ARTS LAUNCH 2018 by Adrienne Arsht Center

Meet Miami’s New Arts Season!

FREE! 12-hour community event to kick off South Florida’s arts season
and celebrate the Center’s box office opening
Activities include a Miami DDA Community Arts Village with 100+ organizations,
a kid’s zone, performances, interactive workshops, dance classes, chef demos,
an evening concert and more
PLUS! More than 170 shows on sale for the first time
Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade
County (@arshtcenter) is pleased to announce event details for ARTSLAUNCH2018
(#ArtsLaunch2018), a FREE annual celebration to kick off South Florida’s arts season and
celebrate the Center’s official box office opening, on September 8, 2018*.

Created by the Arsht Center in partnership with the local arts community and DWNTWN Art Days,

ARTSLAUNCH 2018 includes a Community Arts Village featuring more than 100 of South
Florida’s cultural organizations, mini performances, interactive workshops, dance classes, chef
demos, kids’ activities, walking tours, food and beverage vendors, live bands and DJs, and more.
On that day, the public will also have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to more than
170 shows for the Arsht Center’s 13th season - with no handling fees all day* (details below
and here).

Miami DDA Community Arts Village – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Everyone is invited to stroll through the Ziff Ballet Opera House stage where more than
100 of Miami’s cultural organizations will showcase their arts offerings for the upcoming
season in an indoor street fair. Bonus – guests are encouraged to take selfies on stage!

Dance Classes on Stage – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Guests interested in learning new dance moves are encouraged to participate in free
dance classes on the Knight Concert Hall stage. The 45-minute sessions will include
swing, hip-hop, line dancing, Haitian kompa led by KOTR (Konpa on the Rise) pros, salsa
by the ever-popular Salsa Lovers, and flamenco led by renowned dancer and
choreographer Siudy Garrido.

Broadway in Miami – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Broadway lovers will have the opportunity to participate in interactive activities inspired
by the Arsht Center’s 2018-2019 Broadway in Miami series which includes Hello, Dolly!,
Waitress, Les Misérables, Come From Away, School of Rock, Irving Berlin’s White
Christmas and Disney’s The Lion King, along with Hamilton which will be making its
Miami premiere in the 2019-2020 season. Broadway activations will be located throughout
the Center’s campus.

Interactive Workshops – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“Behind-the-scenes” workshops will be offered inside the Carnival Studio Theater by the
Center’s resident companies and community arts partners including Florida Grand
Opera, Miami City Ballet, New World Symphony, Zoetic Stage, City Theatre, Miami
Lighthouse for the Blind and more!

A cappella Corner – 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Seven of Miami's most talented high school and college acapella groups will converge in
the Knight Concert Hall lobby to provide a day full of vocal harmony and tonal delight –
ALL voices without music! Participating groups will include North Miami High School,
Melodic Minors from Miami Arts Studio, Ronald Reagan High School, Coral Reef High
School, Florida International University Concert Choir, Maverick Singers and South Florida
Harmony from Miami Arts Studio.

Mini Performances – 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Intimate 30-minute performances will be offered inside the Ziff Ballet Opera House and
Knight Concert Hall’s Green Rooms. Featured artists include: Miami Symphony
Orchestra, Microtheater Miami (English and Spanish performances), Miami Music
Project,, South Florida Symphony, Stratus4 String Quartet, Of One
Mind, and Miami Theater Center.

• ARTSLAUNCH@NIGHT – 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
End the day on a high note with an evening concert featuring live music from local bands
and DJs such as DJ Kumi, Jahfé and Locos Por Juana on the Thomson Plaza for the


Farmers Market (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), The Café at Books & Books (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.) -
Florida-grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, meats, prepared food and beverages will
be available for purchase at the Arsht Center’s Farmers Market. The Café at Books &
Books will be open for dining to all guests. Reservations are encouraged.

