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Reginald L. Mobley

Reggie“It must be said from the beginning that one of the joys of seeing Mobley is hearing his beautiful alto coming out of a big, tall man who looks more like a linebacker for the Miami Dolphins than the P.G. Wodehouse party guest his name might suggest.”

Countertenor Reginald L. Mobley fully intended to speak his art through watercolors and oil pastels until circumstance demanded that his own voice should speak for itself. Since reducing his visual color palette to the black and white of a score, he’s endeavored to open up a wider spectrum onstage.

After starting his classical music career as a member of twice GRAMMY® nominated ensemble Seraphic Fire, Reggie has since appeared with Academy of Ancient Music, Agave Baroque, Bach Collegium San Diego, Calgary Symphony, Monteverdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists, Pacific Music Works, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, TENET, and The Handel + Haydn Society. With the latter, he had the honor of becoming the first Black person to lead H+H in its Bicentennial year. Recent festival appearances include Bachfest Leipzig, Festival Berlioz, Early Music Vancouver, Thüringer Bachwoche, Portland Bach Experience, and the Boston Early Music Festival. This coming season will see debut appearances with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque, Musica Angelica, Bach Akademie Stuttgart, Gaechinger Cantorey, Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, and a recital of the music of Black American composers with keyboardist Henry Lebedinsky at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris . Reggie has also participated this fall in two new recording projects. An all Handel disc featuring the Ode to the Birthday of Queen Anne, and the Utrecht Te Deum & Jubilate with Bach Akademie Stuttgart led by Hans Christoph Rademann, and Italian Chamber Duets of Agostino Steffani led by harpsichordist, Jory Vinikour.

Never bound by conventional countertenor repertoire, Reggie has a fair bit of non-classical work in tow. His first professional work was in Musical Theatre, and while working in Japan (as a Singer/Actor for Tokyo Disney), he performed cabaret shows of gospel, jazz, and torch songs in jazz clubs around Tokyo. Since moving in Boston, a strong devotion to social and political activism has awoken and become a part of everyday life. As a member of NoBoston2024 and allied with No Boston Olympics, Reggie (one of the #tenpeopleontwitter) was able to lend his strength to the effort to reject the 2024 Olympic Games bid that was “awarded” to Boston. That, and time volunteering in local political campaigns, has only helped focus a desire to make a difference within the Arts. Particularly with the massive inequality regarding race, gender, and sexuality within the classical music industry.

And though not one to regret, Reggie has considered rediscovering his artistic roots. So if seen post concert, forego an autograph and ask for one of his self-acclaimed stick figure drawings. It’s a start.

Susana Behar


Susana Behar’s performance draws strength from her own life story, presenting a unique blend of diverse musical traditions. Her concerts feature world fusion sounds, captivating her audiences while moving with ease from delicate intimacy to engaging intensity with her sultry voice and style.

Born in Havana to a Cuban/Jewish family, she grew up listening to the traditional music of her homeland as well as the evocative music of her Sephardic ancestors, songs in Judeo-Spanish, which her Turkish grandparents had brought with them.

In 1965 she immigrated to Venezuela where she explored and performed the music of her adopted country, as well as that of Latin America and the Jewish folklore in general. She received a Master’s degree in Biology from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and in 1983 she once again emigrated, this time to the United States.

In 2007 Susana Behar founded The Sephardic Music Ensemble, thus developing an extensive repertoire of Sephardic music, contributing to the preservation of this integral part of Jewish culture.

Her first CD, ‘La Galana y El Mar’ was released in October 2009. Her second CD, ‘At The Crossroads’, is a compilation of a live concert featuring Sephardic and Latin American songs.

In 2012, Behar premiered ‘Of Essence and Time: Flamenco Sephardi’, an interdisciplinary work created in collaboration with guitarist/composer Jose Luis Rodriguez and dancer/choreographer Niurca Marquez, which explores the common roots of traditional Spanish music, Sephardic songs and Flamenco.

