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Miami Beach Urban Studios Open Public Rehearsal: Amernet String Quartet

Conservatory strings quartet shoot at my mom's house - Franz Fel

Open Public Rehearsal: Amernet String Quartet

Come visit the Urban Studios and listen to the Amernet string quartet practice 10:30am-1:30pm

Amernet is back with a new sound, a fresh approach and an irresistible energy!

The Amernet String Quartet has garnered recognition as one of today’s  exceptional string quartets and are Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami.  Their sound has been called “complex” but with an “old world flavor.” Strad Magazine described the Amernet as “…a group of exceptional technical ability.”

The Amernet is joined this season by second violinist Tomas Cotik and forges ahead with a newly formed sound with the release of a new CD called Dissenting Voices on New Focus Recordings featuring rarely-heard works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Shostakovich, and Mieczysław Weinberg, one of the most important recent re-discoveries and considered by many the third of the great Soviet composers, alongside Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

At last season’s Soluna Festival, under the auspices of the Dallas Symphony, the following was said of the group:  [Misha] “Vitenson is an aggressive violinist who generates a full sound and plays with laser focus, nearly perfect intonation and amazing accuracy.  A natural born leader, he probably would chaff in the second violin chair.  Klotz is probably the best violist you will ever hear.  He has a huge sound that can match the cello or the violin, depending on the texture of the music. His solo passages are stunning.  Calloway has his work cut out for him, playing in such an assertive quartet, but he always rises to the occasion. He offers a firm grounding, and is the underpinning for the remarkable intonation of the group.  However, he can soar above the fray when the music requires it.”  -Theater Jones

Their performance at the Kennedy Center’s Fortas Chamber Music Series at the Terrace Theater yielded the following comments from the Washington Post:  [“The Amernet’s performance of Beethoven op. 95] was buoyed by the pull of irresistible momentum even in the second movement, in which cellist Jason Calloway’s beautifully weighted falling scale proceeded with stately majesty.  You had a feeling that the four musicians had decided to throw care to the winds and just go for it.  The Amernet…has a whole fistful of recently written pieces in its repertoire, many of which the quartet commissioned.  But a concert of Haydn, Beethoven and Franck is not to be sneezed at…when played as well and with as much attention to style and proportion as this one was.  The group adopted a warm, woody tone for their reading of Haydn’s Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5, and a richly lush, almost orchestral delivery for the Franck Piano Quintet. [with Pianist James Tocco]. Their Haydn maintained an intimate, Baroque-like balance and transparency while their Franck ebbed and flowed in the indulgence of that work’s romanticism, and the players seemed equally at home in both of these very different idioms.

The Amernet’s performance schedule has taken the quartet across the Americas and to Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.  They have collaborated with many of today’s most prominent artists and ensembles including the Tokyo and Ying quartets as well as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Robert deMaine, Roberto Diaz, Gary Hoffman, Ida Kavafian, Anthony McGill, Sherrill Milnes and Michael Tree.

Internationally, the quartet has appeared at major festivals around the world, including Cervantino, San Miguel de Allende, Aviv (Israel), and Colima (Mexico), while in Germany a critic commented that their playing was “fascinating, with flawless intonation, extraordinary beauty of sound, virtuosic brilliance and homogeneity of ensemble.”  (Nürnberger Nachrichten).  The Amernet’s U.S. engagements have included the Kennedy Center, the Tilles Center, Caramoor, the Great Lakes Festival, Newport, Friends of Chamber Music in Arizona and Friends of Chamber Music in Syracuse, LPR in New York City, Chamber Music Society of Louisville, Music on the Edge in Pittsburgh, the University of Maine – Collins Center, and Market Square Concerts.  The Amernet has also appeared as quartet soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony and Alan Gilbert.  Earlier in their career, the Amernet won the gold medal at the Tokyo International Music Competition before being named first prize winners of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Prior to their current position at Florida International University, the Amernet held posts as Corbett String Quartet-in-Residence at Northern Kentucky University and at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  Additionally, the ensemble served as the Ernst Stiefel Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for the Arts.

In its frequent touring, the Amernet has conducted workshops and master classes in Buffalo, Los Angeles, Memphis, and New Orleans as well as visiting residencies at colleges and universities including Columbia, Gettysburg, Penn State, Princeton, Western Illinois, and Wiliams and abroad in Colombia, Israel, Mexico, and Serbia.  The Amernet String Quartet has received grants from the Corbett Foundation, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the LaSalle Foundation, the Fine Arts Fund, the Cincinnati Chamber Music Society, and the Amernet Society for school outreach projects, the commissioning of new chamber music works, and their concert and conversation series.  The group was the recipient of a Chamber Music Rural Residency Award during which they divided their time among the communities of Johnstown, Somerset, and Indiana, Pennsylvania.

The Amernet has always been committed to the music of our time, and now under the moniker AmerneXt, the Amernet is adopting some of the great works of the late 20th and 21st centuries in the context of earlier and traditional music.  Working closely with some of today’s leading composers, such as John Corigliano, Orlando Garcia, John Harbison, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Fredrick Kaufman, Bernard Rands, Gerhard Samuel, Morton Subotnick, Dmitri Tymoczko, and Chinary Ung, the group has taken on a new attitude, with music by Kurtag, Gubaidulina, Michael Gordon, and some of the fresh new voices of composers under 40.

For more information on the Amernet String Quartet click, HERE.

Miami Beach Urban Studios Performance: Open Mic #22

open MIC Updated 2017

Open Mic #22

The Open Mic series is intended to provide a forum for self-expression to members of our community, to foster and nurture empowerment and self-esteem.

Occurring monthly in the Main Gallery, this is a safe zone for expression and sharing. You can per-register to perform – any thing you’d like at the mic, be it Spoke Word/Poetry, Rap, Prose, Narrative, Monologue, Comedy, Song, Dance or other, all are welcome, encouraged, accepted and safe here. Pleas email Liane Sippin, Lsippin@fiu.edu.

Please come, join and support. Your presence is appreciated and honored, and genuinely lifts the spirit of our community.

For more on the work of Miami Beach Urban Studios Distinguished Affiliate Robert Zuckerman, please click here.

Miami Beach Urban Studios Performance: Florida Grand Opera “Before Night Falls”

Before night falls

Florida Grand Opera “Before Night Falls”

 

Based on the famous memoir of Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas, Before Night Falls follows Arenas’ life from childhood poverty in the Cuban countryside to his emigration to the United States in the 1980 Mariel boat-lift and his last decade in New York City.

The opera follows his trials and tribulations as a political prisoner disillusioned by the Cuban Revolution and persecuted by the Castro regime as a dissident writer and homosexual who was forced to smuggle his manuscripts abroad for publication.

In 2000, Before Night Falls was made into an award-winning feature film directed by Julian Schnabel and starring Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp.

CAST  
Reinaldo Arenas Elliot Madore*
Ovidio Dinyar Vania*
Victor Calvin Griffin
Lazaro Michael Kuhn
Pepe/Port/Visa Official Javier Abreu
Mother/The Sea Elizabeth Caballero
The Moon Melissa Fajardo
Peasant’s Mother Laura León
Conductor Christopher Allen*
Director David Gately
Production Fort Worth Opera
   
  * = FGO debut

Sung in English and Spanish with projected titles in both languages

For more information on the Florida Grand Opera please click, here.

Miami Beach Urban Studios MAA Showcase Exhibition

MAA Showcase Exhibition

Exhibition: February 21-March 3, 2016

Opening Reception: February 21,2016 7pm

Artist: Students from the MAA program

The Master of Arts in Architecture (MAA) is a 36-credit post- professional degree program that enables students to pursue advanced studies in three areas: theory, applied research and special topics in practice. Individual areas of concentration are pursued through course work and independent study and may include the philosophy and history of design, digital technologies and visualization, mapping, technology, sustainability, neuroscience and architecture, furniture and industrial design, advanced topics in design and sustainable development. These concentration areas are supported by focus topics in the FIU SOA curriculum and allow students to pursue advanced research combining cross-disciplinary course work with faculty areas of specialization.

To learn more about the Master of Arts in Architecture program click, HERE.

Miami Beach Urban Studios Open Public Rehearsal: Amernet String Quartet

Conservatory strings quartet shoot at my mom's house - Franz Fel

Open Public Rehearsal: Amernet String Quartet

Come visit the Urban Studios and listen to the Amernet string quartet practice 10:30am-1:30pm

Amernet is back with a new sound, a fresh approach and an irresistible energy!

The Amernet String Quartet has garnered recognition as one of today’s  exceptional string quartets and are Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami.  Their sound has been called “complex” but with an “old world flavor.” Strad Magazine described the Amernet as “…a group of exceptional technical ability.”

The Amernet is joined this season by second violinist Tomas Cotik and forges ahead with a newly formed sound with the release of a new CD called Dissenting Voices on New Focus Recordings featuring rarely-heard works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Shostakovich, and Mieczysław Weinberg, one of the most important recent re-discoveries and considered by many the third of the great Soviet composers, alongside Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

At last season’s Soluna Festival, under the auspices of the Dallas Symphony, the following was said of the group:  [Misha] “Vitenson is an aggressive violinist who generates a full sound and plays with laser focus, nearly perfect intonation and amazing accuracy.  A natural born leader, he probably would chaff in the second violin chair.  Klotz is probably the best violist you will ever hear.  He has a huge sound that can match the cello or the violin, depending on the texture of the music. His solo passages are stunning.  Calloway has his work cut out for him, playing in such an assertive quartet, but he always rises to the occasion. He offers a firm grounding, and is the underpinning for the remarkable intonation of the group.  However, he can soar above the fray when the music requires it.”  -Theater Jones

Their performance at the Kennedy Center’s Fortas Chamber Music Series at the Terrace Theater yielded the following comments from the Washington Post:  [“The Amernet’s performance of Beethoven op. 95] was buoyed by the pull of irresistible momentum even in the second movement, in which cellist Jason Calloway’s beautifully weighted falling scale proceeded with stately majesty.  You had a feeling that the four musicians had decided to throw care to the winds and just go for it.  The Amernet…has a whole fistful of recently written pieces in its repertoire, many of which the quartet commissioned.  But a concert of Haydn, Beethoven and Franck is not to be sneezed at…when played as well and with as much attention to style and proportion as this one was.  The group adopted a warm, woody tone for their reading of Haydn’s Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5, and a richly lush, almost orchestral delivery for the Franck Piano Quintet. [with Pianist James Tocco]. Their Haydn maintained an intimate, Baroque-like balance and transparency while their Franck ebbed and flowed in the indulgence of that work’s romanticism, and the players seemed equally at home in both of these very different idioms.

The Amernet’s performance schedule has taken the quartet across the Americas and to Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.  They have collaborated with many of today’s most prominent artists and ensembles including the Tokyo and Ying quartets as well as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Robert deMaine, Roberto Diaz, Gary Hoffman, Ida Kavafian, Anthony McGill, Sherrill Milnes and Michael Tree.

Internationally, the quartet has appeared at major festivals around the world, including Cervantino, San Miguel de Allende, Aviv (Israel), and Colima (Mexico), while in Germany a critic commented that their playing was “fascinating, with flawless intonation, extraordinary beauty of sound, virtuosic brilliance and homogeneity of ensemble.”  (Nürnberger Nachrichten).  The Amernet’s U.S. engagements have included the Kennedy Center, the Tilles Center, Caramoor, the Great Lakes Festival, Newport, Friends of Chamber Music in Arizona and Friends of Chamber Music in Syracuse, LPR in New York City, Chamber Music Society of Louisville, Music on the Edge in Pittsburgh, the University of Maine – Collins Center, and Market Square Concerts.  The Amernet has also appeared as quartet soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony and Alan Gilbert.  Earlier in their career, the Amernet won the gold medal at the Tokyo International Music Competition before being named first prize winners of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Prior to their current position at Florida International University, the Amernet held posts as Corbett String Quartet-in-Residence at Northern Kentucky University and at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  Additionally, the ensemble served as the Ernst Stiefel Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for the Arts.

In its frequent touring, the Amernet has conducted workshops and master classes in Buffalo, Los Angeles, Memphis, and New Orleans as well as visiting residencies at colleges and universities including Columbia, Gettysburg, Penn State, Princeton, Western Illinois, and Wiliams and abroad in Colombia, Israel, Mexico, and Serbia.  The Amernet String Quartet has received grants from the Corbett Foundation, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the LaSalle Foundation, the Fine Arts Fund, the Cincinnati Chamber Music Society, and the Amernet Society for school outreach projects, the commissioning of new chamber music works, and their concert and conversation series.  The group was the recipient of a Chamber Music Rural Residency Award during which they divided their time among the communities of Johnstown, Somerset, and Indiana, Pennsylvania.

The Amernet has always been committed to the music of our time, and now under the moniker AmerneXt, the Amernet is adopting some of the great works of the late 20th and 21st centuries in the context of earlier and traditional music.  Working closely with some of today’s leading composers, such as John Corigliano, Orlando Garcia, John Harbison, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Fredrick Kaufman, Bernard Rands, Gerhard Samuel, Morton Subotnick, Dmitri Tymoczko, and Chinary Ung, the group has taken on a new attitude, with music by Kurtag, Gubaidulina, Michael Gordon, and some of the fresh new voices of composers under 40.

For more information on the Amernet String Quartet click, HERE.

Miami Beach Studios Open Public Rehearsal: Amernet String Quartet

Conservatory strings quartet shoot at my mom's house - Franz Fel

Open Public Rehearsal: Amernet String Quartet

Come visit the Urban Studios and listen to the Amernet string quartet practice 10:30am-1:30pm

Amernet is back with a new sound, a fresh approach and an irresistible energy!

The Amernet String Quartet has garnered recognition as one of today’s  exceptional string quartets and are Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami.  Their sound has been called “complex” but with an “old world flavor.” Strad Magazine described the Amernet as “…a group of exceptional technical ability.”

The Amernet is joined this season by second violinist Tomas Cotik and forges ahead with a newly formed sound with the release of a new CD called Dissenting Voices on New Focus Recordings featuring rarely-heard works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Shostakovich, and Mieczysław Weinberg, one of the most important recent re-discoveries and considered by many the third of the great Soviet composers, alongside Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

At last season’s Soluna Festival, under the auspices of the Dallas Symphony, the following was said of the group:  [Misha] “Vitenson is an aggressive violinist who generates a full sound and plays with laser focus, nearly perfect intonation and amazing accuracy.  A natural born leader, he probably would chaff in the second violin chair.  Klotz is probably the best violist you will ever hear.  He has a huge sound that can match the cello or the violin, depending on the texture of the music. His solo passages are stunning.  Calloway has his work cut out for him, playing in such an assertive quartet, but he always rises to the occasion. He offers a firm grounding, and is the underpinning for the remarkable intonation of the group.  However, he can soar above the fray when the music requires it.”  -Theater Jones

Their performance at the Kennedy Center’s Fortas Chamber Music Series at the Terrace Theater yielded the following comments from the Washington Post:  [“The Amernet’s performance of Beethoven op. 95] was buoyed by the pull of irresistible momentum even in the second movement, in which cellist Jason Calloway’s beautifully weighted falling scale proceeded with stately majesty.  You had a feeling that the four musicians had decided to throw care to the winds and just go for it.  The Amernet…has a whole fistful of recently written pieces in its repertoire, many of which the quartet commissioned.  But a concert of Haydn, Beethoven and Franck is not to be sneezed at…when played as well and with as much attention to style and proportion as this one was.  The group adopted a warm, woody tone for their reading of Haydn’s Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5, and a richly lush, almost orchestral delivery for the Franck Piano Quintet. [with Pianist James Tocco]. Their Haydn maintained an intimate, Baroque-like balance and transparency while their Franck ebbed and flowed in the indulgence of that work’s romanticism, and the players seemed equally at home in both of these very different idioms.

The Amernet’s performance schedule has taken the quartet across the Americas and to Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.  They have collaborated with many of today’s most prominent artists and ensembles including the Tokyo and Ying quartets as well as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Robert deMaine, Roberto Diaz, Gary Hoffman, Ida Kavafian, Anthony McGill, Sherrill Milnes and Michael Tree.

Internationally, the quartet has appeared at major festivals around the world, including Cervantino, San Miguel de Allende, Aviv (Israel), and Colima (Mexico), while in Germany a critic commented that their playing was “fascinating, with flawless intonation, extraordinary beauty of sound, virtuosic brilliance and homogeneity of ensemble.”  (Nürnberger Nachrichten).  The Amernet’s U.S. engagements have included the Kennedy Center, the Tilles Center, Caramoor, the Great Lakes Festival, Newport, Friends of Chamber Music in Arizona and Friends of Chamber Music in Syracuse, LPR in New York City, Chamber Music Society of Louisville, Music on the Edge in Pittsburgh, the University of Maine – Collins Center, and Market Square Concerts.  The Amernet has also appeared as quartet soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony and Alan Gilbert.  Earlier in their career, the Amernet won the gold medal at the Tokyo International Music Competition before being named first prize winners of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Prior to their current position at Florida International University, the Amernet held posts as Corbett String Quartet-in-Residence at Northern Kentucky University and at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  Additionally, the ensemble served as the Ernst Stiefel Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for the Arts.

In its frequent touring, the Amernet has conducted workshops and master classes in Buffalo, Los Angeles, Memphis, and New Orleans as well as visiting residencies at colleges and universities including Columbia, Gettysburg, Penn State, Princeton, Western Illinois, and Wiliams and abroad in Colombia, Israel, Mexico, and Serbia.  The Amernet String Quartet has received grants from the Corbett Foundation, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the LaSalle Foundation, the Fine Arts Fund, the Cincinnati Chamber Music Society, and the Amernet Society for school outreach projects, the commissioning of new chamber music works, and their concert and conversation series.  The group was the recipient of a Chamber Music Rural Residency Award during which they divided their time among the communities of Johnstown, Somerset, and Indiana, Pennsylvania.

The Amernet has always been committed to the music of our time, and now under the moniker AmerneXt, the Amernet is adopting some of the great works of the late 20th and 21st centuries in the context of earlier and traditional music.  Working closely with some of today’s leading composers, such as John Corigliano, Orlando Garcia, John Harbison, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Fredrick Kaufman, Bernard Rands, Gerhard Samuel, Morton Subotnick, Dmitri Tymoczko, and Chinary Ung, the group has taken on a new attitude, with music by Kurtag, Gubaidulina, Michael Gordon, and some of the fresh new voices of composers under 40.

For more information on the Amernet String Quartet click, HERE.

Miami Beach Urban Studios Workshop: Art + Art History First Year BFA Student Drawing Workshop

Drawing workshop Meg 2017

Art + Art History First Year BFA Student Drawing Workshop

Friday, February 10th at 6pm RM 473 

Respond to images/video on the monitor as well as exhibition Lexicons and Signifiers

This workshop continues the spirit of last year’s MFA Drawing event attached to mounir fatmi’s Modern Times exhibition. The evening is meant to be an performative drawing response to Lexicons and Signifiers just a few feet away. Designed to be a solo classroom wall with one long sheet of paper, all participants drawing and collaborating together.

Space is limited if you are interested in the drawing workshop please contact Meg Kaplan-Noach at mkapl001@fiu.edu

Miami Beach Urban Studios Concert: New Music Miami ISCM Festival: Alumni Composer Concert

New Music Miami ISCM Festival: Alumni Composer Concert

Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 7:30PM

The following works have been selected for performance on the XX New Music Miami ISCM Festival alumni concert featuring FIU’s Ensemble-in-Residence the Amernet String Quartet and members of the NODUS Ensemble:

Featured composers and performers:

*Paul Poston: Wind/Whisper for solo flute with Elissa Lakofsky

*David Mendoza Nocturne: for solo cello with Jason Calloway

*Federico Bonacossa: Shikantaza for guitar and electronics with Federico Bonacossa

*Juraj Kojs Sol: for string quartet with the Amernet String Quartet

*Jorge Grossmann: Da Lontano String Quartet with the Amernet String Quartet

 

Students and guests are invited to the free composers forum with guest alumni on Friday, February 10 at 12:00 PM at Miami Beach Urban Studios.

 

To learn more about the New Music ISCM Festival please click, here.

Miami Beach Urban Studios Open Public Rehearsal: Amernet String Quartet

Conservatory strings quartet shoot at my mom's house - Franz Fel

Open Public Rehearsal: Amernet String Quartet

Come visit the Urban Studios and listen to the Amernet string quartet practice 10:30am-1:30pm

Amernet is back with a new sound, a fresh approach and an irresistible energy!

The Amernet String Quartet has garnered recognition as one of today’s  exceptional string quartets and are Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami.  Their sound has been called “complex” but with an “old world flavor.” Strad Magazine described the Amernet as “…a group of exceptional technical ability.”

The Amernet is joined this season by second violinist Tomas Cotik and forges ahead with a newly formed sound with the release of a new CD called Dissenting Voices on New Focus Recordings featuring rarely-heard works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Shostakovich, and Mieczysław Weinberg, one of the most important recent re-discoveries and considered by many the third of the great Soviet composers, alongside Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

At last season’s Soluna Festival, under the auspices of the Dallas Symphony, the following was said of the group:  [Misha] “Vitenson is an aggressive violinist who generates a full sound and plays with laser focus, nearly perfect intonation and amazing accuracy.  A natural born leader, he probably would chaff in the second violin chair.  Klotz is probably the best violist you will ever hear.  He has a huge sound that can match the cello or the violin, depending on the texture of the music. His solo passages are stunning.  Calloway has his work cut out for him, playing in such an assertive quartet, but he always rises to the occasion. He offers a firm grounding, and is the underpinning for the remarkable intonation of the group.  However, he can soar above the fray when the music requires it.”  -Theater Jones

Their performance at the Kennedy Center’s Fortas Chamber Music Series at the Terrace Theater yielded the following comments from the Washington Post:  [“The Amernet’s performance of Beethoven op. 95] was buoyed by the pull of irresistible momentum even in the second movement, in which cellist Jason Calloway’s beautifully weighted falling scale proceeded with stately majesty.  You had a feeling that the four musicians had decided to throw care to the winds and just go for it.  The Amernet…has a whole fistful of recently written pieces in its repertoire, many of which the quartet commissioned.  But a concert of Haydn, Beethoven and Franck is not to be sneezed at…when played as well and with as much attention to style and proportion as this one was.  The group adopted a warm, woody tone for their reading of Haydn’s Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5, and a richly lush, almost orchestral delivery for the Franck Piano Quintet. [with Pianist James Tocco]. Their Haydn maintained an intimate, Baroque-like balance and transparency while their Franck ebbed and flowed in the indulgence of that work’s romanticism, and the players seemed equally at home in both of these very different idioms.

The Amernet’s performance schedule has taken the quartet across the Americas and to Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.  They have collaborated with many of today’s most prominent artists and ensembles including the Tokyo and Ying quartets as well as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Robert deMaine, Roberto Diaz, Gary Hoffman, Ida Kavafian, Anthony McGill, Sherrill Milnes and Michael Tree.

Internationally, the quartet has appeared at major festivals around the world, including Cervantino, San Miguel de Allende, Aviv (Israel), and Colima (Mexico), while in Germany a critic commented that their playing was “fascinating, with flawless intonation, extraordinary beauty of sound, virtuosic brilliance and homogeneity of ensemble.”  (Nürnberger Nachrichten).  The Amernet’s U.S. engagements have included the Kennedy Center, the Tilles Center, Caramoor, the Great Lakes Festival, Newport, Friends of Chamber Music in Arizona and Friends of Chamber Music in Syracuse, LPR in New York City, Chamber Music Society of Louisville, Music on the Edge in Pittsburgh, the University of Maine – Collins Center, and Market Square Concerts.  The Amernet has also appeared as quartet soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony and Alan Gilbert.  Earlier in their career, the Amernet won the gold medal at the Tokyo International Music Competition before being named first prize winners of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Prior to their current position at Florida International University, the Amernet held posts as Corbett String Quartet-in-Residence at Northern Kentucky University and at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  Additionally, the ensemble served as the Ernst Stiefel Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for the Arts.

In its frequent touring, the Amernet has conducted workshops and master classes in Buffalo, Los Angeles, Memphis, and New Orleans as well as visiting residencies at colleges and universities including Columbia, Gettysburg, Penn State, Princeton, Western Illinois, and Wiliams and abroad in Colombia, Israel, Mexico, and Serbia.  The Amernet String Quartet has received grants from the Corbett Foundation, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the LaSalle Foundation, the Fine Arts Fund, the Cincinnati Chamber Music Society, and the Amernet Society for school outreach projects, the commissioning of new chamber music works, and their concert and conversation series.  The group was the recipient of a Chamber Music Rural Residency Award during which they divided their time among the communities of Johnstown, Somerset, and Indiana, Pennsylvania.

The Amernet has always been committed to the music of our time, and now under the moniker AmerneXt, the Amernet is adopting some of the great works of the late 20th and 21st centuries in the context of earlier and traditional music.  Working closely with some of today’s leading composers, such as John Corigliano, Orlando Garcia, John Harbison, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Fredrick Kaufman, Bernard Rands, Gerhard Samuel, Morton Subotnick, Dmitri Tymoczko, and Chinary Ung, the group has taken on a new attitude, with music by Kurtag, Gubaidulina, Michael Gordon, and some of the fresh new voices of composers under 40.

For more information on the Amernet String Quartet click, HERE.

Miami Beach Urban Studios FIU Alumni exhibition “The Matriarchs” by Cristina Molina

The matriarchs Cristina Molina

Panther Alumni Week Exhibition : “The Matriarchs”

by Cristina Molina

February 9th- March 10th

Artist Lecture and Opening: February 10th 6pm

Artist: Cristina Molina FIU BFA ’09

Description:

In The Matriarchs I collaborate with all the women in my family to produce a series of still-life photographs, portraits, and cinematic imagery. References to mythical protagonists such as saints, deities, and other famous icons are interjected throughout. The images emphasize physical gestures of connectivity, hierarchy, balance, and tension–all allusions to the relational dynamics that exist between women in family units. Set in the subtropics, the work conflates female identity amidst a disappearing South Floridian territory. Ultimately this series is about contemplating loss while maintaining that the feminine presence is tender, generative, and powerful.

Statement and purpose:
In my latest work, The Matriarchs I collaborate with all the women in my family to produce a series of still-life
photographs, portraits, and cinematic imagery. On a personal level, the work contemplates the relational
dynamics between us. To bring forth ideas of unity and lineage, I referenced the aesthetics of tribal culture and
produced a repeat-pattern that is printed on all the clothing we wear throughout the project. By designing this
uniform of sorts, it becomes apparent that we are part of the same sect. The imagery also pulls from famous
female icons. References to saints, deities, and other mythical protagonists are subtly interjected into the work.
The individual portraits are staged so that each woman directly confronts the camera. The group portraits are
staged so that my family is split into two—the paternal and the maternal. In both images the “Matriarch” of the
family is centralized, while the rest of her family surrounds her. The images emphasize physical gestures of
connectivity, hierarchy, balance and tension.

To learn more about Cristina Molina click, here.

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