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Nestor Torres in A Concert for a New Renaissance: Symphonic Dances, Prayers & Meditations for Peace

FUNDARTE AND NESTOR TORRES FOUNDATION IN ASSOCIATION WITH SOUTH MIAMI-DADE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER PRESENT:

NESTOR TORRES IN A CONCERT FOR A NEW RENAISSANCE: SYMPHONIC DANCES, PRAYERS AND MEDITATIONS FOR PEACE

WITH PERFORMANCES BY THE GREATER MIAMI YOUTH SYMPHONY, THE THOMAS ARMOUR DANCE CONSERVATORY, THE MIAMI CHILDREN’S CHOIR, NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS AND BRAZILIAN VOICES, DIRECTED BY DANIEL LEWIS

Ten years after the tragedy of 9/11, Nestor Torres creates a concert event of a lifetime in a symphonic version of songs from his CD “Dances, Prayers and Meditations for Peace. The concert will take place on Friday, November 11 at 8p.m. at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay)

The concert will include a music and dance performance directed by Daniel Lewis (department Dean Laureate the New World School Of The Arts) and choreographed by Lara Murphy (Adjunct Professor of Dance at New World School of the Arts). The event will feature the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, the Miami Children’s Chorus, New World School Of The Arts and the Thomas Armour Dance Conservatory. There will also be a special appearance by the musical group Brazilian Voices.  A total of 200 young people from ages 8-22 will be participating, sharing the stage with Torres and a select group of master musicians, singers and dancers.

There are two pillars that make up the thematic framework of the concert. Torres was inspired by 9/11 and also equally inspired by a presentation he was asked to give in the presence of the Dalai Lama.

September 11, 2001 was supposed to be an exciting day for Torres. The Latin Grammy Awards were scheduled to be presented in Los Angeles with Torres as a nominee. The event was cancelled, but Torres ended up winning a Grammy. Against the backdrop of such tragedy came inspiration.

“Three people I knew had died in the attack. I felt the urge to go to New York City and play in different houses of worship. It was my intention to be a conduit for whatever energy was prevalent in the City at the time, and channel it as music that could transform grief to acceptance, anger to courage, and despair to hope. From those improvisations emerged seven of the songs to be performed at the Concert on November 11, said Torres”

WHAT: Nestor Torres in a concert for a new renaissance: symphonic dances, prayers and meditations for peace

WHEN: Friday, November 11 at 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay)

HOW MUCH: Tickets are $100 (VIP), $55, $45, $35, ($5, Cultureshockmiami.com for ages 13-22), ($5 off any ticket level for students and seniors). For ticket information the public should call 786-573-5300 or visit www.smdcac.org.

MORE INFORMATION: 305-316-6165 or visit www.fundarte.us  or www.nestortorres.com

About The Artist

Nestor Torres was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. He began flute lessons at age 12 and pursued formal studies in Puerto Rico and later in New York, where he studied jazz and classical music at the Mannes School of Music, and later at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. At that time he also learned to improvise in a style of Cuban dance music called ‘Charanga’, which helped to shape and develop Nestor’s unique flute playing style. Equally fluent in jazz, classical and Latin idioms, his versatility sets him apart.

In 1981, Torres moved to Miami, where he continued to develop his unique sound and a strong following. Since then, he has - and continues to - tour all over the world. His international career includes collaborations with Herbie Hancock, Dave Mathews, Wayne Shorter, Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin, as well as performances with The New World, Cleveland, Malaysia and Singapore Symphony Orchestras.

Torres has recorded 14 CDs to date, earning 4 Latin Grammy Award and 1 Grammy Award nominations, and a Latin Grammy for his production ‘This Side Of Paradise’ on September 11, 2001.

The fact that he was to receive the award on 9/11 gave his work and music a stronger sense of mission and purpose. From that experience, together with a commission to compose and perform for the Dalai Lama, Torres produced the CD ‘Dances, Prayers & Meditations For Peace’ in 2006.  

Torres is recipient of two honorary doctorates for his commitment to youth education and cultural exchange, and is an Ambassador of Peace and Culture, meeting and working together with individuals such as Deepak Chopra, Brian Weiss, Costa Rica’s Nobel Peace Prize Laureate President Oscar Arias, and Jordan’s HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal. His most recent endeavor is the establishment of the Nestor Torres Foundation.

He is currently Visiting Guest Artist and Founding Director of the FIU School of Music’s Danzon/Charanga Ensemble.

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.  The Center is dedicated to presenting and supporting arts and culture and providing access to the arts to the entire Miami-Dade County community.

The Nestor Torres Foundation is committed to inspire and empower positive social and cultural change through Music, Dialogue & Education. 

FUNDarte is a multidisciplinary non-profit organization dedicated to producing, presenting, and promoting music, theater, dance, film and visual arts that speak to Miami’s diverse cultures.

