South Beach Chamber Ensemble for twelve years now has had an outreach program in Wausau Wisconsin (the central city in Central Wisconsin). This outreach has admirably filled a large hole in the live music offerings in that area. The hole is in classical music. Wausau has an admirable blues festival and two excellent jazz festivals and a number ways to show case popular professional performers - but not in classical music. Outside of the summer the year the only live classical music of professional quality comes at the Wausau Conservatory of Music. The much larger Wausau Area Performing Arts Foundation no longer schedules classical musicians. The demand is there, but not for a large enough number of high priced tickets. The Conservatory has no performances in the summer. It is into this lacuna that SBCE's outreach enters and gives high quality performances every time, to the great satisfaction of aficionados and others. This coming year those connected with the outreach (I am one) are working to improve the marketing for this outreach with greater imagination. That comes from the fact we are all very grateful for the occurrence of the performances and for their consistent high quality and are working not just to help maintain this outreach but also to expand it.
I help with the outreach of this group to Wausau, Wisconsin in the summer.
I must say that every year it gets better! One thing I have learned thoroughly is how important LIVE music is. It is something my former wife, a skilled pianist, said. (Too often - all the time? - she was right.)
From concerts by the South Beach Ensemble I have found pieces new to me that I added to my collection of downloaded music. Often that works very well, but not always. South Beach can put life into a piece that itself isn't all that great when played in a recording. The downloaded version might be "flawless" but it almost always lacks the presence and the excitement of people performing in front you in a real hall. I have found some new-to-me music through the South Beach Ensemble that was very satisfying to add to my collection of downloaded pieces but even then it isn't quite as fun or exciting as the live performance.
So I am VERY grateful to the South Beach Chamber Ensemble and hope to continue helping them out in their "Northern" outreach.
South Beach Chamber Ensemble brings beautiful sounds to North Central Wisconsin during the summer months. Through concerts in parks, churches and museums, their music has brought joy to a diverse group of community members. The ensemble works with local student musicians and community groups to expand opportunities. Experiences with live music, such as the excellent performances of South Beach Up North, truly enhances the quality of life for those of us in the Wausau Community.
What a talented talented group of musicians. I have seen this ensemble perform many times. They are excellent. Once at an outdoor concert, I was so moved by a tango that was played that I wanted to find a partner and dance on the sidewalk to the music. What a joy!!
I enjoy South Beach Up North when the ensemble brings refreshing classical music to the north central Wisconsin area, working with students, performing public concerts, and holding salons. Their talent is unsurpassed. The selections well chosen and beautifully performed. SBCE makes our summers more fulfilling and enjoyable. Hurrah!
This group continues to forge a path in the world of diversity and music from different genres. Their professional presentations will continue to make the world a better place.
South Beach Chamber Ensemble is the perfect blend of innovative and classic. Excellent musicianship, thoughtful programming, and a heart for comprehensive (local and global) citizenship. The ensemble reaches international audiences, as well as the people next door. Everyone is welcome, and everyone is in for a great time!
I always get chills as I allow the cadence of the music come alive in beautiful spaces. Andrews, the artistic director always selects marvelous music for his grant funded program "Music in Beautiful Spaces. The collaborations with other local organizations are exciting and rewarding to us - the audience - and the cultural landscape of our town.
Their concerts are not to be missed for anyone who appreciates live music.
As an organization bringing art to the people of our beloved Magic City we always strive to break barriers and find that cutting edge where chamber music becomes accessible. We love to collaborate with other arts organizations and we love hearing back from our audience. We've been here for over 17 years and continue to grow and develop. We want you to come play with us - as volunteers, donors, general public, contributors (other organizations, performers, anything that creates an intra-disciplinary experience for our audience) and this is our mission: to bring the joy and beauty of music in all its forms into your life.
It's a wonderful organizations that strives in the cultural life of Miami. They offer wonderful chamber music concerts, in very specific and charming places, enriching the experience of the music with its surroundings.
Summers are not usually a time for exceptional musical performances, but in Wausau, Wisconsin we have a unique opportunity when the South Beach Ensemble comes "up north". This is no mean feat, bringing musicians from around the country to show us their talents, but the results are always a treat and they certainly never play down to us. There is so much in the chamber repertoire that deserves to be played and the leader, Mike Andrews, always brings new works to the programs, which I particularly appreciate. Reward yourself. Come up north for South Beach.
It would take me far more than a minute or two to write about what a fantastic ensemble this is! I have experienced numerous concerts by these fine musicians and have appreciated every one. And, they've all been different! From traditional quartets, to puppet shows, to Rachmaninoff vocal music, they can do it all - they've even "popped up" at Whole Foods! One thing is for sure - you will never be bored when you experience South Beach Chamber Ensemble.
From classic quartets by Haydn, to pop music by Lady Gaga, this group has it all! I have been privileged to experience South Beach Chamber Ensemble's musicianship from the streets of steamy Miami to cool summer evenings in Central Wisconsin. With a vision of creating music to enrich the world, the insightful Michael Andrews, Director of SBCE, has successfully merged his traditional background in classical music with today's unconventional styles. The result of this melange is magical.
