ALEJANDRO SANZ TO RECEIVE HONARY DOCTORATE FROM BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC
One of the most prestigious music schools in the world will present Haute 100-lister, Alejandro Sanz, with an honorary Doctor of Music degree November 6th. Berklee College of Music will be recognizing Sanz for his numerous achievements and influence in contemporary music and for his countless contributions to international culture. Sanz has won 16 Latin Grammys and three Grammy Awards, released 15 albums that have all reached multiple-platinum sales, and serves as an ambassador for Greenpeace, an environmental organization. Sanz, who is currently on an international tour, joins few past recipients of this honorary degree including fellow Haute 100-lister Gloria Estefan. Following the ceremony Sanz will perform with a 40-piece Berklee student ensemble in tribute to his musical legacy. “It is a great honor for me to receive this doctorate degree from one of the most prestigious music schools in the world. I will continue to work every day of my life to deserve this honor.”
JEFFREY SOFFER MARRIES ELLE MACPHERSON IN FIJI
Aussie supermodel Elle Macpherson and Turnberry Associates CEO Jeffrey Soffer tied the knot in August on the Pacific Island of Fiji. The couple has been engaged since March of this year, when Soffer bestowed a stunning emerald cut diamond engagement ring on the Fashion Star’s finger. The two have been together for over three years, despite a break in 2012. The couple was reunited following Soffer’s survival of a helicopter crash. The wedding managed to stay largely off the radar and was attended by close friends and family.
GLORIA ESTEFAN TO PERFORM ONE NIGHT SHOW AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL
Famous Miami singer Gloria Estefan can soon check the Royal Albert Hall in London off her list of esteemed performing venues. The Haute-lister will perform at famous concert hall, on the 17th of October, performing Jazz-inspired versions of her hit songs such as “Conga.“ The concert is in support of her upcoming Jazz-influenced album, The Standards, which is slated to release later this year. “It’s always been a dream of mine to perform at the Royal Albert Hall because of its incredible history and elegance,” says Estefan. “To be able to perform songs from my new album, The Standards and my hits with a new twist, takes my excitement for this concert to an entirely new level.”
ROBERT WENNETT’S ACE TEAM WINS MB CONVENTION CENTER BID
Miami Beach City Commission has picked the South Beach ACE team to revamp its convention center. ACE is comprised of an all-star team of architects and developers such as Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, landscape architect Raymond Jungles, Dan Tishman, who has worked on a slew of huge projects including the Javits Center and the InterContinental in Times Square and the hip local developer responsible for 1111 Lincoln, Robert Wennett. While the plans are now proposed to be scaled down from what was originally shown, it is still one of the largest, and most closely watched urban redevelopment projects in the country. The project will have a final green light when the citizens of Miami Beach hopefully vote in its favor in November. The transformative project takes the old convention center and its oceans of pavement and turns it into compelling green space, a hotel, residential units, and a sparkling new convention center which has already drawn interest from high-end conventions that the old center was not attracting.
JORGE PEREZ DONATES CUBAN ART COLLECTION TO FIU
FIU’s School of International Public Affairs has something to smile about. In another grand gesture of art-related philanthropy, both Jorge Perez and wife Darlene recently donated their extensive collection of Cuban Art to the university. The collection, which is estimated at about $315, 000, is also paired with an additional contribution of $250,000.
Their kind endowment to FIU stems from Perez being an alum of the university, who recently said: “We are excited to be able to share with students, faculty, and the South Florida community the importance of art throughout Cuban history.” The collection, which includes works from artists such as Eduardo Albera, and Jose Bedia, will be available for public exhibition on October 16th.