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.

Scheherazade Print E-mail

 WFIT (NPR Radio - Melbourne, Fla) 

April 17, 2018

The Thousand and One Nights, also called The Arabian Nights, are a collection of Persian stories of uncertain date and authorship whose tales of Aladdin, Ali Baba, and Sinbad the Sailor have almost become part of Western folklore. Legend has it that a beautiful storyteller, Scheherezade, told one of the stories each night to a bygone Persian king in the hope that he would spare her life.Scheherazade

The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will play the symphonic suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov when they present Scheherezade at 7 on Friday 21 at Scott Center for Performing Arts and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center.

Led by Conductor and Artistic Director, Aaron T. Collins, the SCSO will perform the popular work inspired by the exotic nightly tales of shipwrecks, thieves and royals, in a concert that also includes the sweeping Fantasy Overture, "Romeo and Juliet." The passionate orchestral work composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is based on the story of the star-crossed young lovers in Shakespeare's play of the same name. Collins considers Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade a glittering showpiece.

The Danish String Quartet Print E-mail

WFIT (NPR Radio - Melbourne, Fla)

April 9, 2018

They met as children at a music summer camp in Denmark where they played both soccer and music together. That is when Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, Asbjorn Norgaad and Frederik Øland started to explore music for string quartets. Lifelong friends, they later studied at Copenhagen’s Royal Academy of Music and are founding members of the Danish String Quartet.DanishStringQuartet

The Melbourne Chamber Music Society presents the Danish String Quartet at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Indialantic, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.

The Danish String Quartet has established a reputation for their integrated sound, impeccable intonation and judicious balance. Alex Ross of the New Yorker praised the “rampaging energy” of its music-making style, and The New York Times called the group’s 2012 performance of Beethoven’s Op. 132 String Quartet “one of the most powerful renditions that I’ve heard live or on a recording.”

Beneath the Surface Print E-mail

Vero Beach Magazine

May 2018

As a youngster growing up in Springfield, Ohio, Don Ray spent time hiking through the ancient hardwoods, rolling terrain and peaceful creeks. Summer mornings would find Ray and his grandfather fishing Honey or Donald Creeks, regularly pulling in small mouth bass. Those fish became some of the Vero Beach artist's earliest subjects.DRay 08

A resident of Indian River County since 1992, Ray is regarded as one of the country's premier game fish artists who photographs, interacts and paints many species in their natural environment. He and his wife Lorraine live on a secluded four-acre property that comprises a cottage home with an artist studio out back, a lovely gazebo, and landscape waterfall along with a half-acre aquifer-fed pond with floating plants that sports a surprising collection of fish.

Ray's detailed images of popular game fish are enjoyed and collected by fishermen around the world and have appeared on scores of publication covers including Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Marlin and Saltwater Sportsman Magazine. An airborne shark doing its thing busting a school of bluefish (Leap of Faith), the stop-action shot of a single sailfish moving in and striking the bait (Set Sail), or swimming among a school of big tarpon (The Gathering). These are the scenes Ray recreates with oil and canvas.

A self-taught artist, early on he studied the works of masters from "The Golden Age of Illustration" who produced some of the strongest examples of narrative figurative work in the history of American painting. As a struggling artist in the mid-1980s Ray received a phone from esteemed underwater marine artist Stanley Meltzoff. It was a pivotal moment in his life. Meltzoff shared his knowledge and time, and would later become a mentor. Recognized as the founder and father of the genre of painting game fish in their habitat, Meltzoff elevated sporting art to the level of fine art.

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.


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