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When Opera Meets Jazz: The Uniting Force Of Music

December 8, 2023

Miami, a city pulsating with vibrant rhythms, is set to witness an unprecedented fusion of two seemingly distinct musical worlds. The Murray Dranoff Foundation, renowned for its commitment to nurturing piano performance, is pushing the boundaries of musical expression with a groundbreaking event: "Opera Meets Jazz," presented by the Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation.

On the stage of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, two maestros—Latin Jazz Grammy Nominee Martin Bejerano and Dutch Classical Pianist Mike Del Ferro—are poised to embark on a musical odyssey that transcends the conventional. Together, they weave a sonic tapestry that binds the hallowed arias of opera with the improvisational flair of Jazz, guided by the dulcet tones of lyric Soprano Ella Marcus.

The repertoire is a tour de force, drawing from the most iconic operatic compositions: the fiery passion of Carmen, the heart-wrenching drama of Tosca, and the tragic allure of Rigoletto. What emerges from this fusion is not just a performance but an experience—an enchanting synthesis of classical roots and the effervescent spirit of Jazz.

Martin and Mike, each a luminary in their own right, bring their distinct sensibilities to the stage, igniting a musical dialogue that defies convention. Their convergence is not merely a collision of genres but a celebration of their harmonious coexistence, revealing the intricate threads that connect seemingly disparate musical forms.

At the heart of this musical alchemy lies Ella Marcus, whose Ethereal Soprano voice elevates the performance to celestial heights. Her renditions infuse these timeless arias with a new vitality, breathing fresh life into the familiar melodies and evoking a spectrum of emotions that resonate deeply with the audience.

But this event is more than just a concert—it's an invitation to an exclusive musical rendezvous. The VIP experience offers patrons the chance to immerse themselves in the magic of the evening with preferred seating and select drink vouchers, creating an atmosphere of luxury and indulgence for those 21 and above.

Scheduled for January 28, 2024, at 4:00 p.m., this extraordinary spectacle promises to be a symphony of emotions, a melange of melodies, and a celebration of musical diversity. Seats for this transcendent performance start at $40.00, inviting music enthusiasts and aficionados alike to witness the seamless fusion of two artistic realms.

The Murray Dranoff Foundation, through this avant-garde initiative, continues its legacy of pushing the boundaries of musical expression. By bridging the gap between opera and jazz, they invite each of us to explore the uncharted territories where notes transcend genres, where melodies converge, and where music becomes a universal language that speaks to the soul.

As the curtains rise on this unprecedented collaboration, Miami prepares to witness not just a performance but a revelation - a testament to the unifying power of music and the boundless creativity that emerges when diverse musical traditions intertwine.

Join us on this musical voyage - a journey that transcends boundaries and embraces the rich tapestry of human expression through the medium of sound.

Ticketmaster is the only official ticketing service of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. You can purchase tickets online at: - By phone at: (877) 311-7469. Or: (954) 462-0222. Or in person at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center box office Wednesday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. Noon to 5:00 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance. For Group Sales, please call: (954) 660-6307.

FREE parking is available in the lots adjacent to the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center in front of the Aventura Community Recreation Center and the Aventura City of Excellence School.

Valet service is available for most performances at $20 per vehicle. Valet parking is located at the main entrance of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center in the circular drive. There is a convenient drop-off area in front of the building.

The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is located at: 3385 Northeast 188th Street, Aventura, Florida 33180.

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