MELBOURNE ― The Brevard Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has announced that it will offer several streamed concerts, including two programs that were postponed in the spring of 2020.
"The BSO has been busy over the past five months staying connected to our patrons and our community through a variety of online projects, all featuring our brilliant musicians" said Christopher Confessore, BSO music director. "Our next project, a series of three professionally produced performances by the orchestra, is the latest in our ongoing engagement efforts. I am certain everyone will enjoy hearing and seeing these concerts, performed by our wonderful musicians.”
BSO Executive Director David Schillhammer and Maestro Confessore have worked closely with the leadership of both the King Center and Suntree United Methodist Church, the two main venues the BSO utilizes during the season. Suntree United Methodist Church is the home of the BSO’s Summer Evenings Series, a chamber music series that debuted in 2019. As announced previously, the 2020 Summer Evenings Series programming has been deferred to the summer of 2021.
The first of the streamed concerts, Streaming Strings, will be recorded at Suntree on August 22 and will be made available to view for 72 hours, starting at 7 pm on August 29. Those interested in watching the concert are encouraged to make a voluntary donation, although donations are not required. More information on this program can be found on the BSO’s website: Brevardsymphony.com/watch.
“Streaming Strings will feature a 16-member string orchestra performing familiar classics, including Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik and the Pachelbel Canon," said Maestro Confessore "We have missed performing and I can’t wait to share the stage again with our musicians.”
The final two concerts in the BSO’s 2019-2020 Signature Six Series, originally scheduled for March 14 and April 4, were postponed at the beginning of the pandemic. The BSO has announced that these two programs will be presented, with some modification of repertoire and guest artists, via stream, in October and November. Both concerts will be performed without audiences and recorded at the King Center in Melbourne. Specific dates and details of the streams will be announced next month.
“These two concerts will feature the full orchestra performing Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and Brahms’s Symphony No. 2, along with music by Ravel and Strauss. We’ll also feature virtuosic performances by guest artists Colleen Blagov performing Mozart’s D Major Flute Concerto, and Jennifer Frautschi performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto. We are looking forward to preparing these concerts for our audience to enjoy from the comfort of their homes," said Maestro Confessore
“Getting back to performing safely has been our top priority. Although it won’t be the same as attending a live performance, I am confident that our audience will enjoy these streamed concerts," said David Schillhammer, executive director. "I hope that these concerts will act as placeholders in the hearts and minds of our patrons until it is safe to resume attending live performances.”
The Brevard Symphony Orchestra is the only fully-professional orchestra in Brevard County. Many of central Florida’s finest classical musicians play with the BSO.
For more information regarding the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, call 321-242-2024 or visit BrevardSymphony.com.