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Guests can watch the show in real time inside the Ziff Ballet Opera House as it is being performed live across the street in the Knight Concert Hall

$20 general admission tickets on sale today! 

MIAMI, September 13, 2006 — In response to the extraordinary demand for tickets for its Grand Opening performances, Carnival Center for the Performing Arts will simulcast inside the Center’s Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House the Knight Concert Hall’s almost sold-out star-studded “Concert for Miami” - the inaugural event of its four-day Grand Opening Weekend. For a $20 general admission ticket for the “Concert for Miami” simulcast, guests will have the opportunity to be part of Carnival Center’s historic Grand Opening and to watch the “Concert for Miami” in real time on a 40-foot movie-theater-style screen from a seat in the new Carnival Center. Tickets for the simulcast can be purchased beginning today from the Carnival Center Box Office at or by calling (305) 949-6722.

Beginning at 8:30 p.m., more than 150 performers will take the stage in the Center’s Knight Concert Hall for the “Concert for Miami,” for which there are only a few tickets left. Patrons with tickets for the “Concert for Miami” simulcast will watch the Emilio Estefan-produced concert, on a giant screen inside the Ziff Ballet Opera House, as it’s taking place directly across the street in the Knight Concert Hall.

The “Concert for Miami” will highlight the many world-renowned artists who have played a significant role in transforming the city into a global arts and entertainment destination. Hosted by musical legend Quincy Jones, the lineup includes Grammy Award winner and Miami’s own sound machine Gloria Estefan, world renowned opera singer José Carreras, Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters, Latin singing sensation Alejandro Sanz, triple threat actor/director/composer Andy Garcia, Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Arturo Sandoval, Afro-Cuban jazz musician Cachao, Cuban singer Albita and Colombian singer/composer Carlos Vives, among others.

The festivities on Thursday, October 5, begin at 6 p.m., prior to the “Concert for Miami,” with a magnificent opening ceremony in the Center’s outdoor Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts and on Biscayne Boulevard, which will be closed for the evening, from NE 13th Street to NE 14th Street. The opening ceremony is open to the public and will include fireworks and free performances.

Carnival Center’s Grand Opening Weekend has been made possible with the generous support of corporate gifts and private benefactors, including the following: B. and Donald Carlin & Lynn Wolfson, Grand Tier Chairmen of the Grand Opening Weekend; Selene and John Devaney/United Capital Asset Management, Benefactor Sponsor of The Gala Dinner Evening; Target, Benefactor Sponsor of Globalbeat, the Community Open House; Maria and Pedro A. Martin/Terra Group & Joyce and M. Anthony Burns, Benefactor Co-Sponsors of “The Concert for Miami”; Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A., Benefactor Co-Sponsor of the resident company concert on October 6 featuring the Concert Association of Florida and New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy; Ella Cisneros, Grand Patron Sponsor of The Opening Ceremony; Edie Laquer, Grand Patron Sponsor of the Gala Dinner Evening Concert; Scott A. Silver/Grouper Financial, Inc., Grand Patron Sponsor of the Gala Dinner; Fanny and Charles Dascal, Patron Sponsor of the Concert for Miami; The Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald, Grand Patron Sponsor of Target Globalbeat; Neiman Marcus Patron Sponsor of the Gala Commemorative Gifts; Northern Trust Bank of Florida, N.A, Patron Sponsor of the Commemorative Gifts.


Calendar editors, please note:
Thursday, October 5, 2006
Carnival Center Grand Opening Celebration

Opening Ceremony
An inaugural ceremony at dusk, featuring 12 percussion ensembles and a spectacular fireworks display.
Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts
6 p.m.
Tickets: Free

“Concert for Miami”
Featuring Quincy Jones, Gloria Estefan, José Carreras, actress Bernadette Peters, Alejandro Sanz, Andy Garcia, Arturo Sandoval, Cachao, Albita and Carlos Vives, among others.
Knight Concert Hall
8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $500.
Note: At press time, this event was nearly sold out.

“Concert for Miami” – Simulcast
Big-screen live simulcast of the almost sold-out “Concert for Miami,” featuring Quincy Jones, Gloria Estefan, José Carreras, actress Bernadette Peters, Alejandro Sanz, Andy Garcia, Arturo Sandoval, Cachao, Albita and Carlos Vives, among others.
Ziff Ballet Opera House
8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20 general admission
Call the Box Office at 305.949.6722 or visit


Press Contacts:
Suzette Espinosa (786) 468-2221;
Luis Palomares (786) 468-2224;

Editors Note:
The complete Grand Opening Weekend lineup and related photos are available in the PRESS ROOM at the Carnival Center Web site:

About Carnival Center for the Performing Arts 
Opening in downtown Miami October 2006, Carnival Center is Miami-Dade County’s largest ever public/private-sector partnership, comprised of an $85 million private capital campaign conducted by the Carnival Center Foundation and public funding drawn primarily from the County’s Convention Development Tax revenues, as well as the City of Miami Omni Redevelopment District Community Redevelopment Agency. Greatly enhancing the artistic and educational opportunities in South Florida, Carnival Center for the Performing Arts also will have significant and long-term economic benefits for the city and the region.

Carnival Center, designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, will include the 2,400-seat Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, the 2,200-seat Knight Concert Hall, a 200-seat black box Studio Theater, the Peacock Education Center, a restored Art Deco Tower, and the Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts that will unite the Center buildings across Biscayne Boulevard, providing a magnificent setting for outdoor entertainment and informal gatherings. The key members of the design team include theater planning and design consultant Joshua Dachs of Fisher Dachs Associates, Inc. and acoustician Russell Johnson of ARTEC, Inc., both of whom have been working on the project since its inception.

Under the leadership of President and CEO Michael C. Hardy, Carnival Center will be a Miami venue not only for its four resident companies (Concert Association of Florida, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, and New World Symphony), but also for many smaller South Florida arts organizations that will perform in its theaters on a regular basis, as well as for the finest popular and classical performances from around the world. With state-of-the-art performance facilities in Miami for the first time, Carnival Center will offer to South Florida audiences the best and most diverse theater, music, and dance—with a dedication to entertain, challenge, and educate all segments of the community. For more information, visit