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Fairchild's GardenMusic Festival
Fairchild's GardenMusic Festival

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When: Saturday, March 24, 2012 - Sunday, April 1, 2012

 For information on the exciting upcoming season of Fairchild's GardenMusic Festival, which will take place January 9-19, 2014, please click here!  

Free admission to Sunday's concert!

The mission of Fairchild GardenMusic is to bring the highest-quality and most exciting chamber music to South Florida, to create a powerfully immersive experience for visitors to Fairchild that will connect music with the garden space and other artistic disciplines to foster the collaborative and creative spirit between musicians and artists in other genres, and to provide engaging and stimulating educational opportunities for young people at Fairchild. 

GardenMusic’s educational and musical programs were developed byTeddy Abrams, Harrison Hollingsworth and Johnny Teyssier, the members of the Sixth Floor Trio, who met while studying at the Curtis Institute of Music.  

Throughout the Festival week, visitors to Fairchild will be treated to chamber music through open, outdoor rehearsals and "surprise" concerts during the day. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet and engage the musicians, experiencing music on an intimate and personal level. The subscription concerts will allow for a more traditional chamber music experience surrounded by the beauty of Fairchild.

Subscription Concert Dates:

Opening Night Concert, Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
The Opening Concert will primarily feature the Sixth Floor Trio also featuring additional artists in residence at GardenMusic. The repertoire will range from Brahms to bluegrass, original compositions to rock covers, klezmer to a West Side Story medley. 

History of Music, Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
The second subscription performance, on Wednesday, March 28th, is called "The History of Chamber Music." In creating this program, Artistic Directors the Sixth Floor Trio wove together a seamless thread of works tracing the origins of this genre from the earliest folk and church music through the major core eras and closing with the 21st century. This program will build a very beautiful and powerful arc built on small tastes of many different styles and flavors (a sort of tasting menu!). Repertoire includes arrangements of ancient choral and Renaissance dance music, Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Debussy, Shostakovich, Barber and more!

Collaborations, Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
The Collaborations concert, on Thursday, March 29th, will feature joint presentations with several talented Miami artists from City Theatre, Scott Cunningham, filmmakers from the Miami International Film Festival, and a poet from the O, Miami Poetry Festival. The program will finish with a fully-staged version of Stravinsky's dramatic masterpiece "L'Histoire du Soldat."

Finale/Celebration, Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. -FREE!
On Sunday, April 1st, GardenMusic will close with Celebration, the final performance of the 2012 Festival. This evening will include several epic and exciting works including the Schumann Piano Quartet, Schoenfield's Cafe Music, and the “Sixth Floor" septet by the Festival’s own Teddy Abrams.   

Concert for Kids

Saturday, March 31 at 10:30 a.m. -FREE!

Bring the whole family! With a program designed especially for kids, this morning's interactive performance will satisfy every kid and kid-at-heart. Featuring the Sixth Floor Trio and special guests–including a rockin’ rhythm section and jazz vocalist Jo Lawry–this performance will have you clapping, stomping, singing, and laughing right along with the musicians.

Ticket Information

Free admisson to the Sunday concert Finale/Celebration.

Concert for Kids: Free for Members; Non-members: $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up and $12 for children 6-17



Artistic Directors

Sixth Floor Trio
    -Teddy Abrams
    -Harrison Hollingsworth
    -Johnny Teyssier 

Artistic and Operations Manager
Leah Hollingsworth

Resident Artists

Sebastian Chang, Resident Composer/Piano/Electric Guitar
Owen Dalby, Violin
Julio Elizalde, Piano
Nathan Farrington, Bass
Gabe Glonus-Hoenich, Percussion/Drumset
Michael Katz, Cello
Joanne Lawry, Jazz Singer
Achilles Liarmakopoulos, Trombone
Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, Violin/Viola
Jordon Tice Trio
    -Simon Chrisman, Hammer Dulcimer
    -Paul Kowert, Double Bass
    -Jordan Tice, Guitar

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