Brevard Symphony Orchestra Announces 2014-15 Season - 'Journey'

Brevard Symphony Orchestra Announces 2014-15 Season - 'Journey'

Brevard County, Florida -- Following the monumental 60th anniversary season of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, music director and principal conductor Christopher Confessore has announced concerts and events for the 2014-2015 season, Journey.

"Every performance by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra is a journey, as the great music performed by our terrific orchestra transports our listeners to different times and places in history," said Maestro Confessore, "Several of the works programmed on our 2014-15 season have special significance within this context."

The orchestra begins the season with a major work - Antonin Dvorak's New World Symphony. Dvorak journeyed to America to accept a teaching position in New York City, and while he found much that inspired him in America, he was still terribly homesick for his Czech homeland. This symphony serves as Dvorak's musical postcard From the New World and is his most beloved composition.

Other important pieces on the season include works that are from the beginning or the end of the composer's career and represent either the exciting promise of a great career ahead, or the summing-up of a composer's life's work. Works in the early category include music from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet and Igor Stravinsky's Firebird ballet. For both composers, these scores represent their first music for ballet and launched careers that produced some of the most important and influential music ever composed for the ballet stage. The orchestra will also feature the First Symphony of Finnish master Jean Sibelius, a favorite of Confessore's. The season closes with the Second Symphony of a true American original - Charles Ives. Along with Dvorak's Ninth Symphony, the BSO has programmed two other mature works that represent each composer's final great masterpieces - the Cello Concerto by Edward Elgar featuring acclaimed cellist Allison Eldredge, and the Great C Major Symphony No. 9 by Franz Schubert.

"Chris Confessore and the very talented musicians of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra will take our audiences on a variety of musical Journeys in 2014-2015. As we embark on this new and exciting season, we hope that everyone finds our music inspiring and truly personal," said BSO executive director Fran Delisle.

Building on the orchestra's purpose to bring quality, live, symphonic music to Brevard County, the BSO invites the community to experience the symphony when Maestro Confessore leads the BSO for 23 performances beginning July 2014. A variety of concerts will fill the season including evening performances, a matinee series, three free concerts and a special performance in Titusville. BSO ensembles will appear throughout the year performing at venues across Brevard County.

Season Highlights Include:

Symphony Under the Stars

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 8:00pm

Cocoa Riverfront Park

Guests will experience an evening of fabulous patriotic and Pops classics while viewing the awesome fireworks display presented by the Cities of Cocoa and Rockledge. A fun-filled day for family and friends to enjoy the talents of our community and salute our great nation! Events throughout the day, BSO Concert begins at 8:00 pm.

FREE

Sunday With the Symphony

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 3:00pm

Barnes & Noble, West Melbourne

Meet the BSO's Principal Conductor/Music Director, Christopher Confessore. The Maestro will share highlights of the upcoming season and answer audience questions. Meet BSO musicians and enjoy the sounds of a BSO Ensemble.

Barnes & Noble will donate proceeds from book fair sales to BSO with use of a special promotion code.

FREE

Family Concert & Cultural Arts Showcase

Sunday, September 21, 2014

King Center for the Performing Arts

Join the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, for the second annual Cultural Arts Showcase. Visitors will enjoy special performances throughout the day from your favorite arts groups, including two FREE family concerts featuring the BSO at 2pm and 4pm. Guests will also have a chance to learn about, and experience, the cultural arts along the Space Coast including the BSO's instrument petting zoo. Also adding to the festive flair, a variety of unique trucks offering a wide range of different food styles.

For more information, visit www.culturalartsshowcase.com.

FREE

Subscription Concert 1

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 8:00pm

King Center for the Performing Arts

Dudley Buck - Festival Overture on the National Air
Howard Hanson - Piano Concerto (Scott Watkins, piano)
Antonin Dvorak - Symphony No. 9 From the New World

$20-$50

A Gift Of Music

Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 3:00pm

Titusville High School Performing Arts Center

The Brevard Symphony Orchestra returns to north Brevard. Enjoy light classics and familiar favorites with your BSO!

