Guitar Heroes Print E-mail

 WFIT (NPR Radio - Melbourne, Fla)

January 31, 218

It's one of the most recognizable items on the planet.Guitars 1

Spanning more than five centuries of design and craftsmanship, a new touring exhibition explores the design and artistry that has played a major role in the guitar’s evolution. “Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of The Guitar” is currently on display at the Vero Beach Art Museum running until May 6.

Organized by The National Guitar Museum, the exhibition features 40 iconic stringed instruments, ranging from an intricately inlaid Moorish oud, a six-foot long Renaissance the orbo, to guitars displaying the modern Italian design of the Eko and one with a stunning transparent acrylic body of California's BC Rich guitars.

Through the years the guitar and its shape have been integral elements for artists such as Vermeer and Picasso, and today they are incorporated into the advertisement of everything from clothes to cars.

Space Coast Symphony Presents "Fan Favorites" Print E-mail

WFIT (NPR Radio - Melbourne, Fla)

January 31, 2018

Who do you love? Gershwin, Stravinsky, Respighi or Rimsky-Korsakov? How about Prokofiev, Debussy, Ravel and Grieg?FanFavs 1

The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra has compiled hundreds of requests over nine performing seasons which they're turning into their next performance, "Fan Favorites," a concert jam-packed with the biggest and best symphonic works. They will be performed at The Scott Center for Performing Arts in Melbourne on Saturday February 10 at 7 p.m. and at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Vero Beach on Sunday, February 11 at 3 p.m.

SCSO Conductor and Artistic Director Aaron Collins won the 2016 Richard A. Stark Award for cultural leadership from the Cultural Council of Indian River County.

"We have a very dedicated and knowledgeable audience that has no problem letting me know what they like," related Collins with a laugh. "We narrowed down the list of hundreds of requests to create a program something like an orchestral greatest hits album. And we are beyond thrilled to have Sergey Belyavskiy with us to perform Gershwin and Liszt."

The Mystery of Edwin Drood Print E-mail

 WFIT (NPR Radio - Melbourne, Fla)

January 18, 2018

The query in The Mystery of Edwin Drood is not whodunnit, but rather why and how?Drood 01

Based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens, Vero Beach's Riverside Theatre is presenting a boisterous revival on the Waxlax Stage. The interactive musical was nominated for nine Tony Awards, taking home five, including Best Musical in 1985. The production runs through February 4.

Dickens began publication of Drood in 1870 in ongoing installments. When he suddenly died later that year, the novel was never finished leaving all sorts of questions hovering in the provincial English town of Cloisterham where the story is primarily set.

When Rupert Holmes was approached to write a musical for the New York Shakespeare Festival, Holmes chose to tackle this bedeviling mystery. It was the first Broadway show to have multiple endings. The audience completes the story by voting on the murderer.

Livingston Taylor: Entertainer Extraordinaire Print E-mail

 WFIT (NPR Radio - Melbourne, Fla)

January 9, 2018

Anyone who has ever seen Livingston Taylor in concert can attest to the fact that he is thoroughly at home on any stage, from a classroom to a music club to a grand concert hall. Celebrating his 51st year as a professional entertainer, Taylor is a master of crafting sweet melodic songs and delivering them in a honey-tinged voice. His warm and exuberant personality shines through from the first number.LTaylor

Taylor will be appearing with special guest Karla Bonoff at the Emerson Center in Vero Beach on Friday, January 12th at 7 p.m. Over the next three months the Emerson Center stage will be presenting nine concerts-- an eclectic mix of nostalgia, country rock, celebrated song-writers and musicians as well as a trio of top-flight tribute bands. This year marks Emerson's fifth season.

"Our artists connect with a wide range of ages and musical tastes,” says concert promoter Rusty Young of the not-for-profit MusicWorks, Inc. "Local businesses and our non-profit partner the Cultural Council enjoy the opportunity to reach our audience, sharing their information and the calendar of events. This is a win-win for many.”

Early on in a home chock-full of talented musicians, Livingston Taylor discovered the knack of making people laugh. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Taylor's father Isaac was a physician and dean of the medical school at the University of North Carolina. A lyric soprano, his mother Trudy trained at the Music Conservancy in Boston. He is the younger brother of legendary James Taylor, the fourth child in the Taylor brood that also included Alex, Kate, and Hugh.

Million Dollar Quartet Print E-mail

 WFIT (NPR Radio - Melbourne, FL)

January 5, 2018

Lightning strikes right from the opening notes of “Blue Suede Shoes.”MDQ 1

On December 4, 1956, the four godfathers of rock 'n roll-- Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis-- staged an epic jam session at the recording studio of Sun Records in Memphis. After that evening they were forever dubbed the "Million Dollar Quartet."

Riverside Theatre's production of “Million Dollar Quartet” is a rollicking, rollercoaster affair. The show is a fascinating window into the lives of these four monumental talents (born between 1932 and 1935) in the early stages of their careers. Directed and choreographed by Keith Andrews, "Million Dollar Quartet" performs January 2–21 on the Stark Stage in Vero Beach.

Based around that historical event, the Tony Award-winning musical time travels the audience back to what became a flashpoint in rock 'n roll. The two hour fireball of a show with one intermission features a treasure trove of legendary numbers including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "Sixteen Tons," "Who Do You Love?," "Great Balls of Fire," "Hound Dog" "Ghost Riders in the Sky," and "Whole Lotta' Shakin' Goin' On."


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