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9/7/2006 12:28:39 PM

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More than 150 performers will take the stage on October 5 at "The Concert for Miami," the inaugural event celebrating the opening of the Cesar Pelli-designed Carnival Center for the Performing Arts.

The lineup includes Grammy Award winner and Miami's own sound machine Gloria Estefan, world renowned opera singer Jose Carreras, Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters, Latin singing sensation Alejandro Sanz, triple threat actor/director/composer Andy Garcia, Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Arturo Sandoval, Afro-Cuban jazz musician Cachao, Cuban singer Albita and Colombian singer/composer Carlos Vives, among others.

"The Concert for Miami" will highlight the many world-renowned artists who have played a significant role in transforming the city into a global arts and entertainment destination. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Emilio Estefan and hosted by musical legend Quincy Jones, the concert will be held at the 2,200-seat John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall.

The four-day grand opening celebration of Carnival Center for the Performing Arts will include:

* Thursday, October 5th - An inaugural ceremony at dusk, featuring 12 percussion ensembles and a spectacular fireworks display. "The Concert for Miami" featuring the all-star talent line-up listed above.

* Friday, October 6th - Two Carnival Center resident companies will share the spotlight, New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy, and the Concert Association of Florida. NWS Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas will lead the orchestra in the world premiere of Turn the Key, a festival fanfare by acclaimed American composer Stephen Mackey, commissioned by the orchestra and Carnival Center. Joining the NWS are two special guests presented by the Concert Association: Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman -- soloist for Heitor Villa-Lobo's Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 and Grammy Award-winning Russian violin
virtuoso Maxim Vengerov -- performing Beethoven's Violin Concerto. The program will also feature the finale to Copland's Symphony No. 3.

* Saturday, October 7th - Carnival Center resident company Florida Grand Opera will stage Act II of Puccini's La Boheme; Patricia Racette sings Musetta. Miami City Ballet, also a Carnival Center resident company, for the first time in its history will stage "Aurora's Wedding," the final act of Tchaikovsky and Petipa's The Sleeping Beauty. The evening also will star Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein.

Following the concert, a grand opening black tie gala will be taking place inside the elegant "Boulevard Ballroom," an 1800-seat supper club, built specifically for the occasion across from Knight Concert Hall. Famed caterers, Restaurant Associates, will create a superb three-course dinner and an all-female orchestra will entertain guests.

The party continues as the Center's Peacock Studio is transformed into an exclusive after-hours dance club with top-notch DJ's. A water theme will spill over into the club, which will contain ice bars, water bars, ice sculpture, specialty vodka cocktails and projections on water screens.

* Sunday, October 8th - The celebration is rounded out with "Target Globalbeat," presented by Target, with free gospel, reggae, rumba, cumbia, calypso, konpa, samba, and hip-hop performances by a host of local musicians and performers. Taking place on 8 stages, this impressive "community open house" will be comprised of 70 hours of music from more than 20 different countries. The annual Miami Carnival Parade & Festival will also be incorporated into the celebration.

There are a limited number of tickets available for purchase for the first three evening performances, October 5, 6 and 7. Call Carnival Center Box Office at (305) 949-6722. Target Globalbeat on Sunday, October 8 is free and open to the public but passes are required for the indoor performances. (Details will be available at in mid-Septem

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