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Talented young musicians to perform in ‘South Florida’s Got Talent’

Laura Liu, 2017 winner of the annual Alhambra Orchestra concerto competition for middle and high school students in South Florida, performs with the group at the 2017 ‘South Florida's Got Talent’ concert.
Laura Liu, 2017 winner of the annual Alhambra Orchestra concerto competition for middle and high school students in South Florida, performs with the group at the 2017 ‘South Florida's Got Talent’ concert. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Music can make any day better — for the performers, and for those in the audience — and The Alhambra Orchestra has been bringing rewarding experiences to our community since 1990.

During the season, the group of amateur and professional musicians performs concerts of classical, pops, holiday and chamber music, sometimes with other organizations and soloists.

But this time of year is special. It’s when The Alhambra Orchestra honors the talented young performers in school music programs, as well as their teachers, at a free symphony concert.

“South Florida’s Got Talent” will be 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Florida International University Wertheim Auditorium, 10910 SW 17th St. The winners of the annual concerto competition, for middle- and high-school students, will again perform the pieces they presented to the panel of judges. The orchestra will accompany them led by artistic director and conductor Daniel Andai.

“The Alhambra Orchestra's mission includes supporting music education, something we strongly believe in,” Executive Director Helen Hauser said in an email. “Nearly all of our members came through school music programs, and several of them are music teachers. While we honor these elite students who won our competition, we also want to see all children given an opportunity to enrich their lives through studying music.”

The soloists: third-place winner Marion Warfel, performing George Hue’s Fantasie for flute and orchestra; second-place winner Sophia Zheng, presenting the final movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D; and first-place winner Madison Yan, performing the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5.

The concert will also feature Rossini’s La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie) overture, and the powerful overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Wagner.

Everyone is invited to enjoy this event and stay for the dessert reception to honor the winners after the concert. No tickets or reservations are needed. You can find out more about donating to The Alhambra Orchestra, or contact the group about joining, at www.alhambramusic.org. Call 305-668-9260.

New date for Brandeis luncheon

Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill will share his latest stories and photos from a recent adventure in Africa at the next Brandeis showcase starting with coffee and conversation at 10:15 a.m. Feb. 8 at Temple Judea, 5500 Granada Blvd., U.S. 1 and Granada Boulevard. This event was postponed in the fall because of Hurricane Irma.

The program will be followed by a luncheon by Michael’s Catering. Tickets are $40-$50 per person. Net proceeds go to the Brandeis National Committee Scholarship Campaign.

Magill has worked in wildlife for over 30 years and has “hands-on” experience with a large variety of animals. As Zoo Miami’s goodwill ambassador, he has appeared on the “Today” show, “Good Morning America,” Discovery Channel and History Channel. To attend, call Barbara Bulbin at 305-274-0206.

Teachers’ sorority celebrates

It’s the 60th anniversary for the Florida Chi Chapter of the Alpha Delta Kappa International Sorority of Educators. The group will honor outstanding Miami-Dade County women in education at festivities starting at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 10, with lunch at 11 a.m., at 94th Aero Squadron, 1395 NW 57th Ave.

Interested teachers are welcome to attend. The cost is $32, payable by check to Alpha Delta Kappa FL Chi, P.O. Box 56-6532, Miami, 33256-6532. Reservations must be postmarked by Feb. 1.

At the event, Florida Chi charter member Catherine Daniels will be honored as a 60-year A∆K Diamond Sister. She will join Florida Chi’s Diamond Sister Georgie Graham, who transferred from her original chapter in Kansas City. Lottie Downie and Audrey Pilafian are 50-year Golden Sisters who will bring back the “Women of Unquestionable Virtue” performance group established by Pilafian.

The FL Chi Chapter’s altruistic endeavors include a $500 scholarship to a Miami-Dade County woman pursuing a degree in education, as well as donations to many other Florida education scholarship funds.

To learn more about local groups and the Alpha Delta Kappa International Foundation outreach visit www.alphadeltakappa.org. For more on the luncheon, write to fl.chi.alphadeltakappa@gmail.com.

New Neighbors fashion show

Looking to make new friends in your community? The New Neighbors Club has been helping to make connections at luncheons and fun events since 1949. The next program is a Chico’s spring collection fashion show, modeled by club members, with a lunch starting at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14, at Devon’s Seafood Restaurant, 11771 Sherri Lane in the Town and Country Mall.

Cost is $25 by check. Reservations are required and can be made to Charlene Richards at 305-251-3074 or through an email at erinsmom623@yahoo.com by 6 p.m. Feb. 8.

Everyone is invited to join the club at its monthly luncheons or at any of the upcoming club activities. New Neighbors strives to provide friendly settings for residents to meet new and old friends; get acquainted with the benefits of local businesses, merchants and restaurants; and expand their horizons. More at newneighborssouthdade.webs.com.

If you have news for this column, please send it to Christina Mayo at christinammayo@gmail.com.

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