The Brevard Symphony Orchestra (BSO), the Eau Gallie Arts District and the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts will present the second annual Cultural Arts Showcase on Sunday, September 21
at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts.

The event is a combination and culmination of several arts organizations and events. It has been a longstanding tradition in Brevard for the Brevard Symphony Orchestra to host free family concerts for the community once a year and EGAD has recently hosted a cultural showcase in September. But due to the outdoor venue utilized, it presented certain challenges when the Florida weather didn’t cooperate. So it seemed a natural progression to join the events together for an even larger showcase for all cultural organizations. With the cooperation of the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts as the new location, the event had the ideal combination. Area art groups can have displays in the air conditioned King Center Rotunda with entertainment performed by various artists in the Studio Theatre. The inaugural revamped event took place last year and the organizers couldn’t be happier.

“This is a great way to share all the arts in Brevard,” said Lesmarie Velez, marketing director for the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.

This year visitors will again enjoy special performances throughout the day from arts groups, including free family concerts featuring the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. For many children, this is one of the first, if not the first, exposure to the symphony.

“Every child should have the opportunity to hear it live,” said Christopher Confessore, music director and principal conductor of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.

Besides hearing it live, throughout the day guests can visit the BSO’s hands-on activities area where both children and adults can try to play a variety of instruments at the ever-popular Musical Instrument Petting Zoo. Guests can meet the BSO Conductor and musicians. Dancers and singers perform six hours of entertainment throughout the event in the King Center’s Studio Theatre. Visual artists display work in the Rotunda.

Costumed members of the 501st Legion — Florida Garrison and Rebel Legion — Ra Kura Base will entertain guests. The two organizations are global volunteer organizations dedicated to “Star Wars” costuming and charity work.

The Food Truck Bazaar will kick off the day’s celebration. A variety of unique trucks offering a wide range of different food styles will be located under the pines west of the King Center parking lot. Food trucks will begin serving at noon and patrons are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the festivities in this fun-filled, tailgating atmosphere.

Cultural Arts Showcase
Sunday, Sept. 21 Noon to 6 p.m.
Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. Free admission