IlluminArts at bulthaup

Jewel Box: A musical celebration of queer diversity

April 3, 2019

IlluminArts and bulthaup presented Jewel Box: A musical celebration of queer diversity with original artwork by Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo, an evening of storytelling through design, art and music. "Vivid and expressive" (New York Times) baritone Keith Phares and pianist Ting-Ting Wong performed music of composers celebrating the diversity of the queer experience, including Laura Kaminsky, Jake Heggie, Paula Kimper and Benjamin Britten. Original artwork inspired by the musical program and created by Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo highlighted the elegant design of the Bulthaup b Solitaire. 

IlluminArts at ArtCenter/South Florida

Terence Price II: Here After

February 9, 2019 

IlluminArts presented a unique musical performance inspired by “Dancing in the Absence of Pain,” the first solo show of photographer Terence Price II at ArtCenter/South Florida. New works by Price were projected as a backdrop for the musical performance, which featured songs by Donny Hathaway, Bill Withers, Uzee Brown, George Gershwin and H. Leslie Adams. Performers included countertenor, John Holiday; baritone Charles Wesley Evans; and the return of highly acclaimed pianist and singer, James Davis, Jr. Price's exhibition provided an intimate portrait of home, family and community that offered glimpses into celebration and joy set against an implicit backdrop of daily life that is often defined by harsh realities.

IlluminArts at the Lowe Art Museum

DRESDEN: Hymn to Humanity

September 15, 2018

IlluminArts presented “DRESDEN: Hymn to Humanity” inspired by the DRESDEN exhibition of Argentinian artist and South Florida resident Sebastian Spreng at the Lowe Art Museum. DRESDEN offered a pointed reminder that we hold within us an infinite capacity not only to create but also to destroy—and then to rise again from the ashes only to start the cycle over. This exclusive event featured baritone Jonathan Beyer and soprano Jennifer Holloway, joined by IlluminArts co-founder and pianist Anna Fateeva, in an  exploration of humanity through the music of Schubert, Berg, Rachmaninoff, Bernstein, Brahms, and Mahler.

IlluminArts at the de la Cruz Collection

A Female Force

April 26, 2018

IlluminArts presented A Female Force, and evening of music inspired by the work of artist, Ana Mendieta a the de la Cruz Collection. Mendieta's groundbreaking work was largely autobiographical and focused on themes of feminism, life, identity, place, and belonging. The music featured compositions by influential female composers including Paola Prestini, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Libby Larsen. Director Alison Moritz, fully staged this multimedia performance with a cast lead by Metropolitan Opera soprano and Broadway star Jennifer Zetlan, with renowned soprano Jessica E. Jones and the sensational mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen. This celebration of art as rite and ritual blurred the line between classical music and performance art.

IlluminArts at The Betsy

Dowland in Dublin: Michael Slattery and La Nef

January 28, 2018

IlluminArts presented internationally recognized tenor, Michael Slattery and Canadian baroque ensemble, La Nef for an evening of the music of Dowland at the Betsy Hotel. A beautiful and touching night of song, Slattery brought his sweet tenor to arrangements made especially for this ensemble for their 2012 recording that was named one of the year's 10 best by Opera News.

IlluminArts at the PAMM

Bringing Art to Life

December 4, 2017

We were thrilled to be among this year's finalists in the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge. To celebrate the announcements of this year's winners and 10 years of the Knight Arts Challenge, the Knight Foundation together with Prism Creative Group hosted an event at the Pérez Art Museum Miami with a special

performance by IlluminArts in the Pérez Museum galleries. This was a one-of-a-kind celebration of Miami's finest arts and culture!  

IlluminArts at the Lowe Art Museum

The Dandy Lion Roars

March 27, 2017

IlluminArts, presented an afternoon of songs celebrating the politically and socially illuminating photography exhibition, Dandy Lion: {Re} Articulating Black Masculine Identity at the Lowe Art Museum. An unforgettable exploration of how the dandy phenomenon in black society is helping to “defy stereotypes and monolithic understandings of masculinity” through clothing and style. Featuring acclaimed baritones Kenneth Overton and Jorell Williams, accompanied by renowned pianist James Davis, Jr., director of music at Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City, this performance showcased classical art song and spirituals by African American composers and poets.

IlluminArts at Perez Art Museum Miami

David Lang's "the little match girl passion"

May 27 - June 2, 2016

IlluminArts presented David Lang's Pulitzer Prize winning piece, "the little match girl passion" in a fully staged presentation by renowned director R. B. Schlather.  Inspired by the stunning Doris Salcedo exhibit at PAMM, the production featured Anne Carolyn Bird, Brennan Hall, Karim Sulayman, Zachary James and Michael Weinfield-Zell.  All rehearsals were open to the public and free of charge, exploding perceptions of how classical music can be consumed in the 21st century.  

IlluminArts at MDC Museum of Art + Design

David Portillo, Tenor and Gregory Ritchey, Piano

February 7, 2016

Tenor David Portillo has established himself as one of the leading artists of his generation.  Fresh off of his Metropolitan Opera debut, David presented an afternoon of Spanish song accompanied by the celebrated pianist Gregory Ritchey at MDC Museum of Art + Design in the Freedom Tower.  In a program inspired by the exhibition of works by Steven and William Ladd. Musical program included works by Ginastera, Lara, Grever, and Obradors.