Pop-Ups and Concessions* - Starting at 10 a.m.
o Pasta Pop-Up – BRAVA by Brad Kilgore’s Porcini Campanelle pasta dish.
Optional pairings include wine selections from Treasury Wines.
o Burger Depot – BRAVA’s famous gourmet burger. Optional pairings include
Bacardi Traditional, Summer Blueberry or Strawberry Mojitos.
o Sicilian Pizza Station – Pizza pies. Optional pairing is Pommery POP, the
official champagne of the Arsht Center.
o MadLab Creamery – Pastry chef Soraya Kilgore will offer a variety of delectable
and unique creamy delights direct from Design District outpost.
o Concession Stations will be offering a selection of hand-crafted sandwiches,
popcorn, candy, chips, gourmet cheese, water, sodas, juices and a full liquor bar.
All items will be available for purchase.
*Pop-ups and concessions will be located throughout the Arsht Center campus
and items will be available for purchase starting at 10 a.m.

Chef Demonstrations – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Enjoy light tastings from the Center’s on-site restaurant, BRAVA By Brad Kilgore, during
two chef demonstrations. James Beard Award semifinalist Chef Brad Kilgore will
demonstrate the culinary skills responsible that made BRAVA By Brad Kilgore one of
Miami's hottest restaurants! Each chef demonstration lasts approximately 20-30 minutes.
RSVP here, however entrance is not guaranteed due to limited capacity (first come, first
A Taste of BRAVA – 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Foodies can enjoy a selection of small plates at BRAVA by Brad Kilgore. Menu items
available for purchase include an Eggplant Parmesan Tartlet, Beef Wellington, Crab
Risotto, Tiramisu and more.
Culturist Bacardi Hour – 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Guests will experience the best of the Arsht Center with an interactive and informational
behind-the-scenes look at the Center’s Culturist membership program inside the Ziff
Ballet Opera House Patrons Club. Limited capacity (first come, first admitted). Cheers!
Chef Allen’s Farm-To-Table Dinner – 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy Chef Allen’s Farm-to-Table Dinner – a five-course, vegetarian meal. The highly
creative menu is prepared by the James Beard award-winning chef and is served familystyle
at a shared communal table, under the stars with live music. Cost is $30 per person,
with an $18 optional wine pairing. Reservations suggested through Eventbrite here.
Kid’s Zone – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Families and children can enjoy a day of fun on the Center’s Thomson Plaza for the Arts.
Activities include storytelling, drumming workshops and more hosted by community
partners such as South Florida Percussive Arts, Musical Fairy Tales, Radio Lollipop,
Delou Africa, StepFlix, Magic City Opera, Fantasy Factory and the Greater Miami
Youth Symphony.
Walking Tours – 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Get to know the Arsht Center! Campus-wide walking tours will be offered every hour on
the half hour starting at 10:30 a.m.
Test Drive Your Subscription Seats – 1 p.m.
Jazz and classical music fans will be able to “test drive” different subscriber seat locations
in the world-renown Knight Concert Hall.
• Parking will be available in Lot C (1201 NE 2nd Ave.) for $5 throughout the day.

In addition to the ARTSLAUNCH2018 activities, the Arsht Center’s box office will be open from
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., offering guests a chance to be one of the first to buy tickets for 170+ shows in
the 2018-2019 season - with no handling fees all day* (in-person only). For more info click here.
Ticket may also be purchased by calling 305-949-6722 or online at (phone
and online transactions will incur fees).

The following shows will be on sale to the public for the first time:
• Broadway in Miami: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, School of Rock and Waitress.
Jazz Roots: Artemis: Great Women in Jazz; From Brazil with Love: Sergio Mendes; Jazz
in the Key of Ellison; Joshua Redman Quartet; Robert Glasper: Reflect + Respond=NOW.
Live at Knight: Mariza; Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert.
Masterworks Classical Music: Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Jeremy Denk;
Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Riccardo Muti; Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with
Zubin Mehta; Itzhak Perlman in Recital; and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Javier
Theater Up Close: Hundred Days; Zoetic Stage productions of The Curious Incident of
the Dog in the Night-time, Every Brilliant Thing, Sweeney Todd; and House Theatre of
Chicago’s United Flight 232.
Florida Grand Opera: La bohème; The Marriage of Figaro; Werther.
Miami City Ballet: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker; Program Two – Dances at a
Gathering and Brahms/Handel; Program Three – The Four Temperaments, Duo
Concertant, The Flower Festival in Genzano Pas De Deux and Heatscape; and Program
Four – A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Miami Symphony Orchestra: Grand Season Opening; Ocean Drive in Vienna; A 60s
Musical Journey with Rudy Perez and Friends; and The Three B’s.
New World Symphony: Helene Gramaud and Mahler; Pinchus Zukerman Plays Bruch.
The Cleveland Orchestra: Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony; Barbara Hannigan Sings
and Conducts Gershwin (& More).
Other: Henry Box Brown: A Hip-Hop Musical starring Karl “Dice Raw” Jenkins
Selection of shows already on sale: Celia: The Musical; Chinese Warriors of Peking;
August Greene (Common + Robert Glasper + Karriem Riggins); Hello, Dolly!; Harry Potter
and the Goblet of Fire in Concert; Zoetic Stage’s Dracula; Eddie Izzard; Max Richter with
the American Contemporary Ensemble; Miami City Ballet’s Program One; Youssou
NDOUR; Anna Netrebko & Yusif Eyvazov; Distant Worlds: music from Final Fantasy; Jazz
Roots: Leonard Bernstein – 100 and Beyond; Buika; Gad Elmaleh; Contra-Tiempo; City
Theatre’s Winter Shorts; and more.