$25

Subscription Concert 2

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 8:00pm

King Center for the Performing Arts

Ion Ivanovici - Waves of the Danube
Ciprian Porumbescu - Ballade (Daniel Szasz, violin)
Georges Enescu/arr. Harmon - Romanian Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra (Daniel Szasz, violin)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Selections from Swan Lake
Igor Stravinsky - Suite from The Firebird (1919)

$20-$50

Subscription Concert 3

Saturday, January17, 2015 - 2:00pm & 8:00pm

King Center for the Performing Arts

Steve Kornicki - Fanfare in a Continuum of Gradual Crescendo {World Premiere}
Edward Elgar - Cello Concerto (Allison Eldredge, cello)
Jean Sibelius - Symphony No. 1

$20-$50

Symphonic Spectacular

Subscription Concert 4 - POPS!

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 2:00pm & 8:00pm

King Center for the Performing Arts

The BSO presents a spectacular collection of familiar classics and beloved Pops selections - from Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers, Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries, Bach's Air on the G String and the Finale to Rossini's William Tell Overture to beloved melodies from The King and I and The Wizard of Oz and more.

$20-$50

Subscription Concert 5

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 2:00pm & 8:00pm

King Center for the Performing Arts

Ludwig van Beethoven - Overture to Egmont
Sergei Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 3 (Joyce Yang, piano)
Franz Schubert - Symphony No. 9 in C Major Great

$20-$50

Subscription Concert 6

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 8:00pm

King Center for the Performing Arts

Johannes Brahms - Academic Festival Overture
Charles Ives - Symphony No. 2

Featured Guest: Bobby Horton

$20-$50

Season tickets are on sale now via the BSO's website at www.brevardsymphony.com or by calling the BSO's administrative offices at (321) 242-2024. Single tickets will be available for purchase beginning Monday, September 1, 2014 via the orchestra's website or by calling the King Center Box Office at (321) 242-2219. Box office fees will apply.

The Brevard Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce changes and update to subscriber and single tickets options for the 2014-2015 season, with exciting options for those new to the orchestra.

Season subscribers will save 30-40% off single tickets when purchased in advance. Subscribers can compose their own season by choosing one of three season ticket packages with choices from evening performances, matinee performances, or a combination of both. Benefits include FREE exchanges, priority seating, and opportunities to purchase guest tickets at discounted prices such as the orchestra's full house concert.

For the orchestra's October 25th performance, season ticket holders can purchase friends and family tickets for only $10. BSO subscribers will also be able to purchase guest tickets for other subscription performances at season ticket prices.

The friends and family referral program will return in 2014-2015. By bringing in new BSO subscribers, current season ticket holders will receive 25% off their orders. This offer stacks up to four times. Subscribers who refer four new season ticket holders, at their level or higher, will receive their season ticket free for the entire season.

Season ticket holders will receive an exclusive invitation to the orchestra's subscribers-only event "Up, Close and Classical." This ever popular event gives subscribers beyond-the-stage insights into the making of a symphony concert and includes a casual pre-rehearsal dinner, special meet-and-greet with Maestro Confessore and BSO musicians.

Season Adventure Passport: Patrons who are new to the Brevard Symphony Orchestra can purchase the Symphony Adventure Passport. With the Symphony Adventure Passport, patrons can escape to the BSO and enjoy the world-class music throughout the 2014-2015 season. This program is designed to provide patrons, ages 21 and up, with an easy, flexible, and affordable way to take a break from their busy lives and experience the BSO's exceptional programming at the King Center for the Performing Arts. Passport holders will have a choice of up to three performances to attend during their first season with the BSO and have the option to choose their performance up to the day before the concert.

Active Military: The orchestra is honored to welcome active military to attend subscription performances and offer a 50% discount on tickets in areas two and three. Offer is valid in areas two and three, with military I.D., for season subscriptions and single tickets.

General Admission: The BSO will now offer patrons general admission seating at all evening subscription performances at the King Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets will be $20 and seats will be available in rows RR through VV.

