life of our community.

Diane and Daniel Heller and Audre Mendel

Each year, the Concert Association of Florida features an impressive array of stars from the classical music and dance world. Concert programs include the Sanford L. Ziff Prestige Series at the Carnival Center at Knight Concert Hall, Arsht Great Performers, The Premier Series at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fidelity Investments’ Great Orchestra Series at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and the Dolores and Sanford Ziff Dance Series at The Dolores and Sanford Ziff Ballet Opera House featuring the American Ballet Theatre.

Concert Association of Florida kicked off South Florida’s highly anticipated return of one of the world’s most revered and innovative dance companies, the American Ballet Theatre, with a December 13th cocktail reception at the home of Adrienne Arsht. Welcomed by Michael Aller, Director of Tourism for Miami Beach, more than 100 guests gathered in an intimate setting at the Arsht home, the ambience reflective of the wedding theme for the black-tie Dinner Gala to follow the March 15th performance of ‘The Sleeping Beauty.”

Donald and Judy Lefton and Dr. Barth and Kathy Green

Concert Association’s CEO, Albert Milano, heightened the enthusiasm with his announcement to expect the same set of principal dancers this year, including Jose Manuel Carreno and a company of ninety dancers strong performing with full symphony orchestra. Based on the spectacular success of last year’s Gala following American Ballet Theatre’s “Swan Lake,” this Season’s “Aurora’s Wedding,” promises to be the wedding party no one wants to miss.

Say, “I do,” and save the date for “Aurora’s Wedding” Reception Gala Dinner immediately following American Ballet Theatre’s Saturday, March 15, 2008 Carnival Center performance of “The Sleeping Beauty.” True love’s kiss awakens the sleeping beauty from eternal slumber, but the party begins as the ballet’s curtain closes. It’s a bride’s dream come true in a formal, elegant, festive and fun dinner reception featuring stellar guests and a legendary location.

Destination location for the wedding party is imprinted with history in the magnificent Mediterranean Revival style Main Hall of Miami’s famous Freedom Tower.

Rachel Moure, Michael Murdock, Adriene Arsht

Enjoy complimentary transportation from Carnival Center to and from Freedom Tower.

No need to check Aurora’s gift registry; in a wedding party twist, some lucky dinner guests will leave with favors ranging from $150 to $15,000.

Contact Concert Association of Florida at 305-808-7446 for Gala details.

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CAF also sponsors free master classes and educational opportunities for South Florida’s most talented young music and dance students. Former Master Classes and Outreach Initiatives include world renowned artists such as violinist Janine Jansen, soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, pianist Lang Lang in a public Master Class televised throughout South Florida, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in a week-long residency program at Parkway Middle School as well as free, Pre-Concert Lectures hosted by… prior to each concert at the Broward Center.

Dancers Xiomara Reyes, Jose Manuel Carreno, and Julie Kent
CAF also produces student performances sponsored by the Miami-Dade and Broward County School Boards. CAF-sponsored Young People’s Concerts are a welcome addition to each and every season’s performances.

Photos by David Heischrek

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