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Chef Michele Fontaniere

IMG_5799Michèle is from the city of Lyon, the second largest city in France. As a cook, Michèle has been recognized on both television as well as in print media for her exceptional ability to create unique culinary masterpieces. Her rare combination of warm personality and culinary skills propelled her to recognition as the best cook in Lyon, which is also the capital of gastronomy in France. As a private cook, Michele has worked with several of the world’s most recognized culinary masters, including Georges Blanc, and Philippe Le Chat. In addition, Michèle has given private cooking lessons to international celebrities.



Saturdays @ 3:30pm



Touch, taste, listen and play during the musiMINI experience at the Miami Conservatory of music recital hall.
During 3 musically tasteful and gastronomically exquisite acts, children will be able to discover a the magic of classical music.

3:30pm to 4pm

Reserve your spot to learn the art of baking in an optional Mini Baking Class presented by Passion Cuisine. (to reserve your spot for the first session, you will need to add the baking class onto your shopping cart and be one of the first 10 children to check in at the MCM Concert Hall by 3:25pm)
| OR |
3:45pm to 4:10pm
discover all kind of instruments in an Instrumental Petting Zoo presented outside by Kindermusik with complementary snacks and drinks
4:10pm to 5pm
Listen and Learn all about the percussion family in an educational concert presented by Tyson Voigt

5pm to 5:30pm
In case you missed the 1st session of the Mini Baking Class or just loved it and want to participate in a second round, we will host one more session after the concert | OR | you and your kids can enjoy the Instrumental Petting Zoo.

WHERE: Miami Conservatory of Music Recital Hall

Mayfair Center | 2911 grand avenue – suite 400A | Miami, FL 33133



Let’s the fun begin!

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Children admission* (3 to 10 years old): $10 online – $15 at the door.

Adult admission* (11 years old & older): $15 online – $20 at the door.

Optional baking class: $5 extra- $10 at the door.

*Admission includes drinks and snack for kids, an educational concert and desserts. Online price will be available only until 1PM the day of the concert.




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Laure McKay

326ed59Laure is a graduate of Kedge Business School in Marseille, France, and a graduate of the Business School of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a major in Marketing. She started her professional career in 2006 and worked for international companies such as Nespresso and Whirlpool. She was the Executive Director of the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Miami for 3 years. After 11 years in the United States, Laure is now living in Paris, France.

February 16th, 2015 @ 7:30pm | "Paris is Always a Good Idea"

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Start your week by experiencing French Piano Trios paired with the succulent French delights prepared by Frederic Joulin, chef/owner of the gastropub Semilla and former private chef to French President Jacques Chirac. 
Act 1: Hors d’oeuvres by Frederic Joulin from Semilla paired with a wine tasting by Barton & Guestier


Act 2: Ernest Chausson Piano Trio op.3, Maurice Ravel violin & cello sonata, Claude Debussy Preludes for piano solo
~ Yu-Chi Tai, piano – Anne Chicheportiche, violin – Ashley Garritson, cello ~


Act 3: Enjoy the company of the artists while indulging gourmet desserts by Frederic Joulin.


Price: $55 online –  $65 at the door (includes hors d’oeuvres, drinks, a concert and desserts!)


 * Hors D’oeuvres and desserts generously sponsored by Semilla.
** Wine generously sponsored by Barton & Guestier.

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January 24, 2015 @ 3:30pm | "musiMINI"

Our first concert will feature Fischoff Educators’ award winner Axiom Brass Quintet. The educational classical performance will introduce children to a variety of sounds and wind instruments coupled with food tasting concocted to fit your children taste.

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WHEN: Saturday January 24th, 2015 @ 3:30pm


WHERE: Miami Conservatory of Music Recital Hall
Mayfair Center
2911 grand avenue – suite 400A
Miami FL 33133



dessert ACT 1: Snacks for kids

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FREE for children under 4 years old!
Children admission* (4 to 10 years old): $10 online – $15 at the door.
Adult admission* (11 years old & older): $15 online – $20 at the door.

*Admission includes drinks and snack for kids, an educational concert and desserts.



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Chef Johana Faraldo



Johana Faraldos passion for food comes from her grandmother. From an early age on she helped to prepare all kinds of different dishes for large parties from scratch.

So little by little Johana grew in the industry. While she has experience in French, Mediterranean, Greek, Asian and Latin cuisine the french mediterranean is her favorite because its simple and contains healthy ingredients.

With excellent quality products, her passion and the pinch of love she creates creative as well as classic but most important delicous dishes at Downtown Bistro.


Sommelier Sebastien Benchabi

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In 17 years of experience, Sébastien had the chance to travel the world sharing his passion for the wine. In France he attended many Michelin-starred restaurants like La Pinède in Saint-Tropez, Pierre Reboul’s restaurant in Aix en Provence and Le Vallon de Valrugues in the Luberon to name a few.

