MCO Tours the USA

The Melbourne Community Orchestra presents 'MCO Tours the USA,' a pair of patriotic picnic concerts on June 12 & 13 in Melbourne. Trumpet player David Ewing (left) is a featured performer.

BREVARD COUNTY — As we head into summer, the Melbourne Community Orchestra is gearing up for its final free concert of the season with a pair of picnic concerts.

“MCO Tours the USA” will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, June 12-13, at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd.

Attendees are welcome to bring coolers and boxed dinners to enjoy while the Melbourne Community Orchestra performs popular American classics such as “America the Beautiful” and John Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Roads.”

The orchestra will take a moment to honor our military by performing the “Armed Forces Salute,” and service members in attendance will be asked to stand in recognition when their service branch is played.

Maestro Mark Nelson will sing “God Bless the USA” featuring several musicians, and audience members are encouraged to wear red, white and blue to the concerts.

“I believe the audience will reflect on how lucky we are to be an American and to live in the greatest country in the world. God Bless America!” Mr. Nelson said.

As part of the orchestra’s final concert of the season, featured performers and soloists include Angelica Ramirez, cello; David Borst, bassoon; Laura Earle, English horn; and David Ewing, trumpet.

Although this season will end with “MCO Tours the USA,” Mr. Nelson said he is looking forward to celebrating the orchestra’s 30th anniversary season beginning in the fall.

“It's always a bittersweet feeling when we arrive at our last concert of the season,” Mr. Nelson said. “However, the music committee and I have already started planning for next season. We will continue to thrill our audiences with many of their favorite selections and continue introducing them to music that is due to become their ‘new’ favorites.”

Reflecting on the past season, Mr. Nelson said that one of his favorite concerts to conduct was the Melbourne Community Orchestra’s Broadway concert.

“My daughter, Elizabeth Bublitz, a professional singer and musician, appeared as our guest soloist,” he said. “It was a thrill to work and conduct with her. Based on the audience reaction and feedback, I'm sure she'll be appearing with the orchestra in the not too distant future!”

The Melbourne Community Orchestra is a nonprofit organization that puts on a series of seven free concerts each season. The orchestra is comprised of 50-plus volunteer musicians from student players to adult hobbyists, and full-time professionals.

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