The recipient of the 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Florida Department of State, Behar has performed in projects, recitals and festivals, in the United States, South America and Japan including, amongst others, Piccolo Spoleto (Charleston, SC); The Winter Jewish Music Concert (Miami, Fl); musimelange (Miami, Fl); Limmud Miami (Miami, Fl); FAU Kultur Festival (Boca Raton, Fl); Guava Rugelach Festival (Miami, Fl) and the Florida Folklife Festival (White Springs, Fl), collaborating with renowned musicians of different disciplines and backgrounds, such as Federico Britos (violin), Jose Luis de la Paz (guitar), Ian Maksin (cello) and Michael Orta (piano), to name a few.

Her music has been featured in the documentary ‘Adio Kerida’, of anthropologist Ruth Behar, as well as in the CD ‘The music from the Sunshine State’, a series of radio programs featuring folk music, recorded by National Public Radio and the Florida Department of State.

Her third and most recent CD, TAPIZ, takes us to the Balkan lands on a thrilling musical voyage.

Susana also devotes part of her time to volunteer work, something that has always been part of her live. Since 2017 she has been volunteering with Musicians On Call, bringing the healing power of music to the children of the Joe Di Maggio Children’s hospital.

Susana Behar lives in Miami and performs regularly throughout South Florida.

2019.04.22 – Tutti

musimelange, Miami’s premier classical music and gastronomic chamber music series, presents its closing concert of Season 8:Tutti a showcase of musimelange’s artists. After 40 concerts under its belt, on Monday, April 22, 2018, musimelange will celebrate, at The M Building, together with artists who have performed and have been supporting our fun and beautiful multi-sensory adventures. We prepared for you a mélange of instruments, styles and virtuosity paired with the culinary artistry of Chef Vincent Catala from EverCook, Wine from Barton&Guestier and a Bar of Ice-Cream from Frice Cream.  Come party with us!
ACT 1: Enjoy an open wine bar generously offered by Barton & Guestier and connect with EverCook’s Team around their one-of-a-kind hors d’Oeuvres prepared to pair our Act 2: The Concert.
ACT 2: Over the 8 seasons, we travelled through time, visited different countries, learned different styles of music and instruments and we met amazing musicians from all over the world with various backgrounds. To close this very successful season 8, we will present music from all over the world and from different time periods featuring the virtuosity of each musicians. You will meet again pianist Ciro Fodere, flutist Nadine Asin, violinists Daniel Andai and  Anne Chicheportiche, violist Richard Fleischman, cellist Aaron Merritt, bassist Juan Carlos Pena and meet new friends Jeff Adkins, bass – Joseph Monticello, flute and Naomi Bensdorf, oboe.
ACT 3: After the concert, Frice Cream will present a Bar of Ice-Cream where you will be able to demonstrate your creativity.

* Hors d’oeuvres generously sponsored by EverCook. ** Wine tasting generously sponsored by Barton & Guestier. *** Desserts generously sponsored by Frice Cream. **** Piano generously sponsored by Barnes International Realty

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 21st at 8pm.

Reserve Tickets

* Max Emmanuel Cencic performance is made possible by the generosity of Dr. Marvin Sackner. ** Hors d’oeuvres are generously sponsored by EverCook & Alloy Bistro Gourmet. *** Open wine bar generously sponsored by Barton & Guestier. **** Desserts are generously sponsored by Gb Catering and Frice Cream.


Naomi Bensdorf Frisch

cccab532-19b6-4c79-8efa-26c5c57b8edf-originalOboist Naomi Bensdorf Frisch, a Chicago native, is Principal Oboe of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. From 2003 through 2018, Naomi was principal Oboe of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra,  and others.  An avid chamber musician, Naomi has performed as a soloist and chamber music collaborator with many ensembles throughout the Midwest and coaches woodwind chamber music for the award winning Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Program.  Ms. Bensdorf Frisch received her Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University as a student of Ray Still and her Master of Music from DePaul University as a student of Robert Morgan.  Recently, Ms. Bensdorf Frisch completed her Juris Doctorate at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.  In addition to playing the Oboe, she has been working as a plaintiffs’ employment law attorney since May of 2018. 

