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.
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!