January 5-18, 2015

About GardenMusic

Learn about our festival

Throughout the GardenMusic Festival, visitors to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will be exposed to chamber music through open, outdoor rehearsals and short, surprise concerts that will bring the joy of chamber music directly into the community. All visitors will have the opportunity to meet and engage with the musicians, experiencing music on an intimate and personal level. The subscription concerts will allow for a more traditional chamber music experience in an incomparable setting. This season’s festival will also feature an increase in educational programming, working with local organizations to ensure that the power of music reaches South Florida’s schools.


GardenMusic's unique educational programming is focused both on collaborating with local programs and ensuring that throughout the two weeks of the festival, every child who visits the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden experiences the power of music.

GardenMusic's educational outreach is programmed by Gabriel Globus-Hoenich. One of Philadelphia's up-and-coming musicians, Gabe is an active teaching artist in Philadelphia schools and in the El-Sistema-inspired program "Play On Philly!"

Support the Festival

We hope to bring you the exceptional music and extensive educational programming of Fairchild's GardenMusic Festival for many years to come. To do so, we need your support. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available starting at $500. Please CLICK HERE for details on sponsorship opportunities, and please contact Margaret Bushko for more information.


This season is generously funded through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

We owe our gratitude to the following sponsors:

Buttrick Family
William Abrams
Bruce and Martha Clinton
Gary Wasserman
Stearns Weaver Miller
Greer Family
Sixth Floor Trio
Angie Whitman
Teddy Abrams
Marilyn Abrams
Johnny Teyssier
Dan Lewis
Hal Phillips
New York Community Foundation
Arthur Klurstein
Donald and Shirley Diamond
Allegro Music Center

A special thanks to our generous partners at Marriott.

Past Seasons
2014 Season

The January 2014 season was an exciting year of growth for the GardenMusic Festival. The festival featured concerts that spanned a range of musical genres and themes, including "Stories Told Through Music", "The Edge: Music That Pushed the Boundaries of its Time", and "A Jazzy Night". Each concert was preceded by a short lecture or recital featuring GardenMusic resident artists, an esteemed professor from the world-renowned Curtis Conservatory, and talented youth from the Miami Music Project.

You can find additional information on our sponsors, artists, repertoire, and more in the GardenMusic 2014 Program Booklet.

2014 Resident and Guest Artists:

  • Sebastian Chang, Resident Composer / Piano
  • Jeremy Kittel, Violin
  • Julio Elizalde, Piano
  • Michele Oka Doner, Visual Artist
  • Gabe Glonus-Hoenich, Percussion / Drumset
  • Gal Nyska, Cello
  • Paul Kowert, Double Bass
  • Troy Roberts, Saxophone
  • John Britton, Trumpet
  • Xavier Mili Saint-Ives, Timba Vocals
  • Morgan James, Jazz Singer
  • Javier Nero, Trombone
  • Lily Francis, Violin / Viola
  • Johannes Dickbauer, Violin
  • Emily Deans, Viola
  • Chase Morrin, Piano
  • Sarah Shafer, Soprano
  • Bam Bam Rodriguez, Bass
  • Josh Pinkham, Mandolin
  • David Conner, Bass
  • Awesome New Republic

2012 Season

The inaugural, Spring 2012 season of GardenMusic was a tremendous success. The repertoire ranged from Bach and Haydn to bluegrass and rock. Local collaborations included poetry from the O, Miami Poetry Festival, dance from the Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, and filmmakers from the Miami International Film Festival.

2012 Resident and Guest Artists:

  • Sebastian Chang, Resident Composer / Piano / Electric Guitar
  • Owen Dalby, Violin
  • Julio Elizalde, Piano
  • Nathan Farrington, Bass
  • Gabe Glonus-Hoenich, Percussion / Drumset
  • Michael Katz, Cello
  • Joanne Lawry, Jazz Singer
  • Achilles Liarmakopoulos, Trombone
  • Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, Violin / Viola
  • Jordon Tice Trio


Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Staff:

Nannette Zapata, Chief Operating Officer
Natalie White, Director of Community Relations and Event Planning

GardenMusic Staff:
Margaret Bushko, Managing Director


  • To bring the highest-quality and most exciting chamber music to South Florida
  • To create a powerfully immersive experience for visitors to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden that will connect music with the garden space and other artistic disciplines
  • To foster the collaborative and creative spirit between musicians and artists in other genres
  • To provide engaging and stimulating educational opportunities for young people at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

Artist Roster

Meet the musicians for our 2014 season
Sixth Floor Trio

The Sixth Floor Trio is a chamber group dedicated to the creation and performance of music that connects different musical styles, communities, and artistic disciplines. Formed by graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2008, the Trio has performed extensively throughout the United States in venues ranging from traditional concert halls to grunge bars and experimental spaces.

