Miami City Ballet Honors Charlie Cinnamon with

Opening Night Performance and Scholarship Fund

Miami lost a beloved cultural leader, tireless arts advocate and legendary press agent, Charlie Cinnamon, on November 3, just days before his 95th birthday. A pillar of the arts and culture landscape in Miami since 1953, Charlie played an integral role in the launch of Miami City Ballet, as mentor and dear friend to MCB’s Founder Toby Lerner Ansin. Over the course of MCB’s 31 seasons, Charlie was a source of great generosity, wise counsel and brilliant press advice, and he never once missed an opening night.

In honor of Charlie’s tremendous legacy at Miami City Ballet and beyond, MCB is thrilled to announce that opening night of Program Two on Friday, January 13, 2017, will be dedicated to his memory. Many of Charlie’s closest friends and colleagues plan to attend, and Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez will make remarks from the stage applauding his longstanding commitment and passionate dedication to the company.

“Charlie Cinnamon was a true Miami treasure and a beloved member of the MCB family. We are all grateful for his generosity, leadership and counsel for all 31 years of Miami City Ballet’s history,” said Lopez. On this special evening, we will celebrate Charlie and his lasting legacy through the art form he loved so much – dance.”

To honor Charlie Cinnamon’s historic legacy, MCB created the Charlie Cinnamon Scholarship Fund in his honor. The fund will support young dancers at Miami City Ballet School who show the talent and love of the arts that Charlie cherished and supported throughout his lifetime.

“‘There’s no business like show business!’ and one of the reasons we all believe what Irving Berlin wrote was because of that magic touch Charlie Cinnamon added. He was my mentor, my friend, my laughing companion. But then, Charlie made everyone he knew feel special,” said Ansin.

For further information about the Charlie Cinnamon Scholarship Fund at MCB, please contact Eva Silverstein at or 305-929-7000, Ext. 1400.

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