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The Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble presents "Veinte de Mayo: A Celebration of Cuban Composers"

MIAMI (April 25, 2016)

The Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble presents "Veinte de Mayo: A Celebration of Cuban Composers" on Friday, May 20th inside the historic Stone House Ballroom. The concert will feature a musical journey of works by Cuban composers from the 19th-21st centuries, including rarely heard virtuosic works by leading nineteenth century Afro-Cuban violinists Brindis de Salas and Jose White y Laffite. The concert is at 8:00 pm with a Meet-the-Artists Reception at 7:30 pm.

This concert commemorates the traditional Cuban Independence Day (1902) with a program of works by Cuban composers spanning nearly three centuries, some to be heard for the first time in South Florida. Included are works by two world-renowned XIX century violinists: Brindis de Salas (1852-1911) and José White y Lafitte (1836-1918), the largely unknown pianist of Catalan descent, José Comellas (1842-1888) and Cecilia Arizti (1856-1930). The twentieth century is represented by Ernesto Lecuona (1896-1963), Alejandro García Caturla (1906-1940), Gilberto Valdés (1905-1971) and especially Aurelio de la Vega, whose 90th birthday was celebrated last year.  The program also includes a Miami premiere of Orlando García’s Cross currents, written for the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble.

The cost is $20 adults & $12 senior & student (K-12 & college with student I.D.). For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit the Deering Estate website or call 305-235-1668 ext. 233.

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.

Cultural Arts Programming is made possible 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
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to bird walks and guided nature hikes, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida.

This year, the Deering Estate celebrates 30 years of being on the National Register of Historic Places! #DiscoverMore history, art, culture, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate!