BREVARD COUNTY — Orchestral fans will finally have an opportunity to see the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra and kick off the new year in style with the annual symphonic event of Brevard.
On Saturday, Jan. 4, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will offer its annual event, which is titled ‘Stars Sing Broadway,’ in two performances scheduled for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive, Suntree.
Tickets cost $25 in advance by visiting www.spacecoastsymphony.org or $30 at the door. The concert is free to those 18 and younger, or with a student ID.
Professional vocalists will join Space Coast Symphony Orchestra for this enchanting night out, and will include Michelle Knight, from the Broadway performances of ‘Disenchanted’ ‘Jersey Boys’ and ‘Finding Nemo’; mezzo soprano Sarah Purser, tenor Kit Cleto and baritone Stephen Mumbert.
“We have four masterful singers on the program,” said Aaron Collins, artistic director and conductor of SCSO. “I’ve worked with all of them on different concerts in the past. They are top-notch professionals that bring their own sensibility and personality to each piece they perform. It’s a very humbling experience to collaborate and make music with them.”
Stars Sing Broadway will offer classical favorites such as Frederick Loewe, Meredith Wilsson and Andrew Lloyd Webber. There will also be a variety of songs from Broadway, such as ‘Edelweiss’ from ‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘Memory’ from ‘Cats,’ and ‘Some Enchanted Evening,’ from ‘South Pacific.’
“I think the wide assemblage of songs from different periods of Broadway history makes for a really interesting and compelling program,” Mr. Collins said. “Lloyd Webber, Kern, Rodgers, ABBA and more, we cover some invigorating and popular hits, with a few lesser known gems sprinkled in. We are presenting over 25 selections on this concert. The big challenge is to keep it fresh and exciting year to year, while also highlighting certain popular classics.”
The SCSO have been providing lively, professional music for the past 10 years. The orchestra was formed by Mr. Collins with an aim to provide mentoring and performance opportunities for young musicians, as well as to provide professional concerts at an affordable price.
On facing the orchestra’s first concert of a new year, Mr. Collins said he is thankful for the continuing support of the community and that Stars Sing Broadway is a big deal for SCSO.
“We can’t wait to share it with our friends,” Mr. Collins said. “To me, that thrilling feeling you get when a selection starts playing and the lights shine brightly on stage. It gives me great joy to know that I am partaking in something special.
He added, “I get to clearly see these performers' emotion and heart, performing something they dearly love. And most importantly, I get to see them live. The music of Broadway brings such happiness to people. Further, it makes our musicians feel great and uplifted. For that, Broadway is a wholly unique experience.”
For more information, call toll free to (855) 252-7276 or visit www.spacecoastsymphony.org.