South Beach Chamber Ensemble Presents: "Music In Motion: Miami To Rio"

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Cultural exchange project includes concerts and educational activities in Rio de Janeiro (August 25-26, 2005) and Miami (Sept. 11-18, 2005)

(MIAMI) – South Beach Chamber Ensemble (SBCE) launches a cultural exchange between the dynamic cities of Rio de Janeiro and Miami that includes public concerts in both cities (plus Miami Beach), school concerts, a lecture by Brazil’s heir to Villa-Lobos, and a celebratory reception at Britto Central on Lincoln Road. “Music In Motion: Miami To Rio” is the second in a series of international cultural exchange projects that SBCE is undertaking.

“Music in Motion: Miami to Rio” begins in Rio with performances on August 25 and 26 of piano trios by Brazil’s foremost composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos (Piano Trio No. 1), American legend Aaron Copland (Vitebsk), and Felix Mendelssohn (Piano Trio No. 1). The concerts feature the talents of pianist Michael Linville, violinist Thomas Moore and cellist Michael Andrews, all of whom have performed together in previous SBCE events as well as individually at numerous venues throughout the world. (See complete concert schedule at the end of this release.)

The exchange continues in Miami with a free performance of the same works on Sunday, September 11, at 3:00pm at the Cor Jesu Chapel on the campus of Barry University (11300 NE 2nd Avenue). The free event is made possible through a grant from Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs.

SBCE presents a second South Florida performance on Sunday, September 18, at 2:30pm at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach (2121 Park Avenue), where SBCE has served as artist-in-residence since 1997. One hour prior to the concert, SBCE and the Bass Museum present a lecture by composer Ricardo Tacuchian, widely considered Brazil’s “heir” to Villa-Lobos. The September 18th lecture and concert are being held in conjunction with the Bass Museum’s Latin American exhibition, which features paintings by Brazilian artists Lygia da Fonseca and Donato Mello, Jr.

On Saturday, September 17, at 8:00pm, Brazilians and classical music enthusiasts are invited to a special celebratory reception at Britto Central on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach (818 Lincoln Road). The evening includes live music, food and beverage, and an auction of a special Britto print that has been donated by the artist. “We are grateful to Romero Britto and his dedicated staff for opening his gallery for this occasion,” said SBCE director Michael Andrews. Mr. Britto’s lively and spirited works of art are the perfect backdrop to an evening of fun and musical adventure.”

Performers for the Rio and Miami Beach concerts are familiar figures for South Florida classical music audiences. Michael Linville is an established keyboardist, percussionist, conductor and concert producer who also serves as Director of Admissions and Coaching Assistant at the New World Symphony, where he has led the Percussion Consort series for several years. Thomas Moore served as concertmaster of the Florida Philharmonic from 1979 to 1981. Currently he is Professor of Violin at New World School of the Arts. Michael Andrews was a cellist with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Caracas, Naples Philharmonic and Southwest Florida Philharmonic, before moving to Miami Beach, where he founded the South Beach Chamber Ensemble in 1997 and continues to be a driving force for chamber music in South Florida. He and Linville performed together at SBCE’s inaugural concert.

“Many observers would argue that Miami and Rio represent the best – even the most exotic – of the North and South,” commented SBCE founder and cellist Michael Andrews. “Both are vibrant, exciting cities that engage the human body and spirit in joyful and celebratory ways. 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 great American composers, Aaron Copland, to classical music enthusiasts in Rio,” offered Mr. Andrews. “Lastly, in addition to this North-South dialogue, we wanted to include a voice from the old world, and Mendelssohn’s music represents the quintessential spirit.”

Tickets for the Miami Beach events of “Music In Motion: Miami To Rio” are priced from $5.00 to $25, and are available now. For further information on the September 18th concert at the Bass Museum, call 305-673-7530, ext. 1015, or email rkornbluth@bassmuseum.org. For information on the September 17th reception at Britto Central, call 305-673-2183.

“Music In Motion: Miami To Rio” is underwritten by grants from the State of Florida Department of Cultural Affairs and Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners through their respective International Cultural Exchange grant programs. Additional support is received from the City of Miami Beach, the Mayor and City Commissioners, the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council, the Romero Britto Gallery and the Bass Museum of Art. 

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