Sizzling “Music of the Night” Print E-mail

WFIT (NPR Radio - Melbourne, Fla)

August 7, 2018

Who doesn’t love the genius of Andrew Lloyd Webber? The knighted English composer has created some of the most recognizable musical theatre productions of all time—from Cats and Evita to Jesus Christ Superstar and Phantom of the Opera as well as other hit musicals.Music of_the_Night

Singers from Orlando Light Opera, a program of Central Florida Vocal Arts, and Opera del Sol will join the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra in a stirring tribute to Webber with Music of the Night on Saturday, August 11 (7 p.m.) at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy and Sunday August 12 (3 p.m.) at the Community Church of Vero Beach.

Delivered with the twin attributes of plush and power, Music of the Night promises to showcase all the glamour, magic and mystery of both musical theater and opera repertory. Broadway veteran Michelle Knight (Disenchanted, Jersey Boys, Finding Nemo) headlines the show along with mezzo soprano Sarah Purser, tenor Kit Cleto and baritone Michael John Foster. Also featured in the powerful concert are Stephanie Newman, Stephanie McCranie, Brian Hayes, and Andrew Lejeune. In addition to songs by Webber, the music of Sondheim, Rodgers, Weill, and other composers will be highlighted.

A Tricky Mystery Print E-mail

 WFIT (NPR Radio - Melbourne, Fla)

July 5, 2018

Anthony Horowitz knows his way around the bloody murder mystery genre. He is responsible for creating and writing some of the UK’s most beloved and successful television series, producing the first seven episodes (and the title) of Midsomer Murders and is also the writer and creator of award-winning series Foyle’s War, both of which aired on PBS.TheWordIsMurder

Horowitz has been commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate and Orion Books to write two new Sherlock Holmes novels and by the Ian Fleming Estate to write the James Bond novel Trigger Mortis, which was published in September 2015. His first Holmes book-- The House of Silk-- was published in 2011 and internationally lauded as the top title of the autumn. The sequel, Moriarty, was published in October 2014 with similar success. Horowitz is known to younger fans as the writer of the Alex Rider series that has sold 19 million copies worldwide.

The 62-year old prolific British author's latest whodunit, The Word is Murder, opens with widowed socialite Diana Cowper, who makes arrangements for her own funeral, when the time comes. Her time comes just a few hours later. Cowper is found choked to death with a scarlet curtain cord in her home. Horowitz himself becomes a character when an ex-London cop named Hawthorne approaches Horowitz, the novelist, to chronicle how Hawthorne can crack the Cowper case and regain respectability.

Fired from his job at Scotland Yard for poor conduct, now Hawthorne wants Horowitz to turn his "real-life" cases into books, splitting the profits from the book 5o-50. Hawthorne seems to be straight out of central casting: aging loner who has problems with authority, smokes like a chimney, and is secretive, impatient, homophobic and tightfisted.

The Feather Thief Print E-mail

WFIT (NPR Radio - Melbourne, Fla)

June 18, 2018

Back in the early 20th century a four acre spit of land was a thriving bird rookery in the Indian River Lagoon just below Sebastian. Beautiful herons, egrets, spoonbills and pelicans were so plentiful it was hard to fathom that these birds might soon disappear.Feather 01

Then came the plume hunters. They stalked the local birds for their dramatic colorful plumage coveted by the booming New York City millinery trade that produced fancy hats for the most fashionable ladies of society who were in a frenzy over feathered hats.

After a while Sebastian boat builder Paul Kroegel had seen enough. He developed his own conservation plan by positioning both his small sailboat and his 5'6'' frame between him and the faster boats of the bird hunters. He wore a big hat and carried a double-barreled 10-gauge shotgun to make his point. After President Roosevelt signed an executive order establishing Pelican Island as America's first National Wildlife Refuge, Kroegel was named the first refuge warden and remained in the area protecting the population of birds until his death decades later.

A little more than a century later England had its own astonishing endangered bird tale. Skillfully told by author Kirk Johnson, The Feather Thief (Viking, 248 pages) reads like a classic crime thriller, the story of an unlikely thief and his even more unlikely crime that weaves together a British museum break-in, the development of evolutionary theory, endangered birds, greed and the clandestine underworld of fly-tying masters into a spellbinding tale.

On Broadway Kicks Off 10th Season Print E-mail

 WFIT (NPR Radio - Melbourne, Fla)

June 11, 2018

The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will open their 2018-19 tenth anniversary season with On Broadway. The concert takes place Saturday, June 16 at 7 p.m. at the Scott Center for Performing Arts and on Sunday, June 17 at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach.Aaron Collins_Conductor

Selections from the greatest musicals of stage and screen will be represented, including The King and I, Hamilton, Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, Chicago, Beauty and the Beast and Grease. Featured will be a special suite of music from The Beatles, which includes hits such as "All My Loving," "All You Need is Love," "Blackbird," "Can't Buy Me Love," "Come Together," "If I Fell," "Lady Madonna," "Let It Be," "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da," "Something," "Yesterday," and much more.

Conductor and Artistic Director Aaron Collins is a past recipient of the Richard A. Stark Award for cultural leadership, awarded by the Cultural Council of Indian River County.

"I predict people will not be able to restrain themselves," said Collins with a laugh. "Because this music makes you want to burst with song. What better way to kick off our season than with Broadway and the incomparable Beatles?"

Advance tickets for On Broadway are $25 for adults are available through the orchestra website at or at the beachside and mainland branches of Marine Bank & Trust. Tickets at the door are $30. The SCSO is one of only a handful of orchestras nationwide to perform year-round. On Broadway is free for those age 18 and under or with a student ID. For more information, call toll free 855-252-7276 or visit

The Fallen Print E-mail

WFIT (NPR Radio - Melbourne, Fla)

April 18, 2018

David Baldacci gives kudos to his maternal grandmother, a former schoolteacher, for his keen interest in storytelling. As a young boy he would often visit with her absorbing her stories of yesteryear. Rambling around the house spouting his own batch of tales his mother gave him a lined notebook in which to write down his stories.TheFallen

Growing up in Richmond, Va., Baldacci was a self-proclaimed library rat where he spent a lot of time devouring Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, the Hardy Boys and the Three Investigators. In creating his own stories Baldacci was drawn to the puzzle aspect, putting all the clues, pieces and red herrings together, trying to be on step ahead of the reader. He spent 15 years writing short stories but realized he couldn't make a living, so he went to college and spent a decade practicing law to bring money in. Still writing was his passion.

Today, he is recognized as one of the greatest thriller writers of the last decade. A global bestselling author, his works have been adapted for both feature film and television. Baldacci will be appearing at the Vero Beach Book Center on Monday, April 23 at 6 p.m. when he takes the stage for a talk and Q&A session followed by a signing of "The Fallen."

His new thriller is "The Fallen" in his #1 New York Times bestselling Memory Man series featuring detective Amos Decker--the man who can forget nothing. Decker is the Memory Man. Following a football-related head injury that altered his personality, Decker is now unable to forget even the smallest detail--as much a curse as it is a blessing.


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