7/26/2012 -IBEX has once again been named orchestra contractor for Opera Tampa, one of the Southeast's premier producers of grand opera. The 2012-13 season will include four performances, featuring Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera ("A Masked Ball" Feb 7th,9th and 10th), Popera, an onstage concert highlighting Opera and Broadway favorites (Feb 14th, 16th and 17th), as well as the perennial Puccini masterpiece La Boheme(Mar 7th, 9th and 10th). Rounding out the season will be a one-night performance of British pop/opera star (also of Dancing With The Stars fame) Katherine Jenkins, accompanied by a 32-piece orchestra on Friday, March 1st. All performances are at the Straz Center in Tampa.
2/15/2012 -What an incredible week!The IBEX-owned and managed Bella Musica Orchestra of Florida was the exclusive orchestra accompanying tenor Andrea Bocelli throughout the Florida locations on his tour. Performances began on December 4th at the Tampa Bay Times Forum and ended February 14th at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, FL. Our orchestra performed to rave reviews and 20,000+ spectators accompanying the famed tenor in music ranging from opera arias to some of his greatest hits, such as Con te Partiro and The Prayer. Lion King Broadway star Heather Headley joined Bocelli once again on stage to sing a stunning rendition of Over the Rainbow. Checkout
the BankAtlantic Center facebook page for photos here.
2/1/2012 -The IBEX-managed Opera Tampa Orchestra just completed a run of the opera double billing Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci at tampa's Straz
Center for the Performing Arts. John Fleming of The St Petersburg Times wrote a nice review of the Opera and called the orchestra's playing "unspeakably lush."
Read the full review here. Don't forget to check out the Bella Musica Orchestra, performing live with Andrea Bocelli in Orlando on February 12th (Amway Center)and in Ft Lauderdale on February 14th (Bank Atlantic Center).
1/31/2012 -For the second year in a row, Bella Musica, the resident ensembles of IBEX Productions, were awarded the WeddingWire.com "Bride's Choice Award" for 2012! Thanks to all of our clients who reviewed us in 2011 to make this award possible!
1/15/2012 -So much has happened and it is barely 2012!! First, building on the success of our concert on December 4th, the production team for famed tenor Andrea Bocelli immediately engaged IBEX Productions to provide the orchestras for concerts in Orlando (Feb. 12th-Amway Center) and Ft Lauderdale (Feb.14th Bank Atlantic Center). While we were puttig the finishing touches on those orchestras, WeddingWire.com informed us that we were selected nationally as a recipient of their 2012 Bride's Choice Award for the second year running. All the while, Tampa Bay wedding Magazine featured Bella Musica among other top vendors in their latest issue. We are so proud of all of our musicians and thankful to our clients for allowing us to show how care and attention to detail can enhance a performance or event.
12/7/2011 -The Andrea Bocelli concert in Tampa was a TREMENDOUS success. Our 69-piece IBEX-managed orchestra accompanied the famed tenor in a 2+ hour concert at the St Pete Times Forum in front of nearly 15,000 spectators. We can't legally post any of the many bootlegged videos made by adoring fans from the audience, but a simple search of Andrea Bocelli Tampa in Youtube will give you an inkling of the experience that was ours this past weekend. There is more news to come on this front and we look forward to a continued and expanded role in the Florida-based locations on Maestro Bocelli's U.S. Tour.
7/21/2011 -After what amounted to the busiest spring we have ever seen, IBEX Productions, managing company for Bella Musica, has been asked to contract and manage a 70 piece orchestra for Andrea Bocelli's upcoming concert on December 4th, 2011 at the St Pete Times Forum. This concert is presented in partnership with Opera Tampa. Tickets are available through all ticket websites and through the St Pete Times Forum and Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Don't miss this concert,as Andrea Bocelli will only make five stops on the US portion on his tour!
