The City of Miami Beach is reaching the century mark, and to celebrate this iconic town of neighborhoods and international destinations, Orchestra Miami will hold a free traditional “pops” style concert on Sunday, February 8, at 4:00 pm in Collins Park, adjacent to the Bass Museum on Collins Avenue. The concert, from one of South Floridaâ€™s leading symphonic musical ensembles, will take the audience on a musical tour through highlights of Miami Beach’s history. This is a family-friendly event ideal for picnics, with open grass seating, and is presented by the LeRoy Schecter Foundation, with major sponsors including the Collins Park Neighborhood Association, Collins Park Art Fund at the Miami Foundation, the Betsy Hotel and additional support provided by the Bass Museum of Art.
The concert will begin with “An Outdoor Overture” by Aaron Copland. It continues with “The Orange Blossom Special” (arr. Wendel) and “The Original Ragtime Band, ” a salute to Ragtime Music (arr. Wendel) and the Roaring Twenties, when the Art Deco era of Miami Beach began. Next up will be â€œThe Armed Forces March,â€ a salute to Miami Beach’s contributions to the war effort in the 1940s, and “Swing, Ludwig, Swing,â€ a salute to the Big Band Era. It will conclude with “Andalucia Suite” by Ernesto Lecuona (arr. Jenkins), celebrating the contributions of Miamiâ€™s Cuban immigrants, and a medley from the musical “La Cage aux Folles” by Jerry Herman (arr Wedel), honoring the vibrant gay community of South Beach.
This is a free concert with open grass seating, and audience members are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and picnics. Collins Park is located at 2100 Collins Avenue, on Miami Beach, with valet parking available on the day of the concert, and self-parking available at nearby metered surface lots and garages. At one end is the Bass Museumâ€™s new facility, and at the other end, the beach and the ocean.