News and Upcoming Performances

Season 9 Changing our World (more) begins October 20 at the Miramar Cultural Center  

Program 1 – LGBT rights

October 20 @4pm Miramar Cultural Center/November 9 @ 2 pm The Bailey Pompano Beach
LGBT rights concert celebrating National Coming Out Day,  features collaborations between  LGBT composers and their romantic interests: e Tchaikovsky and Pushkin in the opera Eugene Onegin, the tenor Peter Pears with composer Benjamin Britten in Serenade, Ethel Smyth and Harld B. Brewster in The Wereckers, Copland and Erik Johns Tender Land, Charles Griffes and Nikolaus Lenau in By a Lonely Forest Pathway, and Samuel Barber and Gian Carlo Menotti in the opera Vanessa.  

Program 2- Refugee Crisis

November 10 @4pm All Saints Episcopal

Refugee Crisis features a new commission by Shawn Crouch called Sanctuary City featuring guest artist Jennifer Grim and Brahms’ Blessed are They from German Requiem and Glazunov’s Symphonic Elegy: In Memory of a Hero.

Sunday, November 10 All Saints Episcopal Church, Fort Lauderdale

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Program 3 – Prison Reform

February 1 @ 2pm  The Bailey Pompano Beach/February 8 @4pm Miramar Cultural Center

Prison Reform is a partnership with the Innocence Project of Florida. This program features music by composers who were imprisoned as well as music about wrongful imprisonment. Works include O Death rock me to sleep by Anne Boleyn, selections from Fidelio by Beethoven, Gynmopedie No. 1 by Erik Satie, E Lucevan le stelle from Puccini’s Tosca, selections from Handel’s Messiah, Ethel Smyth’s The Prison, and stories of wrongful imprisonment of South Florida residents set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. 

Program 4 –Disability Rights

March 15 @4pm Miramar Cultural Center /March 21 @ 2pm The Bailey Pompano Beach

Disability Rights is a partnership with Arts4All Florida, an organization dedicated to providing arts education and arts integration programs to people with disabilities, taking place on World Poetry Day, March 21, 2020. We are asking Broward County School students with disabilities in grades k-12 to submit poems to us and with the help of Arts4All Florida we will select up to ten poems to be read by their authors and set to music by the South Florida Chamber Ensemble. The rest of the concert will include music by composers with disabilities including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Rodrigo’s Concierto d’Aranjuez, Gustav Holst’s The Planets, and Robert Schumann’s Konzerstucke for Four Horns, featuring the Junior Ensemble Horn Quartet. The onstage program notes will include information about each composer’s disability and how they were able to overcome it in order to be a successful composer. 


Program 5 –  The Pied Pipers of Clean Water

April 19 @4pm Miramar Cultural Center/May 9 @ 2 pm The Bailey Pompano Beach

The Pied Pipers of Clean Water is a partnership with Water Aid USA and focuses on clean water and sanitation across the globe as well as on Water Aid’s Female Plumbers Program. The program includes The Moldau from Smetana’s Ma Vlast followed by music by female composers including: Amy Beach, Margaret Bonds,  Cecile Chaminade and Rebecca Clarke.  In addition, we will host a photo exhibit of images from called Water for Empowerment based on Water Aid’s case studies.

Our European Tour was a great success.  We gave 4 performances in five days across three countries, serving seniors, children and adults with disabilities.  We also had the opportunity to present our 2019-2020 Light Prize to Golden Globe Nominated actor Tobias Menzies.  Be sure to watch him in the upcoming season of The Crown as he takes over the role of Prince Philip.

Congratulations to SFCE 2018-19 Light Prize Winner Nestor Torres

Grant Awards- FAB! and the Frederick DeLuca Foundation

We received our first grant from the Frederick DeLuca foundation to work with Meals on Wheels and Impact Broward to feed children this summer.  Our project, Quatro, brings four art forms to the children including literature, music, dance and fashion design.  Students learn about world culture while they eat lunch and make musical instruments from the packaging of their lunch, create a costume and perform a cultural dance.

The South Florida Chamber Ensemble receives a grant from FAB!(Funding Arts Broward) for our ninth season, Changing Our World More.  Executive Director Myrna Meeroff with members of Brazilian voices at award ceremony. 

Season 9 begins October 2019

We are continuing our work with a second season of Changing Our World, including LGBT rights, the refugee crisis,  prison reform, disability rights and clean water.  Season 9 also sees the return of the SFCE to the Pompano Beach Cultural Center as well as a continuation of our series at the Miramar Cultural Center.  Tickets available starting August 1, 2019.

Congratulations to our own Myrna Meeroff who was named a finalist for the fifth year in a row for ArtsEd Forever  Broward Teaching Artist of the Year.