Every day, millions of people hear classical music, however, many may not stop and listen. For the most part, the sounds of a symphony go unnoticed.  From movies to television to video games, classical music is a part of the fabric of everyday lives.  While over time tastes for various types of music have changed, the Brevard Symphony Orchestra (BSO) strives to alter perceptions of orchestral music by weaving classical symphonic music with contemporary pieces from modern day composers.

On January 17, the BSO will bring a creative, innovative piece with the world premiere of Steve Kornicki’s “Fanfare in a Continuum of Gradual Momentum.” Steve composed the piece in Melbourne in 2011. Growing out of an earlier work, the entire piece was composed over a period of one month and developed on a computer while he took morning walks on the beach. The piece evolved gradually in several phases by integrating his concepts of theoretical musical processes and an accessible musical format.

“I am thrilled that I will hear my piece come to life under the expert musical direction of Maestro Confessore and the Brevard Symphony Orchestra,” said Steve Kornicki.

violinA native of Philadelphia, Steve moved to Brevard County in 2009 to be closer to family living in the area. Drawing inspiration from conceptual music theory and natural sciences, Steve preserves an intellectual, compelling, and emotional impact while composing. From innovative works for the concert hall to background production music heard on television and radio around the world to the creation of experimental video pieces with electronic music, his talent and diversity extends to many aspects of the musical and audio-visual worlds. In 2013, he was awarded a “Citation of Excellence” by the College Orchestra Director’s Association (CODA) International Composition Competition for “Fanfare in a Continuum of Gradual Momentum.”

“Performing new music is an important part of what an orchestra does — and premiering a new piece is especially important because it gives our audience a new listening experience and our musicians a brand new work to perform,” said Christopher Confessore. “But even more importantly, it gives a living composer the opportunity to hear real live musicians bring their music to life.”

Steve will be in the audience on January 17, one of the rare times that a living composer will listen to his piece performed by an orchestra in today’s modern world. Other pieces during the concert will be Edward Elgar’s “Cello Concerto” with featured guest cellist Allison Eldredge and Jean Sibelius’ romantic and highly acclaimed “Symphony No. 1.” For audience members, this will be an opportunity to experience the sounds of the symphony at its finest. A true chance to experience a musical journey like no other.

Brevard Symphony Orchestra Subscription Concert 3

January 17, 2015
2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
$20 to $50 for adults, $10 for college student/faculty, $6 for children.
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This article appears in the January 2015 issue of SpaceCoast Living.
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