1/27/2011 -What a month!!! In January, The Knot Wedding Network, selected Bella Musica for its prestigous Best of Weddings 2011 award. During the same time period, WeddingWire.com selected us for its equally prestigious Bride's Choice 2011 award. Both awards are based on real client reviews and put Bella Musica in the top 5% of all U.S.wedding vendors. Thanks to all of our clients who took time to review our services. Online reviews are the greatest compliment our brides and grooms can offer!
12/27/2010 -Our Bella Musica String Quartet will perform for multiple events at the 2011 Florida Governor's Inauguration this January. We are honored to have been asked to entertain such an honored group of guests and dignitaries.
12/2/2010 -Bella Musica founder and violinist Eric Nordstrom will make a special appearance on December 2nd at the The 15th Annual Pinellas County Chefs Auction. This auction is an all-volunteer benefit function to help fund the March of Dimes. The event goes from 6:30-8:30 pm at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater and features local bay area chefs' cuisine.
9/21/2010 -Join us this Friday evening Sept. 24th from 6 to 9 pm at Bay Street at International Plaza as Bella Musica's own Guitarolin (Electric Violin and Guitar Duo) performs classic rock and jazz favorites.
9/17/2010 -Are your looking at music for your wedding ceremony? We know you have many choices for your wedding ceremony music. In summer 2009, The Knot magazine listed those areas where brides should SPLURGE and where they should SAVE. Not surprisingly, ceremony music was near the top of the list of important items. Why? Your ceremony music is the only music performed throughout the entire day that is not background music. Your ceremony musicians will have your guests' complete attention virtually the entire time they perform. This is not a job for amateurs or students! Bella Musica exhibits not only the highest level of artistry, but also works directly with you to make sure your music is a unique expression of you, the couple.
9/16/2010 -We've had quite a summer here at Bella Musica...so much so that we haven't had time to update our website with news! Where to start...IBEX musicians recorded string tracks for renowned folk artist Jack Williams' latest CD "The High Road Home." We just learned that the FolkDJ listserve selected the album among their "Top Albums & Songs of August", as well as "Top Artists" and "Top Labels." We are tremendously excited and proud to have been a part of this amazing project. Jack is dedicated to performing smaller venues and you can only get his CD through his website directly. Join us again as we create and manage the orchestras for Opera Tampa's 2010-11 season at the Straz Center. An exciting season is planned with IBEX/Bella Musica musicians forming the core of the musical accompaniment. More info at www.operatampa.org
5/16/2010 -Bella Musica musicians made a stop-over this past week at Morrisound Recording studios to add some tracks to the new album for Orlando-based alternative rock band Cornfarmer Shamus. The new album is due out in August. Catch up with them on MySpace!
5/1/2010 -Bella Musica and the IBEX Company have once-again been named official orchestra contractor for Opera Tampa's 2010-2011 Season. Capitalizing on the success of the orchestra for Puccini's La Rondine Bella Musica is poised to help the Straz Center's resident opera company bring to life Lehar's Merry Widow and Verdi's La Traviata, in addition to an on-stage orchestral concert of opera favorites.
1/27/2010 -Renee Fleming in Concert was a spectacular success!!!! An amazing evening with one of the world's great Divas accompanied by one of the best orchestras we have ever assembled. The 57-piece orchestra received a ovation that virtually matched that of the soloist- a treat and a rare occurence. We are still on a high from this amazing performance. Thanks to all of our FaceBook friends who expressed their support! The St Petersburg Times reviewed the concert Tuesday night.
1/20/2010 -World-renowned opera great
Renee Fleming will be performing at the Straz Center (Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center). IBEX/Bella Musica was chosen as Orchestra contractor and our hand-picked 57-piece orchestra will be accompanying the Opera Star in a program of arias on stage at Morsani Hall. The performance is Tuesday, January 26th at 7:30 pm.
