Orchestra Miami Presents a Fun Family Concert
The “Carnival of the Animals Carnival”
to raise awareness for the
Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-A-Pet
Orchestra Miami will present a fun-filled Family Concert, featuring a performance of Respighi’s Gli Uccelli (“The Birds”) and Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals. The orchestra will be led by Orchestra Miami Artistic Director Elaine Rinaldi and the featured piano soloists on the Carnival of the Animals will be duo pianists b2ce Ignacio Diaz Gravier and Leila Torres. Concert-goers will be greeted by the zany antics of the Fantasy Theater Factory and on the way out of the concert, will have an opportunity to give a loving home to a needy animal from the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Adopt-A-Pet.
“As a devoted dog mom to my 13 year old adopted dog, I am very pleased to be able to use this concert to raise awareness for such a worthy cause.”, says Orchestra Miami Artistic Director Elaine Rinaldi. “With the music being all about the animals, it is the perfect fit!”
The concert will be on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 3:00 PM at the University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall, located at 1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146-7610. Tickets are priced at $15 for adults and $10 for children under age 18. Tickets can be purchased online through Orchestra Miami’s website (www.OrchestraMiami.org) or by calling (305) 274-2103.
About Orchestra Miami
Founded in 2006 by Artistic Director Elaine Rinaldi, Orchestra Miami has quickly established itself as an important part of Miami’s vibrant cultural community. In its brief history, Orchestra Miami has presented the finest in classical symphonic, Latin jazz and opera, with some of the most important and recognized names in the world of music. Its commitment to community and education is reflected in its series of free children’s concerts, as well as its partnership with the Miami Dade County Public Schools’ “Cultural Passport” program. In addition to its own quality programming, Orchestra Miami’s excellence has been recognized by visiting artists Andrea Bocelli and Juan Diego Florez, both of whom have invited Orchestra Miami to accompany them in concert in South Florida.
Conductor Elaine Rinaldi is fast making her mark among the ranks of rising young American conductors. Critics have called her performances “brilliant” and her interpretative work “impeccable”. As Founder and Artistic Director of Orchestra Miami, Rinaldi has brought a new level of professionalism and quality to the local arts scene. In addition to her work with Orchestra Miami, Rinaldi is much in demand as a recitalist and regularly performs with rising opera stars Elizabeth Caballero, soprano and Russell Thomas, tenor.
Pianist b2ce Ignacio Diaz Gravier was born in Santiago de Las Vegas, Havana, Cuba where he began his piano studies at an early age. He received a scholarship to the University of Miami and received a Bachelor of Arts in Music, a Master of Music and a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Miami studying with Ivan Davis and Dr. Rosalina Sackstein. Dr. Diaz Gravier has played recitals and soloed with orchestras in New York, Maryland, Ohio, South America, Spain, Yugoslavia, France, Vienna and Italy.
Pianist Leila Torres graduated with a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Miami under the tutelage of Dr. Rosalina Sackstein. She has concertized extensively in the United States and Europe. She appears frequently in concert with b2ce Ignacio Diaz Gravier.
Fantasy Theatre Factory is a touring children’s theatre company based in South Florida. Fantasy Theatre is dedicated to creating original quality theatre programs for children and families and to making these programs accessible to more people of all cultures and backgrounds.
For more information about this event and the orchestra, please visit our website at www.OrchestraMiami.org.
Program for January 8, 2011
“The Birds” Suite for Small Orchestra Ottorino Respighi
Duration 20 minutes
“Carnival of the Animals” Camille Saint-Saens
Duration 30 minutes