Culture Shock Miami Presents British Award Winning A Cappella Group SEMI-TONED In Program of Popular Favorites

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Voices Soar with the hits of Broadway, Hollywood and well-known standards

Culture Shock Miami brings the 13-member a capella ensemble SEMI-TONED to South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center’s Main Stage on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 8 PM.

In a program called Game of Tones, SEMI-TONED delivers an enchanting evening of well-known music from Broadway and the silver screen plus their own original arrangements of American and British Pop standards. It’s like “Pitch Perfect” meets “Downton Abbey!”

SEMI-TONED is the reigning University Champion of Voice Festival UK, having won this honor in April, 2015.
With their trademark musical wit and charisma, five-star reviews, and a Bobby Award for being one of the most highly rated shows of the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, SEMI-TONED has charmed audiences both in the UK and The United States with their charisma, musical wit and whimsical choreography, and is the only a cappella ensemble to ever be awarded a prestigious Bobby Award for being one of the most highly-rated shows of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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“The charm in this group lies within the fact that they don’t take themselves too seriously, and that each member brings their own quirky style to every number. This individuality is a breath of fresh air from the traditional show choir set-up, as they relate to the audience as people, not just shiny, stagey, Glee cut-outs. ”

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 exclusively at Full price Tickets through $25-$50 and $10 for Youth Tickets for 12 years old and under. These tickets are available online at or through the SMDCAC box office by calling 786-573-5300. $5 Culture Shock Miami tickets are not sold through the SMDCAC Box Office or through Culture Shock Miami ticket sales for this performance end on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 11:59 PM. No $5 tickets are available through the SMDCAC box office.

SEMI-TONED is a British all-male A cappella group from the University of Exeter, in the United Kingdom who sing a variety of modern and classic songs. They were formed in October 2010 originally as a barbershop quintet, before establishing themselves as a twelve-man contemporary group with a wide range of repertoire.

They competed for the first time in The Voice Festival UK in 2012, winning both "Outstanding Arrangement" and "Outstanding Vocal Percussion". In 2013 the group won the South West regional where they were awarded "Outstanding Stagecraft and Choreography" and, once more, "Outstanding Vocal Percussion", before advancing to the London semi-final. SEMI-TONED made their Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut in 2013 with their show, "The Exe-Men", which was extremely successful, resulting in a five-star review.

In 2014, the group reached the final of The Voice Festival UK and won awards for "Outstanding Arrangement" for their mash-up of Dear Darlin' by Olly Murs and The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) by Ylvis, "Outstanding Overall Performance" and "Outstanding Soloist" for Michael Luya in "Motion Picture Soundtrack" by Radiohead. They then continued their Edinburgh Festival Fringe success with 2014's Toned Up! which saw a second five-star review from Broadway Baby and a prestigious "Bobby" Award, the group becoming the first University ensemble and first A cappella group to achieve this. In September the group recorded its first self-titled 5 track EP with The Vocal Company, featuring covers of John Newman, Daft Punk, Paolo Nutini, Kanye West, Jay Z and Radiohead.

In January 2015 for the first time, SEMI-TONED competed in the Semi-Finals of the ICCA's in London, finishing in second place overall, whilst winning "Outstanding Choreography". In April, SEMI-TONED won The Voice Festival UK as well as "Outstanding Overall Performance". Soon after they embarked on their first tour of the East Coast of the United States, visiting and performing with groups from Columbia, NYU, Princeton, Yale and North Eastern Colleges. This August, SEMI-TONED performed for the third year running at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with their show Game of Tones. Just before this, they released their first professional music video, a mash-up arrangement of If I Were a Rich Man from Fiddler on the Roof and Rich Girl by Gwen Stefani which reached the front page of internet news site BuzzFeed.
ABOUT CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI ( http://www.CULTURESHOCKMIAMI.COM ), a program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, provides an affordable and attractive way to encourage high school and college students ages 13-22 to buy tickets to the rich variety of cultural events. The program is designed to introduce this next generation of audience members to live arts and cultural experiences at the age when they are beginning to make their own decisions about entertainment options. Based on research that shows most people begin their appreciation for the arts at a young age, is founded on the premise that when kids make the arts a regular entertainment choice, they are more likely to become the full-price ticket buyers and subscribers of the future.’s program partners include African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center,, the Miami-Dade County Public School System, local arts organizations, and area colleges and universities.

Throughout the year, many Miami-Dade museums and cultural sites make two-for-$5 admission passes available to visitors. They include The Wolfsonian, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, Perez Art Museum Miami, HistoryMiami, ZooMiami, Bass Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, and many more.

Culture Shock Miami was inaugurated in 2005-06 by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with a generous grant from The John S. & James L. Knight Foundation. Since then, it has sold over 60,000 tickets through its website A core group of arts organizations participate regularly in the program, including Actors' Playhouse, Adrienne Arsht Center, Cleveland Orchestra Miami, Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, New World Symphony, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and ZooMiami. The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection. The Department also manages, programs and operates the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-of-the-art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay, as well as Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning. The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.


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