Members of South Beach Up North
Wausau native Michael Andrews is the founder and director of South Beach Chamber Ensemble. He brings a group of talented musicians from across the midwest and Arizona to perform classical and pops music for audiences in the Wausau area each summer.
The string quintet welcomes new members University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point violin professor Oscar Soler and Madison native Kenneth Martinson on viola. The musicians performed earlier in the week at the Woodson Art Museum.
Friday night, they offer the music of Beethoven, George Onslow and Daniel Bernard Roumain, whom Andrews met at a conference in New York. Special guests, including a current D.C. Everest student and recent Wausau East graduate, will play a Roumain piece along with the South Beach musicians.
"We had done Roumain in Miami, and it was a real crowd pleaser," Andrews said. He said he likes featuring the work of newer composers and enjoys the chance to collaborate with students.
The second night of live music is called "Mozart on the Move," a family-friendly menu of music with polka, tango and Beatles classics, even pop hits such as Bruno Mars are featured in the mix.
The concerts will be in the atrium of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Wausau, 504 Grant St.