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I’m so excited the BSO’s Opening Night is finally here!

I'm so excited the BSO's Opening Night is finally here!

October 23rd, 2014

Saturday night's concert features a terrific program of music inspired by America that promises to get our season off to a spectacular start! Our featured work will be Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 From the New World. Dvorak came to America to teach at a new conservatory in NY city. During the two years he spent in America, he composed some of his greatest works - his Cello Concerto, the American String Quartet, and the famous New World Symphony. It's a work filled with great melodies, vibrant rhythms, rich orchestral color and more than a hint of nostalgia. As much as Dvorak enjoyed his time in America, he was terribly homesick for his native Bohemia.[...]

Escape to the Symphony with the NEW Symphony Adventure Passport!

Escape to the Symphony with the NEW Symphony Adventure Passport!

July 30th, 2014

With the Symphony Adventure Passport, patrons can escape to the BSO and enjoy the world-class music throughout the 2014-2015 season. This program is designed to provide patrons, ages 21 and up, with an easy, flexible, and affordable way to take a break from their busy lives and experience the BSO’s exceptional programming at the King Center for the Performing Arts. Passport holders will have a choice of up to three performances to attend during their first season with the BSO.[...]

What an Amazing Season to CELEBRATE!

What an Amazing Season to CELEBRATE!

April 14th, 2014

The final chord of Carl Orff's amazing Carmina Burana is still ringing in my ears! What a tremendous performance Saturday night by your Bravard Symphony Orchestra and our guest vocalists and combined choirs! So much passion and commitment were on display throughout that performance, which is really what music is all about. And the passionate commitment you - our loyal audience - have shown to the BSO over the past 60 years is what made such a remarkable performance possible in the first place. We've said it all season, and we'll continue to say it. THANK YOU!!![...]

And….We’re HERE…The 2014-2015 Closes in Grand Style!

And....We're HERE...The 2014-2015 Closes in Grand Style!

April 11th, 2014

The Brevard Symphony Orchestra’s 60th Anniversary Season ends in spectacular fashion this weekend with a performance of Carl Orff’s epic CARMINA BURANA. Everything about Carmina is larger than life – we’ll have more than 200 performers onstage! Our vocal soloists are Amy Maples, soprano, Brian Cheney, tenor and Michael Hix, baritone. Our choral forces are the Brevard Community Chorus and Eastern Florida State College Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Robert Lamb, and the Brevard Children’s Chorus under the direction of Joani Slawson.[...]

Showcasing the Dazzling Talents of Musicians and Our Very Specials Guests!

Showcasing the Dazzling Talents of Musicians and Our Very Specials Guests!

March 14th, 2014

The program for this Saturday's Brevard Symphony Orchestra concert showcases the dazzling talents and impeccable artistry of the musicians our fine orchestra and two of our special guests. Virtuosity features the aptly titled Symphonie fantastique by Hector Berlioz, the brilliant Piano Concerto in F by American icon George Gershwin - featuring one of my favorite pianists, Terrence Wilson - and a World Premiere by none other than former BSO Music Director Joseph Kreines! And while each of these pieces offers a showcase for stunning technical display, for me, each piece also calls to mind a very special musical memory.[...]

Loving “All You Need Is Love”

Loving "All You Need Is Love"

February 27th, 2014

I got in touch with Bruce Healy, the terrific arranger who wrote the brilliant All You Need Is Love collection of Beatles songs we performed over the weekend. I also mentioned how so many people in the audience and orchestra loved his piece, and wondered if he would mind answering a few questions about the work. He agreed - questions and his responses are here:[...]

The Busiest Time of the Season

The Busiest Time of the Season

February 21st, 2014

On Saturday, February 22nd, we'll present the next concert in our Subscription Series at the King Center. This POPS concert is themed as Vinyl Fever and features fun orchestral arrangements of classic music from the 1950s, 60s and 70s! You'll hear the orchestra perform music made famous by Elvis, the Beatles, Henry Mancini, Bette Midler, the Carpenters, the Village People and many more! We've invited the orchestra to dress in vintage clothing from the 50s, 60s or 70s and we'd also like to invite YOU to dress up as well![...]

Q & A with Tom Macklin

Q & A with Tom Macklin

January 15th, 2014

Tom Macklin not only performs as Principal Trumpet for the BSO, but has an affinity for the a little, cream-filled, chocolate cookie. Learn more about this and other fun facts about Tom in this insightful Q & A.[...]

Q & A with Anita Juilianna

Q & A with Anita Juilianna

January 15th, 2014

What’s your first musical memory? I loved watching my mother play the the organ. I was amazed watching her feet move all over the pedals without her looking down . - What’s the next song queued on your music player? Harvest Moon by Neil Young - Does your instrument have an name and what is it? Stretch. - Who’s your biggest inspiration? My mother - Just few of the fun insights BSO English horn player Anita Juilianna mentioned in a short Q & A.[...]

Performing Great Music is All About Communication

Performing Great Music is All About Communication

January 15th, 2014

The communication between the performers onstage includes the way the leaders of each section communicate with the players within their section. Those section leaders communicate also with one another, and with the concertmaster and the conductor. Unless we’re in rehearsal, this is all non-verbal communication: the way the section leader breathes, the placement of the concertmaster’s bow on the string, or a glance or specific gesture from the conductor. Every little movement, glance or gesture means something.[...]

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