Miami & South Beach: January 31 - February 4, 2017
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 Ft. Lauderdale.
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)’s New World Symphony. We have carefully planned our itinerary to include a concert in this latest 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.” (Michael Tilson Thomas). We will hear the New World Symphony in an exciting orchestral program including Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 (‘The Great’), and we are fortunate that MTT himself will be on the podium.
We have carefully chosen our dates to include Tchaikovsky’s masterful music drama Eugene Onegin by the outstanding Florida Grand Opera (FGO) in downtown Miami. The company’s home is the state-of-the-art Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, the new complex which has invigorated South Florida’s creative life. Designed by architect Cesar Pelli, the expansive center contains the magnificent Sanford and Dolores ZiffOpera House. Under the leadership of General Director Susan Danis, FGO has earned enviable reviews for all of its recent productions, highlighted by the brilliant ‘Nabucco’, ‘Pearl Fishers’, and ‘Norma’ we encountered during the past three seasons.
Our dates are happily coincident with two concerts by the visiting Cleveland Orchestra, among a handful of today’s foremost U.S. ensembles. For the first time, we have expanded our visit to include a fifth night and a thrilling second concert by this revered orchestra, which will be A Gala Evening with Yo-Yo Ma. Both programs will be conducted by Austria’s Franz Welser-Möst.
Our daytime program will include include a return visit to Miami’s Perez 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 historic Art Deco district of South Beach – easily accessible from our South Beach Savoy Hotel – and we have planned a not-to-be-missed dinner at Joe’s Stone Crab, the celebrated seafood restaurant nearby the Savoy.
Our accommodations for five nights (instead of our usual four) will be at the Savoy Hotel, which enjoys an ideal site at the quiet southern end of South Beach. “The Savoy is a historic storied Art Deco landmark 75-room, all suite beachfront hotel nestled in a private neighborhood within the Miami Beach Art Deco Historic District.” (Savoy Hotel). Located at 425 Ocean Drive, this landmark property offers easy access to the beach and to the Art Deco center of the town, as well as its own swimming pool, fitness center, and Terrace Restaurant (open until early evening). For later dining, the Savoy is a comfortable walk from cafésand restaurants catering to the exuberant South Beach nightlife. Each of our travelers will be accommodated in a ‘standard suite with poolside view’ (one queen/king bed and a double pullout sofa).
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $2,975
Single Occupancy: $3,855