RedEye Goes BEYOND at ArtServe

Annual art festival raises $20,000 for the award-winning nonprofit


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (July 23, 2018) – ArtServe, South Florida’s award-winning arts services organization, recently welcomed more than 1,200 guests for its annual underground art extravaganza, RedEye.


Featuring the theme of BEYOND, RedEye took guests on an unbridled journey to the beyond with live music, indie films, spoken word, dance, body art, stand-up comedy, video games, “killer robots” and more.  READ MORE>>>

Colombians Make a Big Splash at Miami Swim Week with Network Big
July 2018 - 'Network Big,' powered by ProColombia, is the Swimwear Fashion & Beauty concept event of the summer. It will showcase new inspirations in a tropical Lifestyle, from exclusive designs with high-tech innovation shaping your abs to brands inviting to empower ecofriendly sustainable practices that impact and support single mothers, all this combined make this pop-up unique. It will take place at the newly announced Faena Bazaar at 3400 Collins Ave Miami Beach during Miami Swim Week on July 13th . The Colombian Swimwear ambassadors featuring their exclusive designs are: Leonisa, Waimari, Touche, Palo Rosa, Mola Mola, Martin Pescador, Laura SAS, Kibys, Eterno Verano, Estivo, Awa Clothing, Airavata, Hemali / Agridulce, Maygel Coronel, Ancora, Elissa, Aqua, La Valentina, Estefania Turbay, Irgus, among others.
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2018 and 2019 Sneak Preview of the Florida Grand Opera's Studio Artists
Isaac Frishman, Tenor  Sean Gal  ligan, Baritone    Zaray Rodriguez, Mezzo-soprano Dominick Corbacio, Tenor  Benjamin Dickerson, Baritone  Simon Dyer, Bass  Jessica E. Jones, Soprano  Mariya Kaganskaya, Mezzo-soprano  Evan Kardon, Soprano  Rafael Porto, Bass-baritone

Florida Grand Opera (FGO) has chosen three new singers for the 2018-19 FGO Studio. One of the most respected and highly competitive studio programs in the nation, the FGO Studio, led by Artistic Directors Diana Soviero and Bernard Uzan, provides comprehensive career development to emerging artists who have demonstrated potential to make major contributions to the field of opera:

First-year FGO Studio Artists:

Isaac Frishman, Tenor

Sean Galligan, Baritone

Zaray Rodriguez, Mezzo-soprano

Returning FGO Studio Artists:

Dominick Corbacio, Tenor

Benjamin Dickerson, Baritone

Simon Dyer, Bass

Jessica E. Jones, Soprano

Mariya Kaganskaya, Mezzo-soprano

Evan Kardon, Soprano

Rafael Porto, Bass-baritone

The FGO Studio received applications from over 500 singers; of those, close to 200 were heard in live auditions in Miami and New York. For singers, the audition process begins with a prescreening process that includes a resume plus audio and/or video recordings.