10/31/2009 -Bella Musica and The IBEX Company continue as orchestra contractor for Opera Tampa at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center again this season. The first production is a beautiful opera Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti. Although this opera may not have the level of notoriety of Puccini or Verdi operas, it is known to Opera enthusiast as one of the most stunning in the genre. Performances are at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center on November 20th and 22nd. Join us on our facebook page (Bella Musica Ensembles) to find out more information and a $15 ticket offer!!!
10/14/2009 -Bella Musica's Kozmik String Quartet will be performing for the opening of Cinebistro, a new movie theatre in Hyde Park Village, from 6-9 pm tonight, Thursday the 14th. Come check us out and see what all the buzz is about with this new venue!!!
9/22/2009 -Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine recently wote a feature article on the wedding of Donna Summer's duaghter Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez at the family home in Sarasota. Our very own Bella Musica String Quartet performed for the ceremony. According to the article, "The weight of the day was bigger than I anticipated," said Abner, whose emotions crested as a string quartet played the Cuban love song “Como Fue?” (a custom Bella Musica arrangement). We always enjoy performing for those who know and love music. Read the full story here
9/21/2009 -The Bella Musica Rock String Quartet "Kozmik" will be appearing at Macy's Countryside Mall in Clearwater on October 1st. We will be performing on all electric stringed instruments, featuring classic and contemporary rock selections from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. More information to follow!
9/15/2009 -Bella Musica will be performing at the New Tampa Bridal Show at the Tampa Palms Country Club on Sunday, September 20th from 1-3:30 pm. Admission for prosepctive brides ranges from $5-$8 and it is a wonderful opportunity not only to hear us live, but also to make contact with other area vendors, should you still be searching for that perfect photographer, caterer, etc. If you stop by the show, be sure to come by and say hi. We won't be hard to find...just follow the music.
8/12/2009 -Does the economy have you wondering if you can afford to have live music at your ceremony? Less is more! Our Violin-Guitar Duo (violin and classical guitar) performs all of the same music as the more expensive string quartets and trios at a more economical rate. It has quickly become one of our most popular options and prices, loaded with extra services to you, start in the $400s for a wedding ceremony!!! You won't even find a wedding cake (flour, sugar and water...) at the local supermarket for that price. Don't settle for the out-of-tune and unprofessional sounds of a budget-priced string quartet or trio just to save money. Listen to some of our beautiful sound clips by clicking on the violin-guitar duo link to the left.
7/18/2009 -Come see Bella Musica perform at the Your Wedding TV Summer Sunsational Bridal Show at the Hilton Carillon Park on July 26th. Please stop by to hear beautiful music performed by our popular ceremony ensemble, the Violin-Guitar Duo, featuring performers Eric Nordstrom and Brad Carlton. We will be performing sets of wedding ceremony and reception favorites directly from our booth location throughout the show between the hours of 1pm-5pm. We will look for you there!
6/28/2009 -Bella Musica recently performed for the beautiful wedding of Donna Summer's daughter Amanda Sudano (also an accomplished singer) to singer/songwriter Abner Ramirez. We are pleased to announce that Amanda and Abner's wedding will be featured in Grace Ormonde Magazine this coming fall! At Bella Musica, we are proud to have our services highlighted in such a prestigious publication. When the article appears, we will link to it here!
5/19/2009 -The wedding season here in Florida is starting to wind down. With the slower season comes more time for all of us at Bella Musica to work harder to hone our craft and bring you more variety of music selections. Plans are in the works to record a CD this summer with our ever popular Violin-Guitar Duo. More details to follow! In spite of the slower schedule, we remain committed to quality and are open for business all summer long. Contact us for some of our most favorable pricing to date on June-September dates.
