A week's worth of classy events

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Arsht Center with its Revelations and more modern dance masterpieces. Enjoy a week of special performances as Ailey celebrates Judith Jamison’s 20th anniversary as artistic director, a position which she will pass on to Miami native Robert Battle in 2011.

May 20-23, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m.  Saturday-Sunday. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org. $25-$120.



The Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami performs the ballet world’s Latin favorite, Marius Petipa’s comic ballet Don Quixote, this weekend starring two of Cuba’s best dancer exports, Lorena Feijoo (currently a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet) and Rolando Sarabia (a principal at Miami City Ballet).

May 22 at 8 p.m. and May 23 at 5 p.m. Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets $28 to $65 at www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000.

The Miami Symphony Orchestra hosts its annual gala which will feature a cocktail reception, an intimate orchestral performance, dinner and raffles. Meet and greet with musicians, civic leaders, Maestro Eduardo Marturet and designer Carolina Herrera. DJ Irie, resident DJ for the Miami Heat, will join MISO for an after dinner concert.

Saturday, May 22 at 7 p.m. at Ice Palace, 59 Northwest 14th St., Miami; 954-815-7888 or gala@themiso.org. Tickets $250-$500.


SoBe Arts hosts a fundraiser to help in its mission to provide top-quality arts instruction to children, teens, and adults, including hundreds of at-risk youth.  See a performance by the SoBe Arts Youth Chamber Ensemble and get a first hand look at the work the institute does with kids. Also enjoy performances by classical guitarist and SoBe Arts professor Carl Ferrari and virtuoso violinist Luis Fernandez. There will be hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and music from DJ Vidal.
Saturday, May 22, 7 p.m. at Kruseville, 1840 Chucunantah Road, Coconut Grove; 305-674-9220. Minimum suggested donation $40.

See the future stars of the ballet world as they take the stage to perform in Miami City Ballet School’s (MCB School) Student Showcase. MCB School’s advanced students will perform exciting and challenging works from the Company’s repertoire.  After the Friday night performance there will be a fundraiser at Riviera South Beach (2000 Liberty Avenue, Miami Beach) featuring wine, small plates and desserts, a DJ, and dancing. Tickets are $125 and include the performance.

May 21-23, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Miami City Ballet Studios, 2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach; miamicityballet.org or (877) 929-7010.  $25 or $125 for those also attending the Student Showcase Benefit.


Amernet String Quartet and cellist Gary Hoffman perform works by Mozart, Joel Hoffman and Franz Shubert.

May 23, 4 p.m. Gusman Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables; 305-358-5885, 954-523-3309 or sundaymusicals.org. Tickets $35; $30 for seniors, $10 for students.


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