The Miami Country Day School Arts Department is pleased to present the John Davies Cultural Arts Series. We are committed to sharing our beautiful new Center for the Arts with the community through cultural outreach and opportunities for visiting artists, performers and thought leaders.
When visualizing the many ways this will contribute to the enrichment of our school community and Miami at large, it seemed fitting to name the series for the leader who had the foresight and commitment to make the Center for the Arts a reality, Dr. John Davies.
Dr. Davies has long been an advocate of the Arts and its centrality to the mission of Miami Country Day School. He is an artist in his own right and his Robert Indiana- inspired sculpture (pictured to the right) welcomes visitors as they enter our campus. Our cultural arts series honors Dr. Davies and enriches our learning community in ways that were not possible before his leadership. We are grateful to the Board, administration, faculty, staff, parents and students who played a part in elevating our community and are making it possible to celebrate the Arts for many years to come.
2018-19 Cultural Arts Series Artists
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SIUDY Flamenco - October 4th
Siudy Flamenco is the evolution of Siudy Garrido’s 10-year-old dance company originally founded in Venezuela, and now relocated to its new home in South Florida. This flamenco company has collaborated with major Artistic entities, renowned composers, musicians, and artists from around the world. The work of Siudy Garrido draws on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions, infusing classical Flamenco with new expressive potential.
Creativity champion, Peter H. Reynolds, is a NY Times best-selling author & illustrator. Published in over 25 languages, Peter's books The Dot, Ish, The Word CollectorHappy Dreamer, andsoon to be released, Say Something, among many others, inspire children and “grown up children” with his messages about authentic learning, creativity, bravery, empathy, and courageous self-expression.
Stiletto Brass Quintet, formed in 2010, has gained exposure as a leading ensemble with performances audiences greeted with rousing ovations at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, International Women’s Brass Conference, with Doc Severinsen and the Heartland Festival Orchestra, the St. Louis Low Brass Consortium, the Northeast Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference, the, the National Trumpet Competition, the Great American Brass Band Festival, and concerts throughout the United States. The ensemble has also shared the stage with Italian jazz great Andrea Tofanelli and premiered a new composition written for the group entitled Scarpe!
An internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir Ken Robinson is also one of the world’s leading speakers. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries.
New Orleans’ Preservation Hall was established in 1961 to honor one of America’s truest art forms – Traditional New Orleans Jazz. Operating as a venue, a touring band, and a non-profit organization, Preservation Hall continues its mission today as a cornerstone of New Orleans music and culture.
In 1981, seven Yale women came together to form the university’s first and only senior women’s a cappella group. Today Whim ‘n Rhythm is a nonprofit organization comprised of thirteen of the best senior female singers at Yale.
Since its foundation, the members of Whim ‘n Rhythm have recorded professional studio albums and traveled to every continent, all while promoting the role of women in higher education and music.
Praised for her “sensitivity and thoughtful musicianship,” Cuban-American violinist, Jacqueline Jove, leads a versatile life as a performer and music educator. Since her concerto debut at age 14, she has appeared as a guest soloist for the German, Italian, and Israeli embassies and continues to perform as a soloist and chamber musician in concert venues across the globe.
Miami Country Day School is a college preparatory learning community committed to educating the whole child. Through the core values of honor, respect, wisdom and compassion, we prepare students to be lifelong learners. We inspire our children to develop their intellectual, physical, aesthetic, social, emotional and spiritual potentials by valuing every student every day.