Few opera stars have ever captured the imagination of the American public as Beverly Sills. Her glorious singing, compelling dramatic sense, and sparkling personality contributed to the unprecedented growth of American Opera. It seems ironic that Sills, an Opera star whose breathing techniques are essential to her art, passed away July 2, 2007 from inoperable lung cancer.
In honor of this world-renowned icon and to help generate greater awareness in preventing lung disease, the Florida Grand Opera (FGO), Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF), WPBT Channel 2, and the American Lung Association of Florida will present a special tribute to celebrate the life and career of Beverly Sills.
The event takes place at Cinema Paradiso, Tuesday, August 7 beginning with a fully catered reception at 6:00pm. At 7:00pm, Justin Moss, Managing Director for Marketing & Communication for Florida Grand Opera, will discuss Sills' remarkable career in a program illustrated by a film of Beverly Sills performing her most famous roles on the opera stage.
The American Lung Association will provide pamphlets about Lung Health including such issues as Asthma, Lung Cancer, COPD and information about how to get involved with the American Lung Association. Breathe Easy Bracelets, and Asthma Walk Teddy Bears will be available for purchase and will benefit The American Lung Association.
503 SE 6th Street, Downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale on the South side of the New River, one block east of the Broward County Courthouse.
Cinema Paradiso offers a full beer and wine menu, concessions, the most comfortable and plush stadium seating in South Florida, and an outside gathering area, the Paradiso Patio. Operated by Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Cinema Paradiso is South Florida's most unique year-round, art house movie theater presenting independent films and events.
Tickets: $18 general admission/ $15 FLIFF, FGO and WPBT members.
For more information call 954-525-FILM or http://www.fliff.com
Parking is free at street meters after 6pm nightly and all day on Sundays. You can also park for free at the County Courthouse Parking Garage Monday through Friday from 4:45pm and all day and night on Saturday and Sunday.
About Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing the finest in independent films and cultural events to South Florida.
About Florida Grand Opera
Florida Grand Opera (FGO), now celebrating its 67th season of continuous performances, stands as one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Florida. In addition to producing standard repertoire, Florida Grand Opera also presents lesser known operas, as well as commissioning and producing new operas. Annually, performances are attended by over 110,000 people, and its education and outreach programs serve over 50,000 students. FGO offers several highly successful outreach and educational programs, including its internationally-recognized Young Artist Studio.
About the American Lung Association of Florida
Founded in 1916 to fight tuberculosis, the American Lung Association of Florida is the lead organization in the state working to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Lung disease death rates continue to increase while other leading causes of death have declined. The American Lung Association of Florida funds vital research on the causes of and treatments for lung disease. With the generous support of the public, the American Lung Association of Florida is “Improving Life, One Breath at a Time.” For more information about the American Lung Association of Florida log onto http://www.lungfla.org
or call 954-524-4657
About WPBT Channel 2
Public broadcaster WPBT Channel 2 is a community-licensed, not-for-profit multimedia organization serving the communities of South Florida, from the Treasure Coast to the Florida Keys. With high-quality content from PBS, independent acquisitions, and its own original productions, WPBT provides programming on analog and Digital2 platforms - including high definition, standard definition digital services, and a wide range of online content. Channel 2 has received numerous awards for its original productions and services, including KidVision (kidvision.org), WPBT’s trusted learning environment for pre-school and early elementary school-age children. Based in Miami, Channel 2 is also home of the Emmy award-winning PBS series, Nightly Business Report (pbs.org/nbr), distributed to more than 250 public television stations nationwide. For more info, visit http://www.channel2.org