IlluminArts and Plymouth Congregational Church 


November 13, 2015

In Edson Chapel, Plymouth Congregational Church and IlluminArts invited you to enjoy Songs of Pilgrimage and Thanksgiving, featuring performances by Javier Abreu, Amanda Crider, Susan Hellman Spatafora and Mary Adelyn Kauffman.  Program  included music by Aaron Copland, William Bolcom, Gene Scheer, Carlos Buchardo, Astor Piazzolla and Antonin Dvorak.

IlluminArts and Musimelange present


October 30 & 31, 2015

We celebrated Halloween at Ted's as part of the National YoungArts Foundation's new Pairings at Ted’s series; an all-new series pairing world-class performances with a themed culinary experience. A contemporary take on the traditional dinner and a show format, supper club-inspired evenings are set atop the YoungArts Tower. Mezzo-Soprano, Amanda Crider, joined by Baritone, Gabriel Preisser and special guests from Musimelange, performed a program filled with spooky classics and haunting delights including Il Tramonto by Ottorino Respighi, Dover Beach by Samuel Barber, Four Songs by Franz Schubert and a special Halloween treat (or trick) for the audience.


Songs of the City, Songs in the Dark


October 1, 2015 

IlluminArts presented an unforgettable evening of song and poetry to highlight the groundbreaking collaboration between EXILE Books and the Miami Center for Architecture and Design, LISTEN TO THIS BUILDING, a program that sought to bridge the understanding between downtown Miami architecture, independent publishing, and accessibility. Songs explored life in the city, how places define us, and the characters who bring the buildings and the city to life, along with music of composers who overcame physical challenges to create timeless masterworks like Jaoquin Rodrigo, Beethoven, Ricky Ian Gordon, William Bolcom and Christopher Berg. Performances by Susan Hellman Spatafora, Daniel Bates, and Anna Fateeva.


IlluminArts at the Bakehouse Art Complex

Teach Me to Write, Teach Me to Sing

May 9, 2015

Our final concert of the 2014/2015 season at the Bakehouse Art Complex. The program included music of famous composers, and their famous students, performed by some of Miami's finest music educators and their wonderful students. With music by Beethoven, Haydn, Messiaen, Bolcom, Faure, Boulanger, Copland, Britten, and more!  Highlighting the work of two Bakehouse Artists:  Gerbi Tsesarskaia and Andres Martinez, Jr.   Featuring performances by Misty Bermudez, Victoria Roland, Marco Sanchez, Robert Dundas, Edgar Miguel Abreu, Sarah Payne, and Anna Fateeva.


IlluminArts and Musimelange

Music for Voice and String Quartet

An Evening of Classical Music, Culinary Adventures and Sophisticated Wines

April 20, 2015 

We were thrilled to collaborate with Musimelange to present a special evening of vocal chamber music in the beautiful M Building in Wynwood.  Musical program included Il Tramonto by Respighi, Dover Beach by Samuel Barber, and some of Franz Schubert's most beloved songs arranged for voice and string quartet.  With performances by James Bass, Amanda Crider, Anne Chicheportiche, Daniel Andai, Richard Fleischman, and Claudio Jaffe.

IlluminArts at the Bakehouse Art Complex


An Afternoon of Song inspired by Past Bakehouse Art Complex Residents

February 14, 2015

An afternoon of song featuring a program of music inspired by works by past Bakehouse Art Complex resident artists, including Pablo Cano, Xavier Cortada, Tracey Hagen, and Gustavo Oveido.  With stunning performances by pianist and composer John Musto, soprano Amy Burton and tenor Michael Slattery.  The program of music included works by Musto, Britten, Guastavino, Porter, Poulenc and Joni Mitchell.


IlluminArts at Bass Museum of Art


A Musical Journey inspired by the Monumental Works of El Anatsui

September 12, 2014

A musical journey inspired by the spectacular El Anatsui exhibit at Bass Museum of Art. Musical program included works by Maurice Ravel, Gene Koshinski, Ksenia Prasolova, Oliver Knussen, Nigerian composer Fred Onovwerosuoke, and a new composition written for this performance by Jenny Olivia Johnson.  Performances by Susan Hellman - Soprano, Amanda Crider - Mezzo-Soprano, Anna Fateeva - Piano, Elissa Lakofsky - Flute, Rosanna Butterfield - Cello, Michael Zell - Percussion and JoAnna Ursal - Dancer.   View video exerpts here.


IlluminArts at The Bakehouse

Recently Acquired Five

May 10, 2014

An afternoon of song to illuminate the work of five artists who began their residency at the Bakehouse in the past year.  With music by William Byrd, Alberto Ginastera, John Musto, George Crumb, William Bolcom, and many more.  Featuring Visual Art by Harvey Zipkin, Troy Simmons, Ted Van Cleave, Valeria Yamamoto, and Pamela Palma. Performances by Kimberly Soby - Soprano, Javier Abreu - Tenor, Elizabeth Beers Kataria - Soprano, and Mary Adelyn Kauffman - Pianist.  View video excerpts here.

Art Song/Collage

November 10, 2013

Private Event held at home of Miami Arts' Patron. Celebrating the works of James Rosenquist, Mira Lehr, Eugene Boudin, and others with music of Schubert, Dowland, Bolcom, Sisco, and much more. Featuring Amanda Crider, Mezzo Soprano, and Anna Fateeva, Pianist.  See video excerpt here.

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It is the policy of IlluminArts to comply with all of the requirements of the American Disabilities Act.  To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any accommodation to participate in IlluminArts programs and performances, please contact Amanda Crider at or (786) 565-2180.