New World School of the Arts Rising Stars Showcase
Premiering at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, barely two weeks later, 284 of NWSA’s Rising Stars graced the stage captivating a crowd of 1,800, an all-time record attendance for the show. Strayhorn’s The Eight Veil, performed by NWSA’s award-winning Jazz Band and directed by Dr. Peter W. Brewer and Jim Gasior, Dean of Music at NWSA set a high standard for the numbers that would follow. Gerard Ebitz’s Passengers, the first of several dance choreographies, elegantly illustrated the world of train travel with a vast troupe 32 high school dancers sporting 1940’s attire, while Remembrances, a modern ballet created for an all-male cast of thirteen by NWSA’s Peter London, showcased the artistry and impeccable technique of its college performers. Pietro Mascagni’s Easter Hymn, from Cavalleria Rusticana, directed by Alfred Gershfeld and Albert Clark, underscored the schools’ comprehensive opera program as Anzeina Lopez, soprano, delivered a powerful solo that triggered a standing ovation as curtains dropped to mark the end of the first act. Under the baton of Lee Micheal Morrison, the second act sprung to life with the mesmerizing music of Wild Nights! by American composer Frank Ticheli.