Concerts featuring Villa-Lobos and Schoenfield in Miami Beach and Miami Shores

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(MIAMI BEACH) – South Beach Chamber Ensemble (SBCE) performs its second series of concerts with an exciting program of 20th century composers, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Paul Schoenfield. Villa-Lobos, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1887, has, by virtue of both his immense output and colorful and accessible musical language, become the most celebrated Brazilian composer of all time. His work not only richly typifies the diverse and kaleidoscopic Brazilian scene but also, in its abundance, originality, and vitality, provided the key which unlocked Brazilian art music once and for all from the shackles of European late-Romanticism. 2009 is the 50th anniversary of Villa-Lobos’ death. 
Paul Schoenfield (1947-) is among those all-too-rare composers whose work combines exuberance and seriousness, familiarity and originality, lightness and depth. His work is inspired by the whole range of musical experience, popular styles both American and foreign, vernacular and folk traditions, and the ‘normal’ historical traditions of cultivated music making, often treated with sly twists. Schoenfield’s music has been performed by many leading orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the world. 
“We are interested in exploring and contrasting the music of North and South,” commented SBCE founder and cellist Michael Andrews. “The music of Villa-Lobos is one of Brazil’s most famous contributions to world culture. South Floridians can appreciate the masterful musings of a genius who combined the classical music forms of Europe with innovative and personal style against a background of tropical desire. At the same time, we are excited to bring the music of one of our living American composers, Paul Schoenfield, to classical music enthusiasts,” offered Mr. Andrews. “These piano trios were both composed in the 20th century, seventy years apart. Paul Schoenfield’s Café Music is a high spirited three-movement romp with hints of jazz and dixie elements.” 
“Music In Beautiful Spaces” is underwritten by grants from Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners. Additional support is received from the City of Miami Beach, the Mayor and City Commissioners, the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Barry University and Whole Foods. 
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Music in Beautiful Spaces Concert Schedule 

Sun, March 1, 2009, 6:00pm 
Miami Beach Botanical Garden 
2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, 33139 
Villa-Lobos: Piano Trio No. 3 Schoenfield: Café Music Admission at the door: $15 adults, $10 students and seniors Wine reception courtesy of Whole Foods after the concert 
Tues., March 3, 2009, 8:00pm 
Barry University-Andy Gato Art Gallery 
Thompson Hall, second floor 
11300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, 33161 
Villa-Lobos: Piano Trio No. 3 
Schoenfield: Café Music 
Admission at the door: $15 adults, $10 students and seniors, free for Barry U students and faculty, reception courtesy Barry University Institutional Advancement after the concert 
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