BREVARD COUNTY — While the saying “The British are coming!” may have struck fear in the hearts of American colonists, the Central Florida Winds are putting on a concert that is meant to strike a different kind of emotion.
In the premiere concert of its 19th season, Central Florida Winds will put on a free performance of “The British are Coming!” featuring classical through contemporary British composers.
The concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7 at Suntree United Methodist Church, 7400 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. A repeat performance with required tickets (although free) is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14 at Riverside Presbyterian Church, 3400 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach.
The afternoon will feature selections from Malcolm Arnold, Edward Elgar, Haydn Wood and Vaughan Williams.
“The newest piece on the program is by Adam Gorb and it was composed in the late 1990s, a very modern piece for winds,” said Richard Sabino, conductor of Central Florida Winds. “So, we go from something that’s classical to things that were written for military band to modern contemporary wind ensemble music.”
Joining the wind ensemble is 16-year-old cellist Isaac Moorman.
“Isaac has played with the band for several years,” Mr. Sabino said. “Bands often have cellos and double basses in the instrumentation. He’s an exceptional cellist.
“We’ve been doing some music transcriptions by a fellow named Douglas McLain,” he explained. “We were talking and we discovered that he did an arrangement for the cello concerto, the Elgar, for young students in Germany. I looked over at Isaac, I said, ‘Are you working on an Elgar cello concerto?’ and he said, ‘Yes I am.’ I said, ‘I think we need to do that.’ So it was perfect timing.”
Isaac is a senior at Satellite High School, and has a passion of music from the time he started playing piano at the age of four.
At 9 years old, Isaac started playing cello with Joan Markstein, and has participated in the Florida All State Orchestras from 2014 through 2018.
Isaac is currently the principal cellist for the Brevard All County Orchestras since 2014 and is a member of Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, Principal Cellist with Central Florida Winds and Riverside Chamber Orchestra, as well as an extra musician for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
Along with being a prizewinner from multiple competitions, including Brevard’s Got Talent Competition, Isaac finds the time to mentor younger cellists and plans to major in cello performance at a university level after high school.
“I’m proud of him,” said Jensee Lee, mother to Isaac and program director for Space Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra. “Then the beginning it started as a hobby, then after a couple of years it became more of his passion. He’s been playing for the Creative Arts Foundation’s ‘Music on the Hill’ since he was about eight.”
For more information, call (321) 405-2359 or visit www.cfwinds.org.