The South Beach Chamber Ensemble began 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, Jewish Museum of Florida, Wolfsonian Museum, Miami Beach Community Church, St. John's on the Lake United Methodist Church, the Dave and Mary Alper JCC, Performing Arts Network and the Sanctuary at ArtSouth in Homestead. 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.
Our mission is to promote and perform chamber music in all its diverse forms, from its origins in the distant past to the varied cultural creations being produced today, bringing together performers, composers and audiences to experience the beauty and intimacy of the human spirit. Our vision is a world where music inspires and energizes all people, creating peace, harmony, joy and unprecedented satisfaction in being alive.
In the past twelve years the ensemble has performed works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Haydn, 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 our Executive Director, Michael Andrews, was invited to Budapest, Hungary where he met 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 Piano Trios at the Villa-Lobos Museum, Rio de Janeiro and Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, were highlights of our eleven years together. 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. 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, 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 South Beach Up North Thomas Moore and Michael Andrews helped inaugurate the Wausau Conservatory of Music's String Camp for high school students in the central Wisconsin area. South Beach Up North 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 Pamela Marshall.
We have appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio's Rt. 51 with Glen Moberg every year since South Beach Up North 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.
We were invited to perform the Miami premiere of Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov's La Pasion segun San Marco in January 2007 at the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts. 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.
The South Beach Chamber Ensemble was excited to be named ensemble-in-residence at Barry University, Miami Shores in the fall of 2008.
In addition to Miami, South Beach Chamber Ensemble will also travel to Miami Springs, Hialeah, Coral Gables, Opa Locka, Miami Gardens, Miami Beach, Hollywood, Key Biscayne, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Hallandale, Fort Lauderdale, Princeton, Homestead, Dania, Leisure City, Florida City, North Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, Lighthouse Point, Parkland, Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton, Key Largo, Delray Beach
and many other locations in and around the Miami area.
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