Sometimes you hear a group and you go, "That was nice." And sometimes you hear something that move you to clap louder than you ever have before, cry just a little or smile more broadly than you have in a long time. Sunday, May 20, 2018 the youth of the Miami Children's Chorus evoked those emotions and more in their season ending concert.
The graduating seniors spoke recalled memories of their time in the MCC and gave thanks to those who nurtured them along. The six graduates averaged 8 years in the MCC. We will certainly miss their leadership, their commitment, their artistic excellence and most of all their beautiful character. We wish them well as they start a new chapter of their lives.
The ADV Chorus started the afternoon with the dulcet tones of On suuri sun rantas autius. The solo by Alexandra Berros was a very moving way to begin the concert. Their set closed with an inspiring The Lord's Prayer. The INT Chorus took us on a musical journey that included American folk songs; a German folk song; a cuban son; and for good measure a South African Freedom Song. There dancing and diction were impeccable. Then came the BEG Chorus with a stellar diverse offering that highlighted their tremendous growth. They sang unison, 2-pt and 3-pt. songs. From the first song taught in a public school – O Music by Lowell Mason – to Sally Gardens, Crawdad Hole and Galop they wowed the audience with their spirited singing.
2017-2018 saw the commission of two new works for the MCC. Réfugié Mon Frère (Sydney Guillaume) and La Esperanza del Caminante were given there second performance at Let the Children Sing. Well-crafted works were given a well-nuanced rendering by the string quartet, percussionist that joined the choristers of the MCC. Thank you to the Miami Foundation and Miami-Dade County (Youth Arts Miami Grant) for your support of these new works.
Stellar World Premier Offerings!
The MCC concert An Immigrant's Journey was highlighted by the stellar world premier performance of Réfugié Mon Frère (Sydney Guillaume) and La Esperanza del Caminante (Cristian Grases). The chorus sang with a passion and fervor that complimented the well-crafted commissioned offerings. They were complimented exquisitely by the Bergonzi String Quartet who opened the afternoon with a work by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Punto from Danzas de Panama by William Grant Still, and an arrangement by 1st Violinist Scott Flavin of Danza Ecuatoriana. Their magnificent playing displayed a high level of artistry and gave positive energy to the choristers.
An Immigrant's Journey sought to pay homage to communities often viewed in a negative light in our community. One audience member welcomed the intention by the MCC with: "The inclusion of songs in both French and Spanish; recognizing the Haitian community for their work and valuable asset to the community." Respect and empathy were our goals and we set a path to show that through this event.
Want to use your voice like a star? Then you should be a member of the Miami Children's Chorus. Request for new auditions are now being received for the MCC 2018-2019 Season. With new community projects, a children's opera featuring alumni soloists and singing at some of the best venues in Miami-Dade County, MCC is still the one for developing vocal excellence for youth age 8-18. Visit our website to learn how you can join the MCC 2018-2019 Season. http://miamichildrenschorus.org/join-explore-mcc/
When a culmination of a year's worth of artistic development occurs, you get the artistry and excellence of the Miami Children's Chorus like no other ensemble can perform. See and hear the young people of the MCC Sunday, May 20, 2018 4:00PM at the First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables – 536 Coral Way. Tickets can be purchased securely on the MCC website.
Reviews of their last show include: "The shows are really, really good. Keep it up.!" "I was very impressed with the whole concert." "Voices and music, excellent!"
See and hear it for yourself as each ensemble demonstrates the progression of excellence that occurs in the development of the voices in the MCC. Hear how some choristers have participated for ten years and the impact MCC has had on their young lives. With a healthy respect for the diverse cultures in our community, MCC pays tribute to them with the second performance of the commissioned works Réfugié Mon Frère and La Esperanze del Caminante.
Click the event calendar to purchase your tickets today for Let the Children Sing.
Rescheduled for Sunday, May 6, 2018 4:00PM at All Souls' Episcopal Church 4025 Pine Tree DR
The conception of An Immigrant's Journey started in the Miami Children's Chorus many years ago. From its diverse programming to its commissioned works, MCC has understood the value of inclusion. This project, sponsored in part by The Miami Foundation through its Community Grants program, seeks to build community by focusing on two populations – Haiti and Venezuela.