During a residency of up to two years, FGO Studio Artists receive specialized training in voice, acting, movement, language, repertoire development, and style across the traditions of composers. Studio Artists are afforded numerous performance opportunities in major and supporting roles in mainstage productions allowing them to work with world-renowned singers, directors, and conductors. They also participate in a series of concerts, recitals, and educational outreach events, performing in numerous venues across Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

“We have a lot in store for the Studio next season!” said Mitch Roe, Studio Manager. “Not only will the artists will be spending a lot of time on the mainstage, but with seven returning artists, one new artist originally from Miami, and two newcomers to South Florida, we will really be able to collaborate and innovate to connect our audiences to opera.”

Founded in 1984, the FGO Studio was established to help emerging artists transition from their academic training to careers in opera. Members commit to an intense, individualized study program while living in Miami from September through May.

2018-19 FGO Studio Artist biographies:

Dominick Corbacio, Tenor, performed Normanno in Lucia di Lamermoor and4th Jew in Salome during the 2017-18 Season at Florida Grand Opera. In 2018, Mr. Carbacio received third place in the Gulf Coast region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. During the summer of 2018, he made his debut as Monostatos in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with The Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, MN. In 2015,  Mr. Carbacio was lauded by the New York Times as having given, “one excellent performance after another of the sublime ‘Du bist die Ruh,’” after being featured in Mingwei’s Sonic Blossom at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Other recent credits include: Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff, The King of Venice in Glass’ The Witches of Venice, Prince Sou Chong in Lehár’s Das Land des Lächelns, Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Steven Todd/Arnold Murray in Chen’s The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing, and The Sailor in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Opera Saratoga, Venture Opera, Manhattan School of Music, and American Lyric Theatre. Mr. Corbacio returns to Florida Grand Opera for a third season as Alejandro/Trotsky in Frida, Schmidt in Werther, and to cover Rodolfo in La bohème. For more information about Mr. Carbacio, visit

Benjamin Dickerson, Baritone, performed 1st Jew in Salome during the 2017-18 Season at Florida Grand Opera. A winner of the 2015 Marilyn Horne Song Competition, Mr. Dickerson has recently been seen in recital on the stages of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Caramoor Center, Greene Space/WQXR, and Hahn Hall in Santa Barbara. In the summer of 2018, he performs Count Almaviva under the baton of James Conlon in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro directed by James Darrah at Music Academy of the West. In the 2017 season, he returned to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist, performing roles in SalomeThe Grapes of Wrath, and Ariadne auf Naxos. A native of Vermont, Mr. Dickerson enjoys frequent collaboration with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and the Burlington Choral Society, recently appearing as soloist in Haydn’s The Seasons, Handel’s Messiah, and François-Joseph Gossec’s Messa di Requiem. Other recent roles include the title role in Don Giovanni, Dandini (La Cenerentola), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Valmont (Dangerous Liaisons), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Gaudenzio (Il signor Bruschino), and Ottone (L’incoronazione di Poppea). Mr. Dickerson returns to Florida Grand Opera this season as Schaunard in La bohème, Mr. Rockefeller/Mr. Kahlo in Frida, and Albert in Werther. He will study-cover Marcello in La bohème and Count Almaviva inLe nozze di Figaro. For more information about him, please visit

Simon Dyer, Bassperformed Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor) and 2nd Soldier (Salome) in the 2017-18 Season at Florida Grand Opera. Previously, he was a 2016-17 Emerging Artist at Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) while completing his studies at Boston Conservatory. He was seen at BLO as Keeper of the Madhouse (The Rake’s Progress) and Antonio (Le nozze di Figaro). Mr. Dyer has also participated in summer training programs at the Glimmerglass Festival and Santa Fe Opera. Recent appearances include Giorgio (La gazza ladra) at Glimmerglass; Luka (The Bear) and Mr. Grinder (The Zoo) at Odyssey Opera; Superintendent Budd (Albert Herring) with the Boston Opera Collaborative; and Prophet/King (Dark Sisters), Melisso (Alcina), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Immigration Officer (Flight), and Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress) while at Boston Conservatory. In concert, he recently appeared in Grammy-nominated composer Orlando Jacinto García’s Una marea creciente at Faena Forum in Miami Beach. In recital, he has been seen at the Museum of Fine Art (MFA) in Boston and as curator of John Cage’s Song Books, also at the MFA. Mr. Dyer received his undergraduate training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in his native London, England. He returns to Florida Grand Opera this season as Colline in La bohème, Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro, and Calavera #3 in Frida. For more information about him, please visit

