Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency expands educational and community collaboration programs in the Miami-Dade community

Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency expands educational and community collaboration programs in the Miami-Dade community

The Orchestra’s Miami Residency continues to develop through expanded education and community programs that serve thousands in the Miami-Dade area. The Orchestra’s residency activities in Miami were conceived and made possible with the leadership of the Musical Arts Association of Miami, the Miami-based support organization dedicated to fundraising for the Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency.

A new component of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Miami Residency in 2010 is an in-school performance by the entire ensemble, titled “Meet the Orchestra,” at Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School, a Miami-Dade County Public School. Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and the full Orchestra will participate in this historic event.

Other educational activities in January include curriculum-based programs with “I Have a Dream” students at Hibiscus Elementary School in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools district and with students from various schools at Coconut Grove Cares/The Barnyard, and an orchestral and teacher workshop at Coral Reef Senior High School. Numerous in-school activities are planned, including coaching sessions with orchestral students at New World School of the Arts as well as “Musical Rainbows,” lively programs that introduce children to instruments of the orchestra, one at a time, at four Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Activities with Miami-Dade County Public Schools are supported by an Access to Artistic Excellence grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In 2010, community partnerships will expand beyond inaugural partners (the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, University of Miami Frost School of Music, New World Symphony, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools) to include Coconut Grove Cares/The Barnyard, the Miami-Dade County Department of Public Affairs, Miami Music Project, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Overtown Youth Center, Sunday Afternoons of Music, Arts for Learning, Miami Music Mentors, and the Archdiocese of Miami.

Since the beginning of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Miami Residency in 2007, The University of Miami Frost School of Music has been an important institutional partner. In 2010, Frost School of Music residency activities will include choral conducting coaching sessions with Cleveland Orchestra Director of Choruses Robert Porco, a chamber composition reading session, and a series of masterclasses and forums, including a Music Education Forum led by Cleveland Orchestra Director of Education and Community Programs Joan Katz Napoli.

Support for the Miami Residency is provided by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. The 2010 Miami Residency sponsors are Feldman Gale, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Northern Trust. The residency media partners are Classical South Florida 89.7 FM, WLRN, The Miami Herald, and El Nuevo Herald.

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