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American Opera Premiere

American Opera Premiere American Opera Premiere

American Opera Premiere

American String Quartets - American String Quartets

Japanese Music & Culture - Testing in Schools

Testing in Schools - CLICK HERE TO GIVE ON THURSDAY 11.21.14 / 12:00AM


Testing in Schools



Kievman's "Fairy Tales" makes a bold and powerful impact in world premiere
South Florida Classical Review / The Miami Herald

Standout singing, graphics make for intriquing 'Dandelion Woman'
Palm Beach Arts Paper
SoBe Institute of the Arts Proudly Presents an Original Fairy Tale for Adults
Miami New Times


Symphony No. 4 (Biodiversity) Recording Project
Glaciers (Rivers of Ice), The Great Swamp, Starving Angels, The Year of the Reef

SoBe Arts project to record Symphony No. 4 (Biodiversity); a work which conveys a vision of the grandeur and fragility of the natural world. The full symphony, revised and completed in 2012, is a four-part reflection on biodiversity and the plight of our worldwide ecosystems. For more information CLICK HERE




Meet the Composer

Joe Green Birthday

SoBe Arts presents an exquisite evening celebrating the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi with music by Verdi & Puccini. Performances by Yana Eminova, soprano and Casey Finnigan, tenor with Alexandra Naumenko, piano.  8:00 p.m. Friday, December 13, 2013 at SoBe Arts Little Stage Theater.

PROGRAM:  VERDI - Ave Maria; Stornello; Addio del passato and Alfrefo and Violetta duet Parigi o cara from La Traviata; Duke's aria La donna e mobile from Rigoletto; Oscar's aria Volta la terrea from Un Ballo in Maschera; Ah la paterna mano from Macbeth. PUCCINI - Aria Rodolfo, Aria Mimi and O soave fanciulla duet from La Boheme; Avete Torto and O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi

Please join us for a post-concert reception and meet the artists.

FREE PARKING: Enter lot off Washington Ave. between the 21st Street Recreation Center and the Miami Beach Convention Center. Walk to NE pedestrian gate to enter SoBe Arts' Little Stage Theater.

TICKETS $25 (special senior ($15) and student ($10) tickets available at the door)


Fall Gala 2013


Join us at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 22 for a beautiful evening celebrating the life of President John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.  Our ensemble of some of Florida's finest musicians will be performing works JFK loved and works written to honor him following his death. 

Music: Sound of Silence by Paul Simon, A Simple Song (from Mass) by Leonard Bernstein, Take Him, Earth, For Cherishing by Herbert Howells, Jackie's Song  by Michael Daugherty, Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture by Tchaikovsky, Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber and songs from the musicals Camelot and West Side Story. 

Ensemble: Kimberly Soby, soprano - Carlton Ford, baritone - Carol Naviera-Nicholson, flute - Mari-Liis Päkk, violin - Rebecca Mosloff, violin - Derek Mosloff, viola - Jason Calloway, cello - Nathan Lutz, double bass - Robert Chumbley, piano / conductor - Michael Sakir, piano / accompanist - Greg Taylor, piano 

TICKETS $15 (students $10 at the door with i.d.)

Sunday, November 10 , 2013 is going to be a day well spent at SoBe Arts! Join us in celebrating the creativity of original folk music artists of Florida.  Starting at 2:00 p.m. with the young and very talented AVOCADO ESTATE, the exciting DAPHNA ROSE & ROSEBUD, the smooth vocals of DOUG SPEARS, the urban sounds of JESSE JACKSON, and ending with a folk music legend, BOB LIND who helped make folk music popular again in the 1960s with his mega-hit "Elusive Butterfly." In keeping with SoBe Arts mission to build audiences for the arts, this amazing day is free and open to everyone in the community (free parking - enter lot off Washington Avenue between the Miami Beach Convention center and the 21st Street Recreation Center. Park and walk to NE gate to enter SoBe Arts).

Folk Festival


- Jazz at SoBe Arts

3rd Music-Theater Arts of transcendence Project:

Messiaen Event

Messian and Kievman

Messiaen was 31 years old when France entered the war against Germany. He was captured by the German army during World War II in June 1940 and was imprisoned in a prisoner-of-war camp. While in transit to the prisoner of war camp, Messiaen showed the clarinetist Henri Akoka, also a prisoner, the sketches for what would become Abîme des oiseaux. Two other professional musicians were also among his fellow prisoners (violinist Jean le Boulaire and cellist Étienne Pasquier), and after he managed to obtain some paper and a small pencil from a sympathetic guard, Messiaen wrote a short trio for them; this piece developed into the Quatuor for the same trio with himself at the piano. 

The quartet was premiered in Stalag VIII-A in Görlitz, Germany (currently Zgorzelec, Poland) outdoors in the rain on January 15, 1941, with old, broken instruments before an audience of about four hundred fellow prisoners of war and prison guards. 

"This glorious and inspirational music completely transcends the horrific conditions from which it emerged." Carson Kievman, SoBe Institute of the Arts

"This is the music of one who expects paradise not only in a single awesome hereafter but also in the happenstance epiphanies of daily life. In the end, Messiaen’s apocalypse has little to do with history and catastrophe; instead, it records the rebirth of an ordinary soul in the grip of extraordinary emotion. Which is why the Quartet is as overpowering now as it was on that frigid night in 1941." Alex Ross, The New Yorker

"In the midst of chaos, Messiaen wrote about the apocalypse in a completely “unapocalyptic” manner. In the previous century, the Requiem Mass had given composers the opportunity to unleash all the thunder they could muster to depict the horrific details of God’s day of accounting. Berlioz and Verdi had both written depictions that chill—or more honestly perhaps, thrill—us to this day. And not too long after Messiaen’s quartet was completed, Schoenberg, Shostakovich, Britten, and Penderecki would write pieces expressive of the horrors of the Nazis and their war, music full of screams, howls, and cries for righteous justice against the oppressor.

But Messiaen has no place for such neo-pagan hysterics. In the middle of a prison camp, a prisoner unsure if he would ever again see his family or home again, Messiaen composed a vision of heaven where anger, violence, vengeance, and despair are not so much repressed as irrelevant. This work has nothing to do with war, or prison, or “man’s inhumanity to man.” There is no darkness here. There is no bitterness. There is no rage. Instead there is power, light, transcendence, ecstasy, and joy eternal."
Michael Linton, Tennessee State University



7:00 p.m. ART SPEAKS: Sound-Color & Visceral perception: The Historical Ascendancy of Timbre ( Wagner's influence on 20th/21st century music). A Pre-Concert talk by Carson Kievman, Ph.D. 

8:00 p.m. OPEN FRIDAY CONCERT: All Roads Lead to Wagner
with Marina Radiushina and Milana Strezeva, Piano 4-hands


The Flying Dutchman Overture by Richard Wagner (from the opera, Der fliegende Holländer 1943.  Based on Heinrich Heine's retelling of the legend in his 1833 satirical novel The Memoirs of Mister von Schnabelewopski and a stormy sea crossing that Wagner made from Riga to London in July and August 1839)

Valse Triste op.44 by Jean Sibelius (Sad Waltz, originally written as incidental music for his brother-in-law's (Arvid Järnefelt) play the 1903 play Kuolema (Death). 

Nuts & Bolts by Carson Kievman (written as a companion piece to Symphony No. 3 (Hurricane) after living through the devastation of Hurrican Andrew in 1992).

Épigraphes Antiques by Claude Debussy (originally written in 1914 to accompany Pierre Louys' Chanson de Bilitis, prose poetry. Also used for a ballet by Jerome Robbins in 1984). 

Tristan, Vorspeil by Richard Wagner (Prelude from the opera Tristan and Isolda, 1859.  Inspired by Wagner's affair with Mathile Wesendonck and the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer. Also based largely on the romance by Gottfried von Strassburg).
Musica Ricercata by György Ligeti (A set of pieces for piano composed in the early 1950s and later used in Stanley Kubrick's 1999 film, Eyes Wide Shut). 
Les préludes (d'après Lamartine) by Franz Liszt (written in 1856 and refers to an Ode of Alphonse de Lamartine's Nouvelles méditations poétiques and is the third, and most popular, of Liszt's symphonic poems).


Spring Gala

Yana in Concert

First Night Poster_ First Night at SoBe Arts

SoBe Arts LogoSubtropics Logo

a concert of world premieres!

Click above for program details

Subtropics PosterOn Friday, March 15, 2013 at 8:00p.m,
for the Subtropics Festival XXII (Experimental Music and Sound Art), SoBe Arts will present an all-world-premiere concert of music by composers from England, Ukraine, Canada, Sweden, France, Japan, Brazil and the USA.  The new works, performed by Mystery Park Arts Band (SoBe Arts professional new music ensemble). Art Speaks at 7:00p.m.: New Music, An Alternate Universe.  A pre-concert talk and discussion with Carson Kievman and Gustavo Matamoros.  Participants in Art Speaks receive priority seating for the concert. This concert has an interactive component. The Audience will vote on the best composition to present an award.

Reception with the artists following the concert sponsored by Sylvano's Restaurant Sylvano

Free parking is available in the Miami Beach Convention Center north parking lot.  Enter the lot via Washington Avenue between the Convention Center and the 21st Street Recreation Center


Mozart Serenade by CandlelightMOZART Serende by Candlelight Jan. 19, 2013 at 8:00p.m.

FREE PARKING: Enter the Miami Beach Convention Center north  parking lot via Washington Avenue entrance

Benjamin FranklinAt 6:00PM a free Pre-Concert talk (Art Speaks) "Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin killed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart" will be presented by Artistic Director, Carson Kievman.  Art Speaks participants receive priority seating for the concert.

The concert will be followed by a reception with the artists

Centennial PosterNov. 3, 2012 Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) and the Collins Park Neighborhood Association (CPNA) present an all-day family event to celebrate the 100th Birthday of the Collins Canal in Miami Beach. Go to press release for full event information. Saturday, November 3, 2012 10:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. Concert at 5:30.

Season Opening Concert by SoBe Arts Chamber Ensemble (FREE)
When: 5:30-6:30p.m Where: the Bandshell at SoBe Arts

Concert Program:

Air from Water Music, George Friderick Handel
Irish Eyes are Smiling (1912), Ernest H. Hall
Barcarolle (Venetian canal music) from Tales of Hoffman, Jacques Offenbach
Drunken Sailor, Irish Traditional
Sorcerer’s Apprentice (excerpt), Paul Dukas
River from Blue album, Joni Mitchell
New Rag (1912), Scott Joplin
Alla Hornpipe from Water Music, George Friderick Handel

SoBe Arts Chamber Ensemble
Carson Kievman, Artistic Director

Flute – Anthea Kechley, Oboe – Joseph Peters, Clarinet – Jason Shafer, Horn 1 – Lluis Soldevila, Horn 2 – Daniel Quintero, Trumpet – Aaron Norlund, Violin 1 – Bogdan (Ben) Chruszcz, Violin 2 – Jane Choi, Viola – Carl St. Jacques, Cello – Kameron Cole, Bass – Lee Philip, Conductor – Robert Chumbley, Music Arranger – Carson Kievman


Preview of our astonishing 2011-12 season

Sunday, September 18, 2011 2pm - Music Unites Family Event - Scottish Music and Culture. Outdoors at SoBe Arts. Free & Open to the Public. Free Parking.

Music Unites promotes learning and experiencing other cultures through the power of music.
This special world music and dance event for everyone in the family is interactive,
allowing the audience to participate with part of the presentation.

Saturday, October 15, 2011 8:00pm - Open Friday at SoBe Arts Harmony for Humanity, In honor of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days. Free & Open to the Public.

Daniel Pearl Concert "Harmony for Humanity" Press Release


Friday, October 21, 2011 8:00pm - Franz Liszt/Rock Star - 200th Anniversary of Franz Liszt and SoBe Arts Fundraiser Robert Chumbley, pianist. Concert and Reception . Little Stage Theater.
Click for tickets and information.

Liszt Poster

LiveoTigertail Productions and SoBe Arts present 
a FREE Interactive demonstration by Livio Tragtenberg
Thursday, November 3, 2011 7:30pm.

This interactive demonstration will be conducted by noted Brazilian composer Livio Tragtenberg. Tragtenberg will be in Miami Beach with his installation, The Cabinet of Dr. Strange, for Miami Beach's Sleepless Night on November 5. Livio twice wowed Miami audiences at the Byron Carlyle Theater in 2005 with his Nervous City Orchestra. More info at www.tigertail.org.  This event is free & open to the public.

sleepless nightSaturday, November 5, 2011 9:00pm at SoBe Arts Bandshell - I'LL BE BACH - J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos nos. 3, 4 & 5 . Hosted by A. Schwarzenegger. Sleepless Night Miami Beach. SoBe Arts Chamber Ensemble. Free & Open to the Public.


Monday through Saturday, December 5-10, 2011

SoBe Arts American Masterworks String Festival - Click for tickets and information.

An amazing six day festival of concerts, demonstration lectures and master classes in South Beach featuring Lara St, John, violin; Kim Kashkashian, viola; Anastasia Khitruk, violin; Matt Haimovitz, cello and John Corigliano, composer.  Carl Fisher Clubhouse, Little Stage Theater and The Colony Theater. Click for Information on daily master classes for advanced string students or contact 305.674.9220


Lara St. John = Kim Kashkashian

Anastasia Kitruk - Matt Haimovitz

Matt Haimovitz plays Bach at Occupy Wall Street (Oct. 16) - Alex Ross, The New Yorker Magazine


February 24 (VIP Highlights and Reception), March 2 (World Premiere) though March 11, 2012

Music & Shakespeare Series: HAMLET Soundtheater (Opera) - Music & Libretto by Carson Kievman. Conducted by John Yaffé, Commissioned by Joseph Papp for the New York Shakespeare Festival / Public Theater (1987-1992). Mr. Papp's final commission before his death in 1991. Based on: The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Cir. 1600-1601) by William Shakespeare (World Premiere of Stage Concert Version) Click here for PRESS RELEASE


SoBe Arts Youth Chamber Ensemble

fall classes fall classes back



Ancient VoicesApril 1 (8pm) & April 3 (7pm) A Rare Staged Concert:
Ancient Voices of Children music by George Crumb, text by Federico Garcia Lorca
plus music by Amy Beach, Maurice Gardner, Lansing McLoskey and Igor Stravinsky


BollywoodApril 2 Music Unites: Bollywood at SoBe Arts (4pm)
Bollywood Dance Concert and Bollywood Dance Class by "My Bollywood Girls"
*NEW* Indian Cooking Demonstration by Ayesha D'Mello of Ayesha's Kitchen


LisztApril 15 Concert: Liszt Bicentennial Concert - Hyojin Ahn, pianist (8pm)

American PianoApril 29
Concert: American Piano - Robert Chumbley and Adam Chefitz, pianists
(American Masterworks Series) (8pm)
Music by Michal Colegrass, Robert Chumbley and William Bolcom

Tales of PowerMay 5-May 15 Tales of Power - a multimedia theater experience
inspired by Tales of Power by Carlos Castaneda, music by Michael Colgrass
Adapted & Directed by Carson Kievman, Virtual Set Design by Sean McClelland
Tales of Power Press Release - Buy Tickets

Announcing: American Masterworks Series (February 25 - December 10, 2011)
Concerts, Theater Productions, Visiting Artists, Lectures, Masterclasses and more...

SoBe Institute salutes American music masters - Knight Arts 2/25/11

Tales of PowerAmerican Piano

Ancient Voices American Masterworks

Beautiful Dreamers - SoFlaNights 2/24/11

Free arts lecture, concert - Miami on the Cheap 2/22/11

Bollywood Liszt

Angel Recital

Ceci Velasco's Birthday Bash to Benefit SoBe Arts on March 29!

Ceci's Birthday

Jellybean Benitez WMC event to benefit SoBe Arts on March 12!

Jellybean poster


    SoBe Arts Presents Staged Readings of
   by Jacquelyn Reingold
    (writer for HBO's In Treatment)
     Starring Evan Handler
 (from Californication & Sex and the City)
& Nadia Dajani
( from The Big C & Ugly Betty)
    Directed by Michael Leeds

“Poignant, funny and moving -
A magical evening of intimate live theater on South Beach!”

Sunday, January 30 - 6:30pm - Little Stage Theater - Art Speaks    
Sunday, January 30 - 7:30pm - Little Stage Theater - Reading
Monday, January 31 - 7:30pm - Little Stage Theater - Reading
Free & Open to the Public

Accomodations for Evan Handler, Nadia Dajani and Jacquelyn Reingold
generously provided by Riviera South Beach Hotel

Evan Handler on Ricky Gervais' Sex and the City Crack: "I Would Have Laughed, Too." -NBC Miami 2/2/11

"Written a new play? Good. Now hold a reading" - The Miami Herald 1/30/11

A Trip to Acapulco - The Feast (NBC Miami) 1/31/11

See Showtime stars Evan Handler and Nadia Dajani in Miami - Accidental Sexiness 1/30/11

"Sex and the City" Star Evan Handler Set for Free Reading of Acapulco - Playbill - 1/14/11

'Sex & the City's' Evan Handler Leads ACAPULCO Reading for SoBe Arts - Broadway World 1/14/11

Evan and Nadia





January 14 - SoBe Arts Cocktail Party - Sponsored by our Board of Directors, and celebrating our 5th Anniversary and the announcement of our Spring performance season (by invitation only) - 5:30-7:30PM
January 15 - SoBe Arts Fall Youth Gala 4:00PM - Potluck feast 6:00pm


SoBe Institute of the Arts
2100 Washington Avenue
(Carl Fisher Clubhouse/Little Stage Theater Complex)
Miami Beach, Florida 33139 (MAP)
Tel: (305) 674-9220 Email: info@sobearts.org






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