Dvorak in America

Violinists Joni Roos and Michael De Jesus are two of six musicians that will perform locally June 22 as part of a free Space Coast Symphony Orchestra chamber concert, 'Dvořák in America.'

COCOA BEACH – An upcoming concert will offer residents of all ages a special opportunity to hear live chamber music – for free.

The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, a group that aims to make classical musical affordable and accessible to all, will present “Dvořák in America” at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 22 at Cocoa Beach Community Church, 126 S. Atlantic Ave.

One of eight free chamber concerts to be presented as part of the orchestra’s year-round season, which begins in June, admission is free with an optional suggested donation of $10.

The setlist will include Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 and Antonín Dvorák’s “American” string quartet, along with works by Mozart and American composer Vincent Persichetti.

“This free concert features four outstanding pieces and a group of top-notch musicians performing them,” the orchestra’s artistic director and conductor, Aaron Collins, said. “You don’t get to hear chamber music in Central Florida too often. It is very exciting for us to present this concert.”

Being a chamber concert, “Dvořák in America” will utilize the talents of only six musicians: violinists Joni Roos and Michael De Jesus, violist Daniel Cortes, cellist Paul Fleury, trombonist Thomas McKee and French horn player Amanda Moscowitz.

The concert is appropriate for any county resident or visitor who enjoys music, Mr. Collins noted.

“It’s geared towards everyone. It’s very intimate,” Mr. Collins said. “You hear every last bit of concentrated detail in the playing. Every player is much more exposed. Every instrument is not just heard, but is somehow alive, in full characterization.”

In addition to the eight aforementioned free chamber concerts set for this year, the orchestra will present a series of free orchestral concerts as well as a variety regularly ticketed orchestral concerts.

To learn more, call (855) 252-7276 or visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org.  

For a full calendar of events, visit www.spacecoastsymphony.org/events/.

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