The Trio’s debut performance took place in August 2009, when the group opened for (and collaborated with) Marvin Hamlisch in Western North Carolina. Following this very successful beginning, the Trio performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center in 2010 (with two return engagements in 2011 and 2012), the Kravis Center (Palm Beach) in 2011, World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, the FUZE! Series at the Akron Art Museum, the Living Room in New York City, and numerous other locations during the Trio’s annual Summer, Fall and Winter residencies.

In addition to presenting performances, the Sixth Floor Trio has created and directed several exciting projects inspired by the Trio’s mission to bring music to the widest audiences and to connect with artists from many different genres. The Trio received a substantial grant in 2011 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to present “Random Acts of Culture” across the United States. These “Random Acts” led the Trio to collaborate with organizations such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Stanford University, the Akron Public Library, Philadelphia’s National Museum of American Jewish History, Greyhound, and the Ferry Terminal Marketplace in San Francisco in addition to showcasing the Trio at numerous malls, markets, transit centers, and airports around the country.

The Trio also serves as Artistic Directors of GardenMusic, the music festival of the renowned Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami. The inaugural season of GardenMusic took place in the spring of 2012, and included a week of both casual and evening performances, educational presentations reaching numerous local schools, Random Acts of Culture, and collaborations with some of Miami’s most exciting artists in many genres. The Trio’s programming for the first season ranged from Medieval to Classical to world premieres, dance commissions, video installations, and theater works. GardenMusic continues (and will expand) in spring 2013; more information will be announced soon.

One of the Trio’s other major projects is a film series called “Music Of The People”. Sponsored by the Knight Foundation, the video project explores folk music from around the world by following the Sixth Floor Trio as they try to learn new musical styles and understand the folk-culture of different regions. Each episode ends in a friendly “challenge” of a local folk group to test the Trio’s ability to absorb new types of music. The pilot episode featured Bluegrass from the High Country of North Carolina.

Educational and community engagement work has also been a very significant part of the Sixth Floor Trio’s activities. The group has presented numerous concerts for Astral Artist’s community programs, has performed at (and worked with) schools around the country, and worked with the music education program Play On Philly! in Philadelphia.

The Sixth Floor Trio’s vision places all musical traditions from around the world and across time on one continuum as part of the same great musical language, and the Trio’s mission is to make connections between these varied musical styles in its repertoire. From Bluegrass to Klezmer, Classical to Jazz, Ancient Music to Contemporary Rock – the group explores it all and brings the music’s energy to the world. In addition, the Trio strives to share its artistic passion and music-making with diverse audiences everywhere, from traditional concertgoers to those with acute needs or in remote places.


Photos and Videos of the 2014 preparations and Videos from Past Seasons

GardenMusic 2014

GardenMusic 2014

Introduction video to GardenMusic Festival 2014

WLRN Interview 2014

Harris Hollingsworth, Jeremy Kittel, Josh Pinkham and Paul Kowert

GoPro : Russian Dance from Petrouchka

Paul Kowert Plucks for GardenMusic.

Abrams: Rock

Sixth Floor Trio + Gabriel Globus-Hoenich

Past Seasons

GardenMusic 2012

Collaborations Concert #4
The Jordan Tice Trio and the Sixth Floor Trio

GardenMusic 2012

Collaborations Concert #2
Bernstein / Rosie Herrera Dance Theater

GardenMusic 2012

Sebastian Chang


Tent Seating
  • $15

    General Public

  • $10

    Fairchild Members

Lawn Seating
  • $5

    General Public

  • FREE

    Fairchild Members

GardenMusic Pass
Buy Three, Get One Free
  • $45

    General Public

  • $30

    Fairchild Members


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