Fanfare trumpets will herald the opening of Tchaikovsky’s thrilling “Polonaise” from his opera “Eugene Onegin” when the Brevard Symphony Orchestra takes the stage on November 19th at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne. Audience favorite Terrence Wilson returns to perform with the BSO for one of the most beloved concertos ever written – Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. After intermission, the audience will be transported to a different place and time with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s evocative “Scheherazade.” The masterful setting of the “Tales of 1001 Nights” is a marvelous showcase for the entire orchestra and a surefire hit with audiences of all ages. Performance begins at 8:00pm at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne.
The Foosaner Art Museum and the Brevard Symphony Orchestra will partner to host Light Up the Arts, an exclusive reception and exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of Preston Studios. The six week-long exhibition will begin with an exclusive VIP reception on November 5th at the Museum. The Foosaner galleries will shine brightly with a magnificent exhibition of stained glass lamps and wall pieces created by Preston Studios. The evening will include a cocktail reception, live music and a charity auction of two original glassworks donated by the Melbourne-based artists. Proceeds benefit the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and the Foosaner Art Museum.
The Brevard Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-17 Season opens with American Landscapes on October 22, 2016, at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne. Under the baton of Music Director and Principal Conductor Christopher Confessore, this special All-American concert event will be unlike anything audiences have ever seen! Three enormous panoramic screens will be suspended above the orchestra featuring two breathtaking presentations created by Multimedia Artist Nicholas Bardonnay of Westwater Arts.
Music lovers of all ages are invited to spend “Sunday with the Symphony” on Sunday, August 21st at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Merritt Island and on Sunday, September 18th at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in West Melbourne. Presented by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, this fun, family-friendly event will feature an interactive discussion with Maestro Christopher Confessore. Guests will have the opportunity to gain insights about the BSO’s 2016-2017 season.
The Brevard Symphony Orchestra and the King Center for the Performing Arts announce an open call for their 4th annual Cultural Arts Showcase to be held in Melbourne on October 30, 2016, from noon to 6:00pm. The Cultural Arts Showcase is a one-day celebration of the performing and cultural arts in Brevard County. Arts organizations, cultural groups and artists are invited to participate in this dynamic, family-friendly festival.
Spend an unforgettable evening with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and vocalist Hugh Panaro, one of Broadway’s most popular leading men, for a program featuring Broadway’s greatest hits on Saturday, April 30th at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne. Expect to hear songs he’s performed on Broadway and much more. Iconic music including The Music of the Night from The Phantom of the Opera, Trouble from The Music Man, and Bring Him Home from Les Miserables will showcase the evening.
On April 9th, an orchestra more than 80 musicians strong takes the stage for the Brevard Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-2016 season finale. Music Director and Principal Conductor Christopher Confessore leads the BSO for the sixth subscription of the season. The concert begins with a blazing start as critically-acclaimed pianist Tanya Bannister joins the orchestra for Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert will also feature the BSO’s first-ever performance of Gustav Mahler’s triumphant Fifth Symphony. “Like Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which opened the BSO’s subscription season, a performance featuring any work by Mahler is a major event for any orchestra and its community,” said Maestro Confessore.
Maestro Christopher Confessore springs the Brevard Symphony Orchestra into action with two lively performances on Saturday, March 12th at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne. The concert titled “Scottish Spring” will feature fast-rising violinist Paul Huang on Max Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy.” Mr. Huang, a Taiwanese-American phenome, received an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2015 and will make his subscription debut with the BSO at this concert. Also featured on the program will be Robert Schumann’s high-spirited and emotional First Symphony, also known as his “Spring” symphony. This unique concert will be featured in reverse order of most symphonic concerts as a surprise ending will highlight the finale during Peter Maxwell Davies’ “An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise.” Performances begin at 2:00pm and 8:00pm.
World-renowned pianist and showman Rich Ridenour takes the stage with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, February 20th at the King Center for the Performing Arts. Ridenour has established his career performing his own musical arrangements of classical masterworks and today’s popular piano favorites. Along with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, he pays tribute to legendary pianists Liberace, Billy Joel, Victor Borge, and Rachmaninoff. The Symphony will also feature favorites from the big and small screens including music from Downton Abbey, An American Tail, and classic Disney films.
2016 begins with a fanfare as the Brevard Symphony Orchestra takes the stage on Saturday, January 23rd, at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne for Voyage to Jupiter. Under the direction of Music Director and Principal conductor Christopher Confessore, the orchestra will present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s finale masterpiece, his Symphony No. 41.