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Robert Weiner

Robert Weiner

Robert Weiner has been the Professor of Oboe at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music since 1998. In addition to his duties at Frost, he is the Principal Oboist of the Florida Grand Opera and other orchestras in the South Florida area. Previous orchestral positions have included principal positions with the Oklahoma Symphony and the Mexico City Philharmonic. Additionally, he has performed as Guest Principal Oboe with the St. Louis Symphony, Florida Philharmonic and New York City Ballet Orchestra, among others. Teaching positions have included Cornell University, the University of Oklahoma and the Conservatorio Ollin Yolistli in Mexico City. He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician countless times in the United States and Mexico. Acknowledged as an expert in specific areas of oboe playing he has been in demand for coaching and advice by oboists of all levels, including many from major orchestras.

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Wendy Pedersen & Jim Gasior duo

WJ Selection“…it is that sense of play, that sense of fun, which makes this disc something special. These are songs you’ve heard many times, but these two are able to make them fresh and lively.”
– Michael Doherty

Wendy Pedersen and Jim Gasior have been enduring personalities in the South Florida music scene, each widely known for their passionate commitment to a notable breadth of musical projects, both live and in the studio.

Collectively, they have performed and/or recorded with Ricky Martin, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Alejandro Sanz, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Ariana Grande, Michael Bolton, Natalie Cole, Patti Austin, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Little Richard, Arturo Sandoval, Benny Golson, Freddie Hubbard, Robin Eubanks, and countless others.

As a duo they are dedicated to a deep respect for the Great American Songbook – with fresh arrangements and performances filled with freedom and joy. Their first recording, We Two, will be released in March of 2016.

The songs for We Two were selected for their enduring significance and the creative malleability that they offer. The listener will at once sense their heartfelt appreciation for these well-loved standards. In addition, their partnership embodies all of the spontaneity, intimate communication and fun of a jazz performance.

The playfulness of It Ain’t Necessarily So, the gospel-tinged Oh, What a Beautiful Morning, the lonely heartbreak of ‘Round Midnight, and the clever spin on My Favorite Things in 11/8 meter are just a few of the personal and emotive interpretations by the duo.

Wendy and Jim’s sincerest hope is that the listener might experience these songs as if for the first time and feel welcome to share in their lively and lyrical journey.

“It’s rare to find two such beautiful cats, rare too that they should find each other and make such beautiful music together. We Two is a long-awaited treat!”
-The Real Tracy Fields, host of Evenin’ Jazz, WLRN-FM Miami

Jim Gasior

WJ Selection“Jim is a musician’s musician!”

          -Arturo Sandoval
“His accompaniment makes me want to play!”
          -Melton Mustafa

Jim Gasior is a pianist, jazz educator, and arranger based in South Florida.

He has performed and/or recorded with international pop artists and groups – Ricky Martin, Kelly Clarkson, Alih Jey, Chayanne, Jose Feliciano, Little Richard, Michael Bolton, Smokey Robinson, as well as jazz artists – Benny Golson, Slide Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, Terell Stafford, Patti Austin, John Fedchock, Duffy Jackson, Jason Marsalis, Donald Harrison, Robin Eubanks, Jeremy Pelt, Jay Leonhart and the Jaco Pastorius Reunion Big Band. Jim performs regularly in South Florida with Wendy Pedersen, Ed Calle, The Fernando Ulibarri Quartet, Melton Mustafa, and others.

Jim is the Associate Professor of Jazz and Instrumental Studies at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida where he serves as the director of the national award-winning NWSA High School Jazz Ensemble. His students regularly receive top honors and recognition such as Downbeat Student Music Awards, GRAMMY High School Jazz Band, and admission into the nation’s top college jazz programs.

Jazz at Lincoln Center frequently sends Jim to conduct clinics and master classes for high school students and band directors throughout the United States.

Jim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Music and Jazz Performance, a Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy – both from University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.

Wendy Pedersen

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“…She can steam up your contact lenses from 100 feet away!”
-Doug Adrianson, The Miami Herald

Wendy Pedersen is one of South Florida’s favorite performers. Her high-energy vocal delivery, with deep, convincing emotion has been impacting audiences for many years.

A graduate of the University of Miami’s Studio Music and Jazz Vocal program, Wendy began her singing career in high school, but her earliest memory is poring through her mom’s record collection, practically wearing out the vinyl on Elton John and Beatles records. Eventually, her heart found its way to jazz and it has felt like home ever since.

