Livio Tragtenberg's
Nervous City Orchestra


Brazilian composer Livio Tragtenberg’s delightfully entertaining and hip tropical fusion is a not-to-be-missed evening that brings together some of the best of Miami’s wildly diverse musical performers. A rainbow collection of fourteen musician cheekily dressed in formal evening wear form the on-stage "orchestra" and are literally conducted by the baton and bass clarinet-wielding Tragtenberg. Snatches of Cuban son, Indian violin, Haitian roots music, Colombian harp, Argentine accordion and American folk idioms come together and pull apart in this deliriously creative work. Nervous City Orchestra is at once a cleverly crafted post-modernist pop symphony, the year’s coolest jam session, and a showcase for South Florida’s up-to-the-moment multicultural mix. Add in the beautiful backdrop of Benton-C Bainbridge’s real-time video and you have one of the most playful and captivating performances of the season.

"...a multicultural musical delight... Rarely, if ever, has South Florida's much-vaunted musical multiplicity been so joyously presented."
The Miami Herald

"...a real-time riot, a carnival of sound, ancient and cutting edge all at once."
The Miami Herald

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This performance is funded, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Southern Arts Federation and the State of Florida.

This is our 25th season. We believe that community involvement is essential. Partners and support include: Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation, Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, BankAtlantic Foundation, Books & Books, Centro Cultural Brasil-USA, City of Coral Gables, City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program Cultural Arts Council, Consulate General of Brazil, Dade Community Foundation, Embraer, E.S. Moore Family Foundation, Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, FIU Dance Dept. and INDAMI, Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Funding Arts Network, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, Joseph H. and Florence A. Roblee Foundation, M-DC South Dance Dept., Miami-Dade County Dept. of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, Miami-Dade Public Schools, Miami River Inn, Miami Salon Group, National Dance Project, National Endowment for the Arts, National Performance Network, Publix Super Markets Charities, SAF, TAM Brazilian Airlines, Vortex Communications, 88.9 FM Serious Jazz (WDNA).

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
November 17, 18, 19 & 20, 2005
8:30 pm

$25 General Admission

$20 Tigertail Members, Seniors & Students

$50 Patron, Reserved Seating

Group Tickets Available

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Byron Carlyle Theater
500 71st Street
Miami Beach, FL

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