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RSVP for free Piano Slam at the Arsht Center

Are you a fan of the annual Piano Slam? Well, we've got the date for this year's edition!

The Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation will present its Piano Slam 2024 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2024, at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. The performance is free to the public. VIP seating is $100. RSVP here for limited free tickets. 

Piano Slam 2023 / Photo by Alex Markow

Piano Slam is a classical, hip-hop and spoken word mash-up featuring Miami's top teen poets. Participating students will perform original poems they composed based on their life experiences or live classical music they heard in school. 

The teens will be performing with Classical Piano Duo Inessa Gegprifti and The New Cannon Chamber Ensemble with the beats of synth and keyboard star Anthony Laurencio.

While the performance is free, first-access passes are required to guarantee seating. You can only get those passes by clicking here. There is a four-pass limit per guest.

Location: Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami.

Following is a list of finalists set to perform:


  • Mason Duran | 7th Grade | South Miami Middle | Teacher: Ms. Garcia
  • Emma Mousel | 6th Grade | Lawton Chiles Middle | Teacher: Ms. Mendez
  • Kayden Taylor | 7th Grade | Norland Middle | Teacher: Ms. Cidel
  • Ysabella  Villaflor | 7th Grade | Bowman Ash Doolin K-8 | Teacher: Ms. Gonzalez
  • Mia Quintero | 8th Grade | Hialeah Gardens Middle | Teacher: Mrs. Calleiro


  • Samantha Menendez | 7th Grade | Everglades K-8 | Teacher: Mrs. Carballo
  • Autumn Robinson | 8th Grade | Norland Middle | Teacher: Ms. Cidel
  • Julien Campo | 6th Grade | Ponce de Leon Middle | Teacher: Mr. Hays


  • Camelia Yohoros | 11th Grade | Dr. Michael Krop Senior | Teacher: Mr. Reich
  • Danelys Baez | 11th Grade | Coral Gables Senior High | Teacher: Ms. Silveria
  • Miranda Balsera | 10th Grade | Miami Arts Studio | Teacher: Dr. Marsh
  • Lester Montes De Oca | 12th Grade | North Park High | Teacher: Ms. Santana
  • Isaiah McDaniel | 12th Grade | North Park High | Teacher: Ms. Santana
  • Ava Charlton | 10th Grade | Miami Beach Senior High | Teacher: Mr. Bolden
  • Xela Hunt | 9th Grade | Miami Norland Senior High | Teacher: Dr. Symonette 


  • Nicole Luna | 12th Grade | Hialeah Senior High | Teacher: Ms. Kelly
  • Sarah Fiallega | 10th Grade | MAST Academy | Teacher: Ms. Paisley
  • Maria Chalbaud | 10th Grade | MAST Academy | Teacher: Ms. Paisley

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Josie Gulliksen

About Josie Gulliksen

Josie Gulliksen is a freelance writer and major arts advocate and enthusiast who loves everything cultural and is excited to live in such a thriving community as Miami. A Miami native, aside from Miami on the Cheap, she currently writes for Artburst Miami and contributes to Edible South FL and Miami Media Group. She has contributed to, Biscayne Times and Miami New Times. She worked for nearly a decade at Miami Today as Calendar Editor and arts writer and then worked for 13 years in public relations. She has her own blog Scene Around South FL at

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