BREVARD COUNTY — The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra are back at it again with classic hits from 1920s through the 1950s.
Joining the orchestra for the “Great American Songbook” concert will be Jeff Shadley, vocalist, trumpeter and band leader from Tulsa, Oklahoma.
This toe-tapping performance is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive, Melbourne.
The Great American Songbook holds the most popular American songs of the 20th century. The concert will feature selections from George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.
“Before Lady Gaga, before Madonna, before Michael Jackson, before Bob Dylan, before Elvis Presley, there was Sinatra, the first modern pop superstar, and the rest of the Rat Pack,” said Aaron Collins, artistic director and conductor of the SCSO.
“Before 1955, most popular music was dismissed as gaudy,” he continued, “but these singers treated popular standards with such grace and craftsmanship. It is easy to see why they are still popular today. The lyrics and music transcend time and you can listen to it sixty years later and it never feels outdated.”
Audiences will enjoy hearing Sinatra tunes such as “Come Fly With Me,” “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “New York, New York,” “Somewhere Beyond the Sea,” “My Funny Valentine” and others.
Mr. Shadley will join the orchestra for an unforgettable night of American favorites. Mr. Collins described how after hearing Mr. Shadley’s rich tones, it would be perfect for the ‘40s and ‘50s ballads he will be performing.
“As a singer, Jeff possesses a magnificently beautiful voice. At its heart, it is about the classic songs and the iconic arrangements,” Mr. Collins said. “Audience members expect to hear the songs the way they were recorded.
“For a singer, it’s like sleeping on one of the finest mattresses in the world,” he continued. “The trick for any singer is to not try to duplicate these past performances. You have to put your own stamp on it and make it your own. Jeff does that! He has his own style and has a natural charisma that can't be duplicated.”
Mr. Shadley performs at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, the Guthrie Green, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Utica Square and other venues with his 24-piece orchestra, 18-piece Big Band and 8-piece combo and quartet.
He has been recognized by critics for his Rat Pack vocal style and trumpet playing, earning a Louis Armstrong Award for Outstanding Musicianship earlier in his career.
Being able to continue performing for the county has been gratifying, Mr. Collins said, and the orchestra will have three more concerts scheduled in the coming months. “Celebrating John Williams” will feature three symphony musicians as soloists; “Rhapsody in Blue & Bolero” will feature one of the world's most exciting and gifted pianists, Jeffrey Biegel and one of Mr. Collins’ favorite composers, Kenneth Fuchs; and “Fan Favorites” will include a side-by-side with the students from the Youth Orchestra.
Tickets to “Great American Songbook” are available in advance online for $35 or for $30 at the door. Students and youth 18 years and younger can attend for free.
Advanced purchasing of tickets is encouraged for optimum social distancing and capacity planning. Temperature checks at the door and mandatory mask wearing will be required at the concert.
The audience is asked not to arrive more than 30 minutes ahead of show time.
For more information, call toll free to 855-252-7276 or visit www.spacecoastsymphony.org.