New World School of the Arts lights up downtown Miami with RISING STARS

New World Gallery & Olympia Theater

A tradition for New World School of the Arts (NWSA), Rising Stars, a professionally staged, energy packed, one-of-a-kind showcase once again takes over downtown Miami with myriad visual works of art followed by dance, music and theater performances sure to inspire the audience and empower the students. 

Titled Objects, the Rising Stars Art Exhibition kicks off the evening with a carefully curated exhibition featuring a wide-range of artwork, created specifically for this annual event. Unexpectedly transforming the New World Gallery into a black box, the exhibition will display the works created by 24 NWSA student artists showcasing their pieces as fine objects. The show is being juried by graphic design college graduate Camilo Rojas, (NWSA Visual Arts 2008), who will be honored with this year’s Rising Stars Alumnus Award.

Following the exhibition opening reception, guests will be invited to continue enjoying the artistic showcase at the historic Olympia Theater, where the Rising Stars VIP Reception and Performance will carry on. Presenting excerpts of renowned works in dance, music and theater, the evening will continue with Chance of Thunder, by Eduardo Vilaro – Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico. Setting a festive mood, the cast of 13 NWSA college dancers will dance to powerful music by Juan Garcia Esquivel. The younger dancers will also perform a work by alumnus Robert Battle, (NWSA Dance 1990), Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Company, entitled Boxed. This choreography explores the theme of confinement and freedom. The Theater division will transport the audience to the vibrant community of Washington Heights with flavorful excerpts from the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical In the Heights – conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda. With music orchestration by Tony Award-winner Alex Lacamoire, (NWSA Music 1992), this is the story of a close-knit Hispanic neighborhood in Washington Heights, New York, who desperately seek a better future only to find that the future they chase has always been right at home. An excerpt of the popular Broadway musical Big Fish, will also take center stage with contemporary music that reflects southern culture written by one of the better composers working today: Andrew Lippa. Led by Maestro Alfred Gershfeld, the NWSA Symphony Orchestra will showcase Giuseppe Verdi’s powerful Overture to his opera, La Forza Del Destino, while The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jim Gasior, will enthuse the audience with the rousing sounds of one of the most important jazz recordings of the 20th century, Manteca by Dizzy Gillespie, Walter Gil Fuller, Luciano Pozo Gonzales – arranged by Mike Tomaro. Interpreting Refuge by Elaine Hagenberg, a piece that explores a sorrowful text by Sara Teasdale, the NWSA Concert Choir, under the direction of Leslie A. Denning, will feature a soloist to capture the essence of the musical number. Finally, the Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Brent Mounger, will offer a performance of Symphonic Dance No. 3 by Clifton Williams, that will prove to be a high energy musical ride inspired by the evocation and excitement of a Latin city’s celebration. On March 21, the New World School of the Arts Rising Stars showcase will undoubtedly offer a magical evening of artistry for the South Florida community to share and enjoy. 

Get your tickets


March 21 – April 26

Opening Reception: March 21, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
25 NE 2 Street, downtown Miami, FL 33132
Free and open to the public 
Information at 305-237-3620

March 21 at 7:30 PM
174 E. Flagler Street, downtown Miami, FL 33132
Performance Tickets: $40, $30, $20
Please visit: or
Information at 305-237-3135

March 21 at 6:00 PM
174 E. Flagler Street, downtown Miami, FL 33132
VIP Reception and Performance Tickets: $125 – $250 per person
For tickets to the VIP Reception and Performance, please call: 305-237-3502

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