Friday, December 12, 2014



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Media contact: Brooke LeMaire
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
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Children’s Concert at Fairchild’s GardenMusic Festival


Coral Gables, FL, December 12, 2014 – The chamber music ensemble Sixth Floor Trio will once again bring two weeks of arts and culture to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden with the third GardenMusic Festival. From January 5 – 18, 2015, visitors can experience music spanning a diverse array of genres and centuries. Concerts will offer guests an immersive and personal experience to connect music with nature.

The Sixth Floor Trio – Teddy Abrams, Harrison Hollingsworth, and Johnny Teyssier – and the 2015 GardenMusic guest artists will perform genre-defying programs that range from classical chamber music to folk, rock, and Latin jazz. This year’s festival features four evening concerts and two children’s concerts, each carefully curated for the enjoyment of all ages.

“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 was a winner of a 2012 Knight Arts Challenge award from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Fairchild Board of Trustees Vice President Jennifer Buttrick launched the GardenMusic Festival in 2012 to bring awe-inspiring music to a lush tropical setting for all to enjoy. The inaugural event brimmed with full and short-form concerts, open rehearsals, choreographed dances, and an instrument “petting zoo” for children. The festival has continued to bloom with unique collaborations and the world premieres of works composed by GardenMusic artists.

GardenMusic Concerts & Ticketing
Concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. with pre-concert events at 6:00 p.m. Performances are held in the Lakeside Marquee near the Visitor Center. Tickets prices range from $0-$50 and vary by concert; they are available online at www.fairchildgarden.org/gardenmusic or by phone at 305-663-8077.

Friday, January 9, 7:00 p.m. – Opening Night Concert
This year’s GardenMusic lineup debuts with a mix of genres including classical, jazz, rock, and folk music. Featured artists include award-winning folk musicians Aoife O’Donovan (vocalist) and Jeremy Kittel (violinist and fiddler). Performances include Chick Corea’s “Spain” and Dvorak’s “Piano Quintet.”

Sunday, January 11, 7:00 p.m. – The Sacred, Profane, and Spiritual
Listen as musicians explore the timeless themes of spirituality, piety, and irreverence from composers across the centuries, including works by Osvaldo Golijov, Bach, Liszt, and Berlioz.

Saturday, January 17, 7:00 p.m.Experimentation: Making New Out of Old
See how new music has been inspired by works that preceded it. This concert explores the breadth of ways that music has been revitalized and expanded upon with folk tunes, modern interpretations of Baroque pieces, and new compositions by GardenMusic artists.

Sunday, January 18, 7:00 p.m – A Gozar! Grooves in the Garden feat. Tiempo Libre
This exciting final concert features the Grammy-nominated and Miami-based ensemble Tiempo Libre, known for high-energy timba music and introducing the music styles of their native Cuba to international audiences. They have performed on The Tonight Show, Dancing With the Stars, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and more. The concert also includes new jazz works by GardenMusic artists.

Children’s Concerts
Saturday, January 10 and Saturday, January 17 at 10:30 a.m.
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
To donate to GardenMusic for the continuation of incredible music at low ticket prices, please contact Natalie White at 305-663-8091 or email nwhite@fairchildgarden.org.

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, and Orchid 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