His career was distinguished by 8 great years in San Francisco at the Rosenblum Cellars and in Sacramento in Davis University where he earned a biochemistry exam. From France to the West Coast passing by the Dominican Republic, Sébastien who loves and controls all areas of the wine field, has settled in Miami where he shares his knowledge at Villa Azur Restaurant Lounge and for PG Fine Wines Distributor for which he developed a rare selection of wines.

C’est avec une pointe d’accent du midi, conviviale comme un bon vin qu’il résume son riche parcours professionnel. L’humble fierté de l’artisan soucieux du travail bien fait. Il a la mémoire des dates, des établissements, des chefs, des macarons Michelins aussi. Car en 17 ans de métier, Sébastien a fréquenté beaucoup de très belles maisons. De nombreux étoilés au Guide Rouge La Pinède à Saint-Tropez, le restaurant de Pierre Reboul à Aix en Provence, Le Vallon de Valrugues dans le Lubéron… Tout à tour caviste, sommelier, responsable des ventes, Sébastien aime et maîtrise tous les secteurs de son domaine d’activité. Sa carrière se distingue par une superbe parenthèse américaine de 8 ans, San Francisco et la cave du Rosenblum Cellars, l’université de Davis à Sacramento où il décroche un examen de biochimie, un passage dans plusieurs restaurants gastronomiques… Pourtant, c’est bel et bien à Saint-Tropez qu’il est « approché à La Villa Romana  » quelques années plus tard par Jack Penrod de Nikki Beach qui l’envoie à Miami, à Las Vegas, puis à Cabarete en République Dominicaine. De retour en France en 2011, il revient à Miami  apres  deux  très belle saisons d’hiver à La Mangeoire de Courchevel », prêt à mettre tout son savoir faire au service du restaurant Lounge Villa Azur et de la Wine  Company PG Fine Wines Distributor dont lequel il a mis au point une selection rare  des vins digne de ce nom.


Axiom Brass Quintet


Axiom BrassPraised for their “high level of musicality and technical ability” and  for their “clean, clear and precise sound”, the award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet has quickly established itself as “one of the major art music groups in brass chamber music.” As the only Brass Quintet in 27 years to ever win the prestigious Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition (2012), and the only American ensemble to ever win the Preis der Europa-Stadt Passau in Germany (2012), Axiom has also been named winners of the 2008 International Chamber Brass Competition and prize-winners of the 2010 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, and the Jeju City International Brass Quintet Competition in South Korea.  The Axiom Brass is dedicated to enhancing the musical life of communities across the globe and educating the next generation of musicians.

Axiom’s commitment to education and their blend of virtuosic performances and dynamic teaching have inspired young audiences around the nation, earning the ensemble the 2011 Fischoff Educator Award.  Their educational concert “Let’s Make Music” has captivated thousands of elementary and middle school students in the U.S.  Since 2011 the ensemble has been featured as brass quintet-in-residence for the National Brass Symposium, sharing the stage with principal brass players from the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Atlanta Symphony.

Internationally recognized for their groundbreaking programming, their repertoire ranges from jazz and Latin music to string quartet transcriptions, as well as original compositions for brass quintet.  Axiom Brass’ performances have captured the hearts and imaginations of their audiences, leading the ensemble to national radio and television appearances as well as concerts in Asia, Europe and across the U.S.  Axiom’s dedication to brass repertoire has led the ensemble to commission and premiere several new works, including recent premieres of Celestial Suite by James Stephenson and For Then and Now by Laurence Bitensky. For Celestial Suite, Axiom Brass partnered with the New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet, the Chicago Symphony Brass Quintet, the Chicago Chamber Musicians and the Fischoff Chamber Music Society, as well as with the Digital Visualization Theater of the University of Notre Dame and Professor Keith Davis.

Highlights of Axiom’s past seasons have included: concerts in Dominican Republic, Germany, Portugal, Spain, South Korea and Japan, a four-week residency at the Grand Tetons Music Festival, the release of their debut album New Standards, clinics and performances at the 2010 and 2012 Midwest Clinic, their New York debuts at Symphony Space and Merkin Hall,  masterclasses at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, as well as recitals, masterclasses and solo appearances with orchestras and bands around the U.S. In October of 2013, Axiom gave the American premier of Fantasia Flamenca and the world premier of Raimundo Penaforte’s Concertice for brass quintet and orchestra under the baton of David Lockington and the Modesto Symphony.  For the 2014-15 season  Axiom will continue its rigorous concert schedule, taking the ensemble on a tour of South America, as well as concerts in Europe and around the USA.  In March of 2015, Axiom will make its debut with the Grand Rapids Symphony performing the world premier of a new concerto for Brass Quintet and Orchestra by Kyle Werner.  The 2014-15 season will also mark the release of two new albums, Sacred Brass, which will include the world premiere recording of Celestial Suite, and Astor, featuring original arrangements of Astor Piazzolla’s music.

Axiom Brass is an Ensemble-in-Residence at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and Rush Hour Concerts’ Back of the Yards program.

Axiom performs exclusively on Mutec Mutes and S. E. Shires Trumpets and Trombones.

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