Throughout the GardenMusic Festival, visitors to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will be exposed to chamber music through open, outdoor rehearsals and short, surprise concerts that will bring the joy of chamber music directly into the community. All visitors will have the opportunity to meet and engage with the musicians, experiencing music on an intimate and personal level. The subscription concerts will allow for a more traditional chamber music experience in an incomparable setting. This season’s festival will also feature an increase in educational programming, working with local organizations to ensure that the power of music reaches South Florida’s schools.
GardenMusic's unique educational programming is focused both on collaborating with local programs and ensuring that throughout the two weeks of the festival, every child who visits the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden experiences the power of music.
GardenMusic's educational outreach is programmed by Gabriel Globus-Hoenich. One of Philadelphia's up-and-coming musicians, Gabe is an active teaching artist in Philadelphia schools and in the El-Sistema-inspired program "Play On Philly!"
We hope to bring you the exceptional music and extensive educational programming of Fairchild's GardenMusic Festival for many years to come. To do so, we need your support. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available starting at $500. Please CLICK HERE for details on sponsorship opportunities, and please contact Margaret Bushko for more information.
This season is generously funded through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
We owe our gratitude to the following sponsors:
Bruce and Martha Clinton
Stearns Weaver Miller
Sixth Floor Trio
New York Community Foundation
Donald and Shirley Diamond
Allegro Music Center
The January 2014 season was an exciting year of growth for the GardenMusic Festival. The festival featured concerts that spanned a range of musical genres and themes, including "Stories Told Through Music", "The Edge: Music That Pushed the Boundaries of its Time", and "A Jazzy Night". Each concert was preceded by a short lecture or recital featuring GardenMusic resident artists, an esteemed professor from the world-renowned Curtis Conservatory, and talented youth from the Miami Music Project.
You can find additional information on our sponsors, artists, repertoire, and more in the GardenMusic 2014 Program Booklet.
The inaugural, Spring 2012 season of GardenMusic was a tremendous success. The repertoire ranged from Bach and Haydn to bluegrass and rock. Local collaborations included poetry from the O, Miami Poetry Festival, dance from the Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, and filmmakers from the Miami International Film Festival.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Staff:
Nannette Zapata, Chief Operating Officer
Natalie White, Director of Community Relations and Event Planning
Margaret Bushko, Managing Director
The Sixth Floor Trio is a chamber group dedicated to the creation and performance of music that connects different musical styles, communities, and artistic disciplines. Formed by graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2008, the Trio has performed extensively throughout the United States in venues ranging from traditional concert halls to grunge bars and experimental spaces.
The Trio’s debut performance took place in August 2009, when the group opened for (and collaborated with) Marvin Hamlisch in Western North Carolina. Following this very successful beginning, the Trio performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center in 2010 (with two return engagements in 2011 and 2012), the Kravis Center (Palm Beach) in 2011, World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, the FUZE! Series at the Akron Art Museum, the Living Room in New York City, and numerous other locations during the Trio’s annual Summer, Fall and Winter residencies.
In addition to presenting performances, the Sixth Floor Trio has created and directed several exciting projects inspired by the Trio’s mission to bring music to the widest audiences and to connect with artists from many different genres. The Trio received a substantial grant in 2011 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to present “Random Acts of Culture” across the United States. These “Random Acts” led the Trio to collaborate with organizations such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Stanford University, the Akron Public Library, Philadelphia’s National Museum of American Jewish History, Greyhound, and the Ferry Terminal Marketplace in San Francisco in addition to showcasing the Trio at numerous malls, markets, transit centers, and airports around the country.
The Trio also serves as Artistic Directors of GardenMusic, the music festival of the renowned Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami. The inaugural season of GardenMusic took place in the spring of 2012, and included a week of both casual and evening performances, educational presentations reaching numerous local schools, Random Acts of Culture, and collaborations with some of Miami’s most exciting artists in many genres. The Trio’s programming for the first season ranged from Medieval to Classical to world premieres, dance commissions, video installations, and theater works. GardenMusic continues (and will expand) in spring 2013; more information will be announced soon.
One of the Trio’s other major projects is a film series called “Music Of The People”. Sponsored by the Knight Foundation, the video project explores folk music from around the world by following the Sixth Floor Trio as they try to learn new musical styles and understand the folk-culture of different regions. Each episode ends in a friendly “challenge” of a local folk group to test the Trio’s ability to absorb new types of music. The pilot episode featured Bluegrass from the High Country of North Carolina.
Educational and community engagement work has also been a very significant part of the Sixth Floor Trio’s activities. The group has presented numerous concerts for Astral Artist’s community programs, has performed at (and worked with) schools around the country, and worked with the music education program Play On Philly! in Philadelphia.
The Sixth Floor Trio’s vision places all musical traditions from around the world and across time on one continuum as part of the same great musical language, and the Trio’s mission is to make connections between these varied musical styles in its repertoire. From Bluegrass to Klezmer, Classical to Jazz, Ancient Music to Contemporary Rock – the group explores it all and brings the music’s energy to the world. In addition, the Trio strives to share its artistic passion and music-making with diverse audiences everywhere, from traditional concertgoers to those with acute needs or in remote places.
Introduction video to this year's GardenMusic Festival
Artistic Director Teddy Abrams performs a short improvisation for GardenMusic
Paul Kowert Plucks for GardenMusic.
Young GardenMusic fans look forward to the festival!
Collaborations Concert #4
The Jordan Tice Trio and the Sixth Floor Trio
Collaborations Concert #2
Bernstein / Rosie Herrera Dance Theater