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. Last year, we added a 5th night to our tradional long week-end of four nights, and we are expanding to an extended SIX-NIGHT schedule this year in order to include our chosen events embracing Miami, South Beach and Palm Beach.

We will begin with Richard Strauss’s shattering one-act opera Salome at 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 designed by Cesar Pelli which has invigorated South Florida’s creative life. Under the leadership of General Director Susan Danis, FGO has earned enviable reviews for all of its recent productions, highlighted by the brilliant ‘Pearl Fishers’, ‘Norma’ and ‘Eugene Onegin’ 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)’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 ‘New Work’ program, and we are fortunate that MTT himself will be on the podium.

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 enjoy an all-Beethoven evening, when the Austrian maestro Franz Welser-Möst will conduct the iconic Symphony No. 5 and the joyful Symphony No. 8.

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On our final day, we will travel by bus to the Kravis Center in Palm Beach, where we will encounter the virtuosity of the acclaimed Miami City Ballet in works choreographed by Jerome Robbins. This Tour is highly recommended because of the rare coincidence of the Miami Ballet’s schedule with our other performances.

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 six nights (instead of last year’s five) 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).

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Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)

Double Occupancy: $3,275
Single Occupancy: $4,165