5/4/2009 -NEW CONCERT VIDEO (we don't only do classical!!!) Watch IBEX founder Eric Nordstrom (violin/fiddle)and IBEX guitarist Brad Carlton as they perform for 25,000 people at Poland's Piknik Country Festival with singer Rebecca Lindsey. Watch the Video here(click the "HQ" button on the player for best results)
3/30/2009 -Don't leave your wedding ceremony music to chance. Bella Musica has the experience to help you design the musical flow of your wedding ceremony, be it tradition or completely your own. We excel at custom musical requests and can create a stellar wedding music experience, even with only a few days lead time. Have you been waiting this year to see what the economy is doing? It is never too late to create the ceremony of your dreams!
3/29/2009 -Be sure to check out Gonoud's Faust, Opera Tampa's latest production. Curtain is up on April 17th and 19th, 2009. See www.tbpac.org for tickets or contact us through this website to inquire! We are pleased to announce that IBEX/Bella Musica has been retained to contract the 50 piece Opera Tampa Orchestra for the 2009-10 Season.
12/29/2008 -Happy New Year from all of us at Bella Musica! As we enter 2009 and reflect on the past year, we recognize that 2008 was a wonderful yet difficult time for many of us. Just as gas prices began to drop, so did the bottom from the economy. At Bella Musica, we remain committed to offering the same quality we always have
while helping those who are on the fence between live music and recorded music for their event to see the value of live performance. We also remain committed to bringing quality live performance at a value price. In that effort, where at all possible to do so, we will match the documented 2009 pricing of an other Tampa Bay Area vendor for the same ensemble and services.
12/10/2008 -Two Orchestras, One week! Once again, Bella Musica had the honor of contracting the orchestras for
Opera Tampa and
The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. Both performances went off to rave reviews and Bella Musica/IBEX is pleased to announce that the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center has retained our services for all of the 2008-2009 Opera Season performances. We look forward to that continued partnership and many more successful performances!.
10/6/2008 -The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is returning once again this year to the St Pete Times Forum on November 14th. As has been the case every year since 2001, IBEX musicians will share the stage with the double-platinum band. Among those musicians appearing with TSO this year are current IBEX performers Eric Nordstrom (violin) and Nadine Trudel (cello).
10/5/2008 -IBEX musicians Eric Nordstrom and Brad Carlton will perform once again as the IBEX duo for the Salvador Dali Museum's annual induction into the order of the Knights of Dali on Friday, October 10th. Among those expected to attend and participate in the event are Florida Governor Charlie Crist and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker. This marks the third year in a row that IBEX musicians have been asked to take part in this important event to recognize Dali museum patrons and supporters.
9/22/2008 -The season is starting to ramp up again and Bella Musica is starting once again to see an increase in bookings. We are proud to announce a change in our pricing structure, in an effort to make our services more affordable to our clients. Please check back for further details. New pricing will officially go into effect on October 1st and will give clients a greater degree of flexibility in choosing a package that fits budget and desired ambiance. We can't lower your gas prices, but we can save you a little bit on your music!
8/10/2008 -IBEX-Bella Musica musicians will be appearing
onstage once again with R&B superstars Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige in
September at the Ford Amphitheatre. Check back for more details!
8/3/2008 -We are pleased to report that the Poland Concerts
were a tremendous success. During the 3-day series, founder Eric
Nordstrom shared the stage with Poland's top pop artists. Recorded
television appearances should be available this month. Please check back
7/17/2008 -IBEX/Bella Musica founder Eric Nordstrom will be
headed to Poland with country artist
Rebecca Lindsey. Moving a bit away from his classical and pop roots,
Nordstrom has been the lead fiddle player for Rebbecca since 2006.
Lindsey, an up-and-coming singer/songwriter with songs that receive
regular airplay on CMT.com, Walgreens radio and Airforce One, has been
invited to headline at the nationally-known
Mragowo Country Music Festival on July 26th. The band will also
perform live on Polish National Television as Rebecca performs her
original tunes, in addition to some of the greatest Country Western and
Classic Rock tunes ever written.