Wendy has won many awards including the Southern Bell/Pace “Jazz Artist of the Year” and a Miami New Times “best vocalist”. Leonard Pitts of The Miami Herald said, “when she sings, her voice an elegant melismatic instrument, evokes the standard emotions, yes, but deeper longings and muted desires.”

Doug Adrianson, also of The Miami Herald said, “..she can steam up your contact lenses from 100 feet away.”

The Miami New Times said, “Wendy can shake the rafters or break your heart…”

Wendy Pedersen’s discography includes her debut CD Me + Three,

Ho Ho Ho, Under The Influence, Boy Meets Girl, and her brand new release We Two with Jim Gasior.

Wendy is also a highly sought after studio singer and has recorded for or performed with artists such as Shakira, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Arturo Sandoval, Rita Moreno, Alejandro Sanz, Julio Iglesias, Enrique Iglesias, James Brown and countless others.

Wanderlust | January 22, 2018

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WHEN Monday, January 22, 2018 – 7:30pm
WHAT  7th season opening concert
From Brahms to Madonna
7:30pm ACT 1: Enjoy a selection of wines from Barton & Guestier and connect with Chef Vincent Catala from Ever Cool Miami, who will present his one of a kind hors d’œuvres
8:10pm ACT 2: The duo Anne Chicheportiche, violin and Ashley Garritson, cello will partner with the extravagant Russian New Yorker pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski for a tutti fruity melange of masterworks.
Program to include:
​Gabriel Fauré Violin & Piano Sonata No. 1 in A major, Op. 13
Mark Summer: Juili-O  
Johannes Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B major Op.8
A medley of Madonna transcription for piano solo by Konstantin.
 
9:20pm ACT 3:  after the concert, chef Vincent Catala will present a “farandole” of sweet wanders.

* Hors d’oeuvres and desserts are generously sponsored by Ever Cook Miami.
** Wine tasting generously sponsored by Barton & Guestier.
*** Piano generously sponsored by Steinway Piano Gallery Miami & Dr. Fred Jonas.
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WHERE
The M Building
194 NW 30th st
Miami, FL 33127
TICKETS
$55 online | $65 @ the door | $190 for the season (4 concerts)
The price of the ticket includes a concert, hors d’oeuvres, wine and desserts.
The online price will be available until March 13th at 3pm.
Reserve Tickets

Wanderlust Performers & Chef


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Coming up

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WHEN
 
Monday, April 9th, 2018 – 7:30pm
WHAT  Storm & Shadows
7:30pm ACT 1: The event begins at 7:30pm with an open wine bar by Barton & Guestier paired with Gourmet Bites by Riviera Focacceria Italiana.
8:10pm ACT 2: The concert will start at 8:15pm – an evening with
Vivica Genaux, mezzo-soprano – Anne Chicheportiche violin – Claudia Cassogne violin – Mari Liis Pakk viola – Jason Calloway cello – Brandon J. Acker guitar.
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9:20pm ACT 3: Mingle around delicious desserts by Gail Beckham.
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WHERE
The M Building
194 NW 30th st
Miami, FL 33127
TICKETS
$55 online | $65 @ the door

The price of the ticket includes a concert, hors d’oeuvres, wine and desserts.
The online price will be available until April 9th at 3pm. Tickets are non refundable.

Reserve Tickets

* Vivica Genoux performance was made possible by the generosity of Dr. Marvin Sackner. ** Hors d’oeuvres are generously sponsored by Riviera Focacceria Italiana *** Open wine bar generously sponsored by Barton & Guestier**** Desserts are generously sponsored by GB Catering.

STORM & SHADOWS Performers 


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2019 season

Season 8 promises to be full of all things you love about musimelange
Each multi sensory concert experience pairs stunning musical performances with Barton & Guestier’s famous selection of wine and succulent hors d’oeuvres and desserts prepared by Miami’s top chefs.
Save the dates. We’ll see you there!
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PURCHASE THE ENTIRE SEASON FOR ONLY $190 (a $30 savings)

 

Season 2019 flyer frontMonday, January 28, 2019: 
Amour:  the relationship between composers and musicians at a time when the Franco-Belgian style developed and flourished, with Konstantin Soukhovetski, piano – Anne Chicheportiche, violin and Ashley Garritson, cello.
Monday, February 25, 2019:
musiJazz:  An evening of Jazz
Monday, March 11, 2019: 
Farinelli: A baroque evening with Diapason d’Or & Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres: Max Emanuel Cencic.
Monday, April 22, 2019:
Tutti: a musimelange Artists Showcase
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