News and Upcoming Performances

What’s on in the month of January

Program 3 – Prison Reform

February 1 @ 2pm  Bailey Contemporary Arts, 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, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Flute Sonata, selections from Handel’s Messiah, Ethel Smyth’s The Prison, and stories of wrongful imprisonment of South Florida residents.

Children’s Programs this month include:       

1/31 Mount Nebo 9:30-10:15 Can Dr. King Sing?

1/31 Hallandale Beach Library 11-11:45  Can Dr. King Sing? (open to the public)

2/6 LA Lee YMCA 3:30-4:15   Aggayu and Shango

2/6 Sunland Park Elementary 4:30-5:15 Aggayu and Shango

2/11 Gulfstream Early Learning Center  9:30-10:15 Don Quixote

2/11  LA Lee YMCA 11:15-12 Don Quixote

2/13  Center for Active Aging Deerfield  (Spanish/French/English) 10-11 

2/17 War Memorial Youth Center, Coral Gables 9:30-10:15 Aggayu and Shango

2/21   North Regional/BC Library 9:30 and 10:30 (open to the public) Aggayu and Shango

2/23 Coral Gables Library 11:30-12:30 30 Minute Theater- Three groups go head to head setting Snow White in three different countries.

2/28 Mount Nebo 9:30-10:15 Aggayu and Shango

2/28 Hallandale Beach Library 11-11:45  Aggayu and Shango (open to the public)

2/22 North Regional/BC Library Special one day performance of Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha featuring live music,  singing and dance.  3-4pm (open to the public) 


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 Maria Theresia von Paradis. 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 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.  With photo exhibit and a video from Water Aid America and new composition by award winning film composer Ros Gilman.

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.

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