The South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble raised the curtain on its 2022-23 season with “Beyond Borders 2” on Nov. 6 at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale.

In a loving celebration of our planet, the multisensory experience featured videos emphasizing the beauty and fragility of Mother Earth shown on multiple screens in harmonic accompaniment with the musicians.

A highlight of the program was an original piece by Emmy Award-winning composer Julie Giroux. An accomplished orchestrator, composer, arranger, clinician and guest conductor, Giroux’s recent symphonic masterpiece is the “Big Blue Marble.” She became the female composer to have her work performed during a U.S. Presidential Inauguration ceremony when "Integrity March," the first movement from Giroux's Symphony No. 3 titled “No Finer Calling,” was played by the presidential band as Vice President Kamala D. Harris was introduced.  

In addition, the program explored music from around the world and featured several guest artists including performers from Modern Marimba and an Argentinian tango duo, performed by members of the renowned dance troupe, Dance South Florida.  

“As South Florida's only LGBT wind ensemble, we are incredibly proud to return for our 36th season stronger and more resilient than ever,” said Dan Bassett, artistic director. “I’m fortunate to work with 60 incredible and extremely talented local musicians and encourage music lovers from all communities to attend this incredible concert.”  

For more events, go to PrideWindEnsemble.org.