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Schools get music grants, chance to perform at Symphony naming

PHOTO: Royal Caribbean International
Symphony of the Seas' AquaTheater is one of many entertainment venues offering new shows
Ahead of the North American debut of world's largest cruise ship Symphony of the Seas on Nov. 9, Royal Caribbean International partnered with the Grammy Museum to fund music education programs.

Grants to 20 Miami-Dade schools

Grants will go to 20 underserved high schools in the Miami-Dade County Public School District that were selected for maintaining thriving music programs with only limited resources. Royal Caribbean and the Grammy Museum—the official foundation of the Recording Academy—hope to inspire the next generation of performers with firsthand, career-building experiences.

Each school will be honored during an exclusive tour behind the scenes at the Royal Caribbean Entertainment Studios on Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay campus, complete with hands-on introductions to what a career in music and entertainment could look like. Students will spend a day at the 132,500-square-foot facility, which features a 300-seat theater, a 20,000-square-foot, costume-making facility, 14 dance studios, 15 vocal rehearsal rooms, an audio recording studio and two aerial training studios.

One group to perform at Symphony's naming

Further spotlighting the arts and flourishing talent in South Florida, one student ensemble will be invited to perform on a global stage at Symphony of the Seas' naming ceremony on Nov. 15 at Royal Caribbean’s new Terminal A at PortMiami.

'There is a reason behind choosing the name Symphony of the Seas; it’s because music, entertainment and family are woven throughout every aspect of the on-board experience of our guests,' said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “We have great pride in being a Miami-based company for nearly 50 years. Welcoming Symphony to our hometown is a special occasion, and it is important for us that we celebrate her arrival by giving back to our community in a meaningful way.'

The schools include American Senior High School, Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts, Booker T. Washington Senior High School, G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School, Hialeah Gardens Senior High School, Hialeah Senior High School, Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School, Miami Carol City Senior High School, Miami Central Senior High School, Miami Coral Park Senior High School, Miami Edison Senior High School and Miami Jackson Senior High School.

Further schools are Miami Norland Senior High School, Miami Northwestern Senior High School, Miami Southridge Senior High School, Miami Springs Senior High School, North Miami Beach Senior High School, South Dade Senior High School, Southwest Miami Senior High School and Westland Hialeah Senior High School.

Bevy of shows and stages

Symphony entertainment includes the Tony Award-winning musical 'Hairspray,' with new choreography and staging, and a new original production, 'Flight: Dare to Dream,' a celebration of the evolution of air travel that ends with an homage to the Wright Brothers. In the AquaTheater, a new show, 'HiRO,' features high-diving and acrobatics. And a high-tech, ice-skating show in Studio B, '1977' chronicles a jewel heist.

Symphony of the Seas is due to arrive at its new year-round homeport in Miami on Nov. 9, following an inaugural summer season in Europe. This will become the first Oasis-class ship to sail from PortMiami. Seven-night eastern and western Caribbean voyages all feature visits to a reimagined private island experience, Perfect Day CocoCay in the Bahamas,

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