FUNDARTE Y NESTOR TORRES FOUNDATION EN COLABORACIÓN CON
SOUTH MIAMI-DADE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER PRESENTA:
NESTOR TORRES EN ‘CONCIERTO POR UN NUEVO RENACIMIENTO’:
Bailes, Oraciones & Meditaciones Por La Paz
Con la participación de Greater Miami Youth Symphony, Miami Children’s Chorus, New World School Of The Arts, Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, Florida Grand Opera Young Artist Studio and Brazilian Voices
DIRIGIDO POR DANIEL LEWIS

Diez años después de la tragedia de 9/11, Néstor Torres ofrece un concierto especial con una versión sinfónica de los temas contenidos en su CD ‘Bailes, Oraciones & Meditaciones Por La Paz’. El concierto tendrá lugar el 11/11/11 viernes, 11 de noviembre a las 8 p.m. en el South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (10950 SW 211 Street Cutler Bay, FL 33189).
El evento es una producción multidisciplinaria dirigida por Daniel Lewis y coreografiada por Lara Murphy. Incluirá la participación de Greater Miami Youth Symphony, Miami Children’s Chorus, estudiantes de baile y canto de New World School Of The Arts, Thomas Armour Youth Ballet y miembros de Florida Grand Opera Young Artist Studio. Contará además con una participación especial del grupo musical Brazilian Voices. Aproximadamente 200 jóvenes entre las edades de 8 y 22 años participarán y compartirán el escenario con Torres y un selecto grupo de músicos, vocalistas y bailarines.
Esta significativa ocasión es el evento inaugural de la Fundación Néstor Torres cuya misión es ‘Inspirar y Motivar un Cambio Positivo a nivel Social y Cultural a través de Música, Diálogo y Educación’.
El tema de esta producción está inspirado por dos experiencias transformativas de Torres: la tragedia de 9/11, y la composición y presentación para la cual fue comisionado en ocasión de la visita del Dalai Lama a la Universidad Internacional de Florida en 2004.
La segunda premiación del Grammy Latino, en la cual Torres era uno de los nominados, estaba pautada para el 11 de septiembre de 2001. Aunque la ceremonia fue cancelada, Torres ganó su primer Grammy Latino. En medio de esta tragedia, su arte tomó un gran sentido de misión y propósito. Decidió ir a Nueva York y tocar su flauta en diferentes iglesias, templos y sinagogas con la intención de canalizar la energía prevaleciente en la ciudad, transformando con su música el dolor en aceptación, la ira en valor y la desolación en esperanza. De esas improvisaciones surgieron varios de los temas incluidos en el ‘Concierto Por Un Nuevo Renacimiento’.


QUÉ: Néstor Torres en ‘Concierto Por Un Nuevo Renacimiento’:
Bailes, Oraciones & Meditaciones Por La Paz
CUÁNDO: 11/11/11 viernes, 11 de noviembre a las 8.00 p.m.
DÓNDE: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
(10950 SW 211 Street Cutler Bay, FL 33189)
BOLETOS: $100 (VIP), $55, $45, $35, ($5, Cultureshockmiami.com para edades 13-22),
($5 off para estudiantes y mayores de 65). Para información sobre boletos
llamar al 786-573-5300 o visitar www.smdcac.org.
MAS INFORMACION: Llamar al 305-316-6165
Visitar www.fundarte.us, www.nestortorresfoundation.org


Sobre El Artista
Néstor Torres nació en Mayagu╠łez, Puerto Rico y comenzó clases de flauta a los 12 años. Continúo estudios formales en Puerto Rico y luego en Nueva York, donde estudió música clásica en Mannes School of Music y New England Conservatory of Music en Boston. Su versatilidad tanto en el jazz como en los lenguajes clásicos y latinos lo destacan por su estilo único. Su carrera internacional incluye colaboraciones con Herbie Hancock, Dave Mathews, Wayne Shorter, Gloria Estefan y Ricky Martin, así como participaciones con las orquestas sinfónicas de Cleveland, Malaysia, Singapore y New World. Torres ha grabado 14 CDs, y recibió un Grammy Latino por su producción ‘This Side of Paradise’ el 11 de Septiembre de 2001.
Torres ha recibido dos doctorados Honoris Causa por su compromiso con la educación y el intercambio cultural. Es también Embajador de Paz & Cultura, reuniéndose y colaborando con figuras tales como Deepak Chopra, Brian Weiss, Presidente Oscar Arias (Premio Nobel de la Paz) y Su Alteza Real el Príncipe El Hassan bin Talal de Jordania. Su logro más reciente es la creación de la Fundación Néstor Torres. Actualmente es Artista Visitante y Director-Fundador del Grupo Danzón/Charanga del Departamento de Música en la Universidad Internacional de la Florida (FIU).

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center está dirigido por el Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, con el apoyo de Miami-Dade County Mayor y el Board of County Commissioners. El Centro se dedica a presentar y apoyar las artes y la cultura y proveer acceso a las artes a la comunidad de Miami-Dade County.
Nestor Torres Foundation se forma con la misión de ‘Inspirar y Motivar un Cambio Positivo a nivel Social y Cultural a través de Música, Diálogo y Educación’.
FUNDarte es una organización multidisciplinaria sin fines de lucro, dedicada a la producción, presentación y promoción de música, teatro, danza, cine y artes visuales, dirigida a la diversidad cultural de Miami.