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FUNDarte’s FY 2016-17 Season opens Saturday, October 1, 2016 with a Gala for the 2nd International Festival of The Arts for Youth and Children, “Zun Zún Children Fest” featuring: Rita Rosa Ruesga; Robbi Kumalo; Lucy Kalantari and “My Superhero Roberto Clemente” by Teatro SEA among other educational events. This event is presented in partnership with Zunzún Arts and Education and The Miami Dade County Auditorium.

Tickets: on sale via Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com; by phone (800) 745-3000 and at the Miami Dade County Auditorium Box Office, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


More Information: (305) 547-5414; (786) 348-0789


Indulge your inner child and bring the entire family to FUNDarte’s Zun Zún Children Fest, featuring a concert of playful and educational Afro-Caribbean rhythms with singer/songwriter Rita Rosa Ruesga, 4-time Grammy nominee and Scholastic Book author; storyteller, children’s book author, composer and performer Robbi Kumalo, best known for her multicultural stories and songs for children; Brooklyn-based Lucy Kalantari, with a concert of jazz-age inspired music for kids and families; and New York’s award-winning Teatro SEA with a heart-warming production of “My Superhero Roberto Clemente” by Manuel Morán, recounting the life of the sports star, who was also a civil rights advocate, humanitarian, and family man. The Zun Zún Children Fest offers an opportunity for members of the community of all ages to come together and share experiences around artistic creation, the teaching of arts to young learners, as well as their cultural promotion, and a day of cultural offerings provided by talented visiting and local artists devoted to top-quality programming for kids and families.

Delicious Local Food on Zun Zún Children Fest 2016
by RickRey's Peruvian Fusion (FOOD TRUCK)

Every year the three Southeast Florida chapters of the American Guild of Organists bring an emerging young organist to the region to perform a recital, which this year takes place in Miami at Trinity Cathedral. The recitalist is Katelyn Emerson, first-prize winner of of the AGO's 2016 National Young Artists' Competition in Organ Performance and Associate Organist/Choirmaster of Church of the Advent in Boston. Ms. Emerson will present a recital making full use of the vast array of colors on Trinity Cathedral’s instrument, including music by Bach, Schumann, and various French composers, having studied in France on a William Fulbright Study/Research Grant. All are welcome to attend and admission is free with an offering received.

Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society to Host Annual GARDEN TOUR in Southern Palm Beach County – October 2


Visit Six Gardens Landscaped with Florida Native Plants in Delray Beach and Boca Raton


(West Palm Beach, FL – August 23, 2016) The Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, today announced that it would be hosting its Annual Native Plant Garden Tour, October 2.


From 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday, October 2, participants can visit six unique gardens landscaped with Florida native plants: one in Delray Beach, and five in Boca Raton.


The six gardens on this year’s Native Plant Garden Tour include:


Wilson Garden

2325 Greenbrier Drive in Delray Beach 33445

A tangled mess of Brazilian pepper, melaleuca and other invasive plants once shielded this house from a busy road. Ten years of sweaty but satisfying labor and the installation of 800+ Florida native plants of over 130 species has transformed all but a small, remaining section of that invasive thicket into a handsome garden with charming, peaceful paths weaving through beds of Florida native plants alive with butterflies.


Casamento Garden

17839 Crooked Oak Avenue in Boca Raton 33487

This magical landscape, 25 years in the making, is inspired by the scrub, pineland and coastal habitats of Southeast Florida, and also has elements of Key West and Sicily, the original homes of Susan and her husband Sergio. There’s a white and silver garden, a hot-colored garden for hummingbirds, a small sunken fern garden plus edible shrubs and fruit trees scattered throughout.


Martin Garden

20300 Hacienda Court in Boca Raton 33498

To breathe wildlife into her half-acre property, Eileen started by removing 3 large ficus trees and 14 Areca Palms that took up space while providing little for birds and pollinators. She began by planting a variety of native trees and shrubs along the fence lines, providing privacy for her and food & shelter for the native wildlife. Today, only three years later, there are more than 100 different native plant species thriving throughout the landscape – including fetterbush, torchwood and Eileen’s favorite, cinnecord. An assortment of bees, butterflies and birds now call this native paradise home.