Jeff Adkins, bass

jeff adkins for websiteA native of West Palm Beach, Jeff Adkins is a double bassist who thrives on connecting with audiences across musical genres. Jeff enjoys a diverse career in South Florida’s vibrant music scene, currently performing as a member of Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and Nu Deco Ensemble where he also performs on electric bass. Jeff has had the fortune of supporting great artists including Gloria Estefan, Sir James Galway, Andrea Bocelli, Placido Domingo, Mario Cantone, Bernadette Peters, and The Platters.
Also a committed instructor, Jeff coaches young bassists at The Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts and The Bak Middle school of the Arts. Additionally, Jeff is an Artist in Residence at The Conservatory School in North Palm Beach. As a private teacher, Jeff encourages students to seek their own path by attaining the skills necessary for personal growth and expression. Many of his students have continued their studies at top music programs throughout the country.
Jeff began his studies on double bass at age eight at Palm Beach Public School. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Lynn Conservatory of Music where his primary teachers were Shigeru Ishikawa and Timothy Cobb.

Joseph Monticello – flute

20170715_155458Flutist Joseph Monticello’s playing has been praised by both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal as “graceful” and for being as “exciting as the singers.” Equally at home on both modern and historical flutes, Joseph spends most of his year as second flutist of the Florida Grand Opera and Palm Beach Symphony orchestras, making his home in Miami. Joseph remains active in the historical performance world, performing with Philharmonia Baroque, Boston Baroque, New York Baroque Incorporated, and as the principal flute of the newly formed Teatro Nuovo festival orchestra, specializing in the historically informed presentation of Bel Canto operatic masterworks on period-appropriate instruments. Having received his Masters in Historical Performance from The Juilliard School, Joseph has performed and toured worldwide with many of the leading conductors and ensembles of the early music movement, including: Nicholas McGegan, Masaaki Suzuki, Jordi Savall, Harry Bickett, Richard Egarr, and William Christie, having twice participated in the Les Arts Florissants summer festival “Dans les Jardins de William Christie” in Thiré, France. Prior to his studies at Juilliard, Joseph received his Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory under Michel Debost and later, Alexa Still. It was there he first took up the baroque flute under Kathie Stewart, before continuing his studies with Sandra Miller at Juilliard.

Farinelli – April 11, 2019

Concert3_3On Monday, March 11, 2019 at 7:30pm, The M building will open its doors to one of the “most fascinating and versatile singing artists in the world today:” counter-tenor Max Emmanuel Cencic.*  Discover the unpredictable music from the 18th century for the fiery 3rd musimelange’s performance of season 8.
EverCook in tandem with Alloy Bistro Gourmet will transport us to Italy with their eccentric hors d’œuvres prepared to pair the extravagance of Max Emmanuel Cencic accompanied by an open wine bar offered and selected by Barton & Guestier followed by scrumptious desserts by Gb Catering and Frice Cream.
Farinelli on Monday, March 11th, at 7:30pm. in the comfort of the living room in an art gallery: The M Building, nestled in the Wynwood Art District.
ACT 1: The event begins at 7:30pm with an open wine bar by Barton & Guestier paired with expertly crafted Mediterranean flavors prepared by our exclusive chef: Vincent Catala from EverCook who will be working side by side with Chef Federico Genovese from Alloy Bistro Gourmet.
ACT 2: The concert will start at 8:15pm – a Baroque concert of arias with Max Emmanuel Cencic, counter-tenor –Anne Chicheportiche violin – Claudia Cagnassone violin – Richard Fleischman, viola – Juan Pablo Peña, bass – Paul Cienniwa, harpsichord.
ACT 3: After the concert, all your senses will be in harmony and you will have a chance to get to know the artist while tasting exquisite Tiramisu by Gb Catering and smooth Gelati by Frice Cream.
The M Building
194 NW 30th st
Miami, FL 33127
$55 online  |  $65 @ the door | $100 half SEASON (2 musimelange)

