Articles Written By: jenn

Chef Rocco Carulli

Rocco CarulliHome is where the kitchen is for Rocco Carulli, the chef and owner of R House, Wynwood. Born in New Jersey and raised by immigrant parents from Southern Italy, food was always at the heart of the household. He’d regularly journey to the local market to pick the freshest ingredients, learned from his father how to butcher lambs, rabbits and chickens, and he would take joy in preparing fresh hand-made pasta for hours on end with his grandmother; Chef Rocco found solace in cooking.

At 19, he acquired his first job at Old Time Tavern, a family restaurant in his hometown, where he worked as a waiter and his infectious personality shined with the customers. Chef Rocco went on to attend Rutgers College to study accounting, but after taking multiple courses the young student realized he didn’t have a passion for numbers. After a three-year stint working at a local bank, he asked himself what he was really passionate about in life, and when he looked back on his most cherished memories, they were those of cooking in the kitchen and working in a restaurant. This is when Chef Rocco made the decision to begin his journey of becoming a professional chef.

Kicking off his cooking career at 24, Chef Rocco worked as a line cook at Rumble Seats restaurant. After a year, he enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York where he finally felt he was where he belonged. Once he graduated, the aspiring chef took his newfound skills to New York City to follow his dream of working in the fast-paced atmosphere and glamour of the Big Apple, after a demanding year passed, Chef Rocco relocated to a smaller town that still had its own unique charm; Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Once in Provincetown, he was hired as a sous chef at Café Edwige, a seasonal restaurant decorated with fine art, serving a menu of contemporary American cuisine. Due to its seasonal occupancy, Chef Rocco spent his winters living and working in various cities across the country including San Francisco and various parts of South Florida. After thirteen or three? seasons of moving back and forth, the multi-city chef desired a permanent home and decided to relocate to San Francisco full time. He returned to the front of the house taking positions as a bartender at Zuni  Café and, soon after,  Asia SF  where he learned  about various  wines and vineyards, and the craft of mixology and signature cocktails for the next two years.

At 32, Chef Rocco was presented with the opportunity of a lifetime; the owner at Café Edwige wanted to lease out the dinner space so he teamed up with the restaurant’s original chef, Steven Frappolli, and the two created Edwige at Night, running the restaurant together for six years. Managing front of house operations, Che Rocco eventually took full ownership of the dinner space. Hesitant to trust another chef, he decided to helm his own kitchen as the restaurant’s executive chef, conceptualizing the menu with a combination of classic favorites and new recipes.

For seven seasons, the one-man-show would run the kitchen by day and host guests at the front of house by night. In the quaint, 75-seat bistro, Carulli relished his ability to interact with the loyal customers that he’d come to know by name over the years. During the off-season, Carulli had established himself in Miami where he worked for the late developer Tony Goldman of Goldman Properties at WISH café in South Beach.

After many years of success with his seasonal venture, Chef Rocco felt it was time to seek a year-round project where he could showcase his front and back of house experience. With much encouragement from his family, friends and supporters, the talented chef and restaurateur decided to open his own restaurant R House in Wynwood, Miami’s eclectic neighborhood, which seemed like a natural location choice. Chef Rocco was drawn to the gritty, urban district and Goldman’s passion for the area’s reinvention. Feeling inspired, he decided to become a part of Wynwood’s makeover into a funky artist’s paradise and foodie haven.

Naturally, art has been incorporated into the restaurant, with Chef Rocco including a gallery in the space, that is now known as R HOUSE, or as locals affectionately know it, Rocco’s place. Inspired by his Italian heritage and experience working in new Californian farm to table restaurants, Chef Rocco has crafted a menu that focuses on Italian-American, family-style dishes made with fresh ingredients. R House is a perfect display of Chef Rocco’s culinary talent, vibrant personality and long-standing industry experience.

chef Miguel Aguilar

1491832704929-qnd5fiyoerb-d8c563cc878d5217ec53f037ae2174d6.jpgBorn in Venezuela, chef Aguilar came to WKB from Philadelphia, where he served as executive chef at Doug Rodriguez’s Alma de Cuba; catering chef for the venerable Stephen Starr and opening chef for el Rey Restaurant, dazzling Philadelphia’s food enthusiasts with his vibrant Nuevo latin flavors and flawless cooking technique. For Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, he has created a new menu and concept, incorporating great ingredients superb technique, and the subtly layered latino flavors he loves.To  close this season beautifully we have the honor to receive chef  Miguel Aguilar for delightful delicacies. 