5/16/2008 -Following directly on the heels of the spectacular
success of Opera Tampa's performance of Tosca with a 50-piece
IBEX orchestra in the pit, founder Eric Nordstrom is currently
performing with the Lion King National Tour at the Tampa
Bay Performing Arts Center. This Disney favorite runs from May 7th-June
22nd and features some of the most spectacular staging and lighting in
the industry. Of course, we think the music is quite wonderful too.
Please visit the Performing Arts Center for ticket information.
5/10/2008 -IBEX marketing director Charleene Closshey
performed recently for the Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance's annual awards
banquet for High School Seniors at Maestro's Restaurant. Closshey sang
the song "Girl in 14G," a perennial favorite. Charleene was recently a
finalist for a lead role in the National Tour of Sweeney Todd and
divides her time between the Tampa Bay Area and NYC.
3/23/2008 -The Bella Musica String Quartet recently performed
at the bi-annual
Northern Trust fashion show fundraiser to benefit the
Florida Orchestra. The fundraiser was held at the International
Plaza Neiman Marcus and featured a wonderful brunch, some of the area's
top runway models and (if we do say so ourselves) a stunning rendition
of Carlos Gardel's famous Tango Por Una Cabeza to finish on a
high note. IBEX/Bella Musica founder Eric Nordstrom spoke at the event,
expressing heartfelt thanks to those who help us keep this cultural gem
that is the Florida Orchestra financially stable today and well into the
future. The Bella Musica Rock String Quartet will be performing again
for a similar event on April 17th, also at Neiman Marcus.
3/19/2008 -IBEX/Bella Musica founder Eric Nordstrom will be
among the musicians performing onstage with R&B Superstar
Mary J. Blige and Hip-Hop Artist
>Jay-Z at the Orlando Centroplex on March 24th. This concert is a
one-nighter only but is sure to feature a sell-out crowd.
3/11/2008 -Bella Musica founder Eric Nordstrom just
returned from a performance tour to The Cayman Islands, where he
performed with Classical Pop sensation Nova Era as they opened
the festivities for singer/entertainer
"Seal" in a weekend extravanganza at the Ritz Carlton. The event was
a complete success and even afforded a few spare minutes for scuba
diving the spectacular reefs during off hours. Next to music, Eric's
second great passion...
2/21/2008 -Renowned Beatles tribute group
Classical Mystery Tour, formerly known as Beatlemania will
collaborate with IBEX to produce a concert at the Tampa Convention
Center on February 23rd, 2008. This concert is in conjuction with a
celebration held by
Ye Mystic Krewe, the organizers of Gasparilla. As part of the
celebration, an 18 piece IBEX contracted orchestra will take the stage
along with the Fab Four, playing Beatles favorites from the early Ed
Sullivan years to the late 60's. We are sorry to say that public tickets
are not available for this event, but will keep you posted regarding
events that are open to our clients.
2/3/2008 -Planning a wedding ceremony and don't know where to
start in choosing your music? Visit our "Ceremony Music Ideas" link on
our 'Your Event' page for assistance!
1/24/2008 -Considering hiring a string quartet or string
trio for your next Tampa Bay event? All are not created equal!
Bella Musica offers repertoire, services and flexibility that most
others cannot. Don't be lured in by what appears to be a lower price.
Ask them to meet with you in person, or to write a custom arrangement of
your favorite song for string quartet and watch what happens. At
Bella Musica, you pay what you are quoted and we take the reigns
from there, customizing your music to your needs and taste, not ours...
1/24/2008 -Bella Musica and IBEX founder Eric Nordstrom will
performing in March at the Ritz Carlton in Grand Cayman with
Nova Era. Stay tuned for more details!
1/22/2008 -IBEX has hit the ground running in 2008! We are
pleased to announce that IBEX has once again been asked to continue as
Orchestra Contractor for Opera Tampa. The next production
scheduled is Puccini's Tosca, with performances this spring on
April 25th and 27th, 2008. This announcement follows on the heels of the
resounding critical success of the November production of La Boheme.
