Fairchild's GardenMusic Festival Brings Chamber Music to Life

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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Media contact: Lisa Palley
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Media contact: Brooke LeMaire
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
305-667-1651, ext. 3392

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Coral Gables, FL, December 16, 2013 – Set amongst the natural beauty of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, the chamber music ensemble Sixth Floor Trio takes up residence from January 9 – 19, 2014 for the second GardenMusic Festival with a full slate of diverse programs designed and created to explore the boundaries between time and musical styles.

The Sixth Floor Trio – Teddy Abrams, Harrison Hollingsworth, and Johnny Teyssier – and the 2014 GardenMusic guest artists will perform boundary-blasting programs thatrange from jazz and classical to traditional folk, Broadway, and Latin jazz. Four eveningperformances, each creatively programmed around a unique theme, complemented by anevening of Broadway and a children’s concert, will round out this year’s festival.

“Our aim is to pair one of Miami’s most beautiful settings with world-class music-making, bringing together tremendously talented and engaging musicians from around the world in a schedule of programs that cross the spectrum of time and musical styles,” said Teddy Abrams of the Sixth Floor Trio. The GardenMusic Festival is a winner of a 2012 Knight Arts Challenge award from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Board of Trustees Vice President Jennifer Buttrick launched the GardenMusic Festival in 2012 to bring music to the Garden and the community. The Sixth Floor Trio developed the musical programming for the 2012 festival as well. The inaugural event was brimming with all types of musical celebrations, including full and short-form concerts, open rehearsals, choreographed dances, and an instrument “petting zoo” for children.                                                       

For more info, please visit www.gardenmusicfestival.com or www.fairchildgarden.org

GardenMusic Concerts and Ticketing

The following four concerts are in the Lakeside Marquee near the Visitor Center. Each show will have pre-concert events from 6:00-6:30 p.m., including performances, recitals, and demonstrations. Tickets are available by phone at 305-663-8091 or online at www.gardenmusicfestival.com/tickets. Lawn seating is free for Fairchild members and $5 for non-members. Tent seating is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Premium seating with tables is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

Thursday, January 9, 7:00 p.m. – Opening Night Concert

As an introduction to the Sixth Floor Trio and the 2014 GardenMusic artists, this program will traverse the musical landscape with a wide range of music, from a world premiere and original compositions to traditional folk music and classical favorites like Schubert’s Death and the Maiden and Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 1.

Saturday, January 11, 7:00 p.m. – Stories Told Through Music

This program will demonstrate music’s relationship with storytelling in two parts: first, the music of Schubert, Stravinsky, Strauss, and John Adams present different styles of musical narrative. Second, a set of Bluegrass and folk music led by renowned fiddler Jeremy Kittel will be a beautifully-curated journey of virtuosity and artistry.                               

Tuesday, January 14, 7:00 p.m.  The Edge: Music That Pushed the Boundaries of Its Time

Many of the great classical works now considered standards caused riots and scandals in their time; this concert will present brilliant music that inspired audiences to listen in new ways. From ancient African drumming to the cutting-edge works of Bach & Beethoven, the program will also feature a collaboration with the Miami native, award-winning visual artist Michele Oka Doner and a world premiere by GardenMusic resident composer Sebastian Chang.

Sunday, January 19, 7:00 p.m – A Jazzy Night

This program celebrates the intersection of the worlds of jazz and classical music. Bartók and Ravel are paired with jazz standards, contemporary jazz, and Latin jazz for a high-energy and inspiring concert.

Special Concerts

Friday, January 17, 7:00 p.m. – Broadway in the Garden With Morgan James

Broadway star and singer Morgan James (Motown the Musical, Godspell) transports you through New York's great musical eras with her extraordinary vocal prowess – merging soul, jazz, R&B, and Broadway tunes in a fresh and exciting way. Ms. James joins the GardenMusic resident musicians for this special concert in the Glasshouse Café. Tickets are $150.


Saturday, January 18 at 10:30 a.m. – Children’s Concert

Families can enjoy a fun-filled hour of musical education and engagement for children of all ages. This presentation is free for Fairchild members and is included with regular garden admission for non-members.


Donating to the GardenMusic Festival

As one of the winners of the Knight Arts Challenge Miami, Fairchild and the Sixth Floor Trio received a matching grant to strengthen its music program. In order to receive funding for the GardenMusic Festival, the $150,000 grant must be matched by reaching out to donors and music lovers. To donate to GardenMusic, please contact Natalie White at 305-663-8091 or emailnwhite@fairchildgarden.org. Sponsorship opportunities are listed online.

About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Established in 1938 and comprising 83 acres in Miami, Fla., Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. The world-renowned plant collections feature palms, cycads, orchids, tropical fruit trees and more. Fairchild has the largest education program of any metropolitan area, reaching more than 200,000 schoolchildren each year with environmental programs like The Fairchild Challenge. It aims to inspire a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so that all can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world. Special events include Chocolate, Mango, Orchid and Edible Garden Festivals in addition to an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant sales and more. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. For more info, call 305-667-1651 or visit www.fairchildgarden.org. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest