Friday, February 18, 2011

Arts at St. Johns Presents "Monthly Classical Music" Series

The Arts at St. Johns introduces a new monthly Sunday Matinee series of classical music. The series is directed by William Carney, who is also Director of Music at St. John's on the Lake United Methodist. Each month different local artists and groups will be featured.

Shows take place from 3-5pm at St. John's United Methodist Church, 4760 Pinetree Drive, Miami Beach. Tickets cost $15 for early registration and $20 at door. Purchase tickets at

Who & When:
Sunday, Feb. 27 - Kathleen Bell, Soprano, accompanied by Liera Antropova, Piano, and Elena Olondo, Flute. Kathleen is a graduate of the University of Miami Vocal Performance program. She has been a featured soloist with the Miami Symphony, the Miami Oratorio Society, the Hispanic Lyric Theatre, and as a member of the ensemble of Florida Grand Opera. At St. John's, Kathleen will be singing selections from Telemann, Mozart, and others.
Kathleen Bell

Sunday, March 27 - Karen Schoenhals, Classical Guitar. Karen has been playing classical music since she was eight years old. Currently, she is pursuing a masters degree in classical guitar performance at Florida International University. Schoenhals has studied guitar under the direction of world-renown guitarists and teachers Bruce Holzman, Carlos Molina, Lily Afshar, and Rafael Padron. She will be selections from Bach, Sainz de la Maza, Mertz and others.

Sunday, April 17 - String Quartet from the Miami Music Project. The concert is presented by four former members of the New World Symphony: Aleksandr Zhuk, I Violin, Karen Lord-Powell, II Violin, Yael Kleinman, Viola, and Aaron Merritt, cello. The Miami Music Project is a non-traditional performing arts organization; its focus is education and community engagement. The mission of the Miami Music Project is to make music education and live performances accessible to thousands of under-served audiences. 

Sunday, May 22 - Miami Brass. The Miami Brass is wowing audiences with the glorious sounds of the Baroque. Led by former Dallas Brass solo trumpet Brian Neal, the Miami Brass has succeeded in producing a unique, unmistakable collective sound with individuals renowned as soloists drawn from outstanding orchestras and ensembles like the Boca Symphonia, Florida Grand Opera orchestra, Miami Symphony, Miami Wind Symphony, and Miami City Ballet Orchestra.

Classical Series Program Director, William Carney, is on the Voice faculty at New World School of the Arts. In the Theater Division at New World, he provides private voice lessons, coaches, and offers theory and ear training; in the Music Division, he gives private voice lessons and teaches sight-singing and ear training, music history, and vocal literature. At New World, Mr. Carney was the Musical director for "A Chorus Line;" the musical director/conductor of "My Favorite Year;" musical director/keyboardist for "The Marriage of Figaro;" conductor for "City of Angels, Anything Goes, Carousel," and "42nd Street." Mr. Carney is also on the Voice Faculty at Miami-Dade College.  

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