Orlando Jacinto Garcia's 60th Birthday Retrospective Concert and Reception FREE
Thursday, December 4, 6:30 p.m.
Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS), 420 Lincoln Road
The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios will be hosting a retrospective concert of the music of former FIU School of Music director and current MBUS composer in residence Orlando Jacinto Garcia featuring the FIU Ensemble in residence Amernet String Quartet, FIU faculty contrabassist Luis Gomez Imbert, and other friends. The concert will include music for soloists, electronics, video, string quartet, and several premieres. Signed copies of Garcia's most recent solo CD Auschwitz (nunca se olvidarán) released on the Toccata Classics label will be available at the post concert reception.

John Adams and the American Sound
Saturday, December 6, 7:30 p.m.
New World Center, 500 17 Street
John Adams, conductor; Timothy McAllister, saxophone. As contemporary artists from around the world converge for Art Basel Miami Beach, legendary composer and modern icon John Adams returns to the New World Center for a special evening of artistry that includes his own Saxophone Concerto. Aaron Copland, founder of the American Sound, takes a detour south of the border as he depicts a raucous dance using Mexican folk tunes that bristle with color and vitality. Revel in the fierce tenacity of Try, a recent work by a young American composer, before delving into Stravinsky's own American sound in his final installment to the symphonic world. Hailed by many as his "War Symphony," Stravinsky's revolutionary three movements are steeped in turbulent chromaticism and agitated motion before climaxing in a victorious ceasefire.

Händel's Messiah Sing-In
Sunday, December 7, 2:00 p.m.
Arts at St. Johns, 4760 Pine Tree Drive
This Holiday Season, come and join our community, led by the St. John's Chancel Choir and Chamber Orchestra, as we sing Georg Friederich Händel's beloved Messiah. All are welcome to sing and participate in this centuries-old holiday tradition. Bring your own music, or purchase a Messiah vocal score at the door for $20. Featured soloists will perform Händel's beautiful arias and recitatives, and all in attendance will join together to bring to life the choruses from Part I. The afternoon will conclude with the famous Hallelujah Chorus.

Beethoven's Fifth
Saturday, December 13, 7:30 p.m. (WALLCASTTM concert) FREE
Sunday, December 14, 2:00 p.m.
New World Center, 500 17 Street
Roberto Abbado, conductor; Ingrid Fliter, piano; Amanda Crider, mezzo-soprano. Escape the chill in the air by basking in the warmth of the Mediterranean as Spain's most popular composer casts a spell with fiery dances from his Gypsy ballet and offers mysterious glimpses of his homeland. Then, Beethoven launches one of the most powerful yet sublime symphonic experiences with just four notes-easily the most recognized melody in classical music history. Fate is knocking at the door in an unrelenting motif pulsing through each movement that begs the question: Will you answer? The fury of his maddening genius culminates in a brassy, triumphant finale-a reassuring victory for all.

A Seraphic Fire Christmas: Carols by Candlelight
Saturday, December 13, 8:00 p.m.
All Souls Episcopal Church, 4025 Pine Tree Drive
Nominated for a 2012 GRAMMY award! Set to the soft glow of candlelight, Seraphic Fire's annual a cappella Christmas concerts are a testament to the timeless beauty of the holiday repertoire. Escape to blissful serenity with a program that interweaves glittering motets, heartwarming carols, and solemn Gregorian chant. This perennially sold-out celebration has become a South Florida holiday tradition.

Saturday, December 13, 8:00 p.m.
Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road
Join the internationally acclaimed vocalist Nicole Henry and the South Florida Jazz Orchestra for "Dreaming Big!" the 2nd Annual Winter Concert at the Colony Theatre. 100 VIP supporter ticket package includes premium seating, pre-concert meet & greet with Nicole Henry and open bar at 6:30PM at the Colony Theatre Café.

Greater Miami Youth Symphony Concert FREE
Sunday, December 14, 11:00 a.m.
New World Center, 500 17 Street
The Greater Miami Youth Symphony Beach Mozarts along with their Conductor Linda Shapanka will be performing at the New World Center Suntrust Pavilion. The concert is free and open to the public.

Solo Spotlight: Transcriptions for the Viola
Monday, December 15, 7:00 p.m.
New World Center, 500 17 Street
Sarah Harball, viola. Presented in the intimate SunTrust Pavilion, Solo Spotlights feature one or two Fellows in recital programs they design.

New World School of the Arts Concerto Concert
Monday, December 15, 7:30 p.m.
Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road
Maestro Alfred Gershfeld, conductor of the New World School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, perform with the talented winners of this season's NWSA concerto competition

Sights and Sounds of the Season
Friday, December 19, 7:30 p.m.(WALLCASTTM concert) FREE
Saturday, December 20, 7:30 p.m. (WALLCASTTM concert) FREE
New World Center, 500 17 Street
Christian Reif, conductor. The New World Symphony presents a festive program celebrating the holiday season and offering audience members an opportunity to gather and share the music with friends and family. Enjoy selections from a variety of cultural heritages, certain to delight audiences of all ages! Miami Beach Residents: Please note, tickets to the Sights and Sounds of the Season event on Saturday, December 20 are available exclusively to Miami Beach residents for free. Saturday's concert will also be a WALLCASTTM concert, which is free to the public and does not require a ticket.

The Natural World
Sunday, December 21, 2:00 p.m.
New World Center, 500 17 Street
Roberto González-Monjas, violin. It's time to revel in a special afternoon of chamber music for strings! First, the New World Center will transform into a musical aviary with Respighi's birdsong fantasy based on works by assorted Baroque composers. Find your flock among the orchestra's featured fowl of hens, doves, nightingales and cuckoos, before being whisked away by a favorite Russian romantic. Folk-fanatic Dvořák unveils a traditional Slavic song that specializes in emotional extremes. Elegiac music sharply shifts to the effervescent and exuberant like a splash of cold water, keeping both the audience and the Fellows on their toes.