Composer Sydney Guillaume states: "We have to get past thinking of Haiti only in terms of hurricanes and election monitoring." This is the 7th MCC commission of Mr. Guillaume. Praised by the Miami Herald for their “impressive maturity and striking melodic distinction”, Sydney Guillaume’s compositions are known to be intricate, challenging and yet highly spirited. They promote human values and are full of heart and passion. His latest piece for MCC Réfugié Mon Frère exemplifies that standard in a momentous way. It is written for string quartet, piano and children's chorus.
Composer Cristian Grases is an Associate Professor in the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Most recently he conducted the 2018 Florida All-State Middle School Treble Chorus in a groundbreaking program that featured a brand new composition written by him for the occasion. For the MCC he has crafted La Esperanza del Caminante. It is also written for string quartet, piano and children's chorus. Dr. Grases says, "For us migrants, parting with one’s home is an experience filled with internal conflict. It implies leaving all that is familiar: our family and friends, our food, our culture and traditions, our language, our scenery and smells, our weather, our music, and so much more. Even though leaving our countries might be a necessary choice, it is filled with nostalgia."
This concert will take place 4:00PM Sunday, May 6, 2018 at All Souls' Episcopal Church in Miami Beach. Tickets are $20 for adults and $7 for MCC Alumni, Children and Seniors.
Members of the Miami Children's Chorus will join Orchestra Miami for a magical presentation of Mozart's The Magic Flute. The opera will be performed in English with three performances at the Miami's Scottish Rite Temple – 471 NW 3rd ST.
Choristers from the MCC will play the role of the three spirits. They help Tamino weave his way along his journey. Perhaps the most magical moment is when they save Papageno from a tragic ending by suggesting that he play his magic bells. When he does Papagena appears and they sing a memorable duet on their want of a large family.
All performances will take place at the Scottish Rite Temple:
Friday, May 11, 2018 • 8:00PM
Saturday, May 12, 2018 • 2:00PM
Sunday, May 13, 2018 • 2:00PM
Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.orchestramiami.org/magic-flute
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MIAMI, FL • March 8, 2018
The Miami Children’s Chorus regrets to announce that the upcoming concert event – An Immigrant’s Journey – scheduled for Sat., March 10, 2018 7:00PM at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach, has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. The concert will be rescheduled for a later date. All tickets purchased for this concert will be honored at that time.
We apologize for the postponement and the inconvenience this may have caused but look forward to making an exceptional presentation at a later date and time. Please keep in touch with us via social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or via the MCC website for more information.
You know the feeling you get when you start singing along to a song you hear on the radio? Whether young or aging gracefully its something we all have done – and felt good doing.
The Miami Children's Chorus invites you to add your voice to Sing on the Beach 2018 11:30AM Sat., Feb. 24, 2018 at the North Beach Bandshell – 7275 Collins AVE. For one hour you can join in the singing and hear some outstanding developing young artists. This event is open to the public and presented free of charge.
The Miami Children’s Chorus is supported, in part, by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the City of Coral Gables; the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; The Miami Foundation; the Miami Marlins Foundation and Citizens Interested in Arts, Inc.
An inspiring afternoon was had by all as boy's from Tampa to Miami came together to work with vocal expert Fernando Malvar-Ruiz for Bring on the Boy's 2018 presented by the Miami Children's Chorus. Boy's with changed and unchanged voices learned the mechanics of their voice, the value of working together to achieve a goal and a manifestation of their self-worth.
Maestro Malvar-Ruiz stated, "The voice is a very personal thing. When working with the boys you must have empathy and respect for them. As they navigate the changes in their voice, they need the security that all is well and developing in a normal, healthy way."
ABOUT THE MIAMI CHILDREN'S CHORUS
Bring on the Boy's is an event sponsored by the Miami Children's Chorus. The Miami Children’s Chorus is supported, in part, by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the City of Coral Gables; the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; The Miami Foundation; The Rotary Club of Key Biscayne Foundation; the Miami Marlins Foundation and Citizens Interested in Arts, Inc.
Newly Commissioned Works
Happy New Year! May 2018 bring you much joy, peace and happiness!
The MCC holiday season was filled with gifts of love by supporters and contributors closing out 2017 and by newly arrived gifts from composers Sydney Guillaume and Cristian Grases. Réfugié, Mon Frère (Guillaume) and La Esperanza Del Caminante (Grases) are the latest works commissioned by the MCC. Both were written for the MCC project An Immigrant's Journey. This project – sponsored in part by The Miami Foundation – seeks to build community through song. We seek to spark a community conversation with our youth that will lead to greater empathy and substantive understanding of segments in our community often seen in a negative light.
This project of the MIami Children's Chorus is supported, in part, by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the City of Coral Gables; the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; The Miami Foundation; the Miami Marlins Foundation; the City of Coral Gables and Citizens Interested in Arts, Inc.
MCC is excited to announce that Fernando Malvar-Ruiz – an expert on training boy's voices – will lead Bring on the Boy's 2018. A former Music Director of the distinguished American Boychoir and future Music Director of the Los Angeles Children's Chorus, Fernando will guide boys with changed and unchanged voices at Miami-Dade College Kendall Campus Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 9:00AM to 1:00PM. The day will conclude with a public informance.
Sign up today by downloading and completing the registration form or calling 305.662.7494 to complete your registration. Cost is $20 per participant with a group price of $15 when registering 5 boys together. You won't want to miss this rare opportunity to learn from one of the best young voice experts in the country. Register now! We look forward to seeing you Sat., Feb. 3rd at 9:00AM.
Miami Children's Chorus is holding new auditions for the second half of its 2017-2018 Season. Audition dates are:
Tues., JAN 16th
Thurs., JAN 18th
Tues., JAN 23rd
Thurs., JAN 25th
Scheduled appointments begin at 4:00PM. Complete an audition request form online today to schedule your appointment to audition for the MCC.
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Use this link – smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7250811 – and Amazon donates a percentage of your purchase to the Miami Children's Chorus. Thank you in advance for your support of the MCC.
"What sweeter music can we bring, Than a carol for to sing?" These words by poet Robert Herrick sum up the joy one feels when listening to the sound of children's voices during the holiday season. The MCC Annual Holiday Concert – Voices of Angels – will evoke great joy as we share with you the music of the holiday season by all three ensembles. Composers past and present, traditional and contemporary will be on full display by the artistry and excellence of the children of the MCC.
Voices of Angels will take place Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, 4:00PM at the First United Methodist Church of Coral of Coral Gables – 536 Coral Way. Tickets – $25 General Admission | $10 Children (age 5-18), MCC Alumni & Senior Citizens [Available through Golden Ticket Program] • Call MCC 305.662.7494 for information. Tickets can be purchased securely directly on the MCC website.
Sunday, November 5, 2017 the youth of the Miami Children's Chorus presented Bach to Basics with alumni guest artist Frances Collins-Tamargo, soprano and a stellar group of instrumentalists led by MCC principal accompanist Alan Ngim. Singing the music of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi the audience was taken on a journey of music from the Baroque period. Singing solo works, chorales, excerpts from cantata's and masses, it was a wonderful afternoon of artistic music-making by the children of the MCC.
Without question, the highlight of the afternoon was the singing by soprano Frances Collins-Tamargo. Frances gave a passionate and inspiring performance in each and every work she performed. As one audience member wrote: "This was the most beautiful choral concert I have heard in years. Not a 10 but higher. Frances Collins-Tamargo gave me chills." Maestro Sharp commented: "Thank you Frances for sharing your performing excellence with the MCC. Your preparation, stage presence and singing were a joy for the current choristers to witness. I could not be more proud of how much you continue to grow as an artist. Bravo!"
"As I said this past weekend, you and your kids really made the show a massive success. The oohs and ahhs that came from the audience told the story of the evening and I can't imagine a better ending for the opera than what you helped us create. Thank you for being the difference maker for our production. I hope we can work with each other on this again for 2018 and beyond." Graham Fandrei, Executive Director, Magic City Opera
Joining local professionals in a production by Magic City Opera, MCC appeared in 4 performances of Hansel and Gretel in the month of October. In what MCO hopes will become a South Florida tradition, hundreds of audience members young and old filled the performing space at Pinecrest Gardens and the Olympia Theater. They were treated to some outstanding singing and given a chance to "Trick-or-Treat" with the cast at the end of each show. Thank you Magic City Opera for a fabulous experience. We look forward to working with you some more in promoting "The Big Five."
