Family Fest

The Ocean Lives There

Presented by Greater Miami Youth Symphony and Adrienne Arsht Center



April 15, 2023 at 1:30 PM


Knight Concert Hall

Run Time

1 hour

Parental Guide

All ages

This concert brings together South Florida music and literature for a family-friendly exploration of tropical culture.

Following a statewide call for artists in the summer of 2022, Greater Miami Youth Symphony and the Arsht Center commissioned Broward County composer Ethan Soledad to write a piece inspired by Haitian-born Miami author M.J. Fievre’s picture book The Ocean Lives There. A beautifully illustrated story about a little girl’s dreams of her Haitian homeland, The Ocean Lives There will come to life in Greater Miami Youth Symphony’s world premiere performance of Soledad’s vibrant composition.

In addition to the concert, we encourage you to join us for a pre-show celebration of culture and children’s literature starting at 11:30 a.m. on the Thomson Plaza for the Arts!

Schedule of events:

  • 11:30 a.m. – Enjoy local vendors, face painting and coloring, and meet characters from your favorite children’s books
  • 11:50 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. | Storytelling by Dance-a-Story, Inc.
  • 12:15 – 12:35 p.m. | Family Music Class with Laurah Merisier
  • 12:40 p.m. – 1 p.m. | Live performance by Miami Sound Choir

All families are welcome to share the experience of seeing family-friendly theater. This sensory-friendly performance will feature a welcoming environment that includes adjusted sound and lighting, and a quiet area for families who need to take a break from the show. 

For Miami Book Fair’s literacy initiative please drop gently used baby books, first readers and picture books into The Children’s Trust Books for Free collection bin in the lobby at this performance.

Admission to The Ocean Lives There is free. However, first-access passes are required. Get your first-access passes now!

Please note: First-access passes expire 15 minutes prior to the performance. First-access passes must be obtained for every member of your party regardless of age. There is a limit of six passes per household. Guests will be let in on a first-come, first-served basis as seats become available.


Promo for Screen Reader

Online ticket sales are no longer available for this performance. Tickets may still be available in person at the box office or by calling 305.949.6722.


  • M.J. Fievre


  • Ethan Soledad



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