Southern Florida’s spectacular Atlantic coast offers an ideal winter getaway, combining the celebrated coastline of Miami Beach – especially the uniquely preserved Art Deco architecture of South Beach– and a thriving cultural scene stretching from Miami to Palm Beach. Our 2020 long weekend of chosen events will again embrace state-of-the-art venues in Miami, South Beach and Palm Beach. Our program will be book-ended by a pair of beloved Puccini operas: Madama Butterflyon our first evening and culminating with Turandot on Sunday.   

We are pleased to return to the Hilton Bentley resort hotel for four nights. Quietly situated at the southern end of South Beach at 101 Ocean Drive, this recently renovated property offers easy access to the beach and to the Art Deco center of the town, as well as its own Bentley Beach Club/swimming pool and Spa 101. The on-site Santorini restaurant serves Mediterranean and Greek menus with indoor/outdoor poolside seating. Our deluxe studio rooms feature a kitchenette and balcony. The Hilton Bentley is a comfortable walk from other cafés and restaurants catering to the exuberant South Beach nightlife. 

Our opera in downtown Miami will be the outstanding Florida Grand Opera (FGO) production of Giacomo Puccini’s lyric tragedy, Madama Butterfly. The company’s home is the state-of-the-art Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, the complex designed by Cesar Pelli which has invigorated South Florida’s creative life. FGO has earned enviable reviews for all of its recent productions, highlighted by the brilliant ‘Eugene Onegin’, ‘Salome’, and ‘Nozze di Figaro’ we encountered during the past three seasons. 

Miami Beach was also richly enhanced by the 2011 opening of the Frank Gehry ‘New Campus’ theatre, the acclaimed new venue for Michael Tilson Thomas’ (MTT) New World Symphony (NWS) under the leadership of Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT). We have carefully planned our itinerary to include a concert in this example of Gehry’s ground-breaking vision. The theatre has been unanimously praised as the perfect match for MTT’s progressive concept: “The New World Symphony is a place where young musicians can hone their skills and competitive edge. It serves as a launching pad for their careers. Now, with the New World Center as our home, audiences can witness and participate in this process as never before.” (MTT). We will hear the New World Symphony in an exciting program of works by Jan Sibelius – very fortunately with MTT on the podium. 

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The renowned Cleveland Orchestra ranks among a handful of today’s foremost ensembles. We are often able to include one of their several winter programs in Miami. This year, we will encounter Gustav Mahler’s full-length Symphony No.5 under the Austrian maestro Franz Welser-Möst.

We will also travel by bus to the Kravis Center in Palm Beach, where we will enjoy a performance of Puccini’s final work for the stage, Turandot, by the Palm Beach Opera 

Our daytime program will include include a return visit to Miami’sPerez Art Museum, the area’s newest cultural attraction, designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.There will be ample time to discover the historicArt Deco district of South Beach– easily accessible from our South BeachSavoy Hotel– and we have planned a not-to-be-missed dinner atJoe’s Stone Crab, the celebrated seafood restaurant nearby the Savoy.

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Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)

Double Occupancy: $3,080
Single Occupancy: $3,940