On October 6, the New World Symphony will present a program conducted by artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas that will include the world premiere of an orchestral fanfare by Steven Mackey commissioned for the event. Soloists will include violinist Maxim Vengerov and soprano Measha Brueggergosman.
On October 7, Florida Grand Opera and Miami City Ballet, both MPAC resident companies, will inaugurate the Ziff Ballet Opera House. FGO will present Act II of Puccini's La bohme, featuring soprano Patricia Racette as Musetta and conducted by music director Stewart Robertson. MCB will present Act III of Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty.
The Miami PAC, designed by Cesar Pelli, was originally slated to open in October 2004, but suffered from construction delays and budget problems. It lost a prominent tenant when the Florida Philharmonic shut down in 2003. The Cleveland Orchestra will begin an annual residency at the center next year.