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Coming up

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.
9:20pm ACT 3: Mingle around delicious desserts by Gail Beckham.

The M Building
194 NW 30th st
Miami, FL 33127
$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 

Vivica Anne Chicheportiche 44866_10151548984182164_210123892_n Mari-Liis Päkk JASON_0033_HIGH-240x300 Brandon J Acker




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!



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


About musimelange

musimelange bio for website

Vivica Genaux, mezzo-soprano

VivicaRecipient of the City of Halle’s 2017 Händel-Preis, mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux hails from Fairbanks, Alaska. In the course of her two-decade career, her unforgettable voice has been heard in many of the world’s most important venues, including Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts, Chicago Symphony Center, London’s Barbican Centre, the Metropolitan Opera, Prague’s Rudolfinum, Theater an der Wien, and Wiener Staatsoper.

During 2017, Vivica achieved several milestones in her career. In addition to her rôle débuts as Lepido in Händel’s Lucio Cornelio Silla (Wiener Konzerthaus; recorded for commercial release) and Eternità and Diana in Cavalli’s La Calisto (Opéra national du Rhin) and returning to the rôle of Malcolm in Rossini’s La donna del lago (Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele), Vivica founded V/vox Academy and supervised the Academy’s inaugural course. Further concert appearances in the first half of 2017 took her to Aarau, Bilbao, Budapest, Chicago, Geneva, Halle, Istanbul, Karlsruhe, Valencia, Valletta, and Vienna.

Following the conclusion of 2017’s V/vox Academy, Vivica lead masterclasses at Weimar’s Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT and Fondazione SGM’s Roma Opera Campus.

In further concert outings in 2017, Vivica joined Concerto Köln for Une Voix Virtuose pour Vivaldi, featuring music by Castrucci, Galuppi, and Vivaldi, in Sisteron, France. Then, she reunited with frequent collaborators Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante for an all-Vivaldi concert at Bucharest’s George Enescu International Festival. Biondi also conducted Vivica and Sonia Prina in a performance of Geminiani’s La foresta incantata and Vivaldi’s La Gloria e Imeneo in Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. After her first performance of the rôle of Arsamene in Händel’s Serse at Opéra de Versailles, she and Les Musiciens du Louvre take an exciting programme of works by Händel, Hasse, and Vivaldi to Barcelona.

Engagements in 2018 include Deux Génies en Italie, a presentation of music by Händel and Alessandro Scarlatti, at Paris’s Salle Gaveau and performances of Vivica’s Pauline Viardot- themed multimedia show in Spain. Additional concert dates take her to Chicago, Essen, Metz, Milan, and London’s Wigmore Hall.

Encompassing music from four centuries, Vivica’s operatic repertory extends to sixty-five rôles, forty-two of which are travesti parts. Particularly celebrated for her interpretations of Baroque and bel canto music, she has garnered praise from critics and audiences for her incredible bravura technique and the dramatic intensity of her portrayals. She has been honored with numerous awards, and her career is documented in an array of critically-ac
claimed CD and DVD/Blu-ray recordings. Her advocacy of the music of Hasse has contributed indelibly to the revival of interest in this unjustly-neglected composer, and her enthusiasm for sharing her experience and expertise with young singers is manifested in masterclasses and teaching engagements throughout the world.

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.

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