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. 

"TRANSCULTURATION" features Classical Music Embracing the phenomenon of merging and converging cultures.
Concerts begin at 7:15 pm; Meet the Artist Reception at 6:30 pm.

SEASON SUBSCRIPTION: $150 includes 6 LACS Concerts plus two piano concerts and masterclasses
Adult Ticket: $25 per LACS concert
Adult Ticket: $25 per Piano Series concert
Student Ticket: $12 per LACS concert (Grades K-12 with Student I.D.)

Tickets can be purchased online for an additional fee. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668 ext. 233. Please note that tickets are non-refundable.

Friday, SEPTEMBER 27, 2013
Echoes of Czech and Slovakian Music - featuring piano quartets by Dvorak, Suk, and Slovakian Composer-in-Residence Juraj Kojs with Russian-American violinist Misha Vitenson.
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Friday, NOVEMBER 15, 2013
Musical ties across Continents - featuring works by Piazzolla, Lecuona and Brahms, with guest Taiwanese-American violinist, Huifang Chen.
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Friday, JANUARY 17, 2014
Golden Age of French-Belgian Romantics - featuring the legendary violin virtuoso, Charles Castleman with the music of Cesar Franck, Camille Saint-Saens.
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Sunday, FEBRUARY 23, 2014 
Black Heritage in Classical Music - featuring violinist, Kelly Hall in works by L.V. Beethoven, Jose White, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor with guest composer/violinist, Jessie Montgomery.
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Sunday, MARCH 16, 2014 
Romantics Then and Now - works by Miami's own legend, Mana-Zucca, Johannes Brahms, and featuring guest composer, Victoria Bond.
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Sunday, APRIL 13, 2014 
“A Spark of Genius: Nature’s Prodigies”  - Musical imageries of nature in early chamber music works by Felix Mendelssohn and Erich Korngold with guest violinist, Charles Castleman and his famous Stradivarius violin.
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$25 per concert
Concerts begin at 7:15 pm; Meet the Artist Reception at 6:30 pm.
In collaboration with American Liszt Society - South Florida Chapter, the Deering Estate at Cutler presents an array of international pianists in chamber music programs, providing an inspiring, entertaining and affordable musical experience.

Friday, OCTOBER 18, 2013
Transcendental Franz Liszt featuring piano virtuoso, Kemal Gekic.

Friday, MAY 23, 2014
Baltimore Liszt-Garrison Collaborative featuring the 1st Place future Winner of the Baltimore Liszt-Garrison International Competition, in partnership with the American Liszt Society.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
**Saturday, SEPTEMBER 21, 2013
**This Master Class is part of the September Fee-Free P.L.A.Y. Day and is free and open to the public.

Saturday, JANUARY 18, 2014
Free with Estate admission

Saturday, FEBRUARY 22, 2014 (Concerto Competition)
Free with Estate admission

Saturday, APRIL 12, 2014 
"Musical Seedlings" - Back by popular demand, master violinist and pedagogue, Charles Castleman returns to present a master class featuring South Florida’s finest young string players.
Free with Estate admission for Adults and free for Youth 

With the Support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade County Mayor, Board of County Commissioners, MetLife Creative Connections – Meet The Composer Program, University of Miami, Florida International University, Greater Miami Youth Symphony, The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc., Steinway Piano Gallery of Coral Gables and the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove.