Founded in 2006, Orchestra Miami exists to fulfill the unique cultural needs of our growing community. In our very brief history, we have already begun to accomplish our mission of bringing affordable concerts of quality symphonic music to avariety of venues in Miami-Dade County.
Orchestra Miami consists of a select group of 40 musicians, all of whom are permanent South Florida residents. This collective body is unparalleled in terms of excellence and experience. Led by Founder, Artistic Director and Miami native, Elaine Rinaldi, Orchestra Miami continues to exceed expectations in terms of programming and artistic quality.
Funded by private donors as well as a Community Grant from the Miami-Dade County Office of Cultural Affairs, Orchestra Miami presented its inaugural concerts in September of 2006, featuring international opera star, Eglise Gutierrez. Following the success of these concerts, Orchestra Miami was invited to provide the orchestra for Andrea Bocelli in his only sold-out South Florida appearance. The season concluded with Pictures: Explorations in Visual Music, co-sponsored by Miami Dade College Art Gallery System. This multi-media event featured music inspired by great works of visual art accompanied by visual projections of each referent piece. It also premiered two works by contemporary American composers, Steve Heitzeg and Stephen Paulus.
2007 was a year of preparation and growth. In addition to providing excellent orchestras for Andrea Bocelli and Peruvian superstar tenor Juan Diego Florez, Orchestra Miami’s prepared for its smash 2008 season.
In 2008, Orchestra Miami began by honoring Casa Ricordi, the oldest and most prestigious music publishers in the world. The Ricordi Opera Gala, featuring Guest Stars from the Metropolitan Opera and the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami, served as a Gala fund-raiser for both Orchestra Miami and the University of Miami School of Music and kicked off our season in style. Following this successful event, OM presented En Concierto con Nestor Torres – a mix of Classical and hot Latin jazz. This concert played to a packed house of both fans of Latin jazz and classical music, a rare and exciting meeting of the two worlds. Our final concert was a collaboration with the Miami Civic Music Association, presenting world-renowned classical guitarist, Angel Romero with the orchestra. The highlight of this special event was the North American Premiere of David Chesky’s Concerto for Guitar. OM’s commitment to education was demonstrated by a very special Beethoven-themed education concert at the Arsht Center, which reached 1500 Miami-Dade County students. This concert, presented with the support of the James L. Knight Foundation, Citizens Interested in Arts, the Miami Dade County Public School’s Division of Life Skills and special grants from the office of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Katy Sorenson and the Children’s Trust, made the connection between Beethoven and the Age of Enlightenment and Dr, Martin Luther King and the American Civil Rights movement.
Orchestra Miami’s Spring 2009 season saw the inauguration of our Free Family Concerts. These concerts, presented in various venues around Miami-Dade County, are designed to introduce young children to classical music through the telling of two well-known and beloved children’s classics: Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Our collaboration with the Chopin Foundation of the United States presented Ning An, First-prize winner of the 2000 Chopin Piano Competition, as soloist with the orchestra. This stellar event featured three orchestral classics, Beethoven’s “Leonore” Overture, N. 3, Brahms’ iconic Symphony N. 1 in c minor, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto N. 1. OM’s 2009 season closed with a very special event. In collaboration with the Kelley Roy Gallery, OM presented “An Evening of Visual Music” in celebration of the Argentinean painter, Sebastian Spreng. Mr. Spreng’s art is inspired by music, and one of his pieces exhibited at the Kelley Roy Gallery was his masterwork cycle, entitled Liederkreis, Opus II. Members of Orchestra Miami performed Schumann’s Liederkreis in front of Spreng’s Liederkreis, allowing the audience to directly experience the inspiration for his work.
Our Fall 2009 Season began with a continuation of our Free Family Concerts. Tough Turkey in the Big City: A Feathered Tale is a Thanksgiving-themed story written for six instruments and narrator, which delighted families in Coconut Grove, Miami Beach and Aventura. The Spring 2010 Season continued with our collaboration with the “Kampong Kids” concert series, with two more concerts at this Miami treasure. Additionally, Orchestra Miami collaborated with producer Michael Capasso to present the only South Florida performance of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess on its 75th Anniversary National Tour. Our season continued with several evenings of intimate chamber music, performed by our outstanding musicians, and concluded with a benefit recital on June 12, with Miami’s own Elizabeth Caballero, soprano, accompanied by OM Artistic Director Elaine Rinaldi.
In the Fall of 2010, OM provided top-quality orchestras for Broadway stars Raul Esparza at the Arsht Center Gala and Idina Menzel at the Sylvester Gala. In January, 2011, OM selected as a cultural partner in the Miami Dade County Public Schools’ Cultural Passport Program, resulting in performing “Carnival of the Animals” for 10,000 second grade students at the Miami Dade County Auditorium. We also performed the “Carnival of the Animals Carnival” along with members of the Fantasy theatre Factory at University of Miami’s Gusman Hall. On Valentine’s Day, Orchestra Miami had the privilege of performing for the fourth time with top-selling crossover artist Andrea Bocelli in a sold-out performance at the BankAtlantic Center. March brought our most ambitious project to date: free outdoor concerts in Miami Beach and Pinecrest. “Mozart Under the Moonlight” brought quality classical music to over 1500 people in their own neighborhoods. The season ended with a recital by Miami native and internationally renowned tenor Russell Thomas, accompanied by Artistic Director Elaine Rinaldi.
Orchestra Miami, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is funded by the generosity of private donors, grants from the Department of Cultural Affairs of Miami Dade County, grants from the Dade Community Foundation and many other grant makers, including the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Citizens Interested in Arts, the Ricordi Foundation for Music and Medicine, the Children’s Trust, the Miami Salon Group, the Levine Family Foundation, the Melin Family Foundation, among others. Our corporate sponsors and partners include Miami Dade County Department of Parks and Recreation, Miami Dade County Auditorium, the Miami Dade County Public Schools, the City of Coral gables, the City of Miami Beach, WLRN, Northern Trust, Williamson Automotive, Talent Recruiters, Inc., Barilla Foods, American Airlines, International Finance Bank and many others.