The South Beach Chamber Ensemble
in 1997 with a free concert of Haydn and Dvorak Piano Trios at the Bass
Museum of Art, Miami Beach. Since then we have played at the Miami
Beach Botanical Garden, Coral Gables Museum, Barry University, Jewish
Museum of Florida, Wolfsonian Museum, Miami Beach Community Church, and
the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. The ensemble is one of the
only arts organizations in south Florida dedicated to offering
affordable chamber music programs to new audiences while showcasing
local musical talent.
The Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council has given us grants since 1999 for Music in Beautiful Spaces.
In addition to our first-rate soloists we also encourage and
collaborate with students and faculty from the New World School of the
Arts, FIU, University of Miami, Barry University, and the New World
Symphony. In the past seventeen years the ensemble has performed works
by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Golijov, Hummel,
Dvorak, Schubert, Saint-Saens, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Onslow,
Prokofiev, Poulenc, Couperin, Copland, Turina, Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos
and Vaughan Williams.
In February 2004 we were delighted that Executive Artistic Director,
Michael Andrews, was invited to Budapest, Hungary where he met the
brilliant, young, blind pianist Tamas Erdi. We played the spectacular
Schumann Piano Quintet in Eb major with Mr. Erdi in March 2004 in Miami
Beach and Miami.
Music in Motion: Miami to Rio,
August and September 2005, was a great success. Our performances of
Villa-Lobos, Copland and Mendelssohn at the Villa-Lobos Museum, Rio de
Janeiro and Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, were well received in both
countries. Music in Motion: Miami-Argentina-Brazil,
September 2007, included concerts and student programs in Rio de
Janeiro, Salvador, Buenos Aires, Miami Beach and Miami Shores. Audience
and student attendance increased by 63% and 300% respectively. We
performed a worldwide radio broadcast of Music in Motion on Arts Beat
with Ed Bell, WLRN.
In June 2006 the inaugural South Beach Up North
(SBUN), a summer chamber music festival in Wausau, Wisconsin, Mr.
Andrews’ hometown, was a great accomplishment. Over two hundred people
attended the free outdoor concert on the Square to listen to string
quartets by Haydn, Barber and Dvorak. Following SBUN, Thomas Moore and
Michael Andrews helped inaugurate the Wausau Conservatory of Music’s
String Camp for students in the central Wisconsin area. SBUN on August
1-2, 2009 was a great success, with standing room only at the Woodson
Art Museum concert with Miami poet Carlos Pintado and Boston composer
We have appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Rt. 51 with Glen Moberg
every year since SBUN started. The hour-long live broadcast gives the
players a chance to perform for a much broader audience and chat
informally about their life and music making. In December 2008 Mr.
Moberg chose our June 2008 performance as one of the highlights of the
year in central Wisconsin. In 2012 WPR hosted and recorded our piano
chamber music concert for broadcast on WPR.
We were invited to perform the Miami premiere of Argentine composer
Osvaldo Golijov’s La Pasion segun San Marco in January 2007 at the
Arsht Center. Others included in the performance were Venezuela’s
world-renowned choir La Schola Cantorum, directed by Maria Guinard, a
salsa and percussion band and Mr. Golijov himself.
We were excited to be named ensemble-in-residence at Barry University,
Miami Shores in 2008. Our 2009 Sleepless Night collaboration in Miami
Beach with Miami hip hop artist La Guardia, Nigerian dancer-drummer and
Cuban poet was a huge success, with several thousand people attending
what Miami New Times declared a “Best Bet.”
Our strategy to develop musically includes application for funding from
the Knight Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and other
national organizations, foundations, corporations and individuals,
giving us the opportunity to play more challenging and collaborative
repertoire. We were a Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Miami 2011
finalist for Mozart on the Move.
The world premiere of Mozart Meets Gaga
took place on September 30, 2012 at the Miami Beach Senior High School
Auditorium, with over 400 people attending. In collaboration with Jim
Hammond, Puppet Designer & Managing Director/CEO of Puppet Network,
we created a multi-dimensional musical-visual experience for modern
families. Using our expertise from our breakthrough project Mozart on the Move,
we developed an interactive experience about the mythical time when
Mozart met Gaga. Using Hammond's modern interpretations of ancient
European and Asian Shadow Puppetry, the walls around the Chamber
Ensemble came alive to spark the audience’s imagination.
Over 700 people listened to our free Mozart on the Move
program in April 2013 at the 1100 Block Outdoor Stage, Lincoln Road,
Miami Beach. Steve Gladstone, MiamiArtzine, gave our May 2012 concerts,
Scandinavia Explored, a glowing review.
debuted on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at the 1100 Block Outdoor Stage.
Over 300 people attended this free dynamic performance art event filled
with immense puppetry and spooky tunes. It was our second successful
collaboration with Jim Hammond and Puppet Network. Gary Farmer, Miami
Beach Cultural Affairs Program Manager deemed it a “rousing success.”
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