Isaac Frishman, Tenor, is already making a name for himself with quick-witted stage antics and a voice described as “truly sweet and graceful” (Broadway World). His performance as Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola was praised as “a true Rossini tenor with fine coloratura and great high notes” (St. Louis Post). In the 2018 summer season, he made his Spoleto Festival debut as Ghino in Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei. He has appeared with Kentucky Opera, Winter Opera St. Louis, Merola Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Chautauqua Opera. His role credits include: Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Nemorino (L'elisir d'amore), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), and Henrik (A Little Night Music). He holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from Michigan State University and is a student of Metropolitan Opera tenor Richard Fracker. Mr. Frishman makes his Florida Grand Opera debut this season as Basilio/Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, Mr. Ford in Frida, and will study-cover the role of Schmidt in Werther. For more information about him, visit

Sean Galligan, Baritone, is a native of West Des Moines, Iowa. In the summer of 2017, he returned to Des Moines Metro Opera as an Apprentice Artist covering the role of Mr. Redburn in Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd. In the summer of 2018, Mr. Galligan joins Opera Saratoga as an Apprentice Artist, performing the role of Basset in the American premiere of Gareth Williams’Rocking Horse Winner and covering the role of John Sorel in Menotti’s The Consul. Other operatic roles include: Germont cover (La traviata) with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, the title role inEugene Onegin, Joseph De Rocher (Dead Man Walking), and Herr Fluth (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor) with Boston Conservatory Opera; Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), the title role inThe Mikado and Sam (Our Town) with Drake Opera Theater, and Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) with the Tuscia Operafestival. Mr. Galligan received his master of music degree at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and his bachelor of music degree from Drake University. He makes his Florida Grand Opera debut this season as the Barker in Frida and Brühlmann in Werther. He will study-cover Schaunard and Marcello in La bohème and Albert in Werther.

Jessica E. Jones, Soprano, is quickly establishing herself as a leading American soprano. Her repertoire includes Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Elvira (L'italiana in Algeri), Desdemona (Rossini’s Otello), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Corinna (Il viaggio a Reims), Chrisann Brennan in The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice)Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Musetta (La bohème)the Governess (The Turn of the Screw), Beatrice (Catán’s Il Postino), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Lightfoot McClendon (Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree), Lulu (Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry), and Rosasharn (Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath). She has performed with Opera San Antonio, Santa Fe Opera, American Lyric Theater, Sarasota Opera, Utah Opera, Utah Symphony, Opera Idaho, Sun Valley Opera, Opera Saratoga, Opera in the Heights, Sugar Creek Symphony & Song, and Crested Butte Music Festival. She was an audience favorite and regional finalist of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions and holds a master’s degree in performance from the Moores School of Music. Ms. Jones returns to Florida Grand Opera this season as Musetta in La bohème and Cristina in Frida. She will study-cover the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. For more information about her, please visit

Mariya Kaganskaya, Mezzo-soprano, performed the roles of Paula (Florencia en el Amazonas) and Page (Salome) in the 2017-18 Season at Florida Grand Opera. She was recently an Apprentice Singer at the Santa Fe Opera, where she premiered the role of Teacher in The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, covered the roles of Amelfa in The Golden Cockerel and Wowkle in La fanciulla del West, and was featured in Justice at the Opera, hosted by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As a Studio Artist at Arizona Opera, Ms. Kaganskaya appeared as Tisbe (La Cenerentola), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), and Third Wood Sprite (Rusalka). Her other recent roles include Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Serse (Serse), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Hostess (Boris Godunov), Marta (Iolanta), la Nourrice (Milhaud’s Médée), Mexican Woman (A Streetcar Named Desire), Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti), and Julia Bertram (Mansfield Park). Mariya earned her master of music degree and postgraduate diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Catherine Cook. Ms. Kaganskaya returns to Florida Grand Opera this season as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Mrs. Ford/Natalia in Frida, Kätchen in Werther, and will study-cover Charlotte in Werther. For more information about her, please visit