12/21/2007 -Happy Holidays from all of us at The IBEX Company
and Bella Musica Ensembles! We look forward to 2008 and the
wonderful collaborations the new year will bring about. A special thank
you and warm wishes go out to our friends- the ones we have come to know
over the past 4 years and the ones we will be meeting over the next 4!
12/20/2007 -IBEX founder Eric Nordstrom will be at the Ritz
Carlton in Sarasota for their annual Christmas Brunch on Christmas Day.
He will be collaborating as lead violinist with the Tampa-based string
ensemble Musical Reflections. If you will be attending, please come up
and say hello!
12/6/2007 -"Christmas with the Master Chorale" paired the
IBEX/Bella Musica Orchestra with Florida's finest vocal group
once again on November 30th and December 1st in a celebration of holiday
traditions at Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg as well as the Tampa
Bay Performing Arts Center's Ferguson Hall. This concert has all the
makings of a yearly tradition, as we help the Master Chorale sing in the
11/18/2007 -The critics have spoken and Opera Tampa's
performances of La Boheme were a resounding success! The
IBEX-managed Opera Tampa Orchestra was rated by Musical Director Anton
Coppola to be 'the best orchestra he has worked with' during his tenure
with the Opera Company. We are grateful to all of the talent that
represented us so well and to our clients, several of whom were able to
be in attendance. Click on the links to read reviews of the performances
St Petersburg Times and the
11/5/2007 - Opera Tampa's production of Puccini's La Boheme
goes into full-scale rehearsals with orchestra this Saturday. This is a
reminder that IBEX/Bella Musica clients can receive a 15% discount on
tickets to the Opera. Please
contact us for more details! Seats are selling quickly!
11/4/2007 - We are pleased to report that both performances
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, as well as the opening concert for
Rebecca Lindsey went extremely well! Thanks to all of you who came
out to support us in both concerts and for your well-wishes!
Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be at the
Lakeland Center on November 2nd and 3rd for two 8 pm shows.
Bella Musica musicians will be joining the group on stage again this
year. For the sixth time in seven years, founder Eric Nordstrom will be
heading up the local string section for the double-platinum band. We
look forward to this high-energy collaboration every year around the
Holidays and hope to see you there!
10/4/2007- Bella Musica's own Eric Nordstrom will be joining
Country Music Artist
Rebecca Lindsey as the new fiddle player in her band. Nordstrom's
first concert with Rebecca will take place at
Avalon Park near Orlando on November 3rd at 5pm. Rebecca will be
opening for Johnny Bulford and Jim Van Fleet. If you plan to be out
there at that time, come say hello!
9/12/2007- We are pleased to be able to announce officially that
Bella Musica founder Eric Nordstrom has been named the new orchestra
contractor for Opera Tampa. The first 2007-2008 Season
performance of this prestigious Opera Company will be the perennial
favorite La Boheme by Puccini on November 16th and 18th.
Featuring some of the most beautiful music ever written and all-star
voices on stage, this operatic masterpiece will be conducted by Maestro
Anton Coppola. Please visit the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center Opera
Tampa website for further information and ticket sales. We hope to see
9/12/2007 - After the resounding critical success of performances of
Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light, the IBEX Company has been
invited once again to contract the orchestra for The Master Chorale of
Tampa Bay's Messiah and More program, to be perfomed on November
30th and December 1st. Please visit the
Master Chorale website for further information!
9/3/2007 - IBEX and Bella Musica are pleased and excited to
have been invited to engage as a consultant in a new venture with the
Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center involving the orchestra for their
long-standing Opera Tampa program. More details will follow as they
become public. IBEX looks forward to a strong working relationship with
8/20/2007 - Welcome to the all new Bella Musica website!
Tell us what you think! We look forward to the opportunity to serve
your musical needs! Please enjoy the sound samples in the music player
below. More samples are being added to the 'Music' pages on a daily
basis, so check back often.
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