Furman Garden

1100 SW 17th Street in Boca Raton 33486

Nine live oaks, a large laurel oak, and several gumbo limbo trees frame this corner property and set the stage for the Furman’s restored native garden that is distinctly “old” Florida. The flowers and berries of Florida boxwood, bitterbush, locust berry, wild coffee, wild lime, marlberry, satin leaf and many other trees, shrubs and vines attract and support a wide variety of native birds and butterflies. Of special interest are the chiggery grape vines winding their way through the live oaks: red-bellied woodpeckers feast on the berries and butterflies love the flowers. By design, there’s always wildlife on the wing visiting this garden, including ruddy daggerwings and atalas, and a very special winter visit by a summer tanager for a meal of beautyberries.


Tramell Garden

271 NW 8th Street in Boca Raton 33432

Inspired by a lecture given by Doug Tallamy at an FNPS Annual Conference, Judy has transformed her yard piece by piece, from a traditional Florida landscape of sod and exotics lacking much wildlife, to a garden full of life. All the sod has been removed and over 70 species of wildflowers, trees and shrubs have been added. Almost like magic, the landscape has become an environment that is alive with more than 25 species of birds, bees and butterflies, including a thriving colony of atala butterflies.


Balosie Garden

520 NE 34th Street in Boca Raton 33431

Twenty years ago this was a typical 1960's landscape that featured ficus, hibiscus and areca palms. Through trial and error, research, and the help of native plant professionals, the Balosie’s are establishing an urban landscape that benefits both the natural and human inhabitants. Some handsome natives that are now featured include Bahama strongbark, Florida boxwood and bitterbush. “Our garden is an extension of our home, and as with most gardens, it is an evolving work in progress”. 


How to Get Tickets for the Native Plant Garden Tour:

The cost for the day is $10 for non-members and free for FNPS members and children under 13. 


Tickets can be purchased with cash or check at any of the gardens on the day of the tour.


For more information, please call 561.247.3677 or visit http://www.palmbeach.fnpschapters.org


About The Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society:

The Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the preservation, conservation and restoration of native plants and native plant communities of Florida.


Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Mounts Botanical Garden, 531 N. Military Trail. Each meeting has an educational program related to Florida native plants, a native plant giveaway and refreshments. For more information, please call 561.247.3677 or visit http://www.palmbeach.fnpschapters.org/.


Available for Interview:

Susan Lerner, Chapter President

561.478.7444  /  VitalLongevity@gmail.com














MIAMI --- The Florida International University School of Music announces its 2016 FIU MUSIC FESTIVAL in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center, taking place on October 5, 2016 through October 28, 2016 located at 10910 S.W. 17th Street, Miami, Florida 33199. FIU MUSIC FESTIVAL will present over 12 concerts of music from Classical to Jazz to Latin America, performed by some of the best local, national and international performers, ensembles and orchestra.


The FIU MUSIC FESTIVAL kicks off with the FIU School of Music’s newest member of the FIU Music Season, conductor Maestro Raffaele Ponti along with world renown FIU Artist-in-Residence faculty, violinist Robert Davidovici and pianist Kemal Gekic, in an evening of FANTASY & FANFARE with the FIU Symphony Orchestra, FIU Wind Ensemble & FIU Symphony Choirs on Wednesday, October 5. The program opens with the majestic Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland and concludes with the beloved Choral Fantasy by Ludwig van Beethoven.


Artistic Director, Karen S. Fuller-Veloz is proud to be able to bring back the FIU Music Festival to Florida International University. Many recall that the Festival started in 1996 as a weeklong celebration and inauguration of the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center. This year as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Center we bring back to the community one of FIU’s cultural gems. We have heard over the past couple of years the demand to bring this Festival back and we welcome 2016 with the FIU Music Festival and celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Herbert & Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center!


MADE IN AMERICA on October 6, brings to the stage violist Chauncey Patterson alongside our vibrant FIU Artist-in-Residence Ensemble the Amernet String Quartet in a program of ambitious works including FIU Professor Emeritus in Composition Fredrick Kaufman’s work, Mobile, inspired by the creations of Alexander Calder, along with Dvorak’s American Quintet and Mozart’s Viola Quintet in B-flat major. On Saturday, October 8, the stakes get higher with JAZZ DYNAMICS featuring FIU alumnus and internationally renowned Latin Jazz sensation Tony Succar with worldwide phenomenon in the Jazz arena, Jon Secada, in a program of Latin greats, Jazz greats, and great surprises.