Evan Kardon, Soprano, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, performed the roles of Slave (Salome) and Amor (Orfeo ed Euridice) in the 2017-18 Season at Florida Grand Opera. In the summer of 2018, Ms. Kardon will be volunteering at the animal shelter in Doral, Florida, and will be traveling to San Francisco to study at the Goethe Institute and to sing Act II of Die Fledermaus as Adele with the Festival Opera of Walnut Creek. In June of 2017, Ms. Kardon was honored to receive First Prize and Top Audience Choice in the 2017 Lois Alba Aria Competition in Houston, Texas. Last summer, Ms. Kardon returned to the Middlebury Language Institute to continue pursuing fluency in the German language, as well as to sing Susanna in a condensed version of Die Hochzeit des Figaro. Ms. Kardon has participated in numerous young artist programs, including Opera Saratoga, Des Moines Metro Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and IVAI in Montréal, Canada. In January of 2016 she was a district finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Ms. Kardon returns to Florida Grand Opera this season as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Mrs. Ford in Frida, and Sophie in Werther. She will study-cover Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. For more information about her, please visit

Rafael Porto, Bass-baritone, performed Capitán in Florencia en el Amazonas with internationally acclaimed soprano Ana María Martínez and 1st Nazarene in Salome in the 2017-18 Season at Florida Grand Opera. In 2018, Porto made his debuts at Lincoln Center singing Grenvil (La traviata) and at Nashville Opera singing the Sacristan and Jailer (Tosca). He also returned to Indianapolis Opera in the role of Carrasco (Man of La Mancha). This season, Porto makes his debut at the Northern Lights Music Festival as Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and returns to Nashville Opera to sing Crespel and Luther (Les contes d’Hoffmann). He has been a regional encouragement award winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, grand prize winner of the Orpheus National Music Competition for Vocalists, and a semi-finalist at the Eleanor McCollum Competition with Houston Grand Opera. Porto earned a master of music degree from Indiana University, a bachelor of music degree from Butler University, and trained as a young artist at the Glimmerglass Festival. Mr. Porto returns to Florida Grand Opera this season as Bartolo inLe nozze di Figaro and Johann in Werther. He will study-cover Colline in La bohème and Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro. For more information about him, please visit

Zaray Rodriguez, Mezzo-soprano, is quickly making her mark as an emerging artist in operatic and concert work. Ms. Rodriguez has been a recipient of multiple grants and competitions including Career Bridges, the Heida Hermanns International Vocal Competition, Society of Arts and Letters National Competition, and most recently, a regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Recently performed roles at the Boston University Opera Institute include Geneviève (Pelléas et Mélisande). Aunt Hannah Watkins (Emmeline), and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro). Other favorite roles include Carmen (Carmen)Mezzo (Philip Glass’s Hydrogen Jukebox), L’enfant (L’enfant et les sortilèges), and Federico García Lorca (Ainadamar). In the summer of 2018, she performs the role of Dinah in Bernstein’s iconic opera, Trouble in Tahiti, at Aspen Music Festival. Zaray holds a bachelor of arts degree in music from Palm Beach Atlantic University, a master of music degree in vocal performance from the University of Miami, and a certificate in opera performance from the Boston University Opera Institute. Ms. Rodriguez makes her Florida Grand Opera debut this season as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro and Dimas’ Mother/Lupe Marin in Frida. She will study-cover Frida in Frida. For more information about her, please visit

                                                  Sugar Plum & Grumbling Growler Now Open in Downtown Lake Worth
Check their website for complete details of upcoming events 
and follow them on social media @spandgg
709 Lucerne Ave. Lake Worth, FL, Spring, 2018. Now open, a new concept bar in the heart of downtown Lake Worth, The Sugar Plum and the Grumbling Growler was created out of the founders shared love of Art, Wine and Craft Beer. S.P.&G.G., the nickname for their first joint venture, is an attempt to combine their distinct personalities into a space that can bring art to new eyes, rare wine to new palettes and craft beer to eager beer enthusiasts. The east side of the building, Sugar Plum, patrons will find art from local, national, and international artists, selected to externally and subconsciously tantalize the senses. The west side of the building, Grumbling Growler, will be home to over 100 craft beers by 2019, along with rare international wines. A beautiful beer garden sits out back allowing patrons to lounge and relax to upbeat music.

