2nd annual South Beach Up North chamber music festival will launch with 2 free concerts June 23-24, 2007

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The South Beach Up North chamber music festival will launch their second season with two free events the weekend of June 23-24, 2007 in Wausau, Wisconsin. The first concert, featuring the Arriaga String Quartet #3 and the Dvorak String Quintet, will be at the Center for the Visual Arts in Wausau on Saturday, June 23 at 6 PM. The second concert will be held at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum on Sunday, June 24 at Noon and will feature Vaughan Williams' Piano Quintet in C Minor and Mendelssohn's Piano Sextet in D Major.

South Beach Chamber Ensemble violinist Thomas Moore, a former Pro Arte String Quartet member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be one of several musicians featured during the festival. Michael Andrews, cellist and founder of the South Beach Chamber Ensemble, grew up in Wausau and is excited to return and bring chamber music to the Wausau area. In 2005, Moore and Andrews performed at the Villa-Lobos Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Music in Motion: Miami to Rio was a huge success, and they have been invited to return to Rio, in addition to Salvador and Buenos Aires.

Our partners in this project include the Wausau Conservatory of Music, Performing Arts Foundation, Leigh Yawkey Art Museum, University of Wisconsin-Marathon County, the City of Wausau and faculty members of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Lawrence University. Our sponsors include the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, the Walter Alexander Foundation and Fiserv Health.

The University of Wisconsin-Marathon County, in collaboration with the South Beach Chamber Ensemble, will host South Beach Up North Chamber Music Retreat, a two-week chamber music institute for college-age violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano students from June 24 – July 7, 2007. Chamber music-making is an exciting and educational endeavor, whether on the professional or student level. For more information about the Chamber Music Retreat contact Vickie Richmond Hawkins at (715) 261-6309.

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