Brevard Symphony Orchestra to Make History with First Ever
Symphonic Performance Beneath the Space Shuttle AtlantisSM:
Symphonic Odyssey, March 22nd
Pre-Sale Tickets on Sale February 10th to Current BSO Subscribers by calling (321) 242-2024
Tickets on Sale to General Public February 13th Online at www.brevardsymphony.com
In partnership with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Inc., the Brevard Symphony Orchestra will make history by presenting the first-ever symphonic concert under a space shuttle. BSO Music Director and Principal Conductor Christopher Confessore has officially announced Symphonic Odyssey, a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience beneath Space Shuttle Atlantis℠. This epic performance will take place on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 8 pm, at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
“A visit to the new Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction is truly awe-inspiring. It will be a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform a concert of “out of this world” space-inspired music beneath Atlantis,” stated Confessore. “I can’t wait to hear the iconic Star Wars Theme reverberate throughout the building as the sound of the orchestra reflects off the base of Atlantis. As the orchestra of the Space Coast for six decades – this event is a perfect way to celebrate the Brevard Symphony Orchestra’s 60th Anniversary Season!”
This history-making event, nearly two years in the making, will feature music from films such as Star Wars™, Star Trek™ and include the monumental Sunrise fanfare from Thus Spake Zarathustra by Richard Strauss featured in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey™. Highlighting the evening will be a special performance of music from the 80’s hit film, The Last Starfighter™, composed specifically for this concert by award-winning composer Craig Safan.
Winston Scott, Dean of the College of Aeronautics at Florida Institute of Technology and former astronaut, will make a special guest appearance and share his experiences of being a shuttle astronaut. Scott will also discuss the important role that music has played in his life.
General Admission Tickets = $150
V.I.P. Admission Tickets = $250
V.I.P. admission tickets will include dinner prior to the performance at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, reserved concert seating and two beverage redemptions during the performance.
All guests will receive a special commemorative gift pack and will include entrance into Space Shuttle Atlantis℠.
Cash-bar will be available during the performance. Doors will open at 7:00pm on the day of the performance.
Pre-sale tickets will be available to purchase for current subscribers of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra’s 2013-2014 Season, beginning on Monday, February 10, 2014, at 10 am by calling (321) 242-2024.
Tickets will be available for purchase to the general public on Thursday, February 13, 2014, beginning at 10:00am online at www.brevardsymphony.com or by calling the BSO office at (321) 242-2024.
Sponsorships are available and begin at $2,500. Please contact BSO Executive Director Fran Delisle for more information at (321) 242-2024.
About the Brevard Symphony Orchestra
The BSO is Brevard’s premier professional orchestra. For 60 years, the Brevard Symphony Orchestra has brought quality performances, educational programs and outreach opportunities to the community. Our mission is to entertain and enrich individuals and communities, by creating exceptional, live symphonic music. The BSO is orchestra-in-residence at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Florida.
General information on the Brevard Symphony Orchestra can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the organization’s website: www.BrevardSymphony.com.
About Christopher Confessore, Music Director & Prinicipal Conductor
Christopher Confessore serves as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and Resident Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. During his tenure in Brevard, the orchestra has enjoyed a dramatic and sustained period of artistic excellence and has been praised for its innovative programming, spirited performances and broad repertoire. Mr. Confessore’s work with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra has garnered rave reviews for his “special talent for drawing the broadly lyrical out of his orchestra.” He leads the orchestra in a wide range of Classics, Pops, Educational and Outreach performances each season.
During the 2013-14 Season, Mr. Confessore’s schedule as a guest conductor includes appearances with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, New Mexico Philharmonic, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sarasota Orchestra. In recent seasons he has also appeared with the Charlotte Symphony, Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the Musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He appears annually as a conductor of Walt Disney World’s Candlelight Processional at EPCOT – a production featuring a full orchestra, 300-voice choir and celebrity narrators including Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Gary Sinese, Amy Grant, Chita Rivera and Trace Adkins.
Heralded as a sensitive accompanist and inspiring collaborator, Christopher Confessore has accompanied a distinguished list of world-class concert artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell and Lang Lang. As a Pops conductor, he has appeared with a diverse group of superstars, including Grammy Award winners Art Garfunkel, Roberta Flack, Judy Collins, Marvin Hamlisch, LeAnn Rimes, the Indigo Girls, Chris Botti and Charlie Daniels and Tony Award winner Idina Menzel. Music columnist Mary Colurso of The Birmingham News remarked “Anyone who regards the symphony as stuffy and elitist hasn’t been to a SuperPops show when Confessore’s in charge. He exudes nice-guy appeal on stage, along with real warmth, a sense of humor and smarts to spare.”
About Space Shuttle AtlantisSM
The world’s most comprehensive attraction devoted to the space shuttle, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s new Space Shuttle Atlantisbrings visitors nose-to-nose with Atlantis as only astronauts have seen it before – with payload bay doors open as if it were floating in space.
More than 60 exciting, educational touch-screen experiences and high-tech simulators invite guests of all ages and all interest levels – from students to “space geeks” – to “be the astronaut,” bringing to life the people, passion and patriotism behind NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program as well as the complexity of the engineering marvel that launched the Hubble Space Telescope and built the International Space Station (ISS). Visitors can spend their vacations making memories such as conducting a virtual spacewalk; docking to the ISS; creating sonic booms and gliding down the Re-entry Slide; experiencing the sensation of floating in space; and strapping in to the sights, sounds and sensations of a shuttle launch, among many other interactive experiences.
The Visitor Complex is not funded through tax dollars or appropriated funds. Operation, maintenance and development are funded through revenue generated by ticket, food and merchandise sales. Space Shuttle Atlantis is the culmination of years of development by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts and St. Louis-based PGAV Destinations, in partnership with NASA. The attraction is included in regular admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Tour featuring the Apollo/Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, Space Shuttle Atlantis, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted and many other interactive exhibits. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft and the world’s largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, which opens daily at noon and closing times vary by season. Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season. For more information, visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.
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