The South Florida Youth Symphony’s (SFYS.org) recent live concert at Fairchild Botanic Garden was a rousing success with the community, drawing nearly 200 people to the idyllic setting.
“This was a great event in a fantastic location,” said Marjorie Hahn, SFYS executive and music director. “This was our first live performance in a year and the kids played extraordinarily. The crowd was enthusiastic, and you just can’t beat the setting.”
Sponsored by Fairchild and the Kiwanis Club of Homestead-South Dade, the concert — which was one of South Florida’s first major live performances since the COVID-19 pandemic began — took place at the Pandanus Lake Plaza.
The Youth Symphony, which won a Gold Medal at the prestigious Heritage Music Festival in Washington, DC in 2017, performed at Carnegie Hall in 2018 and captured Gold at the Young Bohemian 2019 Music Festival in Prague, Czech Republic, was preparing for a musical exchange trip to Uruguay and Argentina the week travel was halted. They also had their season finale concert cancelled.
The SFYS had been practicing via Zoom since late August — and producing virtual mini-concerts — since the pandemic outbreak. Their third virtual concert, in conjunction with the Miami Dade College Orchestra and students from Spain and Panama, captured a prestigious Regional Suncoast Emmy Award.
SFYS program, one of the nation’s leading youth music organizations, is sponsored in part through support from the Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Miami Dade County Mayor and County Commissioners, Children’s Trust, Miami Dade County Office of Management and Budget, State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Kirk Foundation, Publix Charities, Louis C. Skinner Foundation, and Nancy Friday Foundation.
For additional information on the South Florida Youth Symphony — which is inviting talented young musicians to audition — visit SYFS.net, email MakeMusic@sfys.net or call 305-238-2729.