Monday, March 18 from 6:00-7:30 PM Miami Cancer Institute 8900 N. Kendall Drive, Miami Cafe, First Floor
Expression Through Music
This is the first of two events first-year Viola Fellow and cancer survivor Stephanie Block will host benefitting The Histiocytosis Association, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the unique needs of patients and families dealing with the effects of histiocytic disorders while leading the search for a cure. Both events feature performances by Stephanie and other members of the New World Symphony, as well as speeches by Stephanie and Miami Cancer Institute’s doctors and leadership. Both events benefit The Histiocytosis Association.
This event is free and all are welcome, but reservations are required. Complimentary valet service available until 8:00 PM. Self-parking is available in the visitor garage.
This performance is part of Miami Cancer Institute's Inspire You--a series of special events with inspirational and celebrity speakers who have important stories of hope and healing to share with those affected by cancer.
About the Project
This performance is part of Stephanie's NWS BLUE Project. These projects are made possible with support from the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation and the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation.
Stephanie Block, NWS Viola Fellow
Stephanie Block is a first-year Viola Fellow at the New World Symphony. Praised by theSarasota Observeras “exceptionally talented” and “a virtuosic performer,” she has performed as a soloist with several Chicago-area symphonies and recently gave the U.S. premiere of Alejandro Cardona’sSweet Tijuana: Danzas Fronterizasfor Viola and Orchestrawith the New Juilliard Ensemble. Ms. Block has served as Principal Viola with the Juilliard Orchestra, Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra and Sarasota Music Festival Orchestra. She also holds a gold medal from the Junior Division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Ms. Block was recently selected to participate in the inaugural Keston MAX London Symphony Orchestra Fellowship through the Music Academy of the West and will be playing with the London Symphony in January 2019.
Ms. Block has worked with several renowned chamber musicians, including Michael Tree, Shmuel Ashkenasi and Ralph Kirshbaum, as well as the Brentano, Borromeo and Miró quartets. She has worked under conductors Gustavo Dudamel, Jaap van Zweden, Stéphane Denève, Elim Chan and Larry Rachleff. She also has a passion for jazz music and performed with Wynton Marsalis at Dizzy’s Jazz Club: Coca-Cola in New York as part of Daniel Chmielinski’s groupFour by Four.
Born in Barrington, Illinois, Ms. Block received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School under Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Yun Huang, Misha Amory and Cynthia Phelps.
A survivor of the rare cancer Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, Ms. Block organized a benefit concert to raise money for the Histiocytosis Association and is committed to continuing fundraising through her music. Outside of music, she is an accomplished runner and triathlete. She has been an age group winner in the Girls’ Best Friend and Chicago Supersprint Triathlons and a top prizewinner in the Chicago Triathlon.