The online price will be available until March 10th at midnight

Reserve Tickets

* Max Emmanuel Cencic performance is made possible by the generosity of Dr. Marvin Sackner. ** Hors d’oeuvres are generously sponsored by EverCook & Alloy Bistro Gourmet. *** Open wine bar generously sponsored by Barton & Guestier. **** Desserts are generously sponsored by Gb Catering and Frice Cream.


musiJAZZ | Feb. 25, 2019

musiJAZZ Poster.001For the second performance of season 8, musimelange, the multi-sensory chamber music series in Miami, welcomes you to experience musiJAZZ with Hendrik Meurkens. The virtuoso jazz harmonica player will be coming down from freezing New York to perform with pianist Jim Gasior, bassist Jamie Ousley and dummer Goetz Kujack – and warm our hearts with some Brazilian Jazz. The concert will be paired with EverCook creative hors d’œuvres & desserts, Barton & Guestier’s delicious selection of wines and BON Chocolatier decadent chocolates.
musiJAZZ on Monday, February 25, at 7:30pm. in the comfort of the living room in an art gallery: The M Building, nestled in the Wynwood Art District.
ACT 1: Enjoy an open wine bar offered by Barton & Guestier and connect with Chef Vincent Catala from our 2019 exclusive partner  EverCook who will once again share his love for gastronomy through his creative hors d’oeuvres specially prepared to pair the concert.
ACT 2: Sit back and relax for an intimate concert of “Brazilian Jazz” with Hendrik Meurkens, harmonica – Jim Gasior, piano – Jamie Ousley, bass and Goetz Kujack, drums
ACT 3: After the concert, all your senses will be in harmony and it will be time for gourmet desserts by EverCook and a degustation of decadent flavorful chocolates by BON Chocolatier to know the artists.

The M Building
194 NW 30th st
Miami, FL 33127
$55 online  |  $65 @ the door | $100 half SEASON (2 musimelange)

The online price will be available until February 25th

Reserve Tickets

* The quartet performance is made possible by the generosity of Dr. Fred Jonas. ** Hors d’oeuvres are generously sponsored by EverCook. *** Open wine bar generously sponsored by Barton & Guestier. **** Piano generously sponsored by Euro Piano Naples & Hamilton Pianos. ***** Chocolates are generously offered by BON Chocolatier.


Paul Cienniwa


Cited by the Huffington Post for his “inner sense of creative flow, fueled by an abundance of musical imagination and desire,” harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa has an active career as a soloist, ensemble player, recording artist, and teacher. He strives to bring the harpsichord to new audiences by creating a spiritual communion through focused interpretations intensified by memorized repertoire. His first solo recording, Harpsichord Music for a Thin Place (Whaling City Sound), exemplifies his artistic goals as a “transport to the threshold between the ordinary and the spiritual…to the point where the ordinary becomes spiritual and the spiritual becomes ordinary.

His playing of Francis Poulenc’s Concert champêtre was heralded by the New Bedford Standard-Times as “exquisite—no drama, no posturing—just consummate artistry and a superb performance of a marvelous concerto,” and The Boston Musical Intelligencer called his performance of Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in A Major “a joyous romp.” EDGE Boston found his playing “expert,” while The Listening Room said that his performance was “charming, polished, musically profound, and technically brilliant.”

For his CD of the Bach Viola da Gamba Sonatas with cellist Audrey Sabattier-Cienniwa (Whaling City Sound), KBAQ radio (Phoenix, AZ) called his ability to accompany “spot-on…perfect.” His recording with Grammy Award-winning uilleann piper Jerry O’Sullivan was called “drop-dead gorgeous and named one of the top ten Irish traditional albums of 2010 by The Irish Echo. An advocate of new music, he is featured on a two-CD set of music by composer Larry Thomas Bell titled In a Garden of Dreamers (Albany Records).

A frequent chamber music collaborator, he has performed the complete Bach Violin Sonatas with renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine on Chicago’s WFMT radio and during the 2013 Boston Early Music Festival. As an orchestral continuo player, he played regularly with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and Rhode Island Philharmonic. In recent years, he has appeared at Emmanuel Music with violinist Nicholas Kitchen, the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, the White Mountain Bach Festival, VentiCordi, and, with uilleann piper Jerry O’Sullivan, the Catskills Irish Arts Week.