I have been invited to perform with SBUN for the last two summers. It is wonderful to have a space to perform pieces that were meant to be played in a smaller ensemble. Chamber music enables for more intimate discussions during rehearsals; and therefore, more meaningful performances. I have also developed friendships with my fellow musicians at SBUN Michale, Sarah, Cindy, and Ken, among others. It was through music that these friendships were nurtured.
I am so glad people in Central Wisconsin get to experience this type of music making during the summers. SBUN fills an artistic niche needed in this community. I hope we are able to reach greater audiences. I look forward to many more years of exciting music making at SBUN.
I am so happy and honored that SBCE has chosen to play my string quartet, "Short Stories", and that their ensemble members have played it so beautifully. They have performed "Short Stories" a number of times, several times in concerts and several times in collaboration with other organizations: Puppet Network and the Miami Beach Senior High School's Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, for the show "Fantasma"; and with Dance Now!
It means a great deal to a living composer not only to have his music included on programs of a vibrant ensemble like SBCE but also to have them appreciate the music enough that it becomes part of their repertory.
Thank you, and Bravo! I look forward to more collaborations with you.
SBCE provides an artistic opportunity for all ages not only for the wonderful music you will hear but for the story behind the composers and the history of the times when the music was written. There are also numerous partnerships with other artist and community sponsors that bring enjoyment as diverse as poets, other musicians, puppeteers along with the SBCE. I have been to every outdoor concert in Wausau, WI and to several in Florida which continue to bring me much satisfaction, delight and peace. I especially enjoy the South Beach Up North pop concert and look forward to hearing them again next summer. You will not be disappointed!
They are music in my world and their performances are heavenly! Please don't miss an opportunity to experience their music.
I have been an admirer and fan of the South Beach Chamber Ensemble since its beginnings. My enthusiasm has only increased through the years. This group does not limit itself to traditional classical music but embraces other trends from acclaimed composers that are known and liked in our community. Always keeping the high standards of experienced musicians trained in classical music. This Ensemble serves music lovers by performing in different areas of our region, and they do it with joy and excellence.
The South Beach Chamber Ensemble presents quality programming that is accessible to all audiences. It has been an honor to have the opportunity to perform and collaborate with them the past two years.
The SBCE plays carefully selected culturally inspiring classics from both the masters and from lesser known up and coming composers from all over the world. As a board member for over 10 years I have seen the transformation of the audiences, from older seasoned lovers of classical music to now include the young hipper set. Michael Andrews, the musical director always provides an exciting story on the origin of the music being played that expands the audience's appreciation of the magic of the music.
Its a real delight to have groups like South Beach Chamber Emsemble preserving and promoting beautiful music for all generations.. I hosted a benefit concert last year at my house and hope to able to do so for many more years to come... Nydia Pichardo
Every year for the last four years, I have hosted a benefit concert of the South Beach Chamber Ensemble at my home. Each year, their appearance is more beautiful, inspiring, intimate, and wonderful than the year before...and I wonder how that can be possible. Friends, neighbors, and guests I've never met before fill my house in thrall. The variety of their programs, the musical pleasure and enthusiasm -- not to mention virtuosity -- they share has been a privilege to support, and I plan to continue in perpetuity.
South Beach Chamber Ensemble brings wonderful music performances to the public in Miami and Wisconsin. They also provide a chance for musicians to perform great chamber music literature and work with composers on new pieces. I am one of those composers. They have supported my music for string quartet with multiple performances and commissioned one of my biggest works, for piano quintet. I attended performances in Miami and at their summer festival in Wisconsin. I met audience members who were inspired by SBCE concerts and I was inspired by the enthusiasm and musical quality of the musicians.
I have attended many performances by this group and I have always been impressed by the quality of musical presentation and how well received the group is by those attending. The South Beach Chamber Ensemble seems to fill a special niche in the arts in Miami and deserves recognition.
South Beach Chamber Ensemble is everything a music ensemble should be:
1- Artistically proficient in classical music. They play challenging Beethoven late quartets and Bach with equal sensitivity and brio.
2- Not afraid to take chances. They were one of the first ensembles to do a pop-up music event, which can be seen on You-tube... I was so proud when a friend in London sent it to me without her knowing that it had taken place in Miami.
3- Forging forward with new music. I had never sat before at a performance which was the premiere of a musical composition, which was exciting to experience, to see World Premiere on the program.
4- Searching for new audiences and ways to approach them. SBCE partnered with pupeteers to create a new work called Mozart Meets Lady Gaga, performed for an audience of all ages at a high school, with sets done by the students at the school.
5- Bridging communities. SBCE plays in South Florida most of the year, and in the summer they play in Wisconsin. They have also played elsewhere in North and South America.
I have had the opportunty to see this extraordinary and talented group perform. I believe it is important to recognize those who dedicate themselves to the arts in the field of endeavor of classical music performance. I plan to attend more of their performances and support this group. The South Beach Chamber Ensemble's performances around town helps create an interest in classical music and promotes and preserves this genre of music. I highly recommend attending their performances.
I've watched this group perform on multiple occasions as well as performed with them myself! The members are wonderful to work with and each bring something incredible to the table. Their performance inspires those who watch and listen. It was an honor to get the chance to play with such talented members of the community, especially because of all they do to add to our community as a whole!