The Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire and the Firebird Chamber Orchestra, will open their 11th season, titled Simple Gifts, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Jude Melkite Catholic Church, 126 SE 15th Rd. in Miami. The musical season will run through Oct. 21, with concerts at various locations in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
According to a press release from the group, it was the words, "Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free," that inspired Aaron Copland to write his most memorable work, Appalachian Spring. The hymns are a direct link to America’s early history and has been an inspiration for composers over the ages. Simple Gifts is a celebration of refreshingly simple Americana, with music from the Shaker tradition, as well as Copland, Samuel Barbar, and Morten Lauridsen.
Now entering its second decade, Seraphic Fire has become one of South Florida’s most important performing arts organizations and has a national reputation for choral music excellence. Led by Founder and Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley, who brings the best ensemble singers from around the country to South Florida, Seraphic Fire performs a repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to newly commissioned works. The ensemble’s recordings of "Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem" and "A Seraphic Fire Christmas" were nominated for two, 2012 Grammy awards. It was the only choir in North or South America to be nominated, and was the only classical ensemble to be nominated for two separate projects.
Other concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 100 NE Mizner Blvd. in Boca Raton; at 7:30 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, 536 Coral Way in Coral Gables; at 8 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Episcopal Church, 333 Tarpon Dr. in Fort Lauderdale and at 4 p.m. Oct. 21 at Miami Beach Community church, 1620 Drexel Ave. in Miami Beach.
Tickets are $38 each and may be purchased by calling 305-285-9060 or at www.SeraphicFire.org.
Belen boys to wear pink
Hats off to the students at Belen Jesuit Preparatory, an all-boys school at 500 SW 127th St, who will be wearing pink throughout the week of Oct. 15, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. During the week students will wear pink wristbands customized with the school’s logo and a pink ribbon outlined in blue. Each wristband costs $5, and proceeds will benefit the Baptist Health Breast Center Foundation. Students and faculty members will also have the opportunity to purchase blue and pink ties to wear throughout the week. The ties are $20 each; $6 of which will go towards purchasing needed items for breast cancer patients at Baptist Hospital.
The school’s central patio located at the heart of the campus, will be decorated with pink ribbons and a banner that declares, "Real Men Wear Pink." In addition, all tests and quizzes during the month of October will be printed on pink paper.
Even the school’s newly created bowling team will wear pink ribbons ans wristbands during their games throughout this month, and the varsity football team will wear pink socks during the homecoming game against Mater Academy at 3 p.m. on Oct 26.
On Oct. 19, the school’s Breast Cancer Awareness Day, the food served in the cafeteria will have elements of pink. A special video produced by students will debut and the school website, www.belenjesuit.org, will have a pink ribbon on its homepage and the school’s Facebook page will also have a photo of the school "going pink."
Also, the school’s Saladrigas Gallery will host the Alberto Romeu Photographic Exhibit and reception at 7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free.
Fundraiser for kids
Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, will have its Sixth Annual "Wild About Kids," Gala at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Four Seasons Hotel Brickell, 1435 Brickell Ave. The guest of honor will be Danell Leyva, who won the bronze medal at the London 2012 Summer Olympics for men’s gymnastics. He will be presented with the organization’s Hometown Hero Award.
The proceeds from the gala will benefit the 10,000 boys and girls the clubs serve year round, providing programs in the areas of character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, cultural arts and sports, fitness and recreation.
If you go, you will receive a "red carpet" welcome, attend a cocktail reception, and dinner with live music and a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind items.
Supporter and South Florida celebrity artist David "Lebo" Le Batard, will donate a piece of his original artwork that was inspired by the organization’s mission statement, to the silent auction. Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade alumna Elizabeth Elias, 13, will sing the National Anthem to kick off the program. Lynn Martinez, anchor of WSVN’s Deco Drive, will serve as the mistress of ceremonies.
Gala tickets are $325 per person, and after party tickets are $50 each. To purchase tickets and for table and sponsorship opportunities contact Astrid H. Ehrenstein, director of special events and development at 305-446-9910, ext. 30 or email@example.com.
Cartoons in history
Gilder Lehrman national traveling exhibit "Looking at Lincoln: Political Cartoons from the Civil War Era," is on display at the ACND Gallery of Art at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School through Nov. 3.
The exhibit explores the Civil War and issues of slavery from the standpoint of political cartoons of Lincoln’s contemporaries and ae vivid and biting. The cartoons originally appeared in newspapers and were sold individually as prints in shops, on street corners, and by mail. The artists and citizens who created the images lived in a century in which racism was deeply ingrained in American life.
Although a large part of the exhibit is from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, selected prints were made available by the Library of Congress in Washington.
Underwritten by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City, the exhibit is free and open to the community, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Additional visiting hours or group torus may be arranged by calling 305-751-8367.
Botanical Gardens celebrates 50 years
The Miami Beach Botanical Garden will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Oct. 25, with a two-tiered event to highlight its new Raymond Jungle design and will also spotlight its future path.
Starting at 6 p.m., the garden’s VIPs will be treated to champagne greeters, an open bar, dinner and performances by the Rainbow Circus, the South Beach Chamber Ensemble and 60’s-era surprise celebrity guests. At 8:30 p.m. the after party will start with dessert, an open bar and dancing til 11 p.m.
There are three ways to buy your tickets to the gala: the Host Committee tickets are $500 each and includes four VIP tickets and listing on the printed and electronic invitations’ website and Facebook; Miami Beach Botanical Garden member tickets are $125 and $150 for non-members, and after party tickets are $40 for members, $50 for non-members and $60 at the door.
To be a member of the Host Committee or to purchase tickets, call Cindy Brown at 305-673-7256, ext. 206. or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The garden is at 2000 Convention Center Dr. in Miami Beach.
The Moscow Sretensky Monastery Choir will appear in concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd.
Considered one of the best choirs of Russia, the choir will perform a program of masterpieces of Russian sacred and folk music.
Tickets are available online at arshtcenter.org, or by calling the box office at 305-949-6722.
Women in Leadership
The third of four Florida Women in Leadership Symposiums will be from 8 - to 11:45 a.m. Thursday, at Nova Southeastern University, 1750 NE 167th St. in North Miami Beach.
Topics to be discussed will include, Beyond the Box — Letting go of preconceived barriers and fears; Networking Our Way Up — Always finding ways to connect; Balancing Life and work — How do we do it?; Giving and Receiving — supporting one another in both directions, and Leadership Best Practices —What it takes to lead in today’s world.
The fourth and last symposium will be at Hodges University’s Naples Campus, Science and Technology Building, 2647 Professional Circle, Naples.
To register and for more information contact Ameerah Mukayed at email@example.com.
Art Fest at Doral
The works of over 100 artists from around the world will be showcased at the free Ninth Annual Art Fest@Doral from Friday through Oct. 21 at Carlos Albizu University at 2173 NW 99th Ave. Actress Carmen Daysi will be the mistress of ceremonies for Art Fest’s Friday’s opening.
This year the Art Fest will present a delegation from Belgrade, Serbia, headed by internationally-known artist Vladimir Manic. The delegation will exhibit more than 50 works of art by special invitation from Art Fest Co-founder Noel Santiesteban.
The exhibit will show only one-of-a-kind and limited edition works of art, available for sale. A special film program, showcasing directors’ documentaries and films to run throughout Saturday and Sunday will also be featured. The event will also feature four live performances by Body Painting Artist Erika Monroy.
The hours of the exhibit are, 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 21.