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For Immediate Release:
January 27, 2015
Media Contact:
Cathy Guerra

Chamber Music Concert ''Classical America'' at the Deering Estate at Cutler

(MIAMI, January 27, 2015) - The 2014-2015 Season of the Living Artist Concert Series presents a Chamber Music Concert “Classical America” on Sunday, February 22, at 5:30 p.m., with a meet-the-artist reception at 5 p.m. The concert will feature the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble founding members, with guest violinist Charles Castleman, presenting works of America’s classical musical legacy - from the late Romantics to the music of Miami-based composer Juraj Kojs. There will also be a string Master Class on Saturday, February 21, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with world-renowned pedagogue, violinist Charles Castleman and top young string players of South Florida. The Master Class is free with regular Estate admission: $12 for adults and $7 for children (ages 4-14).

Tickets are $25 for adults & $12 for students (K-12 & college with student I.D.) Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668 ext. 233. Please note that tickets are non-refundable.

The Living Artist Concert Series (LACS) combines ensemble performances with lectures, visual art exhibits, environmental awareness and interpretive programs. It acquaints the public with the best of South Florida's artistic spirit through collaborations with faculty from the University of Miami and Florida International University, principal players of regional, national, and international professional orchestras, top youth performers and national/international guest composers. Concerts are held in the historic Stone House Ballroom - which provides intimate seating for 125 guests and has superb natural acoustics for chamber music.

The Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble is comprised of founding members: Jose R. Lopez, piano (Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, Florida International University), Ross Harbaugh, cello (University of Miami), and Laura Wilcox, viola. This ensemble came together out of a mutual respect for nature and the beautiful Deering Estate with a love to perform chamber music, work with living composers, and interact with history, nature and other art forms.

Thanks to The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc. and Miami-Dade Parks, the ensemble has been able to fulfill a unique partnership with The Deering Estate at Cutler. From different parts of the Americas and sharing in vast musical experiences worldwide, The Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble brings its audiences diverse listening experiences. The ensemble is in their eighth season (2014-2015) and through a commitment to education, the ensemble looks forward to presenting public master-classes and lectures for audiences of all ages.

With support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and the Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.

About the Deering Estate at Cutler

The Deering Estate at Cutler, a Miami-Dade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue in Miami. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. Historic house tours are offered daily at 10:30 am & 3:00 pm and a Natural Areas Tour is offered daily at 12:30 pm (October – May). Both the Historic House Tour and the Natural Areas Tour are Free with regular admission to the Estate. DeeringAdventure Tours are also offered throughout the year for an additional fee. For more information on the Deering Estate's educational and cultural programs, please visit