Chef Odile N’gussan

gourmet-temptations-patisserie-surfside-macarons-cupcakes-traiteur-192-2147483641Gourmet Temptations is passion and artistry combined to formulate some of the most unique and creative pastries around.

We specialize in different types of pastries such as dome pastries, macarons, éclairs, cupcakes.

Odile, owner and pastry chef at Gourmet Temptations has had the opportunity to work alongside amongst several well-known pastry chefs in Paris in several establishments such as Angelina, Les Fées Patissières and Patisserie Bijou.

She established Gourmet Temptations to fulfill her passion and love for pastry.

Chef Stephane


With his degree from the National Superior School of Pastry «Alain Ducasse and Yves Thuriès» as a pastry chef, Stephane started working in different places while giving classes in a pastry school.

He left France in 2015 to work at «Le Chef» in Fort Lauderdale as a Pastry Chef.

When Stephane heard about Gourmet Temptations, he has been seduced by the audacious project led by Odile and decided to join the team.

Gregory Ritchey, Pianist

cab19c_2103cba243044b6594a22574c8ec35fcA versatile musician on the podium and at the keyboard, Conductor, Gregory Ritchey has held positions with prestigious companies both in the US and Internationally including the Wexford Opera Festival, Palm Beach Opera, the Amalfi Coast Music Festival and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Most notably in recent seasons, he has conducted productions of Le Nozze di Figaro, Turn of the Screw, Gianni Schicchi, and a workshop of Terance Blanchard’s world premiere opera, Champion.  During his time with Palm Beach Opera, he has been Chorus Master for more than twenty productions including Macbeth, Turandot, Don Giovanni, Pagliacci, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, La Boheme, L’Italiana in Algeri, L’elisir d’Amore, Nabucco, Orfeo ed Euridice as well as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Verdi’s Requiem.  A graduate of the incomparable Juilliard School of Music, Mr. Ritchey maintains an active chamber music, collaborative and solo piano career, performing throughout the United States and Europe. In a recent recital at the Wexford Festival, Opera News noted that Mr. Ritchey “partnered superbly at the piano.”  Mr. Ritchey has toured with renowned tenor, David Portillo, for a series of recitals in Florida and Texas, and has previously held music staff positions with outstanding companies across the US including the Dallas Opera, Central City Opera, Des Moines Opera, Bard Music Festival, Virginia Opera and Sarasota Opera.

Margaret Donaghue Flavin, clarinet

Margaret Donaghue Flavin has performed as chamber musician and soloist in more than a dozen countries across three continents. She has performed in major venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, the Concertgebouw, the Zurich Tonhalle, American Cathedral in Paris, St Martin-in-the-Fields, and The American Academy in Rome.

Chamber music recital venues include Paris, London, Rome, Boston, New York City, Honolulu, and Grand Cayman, as well others across  the US, Europe and Japan. Dr. Donaghue has appeared as soloist with the Shanghai Broadcast Symphony and the Shen Zhen Symphony, Shen Zhen, China, as well as the Russe State Philharmonic, Russe, Bulgaria.

She has performed at international conferences in Oslo, Norway; Manchester, England; Assisi, Italy; Chicago, Los Angeles, St Louis,  and New Orleans, among others. During a chamber music tour of Europe she performed the sextet L’Heure du Berger, with composer Jean Françaix at the piano.

Dr. Donaghue performs as clarinetist with PULSE Trio, an exciting and versatile chamber group, along with Scott Flavin, violin and Naoko Takao, piano. She also plays recorders for the early music ensemble, Impulso Barroco, the Baroque counterpart of PULSE,  committed to unique and engaging period performances. She is a founding member of MiamiClarinet and Miami Chamber Ensemble, and has performed across the United States and abroad with both ensembles.