URBAN LANDSCAPES is not to be missed with four world premieres commissioned by the FIU School of Music taking place on our stage on Thursday, October 13th! The FIU Wind Ensemble and Women’s Chorus, led by conductors Brenton Alston and Kathryn Longo will bring these innovative new works to life in performance, coupled with a unique panel discussion with composers Sydney Guillaume, Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Scott Stinson, and Steve Danyew about their own creative process for the theme, “Urban Landscapes.”


International Chopin Piano Competition medalist Gabriela Montero will perform an evening of SCHUBERT, SCHUMANN & PIANO IMPROV on Friday, October 14. Hailed by the New York Times for her “steely power” and “soulful lyricism,” Latin Grammy winner Gabriela Montero will wow audiences with original works inspired by her native Venezuela as well as masterpieces by Schubert and Schumann.


Cutting-edge performers, soprano Tony Arnold and pianist Jacob Greenberg, collaborate with the Amernet String Quartet on Wednesday, October 19th in CABARET, ART SONGS & THE QUARTET. An evening of cabaret and art songs of Arnold Shoenberg, Anton Webern, and Alban Berg, in addition to Helmut Lachenmann’s Got Lost. Our guest soprano will also perform the riveting Schoenberg String Quartet No. 2 with members of the Amernet String Quartet, recognized as “a group of exceptional technical ability” by the Washington Post.


The Mexico City Woodwind Quintet brings MUSIC OF THE AMERICAS to the Wertheim with a Latin American dances program with composers ranging from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Uruguay, and Mexico, on Thursday, October 20. Their clarinetist, Fernando Dominguez, performs his matinee solo debut at FIU on Friday, October 21 with selections from his latest CD, Black Crossfire (Negro Feugo Cruzado), a recording of works by Mexican contemporary composers whose works explore the expressive and technical possibilities of the clarinet.


Long-time friends of the FIU School of Music, violist and President of the Curtis Institute of Music Roberto Diaz and cellist of international reputation Andres Diaz, return for an evening of DOUBLE SEXTETS: TCHAIKOVSKY & STRAUSS in a program of “Souvenir de Florence” by Tchaikovsky and “Capriccio” by Strauss with the FIU Artist-in-Residence Ensemble, Amernet String Quartet on Friday, October 21, 2016.


FIU Artist-in-residence, Kemal Gekic, presents LISZT & BARTOK with Roberta Rust and Jose Lopez on Sunday, October 23, 2016. Audiences will be treated to masterful works including Vier Kleine Klavierstücke by Franz Liszt, Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm by Béla Bartok, and other composers including Charles-Valentin Alkan.


On Tuesday, October 25, 2016 the FIU MUSIC FESTIVAL turns to THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK to bring to the stage famed jazz vocalist Lisanne Lyons and the FIU Jazz Big Band, led by James Hacker, for an evening of swinging charts including “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” by Ella Fitzgerald, “I Just Found Out About Love” from the Diane Schurr library and many others!


From the Americas, to the Caribbean, to the ORIENT EXPRESS, the FIU MUSIC FESTIVAL comes to a close with Turkey’s rising star and pianist, Hande Dakilic, and FIU guitarist and Founder of the Miami International GuitART Festival, Mesut Ozgen, in a performance of music from Istanbul to London along the train route of the famous Orient Express on Friday, October 28, 2016.


Tickets for the FIU MUSIC FESTIVAL are on sale and can be purchased by calling (305) 348-0496 or by visiting www.music.fiu.edu/musicfestival. VIP subscription to the FIU MUSIC FESTIVAL can be purchased for $60 per person and a general subscription to the FIU MUSIC FESTIVAL for $45; single ticket general admission ranges from $15.00-$5.00.


The FIU MUSIC FESTIVAL is presented by the FIU School of Music and funded in part by the "México en Escena" from the Mexican National Fund for Culture and Arts, The Miami Herald, CultureForce, Consulate General of Turkey in Miami, and the Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs.


For additional information, visit the 2016 FIU MUSIC FESTIVAL on the following platforms:

Web: music.fiu.edu/musicfestival


Twitter: @FIUMusic #FIUMusicfestival

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