Living Artist Concert Series

The Living Artist Concert Series (LACS) combines ensemble performances with lectures, visual art exhibits, environmental awareness and interpretive programs. It acquaints the public with the best of South Florida's artistic spirit through collaborations with faculty from the University of Miami and Florida International University, principal players of regional, national, and international professional orchestras, top youth performers and national/international guest composers. Concerts are held in the historic Stone House Ballroom - which provides intimate seating for 125 guests, possesses superb natural acoustics for chamber music and offers a perfect environment for the exhibition of visual art.

The Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble is comprised of founding members: Jose R. Lopez, piano (Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, Florida International University), Ross Harbaugh, cello (University of Miami), and Laura Wilcox, viola (Greater Miami Youth Symphony artistic staff). This ensemble came together out of a mutual respect for nature and the beautiful Deering Estate with a love to perform chamber music, work with living composers, and interact with history, nature and other art forms.

Thanks to The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc. and Miami-Dade Parks, the ensemble has been able to fulfill a unique partnership with The Deering Estate at Cutler. From different parts of the Americas and sharing in vast musical experiences worldwide, The Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble brings its audiences diverse listening experiences. The ensemble is in their seventh season (2013-2014) and through a commitment to teaching, the ensemble looks forward to presenting public master-classes and lectures for audiences of all ages.

The Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble has received awards from the Met-Life Foundation/Meet the Composer and Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs, has performed in different venues in Miami-Dade County and in New York City, including a LIVE performance on 91.3 WLRN South Florida's Arts Beat hosted by Ed Bell. 

With support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and the Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.

Sunday Concerts at 5:30 pm (Meet-the-Artists Reception at 5:00 pm)
Friday Concerts at 7:00 pm (Meet-the-Artists Reception at 6:30 pm)

Cost: $25 adults & $12 students (K-12 & college with student I.D.)
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668 ext. 233. Please note that tickets are non-refundable.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Concert at 5:30 pm; pre-concert lecture & reception at 5:00 pm
World-renowned and South Florida-based powerhouse pianist Kemal Gekic presents an unforgettable evening of pianistic fireworks, including works by Franz Liszt.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Concert at 7:00 pm; Meet the Artist reception at 6:30 pm
Concert featuring the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble founding members with New World Symphony fellow violinist Vivek Jayaraman in works written by pivotal musical figures Igor Stravinsky, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and their sons.

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Concert at 5:30 pm; pre-concert lecture & reception at 5:00 pm
The Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble with guest violinist Charles Castleman presents works of America’s classical musical legacy - from the late Romantics to the music of Miami-based composer Juraj Kojs. 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Concert at 5:30 pm; pre-concert lecture & reception at 5:00 pm
The Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble with guest violinist, Charles Castleman present an intimate evening of Viennese treats by Franz Schubert, including the ever popular and irresistible “Trout” quintet.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Concert at 7:00 pm; Meet the Artist reception at 6:30 pm
Guest violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins returns to the Deering Estate to join the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble in a program of Romantic masterpieces by Brahms and Clara Schumann.