By Jessica Creagan
VERO BEACH -- Some venues call for full symphony orchestras or grand performances, but First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach is focused on bringing the best of chamber music to music lovers in the area.
On Nov. 10 at 3 p.m., the church will host the Miami Guitar Trio, a chamber music group from South Florida, said Jacob Craig, director of music and arts at First Presbyterian.
Advance tickets are $15, or $20 at the door. The proceeds pay for the artists' performances and if any extra is made, it is funneled back into the series fund to help pay for even more stand-out musicians to come to Vero Beach, Mr. Craig said.
The trio is made up of stellar guitar musicians Federico Bonacossa, Corey Harvin and Federico Musgrove. All three men have extensive backgrounds in music and musical careers in their own rights. In 2009 they came together with a mission to expand guitar trio repertoire through commissions, original compositions and arrangement of music for other instruments, a press release said.
Miami Guitar Trio concerts include original compositions and arrangement as well as contemporary music. Influence of Latin American culture and music is very evident in their style, said Mr. Craig.
"It's going to be a virtuosic, varied program," he said.
The acoustic space at First Presbyterian is perfect for this type of concert; dry, smaller and situated so every note can be heard clearly, Mr. Craig said.
Chamber music was developed in the Baroque and Renaissance eras and were originally exclusive concerts given by small groups of musicians in a royal court, but they eventually evolved to small gatherings in individual homes, he said.
"They are meant to be a very intimate experience and are scored for instrumentalist to have very intimate expressions," Mr. Craig said.
"Chamber musicians are some of the best players in the world because they have to be at the top of their field," Mr. Craig said.
Watching musicians become enveloped in the music they are creating is the best thing about live performances, the trio is definitely going to be bringing excellence to the stage, he said.
Two other concerts are scheduled in First Presbyterian's 2013-14 concert series. On Feb. 16 at 3 p.m., Korean-American violinist Kristen Lee will perform, and on May 18 at 3 p.m. Mr. Craig will perform on the piano with another local music director and pianst, Marcos Flores.
First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach is located at 520 Royal Palm Blvd., Vero Beach. For more information, call (772) 562-9088 or visit www.firstpresvero.org.