Originally from Niles, IL, Paul Cienniwa began his keyboard studies at age six. In his teen years, he played thrash guitar with the Evanston, IL punk band Malicious Intent, followed by seven years as keyboardist with the innovative Chicago-based Irish group Baal Tinne. From 2003-2010, he led Newport Baroque in works from Arne to Zelenka, including performances of Bach cantatas and Purcells Dido & Aeneas, and in 2009, he was music director for Boston Opera Collaboratives acclaimed production of Handels Alcina.

He been awarded Belgian American Educational Foundation and Fulbright grants, and his musicological articles and reviews have appeared in American and European journals, including Early Music, Ad Parnassum and Early Music America. As an educator, he has taught at the Yale University School of Music, Salve Regina University, Stonehill College, Framingham State University, UMass-Dartmouth, Mount Ida College,  and the Music School of the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

In 2017 he began serving as Director of Music Ministries at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach, FL. Prior to that, he was music director at First Church in Boston and Chorus Master of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra.

Paul Cienniwa started his undergraduate studies as a pianist in the studio of Michael Ruiz at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. After completing his bachelor’s degree at DePaul University with harpsichordist Roger Goodman and organist Jerome Butera, he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in harpsichord from Yale University, where he was a student of Richard Rephann. He has also studied harpsichord with Peter Watchorn, John Whitelaw, and David Schrader.

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Jamie Ousley

bfc272e7c92e75b031865596ec3e4Jamie Ousley has been one of the most in-demand bassists in south Florida since he moved to Miami in the fall of 1998 to attend graduate school in the prestigious Jazz program of the University of Miami. He has since completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Bass Performance and continues to perform and teach both locally and internationally.

Jamie has released two CDs as leader: O Sorriso Dela (2008) and Back Home (2010). Both were recorded in Japan and Miami and feature primarily original compositions. Back Home reached #10 on the Jazz Roots national radio chart. Of Jamie’s original music, Chuck Vecoli of JazzReview writes, “The compositions are all deeply spiritual pieces. . .They approach timelessness.”

Jamie has performed with many artists including: Ira Sullivan, Benny Golson, George Shearing, James Moody, Eddie Higgins, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Liebman, John Fedchock, Maria Schneider, Vince Mendoza, Jim McNeeley, Nestor Torres, Bucky and John Pizzarelli, Carmen Lundy, Harry Allen, Bob Berg, Duffy Jackson, Steve Davis, Adam Nussbaum, Vic Damone, Nicole Henry, Annie Sellick, Suzanne Somers, Stephanie Nakasian, Hod O’Brien, Wycliffe Gordon, Johnny O’Neil, Jason Marsalis and Les DeMerle.

Jamie has had the pleasure of performing for many celebrities, dignitaries, and heads of state including: President Bill Clinton, Governor Jeb Bush, Prince Albert of Monaco, King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain, King Kigeli V of Rwanda, Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie of Ethiopia, Janet Jackson, Shirley MacLaine, Gloria Estefan, Heidi Klum, and the Dalai Lama.

Jamie has performed at many international jazz festivals and locations including: the Ballydehob International Jazz Festival in Ireland, the Montego Bay Jazz Festival in Jamaica, Festival Mizik Jakmel in Haiti, Marian’s Jazz Room in Bern Switzerland, the Berlington Vermont Jazz Festival, “Jazz in June” in Lincoln Nebraska, Festival Miami, the International Association of Jazz Educators in New York and Los Angeles, and at “Azul” in Osaka, Japan.

Jamie has studied music in the studios of Patrick Simpson, Don Coffman, Lucas Drew, and Vince Maggio. He has degrees from the following universities:

B.A. Major in Music from Virginia Tech (1998)
M.M. in Jazz Bass Performance from the University of Miami (2000)
D.M.A. in Jazz Bass Performance from the University of Miami (2008)

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