“The aim for our bar is to foster growth, sustainability and upliftment within the local community, with the hopes that this concept to combine art, wine and craft beer in one space will be the first of many.” Said co-founder of S.P.&G.G. “We chose the downtown area of Lake Worth, FL because there is a resurgence of art and a deep feeling of community that we gravitate towards.” S.P.&G.G. is a beautiful, high energy and open space that can be used for collaborating, meetings, workshops and private parties. 

George Nemethy Exhibit Opens At Findlay Galleries on Worth Ave  March 17th

This exhibition features recent works by American Contemporary Marine painter, George Nemethy.  Greatly inspired by the Persian miniatures of his youth and by his studies during his travels abroad, Nemethy's paintings embody the essence of tranquility with his pastel waters and billowy clouds.  His works are defined by his devotion to a balance of size and color to create intimacy and solitude.
Findlay Fine Persian Inspired Marine Art - Palm Beach, Florida

George Nemethy - Fair Winds - Oil on Panel, 13 X 10 at Findlay Galleries of Palm Beach

Son of highly regarded Hungarian-American Marine artist Albert Nemethy Sr.George Nemethy was born in New York in 1952.  Inspired by his father's world of classical music, fine art and antiques, Nemethy was destined to become an artist.

Today, George Nemethy's works are rarely found in any depth.  Sailors, curators and collectors worldwide have followed him from country to seaport, to beach resorts, to isolated islands, all in the hopes of collecting his most recent colors of the sea.  Findlay Galleries has previously shown Nemethy's works in our 2006 Palm Beach exhibition, Seabreeze, Contemporary and 19th and 20th Century Marine Artists, our December 2006 exhibition, Majesty of the Sea, and our 2010 group exhibition, The Tides of Time.

Sail Away on view at Findlay Galleries: March 17–April 30.


George Nemethy Exhibition Opening.  Open to the public.


Saturday, March 17, 2018


Findlay Galleries, 165 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, FL 33480


Juan Pretel,, 561-655-2090

For more information, visit


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2018 Oscar Nominees in Every Category - In conjunction with South Florida Celebrity Fest and Luxury Chamber; South Florida Magazine is attempting to compile a list of Oscar Nominees from our region including actors, writers, producers, visual effects gurus and makeup artists.  Please scroll through the list and if you notice that any of them are from or have went to school in or acted in: Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Lee or Collier counties please contact us at once so that we can reach out to them and extend an invitation to Celebrity Fest 2018.  If interested in attending yourself tickets are still available at

Best Picture:

“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Lead Actor:

Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Lead Actress:

Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Meryl Streep, "The Post"

Supporting Actor:

Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Supporting Actress:

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”


"Dunkirk," Chistopher Nolan
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
"Lady Bird" Greta Gerwig
“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro

Animated Feature:

“The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito
“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo
“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha
“Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

Animated Short:

“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant
“Garden Party,” Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon
“Lou,” Dave Mullins, Dana Murray
“Negative Space,” Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata
“Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

Adapted Screenplay:

“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory
“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin
“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Original Screenplay:

“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh


“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins
“Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel
“Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema
"Mudbound" Rachel Morrison
“The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen

Best Documentary Feature:

Best Documentary Short Subject:

“Edith+Eddie,” Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright
“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Frank Stiefel
“Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon
“Knife Skills,” Thomas Lennon
“Traffic Stop,” Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

Best Live Action Short Film:

“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk
“The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, Josh Lawson
“My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr.
“The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton
“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen

Best Foreign Language Film:

“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)
“The Insult” (Lebanon)
“Loveless” (Russia)
“On Body and Soul (Hungary)
“The Square” (Sweden)

Film Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
“Dunkirk,” Lee Smith
“I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel
“The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jon Gregory

Sound Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green
“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King
“The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood

Sound Mixing:

“Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill
“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo
“The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick

Production Design:

“Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer
“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola
“Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
“Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
“The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau

Original Score:

“Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer
“Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood
“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell

Original Song:

“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige
“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens
“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common
“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Makeup and Hair:

“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick
“Victoria and Abdul,” Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
“Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten

Costume Design:

“Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran
“Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran
“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges
“The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira
“Victoria and Abdul,” Consolata Boyle

Visual Effects:

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