MELBOURNE – The Brevard Symphony Orchestra will open its 65th season with a concert that commemorates another major milestone: the 100th anniversary of composer Leonard Bernstein’s birth.
The concert, “A Bernstein Celebration,” is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. at the King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
The event will feature a special guest, Charlie Harmon, who worked as the highly regarded composer’s personal assistant for four years in the 1980s and published a book about that experience in May.
“It's very exciting to be opening our 65th Season with a program honoring the 100th Anniversary of the birth of America's greatest musician, Leonard Bernstein,” said the orchestra’s music director and principal conductor, Christopher Confessore. “Our program includes some of Bernstein's most familiar and accessible compositions, focusing largely on his work for the theatre (Broadway and ballet).”
The program will include excerpts from the musical theater works “Candide,” “On the Town,” “West Side Story” and “Mass,” along with excerpts from the ballet “Fancy Free.”
Mr. Harmon will give a talk about the music and life of Leonard Bernstein in the lobby before the concert begins.
During the concert, Mr. Harmon will share stories about his work with Bernstein in relation to some of the musical selections on the evening’s set list, Mr. Confessore noted.
“Having Charlie Harmon with us for this celebration is wonderful, because we'll have someone who brings firsthand knowledge of working with Bernstein and his music,” Mr. Confessore said. “Charlie can tell us about Bernstein the composer, Bernstein the conductor, as well as Bernstein the person. It will be wonderful to hear his commentary.”
A separate ticketed component of the event, an Opening Night Soiree, will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre of the King Center.
Soiree tickets are $60 for subscribers and $75 for nonsubscribers, although anyone who has purchased a Premier package with their season ticket can attend at no additional cost. No soiree tickets will be sold at the door, but they can be purchased in advance by calling the BSO box office at (321) 242-2024.
Single concert tickets for “A Bernstein Celebration” range from $45 to $60. Season tickets are available for 30-50 percent off single ticket prices. Special offers for new subscribers, as well as students, teachers and active members of the military with valid I.D., are also available.
Single tickets can be purchased in-person at the King Center box office, by calling (321) 242-2219 or online at www.brevardsymphony.com.
Season tickets can be purchased through the BSO office by calling (321) 242-2024.
For information on special offers, visit www.brevardsymphony.com/ticketprograms.