Along with her husband, violinst/conductor Scott Flavin, Maggie is co-founder and Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Chamber Music Festival. BRCMF is a two-week  festival which takes place each June in Blue Ridge, Georgia.

Dr. Donaghue is Professor of Clarinet and Director of the Woodwind Program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Dr. Donaghue has recently served a three-year term as a member of the Fulbright National Screening Committee, and appears frequently as clinician and adjudicator.

She received the Doctor or Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois, the Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to coming to Miami, Dr. Donaghue served on the faculties of Central Michigan University and the University of Connecticut. She can be heard frequently on Public Radio, and has recorded for the Centaur, Albany, Altarus and Living Composers labels.

Charles Wesley Evans, baritone

Charles Wesley Evans

An elegant, mellifluous and expressive baritone” (New York Times), Charles Wesley Evans has been applauded by The Miami Herald as “the peak of the night’s solo work” and “a warm, strong baritone” by the Washington Post. Charles began singing professionally as a chorister at The American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey where he toured nationally and internationally, singing under the batons of notable conductors, John Williams, Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Vladimir Spivakov and Lorin Maazel. Mr. Evans maintains an active career as a concert soloist and professional choral singer and has recently made his Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall debuts.  His singing has been heard on a variety of broadcast throughout the United States and recorded on a number of notable recording labels.  Mr. Evans holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Brewton-Parker College in Mt. Vernon, GA with further study at the Boston Conservatory of Music and Westminster Choir College of Rider University.  Charles is currently on the voice faculty at the University of Tampa.

Anna Fateeva, piano

cab19c_5ff1c63211604c4da7ee2c418c54ae48Pianist Anna Fateeva performed in Russia, Finland, Scotland, Austria, Bulgaria, and USA. Ms. Fateeva collaborated with world-renowned baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, appeared in concerts with multiple Grammys’ winner Renée Fleming and operatic superstar Denyce Graves, performed recitals with mezzo-sopranos Vivica Genaux and Amanda Crider, as well as soprano Wendy Bryn Harmer among others. Ms. Fateeva appeared in numerous performances with twice Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire, and was a pianist for their recorded album Reincarnations. Most recently, Anna Fateeva was engaged in the production of Eugene Onegin with Florida Grand Opera. 

Anna Fateeva holds DMA from University of Miami, Professional Studies Certificate from Manhattan School ofMusic (studio of Warren Jones), and MM from the St.-Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia.

Support musimelange Today!

Sponsorship and other opportunities to support are available. Your support helps sustain musimelange’s musical performances, education programs, and community activities – all at the highest levels of musical excellence. No donations are too small! For every gift your name will be on every programs of musimelange (unless you prefer staying anonymous).

For every $1000 donations we will offer you 2 season packages + 15% off the bonus concert.



belle-epoque-flyer_4x6across-time-flyer02twilight_flyer_4x6

 

Monday, January 30, 2017: Nadine Asin, flute – Chauncey Patterson, viola and Karen Lindquist, harp.

Monday, March 13, 2017: Ciro Fodere, piano – Anne Chicheportiche, violin – Ashley Garritson, cello

Monday, April 24, 2017: Amanda Crider, mezzo-soprano – Sarah Gartshore, soprano – Javier Abreu, tenor -Jonathan Beyer, bass Anne Fateeva, piano and Anne Chicheportiche, violin

Get Tickets | Read Bios

 

 

What they say about musimelange

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ushers & Concert volunteers

musimelange seeks volunteers each season to assistant with concert and events.

Who We Need

  • Adult volunteers for Ushering Teams
  • High School and College students for Junior Volunteer Corps (JVC)

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Make a difference by supporting one of Miami’s greatest chamber music treasures
  • Enjoy music by our world class artists
  • Meet other music lovers who want to support our series

Expectations

  • Commitment to a team for the entire season
  • Be physically able to perform duties required
  • Provide outstanding customer service
  • Attend orientation/training as required

To Volunteer

To request information or to schedule an interview, please contact the Office Manager

  • Phone: 305-814-8141
  • email: info@musimelange.com

 

 

Visit Us On FacebookVisit Us On TwitterVisit Us On Youtube