WINTER 2022: 31
The November appearance of ZZ Top, which forged
ahead despite the death of legendary bassist Dusty
Hill earlier in the year, brought a full house. It was like
Among the audience was Anthony Catanese, center
board chairman and Florida Institute of Technology’s
Catanese often attends performances of the venue’s
resident musical ensemble, the Brevard Symphony
Orchestra, as well as the Classic Albums Live series
and holiday shows such as A Peter White Christmas.
For 2022, Papke is confident that ASM Global’s muscle
can bring more than 150 acts to the main stage and
the 288-seat Studio Theatre.
“We have access to programs we could not get before,”
Another sign of business as usual is the return of
volunteers. Connie Parker, the center’s Volunteer of
the Year for 2021, is delighted to be back.
“It’s so nice to be doing events each week,” said
Parker, who started working as a volunteer in 2007.
“It’s the people that keep me going, the friends I’ve
made here and all of the patrons coming in to see
these fabulous events.”
When it comes to volunteers, management believes
the more the merrier.
Bob Papke, left, the center’s general manager and ASM Global’s vice
president of theaters, enjoys a red carpet moment with Sara and Anthony
Catanese, president emeritus of Florida Tech and chairman of the King
Connie Parker, the 2021 King Center Volunteer of the Year, is delighted to be back.
The $4 million remodeling project at the King Center included improvements to the
Crown Club, a place where Crown Club members can gather to socialize during
intermissions and prior to shows. A new bar, updated furnishings and impressive light
fixtures were part of the remodel.