At the stroke of midnight – in the first second of Thur., Nov. 16, 2017 – you can make a difference in the lives of young singers in our community with your support of the Miami Children's Chorus. The choristers age 8-18 have been very busy honing their craft and making presentations in the community. Now you can help them continue their growth by making a contribution in their honor.
To go to the MCC page to donate, click on the link. Your support will help provide funds for our choral music education and performance program as we commission new works, provide free community singalongs and prepare the next generation of artists and supporters of the arts with a high quality offering.
Give Miami Day is one of the largest annual giving events in the Southeast United States. It is conducted by The Miami Foundation with local corporate support.
Mix a wonderful group of children in three levels of ensemble with master song leader Nick Page; outstanding alumni and guest artists – Frances Collins-Tamargo and Johann Sebastian Guzman; the incredible Bergonzi String Quartet; newly commissioned works by composers Cristian Grases and Sydney Guillaume; a new project titled An Immigrant's Journey; newly-appointed Los Angeles Children's Chorus Artistic Director; Maestro Fernando Malvar-Ruiz; and four annual concerts with free family sing-alongs and what do you get – the Miami Children's Chorus exciting 2017-2018 Season.
Rehearsals for the season have begun. Hurricane Irma dealt us a minor setback but we forge ahead creating excellence each and every week. Find out how you can join us by calling 305.662.7494 today. Check out our calendar of events. We invite you to experience the masterful music-making of the children of the MCC for yourself starting October 2017.
Sun., Nov. 5th 4:00PM the Miami Children's Chorus is pleased to welcome alum Frances Collins-Tamargo as its featured soloist for Artistry of Youth 2017. Appearing on "Bach to Basics", Frances will share her musical excellence on pieces by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and more along with the Advanced Chorus. Click Read More below to get your tickets today for Bach to Basics. Call 305-662-7494 to learn more about welcoming home Frances Collins-Tamargo.
The Miami Children's Chorus will be holding auditions for new singers for the 2017-2018 Season thru September. Secure your spot in this award-winning program today. Be a part of the artistry and excellence that is the hallmark of the MCC. Group vocal training, sight-reading, developing artistry and disciplined effort are all a part of the MCC offering.
The MCC NE Tour included Serenade 2017 which afforded MCC the opportunity to sing at the Kennedy Center. With an impressive display of artistry and passion, the choristers wowed the audience with their performance on the Millennium Stage. Their eclectic program offering showed the depth of emotive power and excellence when all works well. Hear for yourself their artistry and excellence.
MCC STATUS UPDATE 09.16.17 REV 3
Made the rounds today to find out how the routes were looking getting to and from rehearsal. Tough navigating the roads with street lights out and streets blocked off because of down trees near Riviera. As of today power has not been restored to the MCC office so we have not been able to respond to your calls as we would like to.
For now we will aim for rehearsals starting Wed., Sept. 20, 2017 for all MCC ensembles. If there is a dramatic shift in the fortunes we will let you know as soon as possible.
We hope that you have weathered Hurricane Irma without to much damage. Many are still without power and FPL is working hard to restore power to everyone by Tues. in Miami-Dade County.
We look forward to seeing you and to making music again. The challenges are ahead of us. Your commitment and artistry will help us get through them together with the same excellence you have consistently demonstrated. Until then!
MCC STATUS UPDATE 09.13.17 REV 2
We hope all our MCC chorister families, staff, Board and friends made it through the storm without much difficulty. It's no fun being without power for sure. Our office and rehearsal site are still without power. Our 21st Century world also reminds us how tied to technology we are. Limited connectivity, limited phone access ["Can I at least get 2 bars?"], and the like. As we pass the time with our families and friends we reconnect before the steady pace of life and routine starts again. We are hoping to resume rehearsals again starting Mon., Sept. 18, 2017. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon!
The Children's Trust Family Expo 2017 scheduled for Sat., Sept. 9th has been postponed due to the threat of Hurricane Irma. It will be rescheduled for a date yet to be determined. Be safe my friends!