Group Tickets: The Brevard Symphony Orchestra is happy to offer 20% off for groups of 20 or more and 50% off for groups of 50 or more. Group tickets are available for purchase through the BSO administrative office at (321) 242-2024. Groups are also invited to enhance their group experience by requesting backstage tours and special meet-and-greets with the Maestro, guest artist and symphony musicians whenever possible. Groups are also invited to host private, pre-concert receptions and dinners in one of the King Center's event spaces, additional charges will apply.

Programs for Teachers, Students and Families: The BSO continues its commitment to arts education in the community by offering a variety of programs for teachers, students and families.

5th Grade Concerts

The Brevard Symphony Orchestra, partnering with the Brevard County School Board and through support received from local foundations and businesses, offers a free symphonic concert at the King Center each February for all 5th grade public school students.

A study guide is developed for all teachers combines all learning aspects of a symphony performance from biographies of the composers to seating within the orchestra, performance etiquette and much more. All this information is blended, with musical examples, into class lesson plans. This allows students time, in advance of the concert, to learn about what they will soon be enjoying, therefore enhancing their learning experience. For many students this is their first visit to the King Center for the Performing Arts as well as their first symphonic performance. All Study Guide materials incorporate the Sunshine State Standards and connection to FCAT curriculums.

This concert is also open to private and home school students for a nominal fee. Chaperones are free. Advance reservations are necessary.

BSO Kids! Concert Club

The orchestra invites Brevard County students in grades 4-12 to join the BSO Kids! Concert Club. The club is FREE for all members. Benefits include $6 symphony tickets for members and one guest to any BSO subscription concert and a special invitation from Maestro Confessore to attend Thursday rehearsals of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra at the King Center at no cost.

College Rush Tickets

The Brevard Symphony Orchestra offers local college students the opportunity to purchase same-day rush tickets for certain concerts for only $10 in area three. College students are encouraged to stay in "tune" with the @BrevardSymphony on the Orchestra's social media channels to stay updated on which concerts same-day rush tickets will be available. Once announced, tickets will be available for sale at the King Center Box Office on the day of the concert. Quantities are limited. Limit two (2) per person with valid I.D.

Subscription Season Concert Tickets

The BSO gladly offers full-time teachers and students of all ages 50% off individual tickets and season subscriptions in Areas Two and Three. Subscriptions must be purchased through the BSO Administration Office and will include a $10 processing fee on the entire ticket order. Individual tickets must be purchased through the box office window of the King Center. Student I.D. is required and a small handling fee will apply. Limit two (2) per person with valid I.D.

Classroom Fundraising Opportunities

The BSO offers local teachers and parents a creative approach for classroom fundraising. With this fun and simple method, teachers can take advantage of special discounts and let the BSO help raise money for classrooms. Fundraiser groups receive the highest discount available for tickets. Organizations set new prices on tickets, sell directly to those they know that would enjoy the performance and keep the proceeds. Local non-profits and charitable organizations are also invited to participate.

Instrument Petting Zoo

The instrument petting zoo is an opportunity for curious students (adults too) to see, hear, and touch the instruments they may play in beginning band or orchestra. It offers a rare opportunity for children to try instruments they may not otherwise be exposed to and to spark their interest in music. The instrument petting zoo will be available at various performances throughout the year. Visit the BSO's website at www.brevardsymphony.com to learn more.

Additional Performances

The Brevard Symphony Orchestra is proud to once again partner with the Indian River Symphonic Association during the 2013-2014 season to bring the BSO to Vero Beach. Concerts will be held at Community Church of Vero Beach located at 1901 23rd Street, Vero Beach, Florida. Tickets are available through IRSA via the organization's website at www.irsymphonic.org.

Event Information

Program

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 7:30pm

Community Church of Vero Beach

Ion Ivanovici - Waves of the Danube
Ciprian Porumbescu - Ballade (Daniel Szasz, violin)
Georges Enescu/arr. Harmon - Romanian Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra (Daniel Szasz, violin)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Selections from Swan Lake
Igor Stravinsky - Suite from The Firebird (1919)