Music Director and Principal Conductor Christopher Confessore has one word to describe the upcoming concerts and events for the 2015-2016 season of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, “epic.” Maestro Confessore will lead the orchestra for 23 performances including six subscription concerts and three free concerts.

“Two monumental masterpieces bookend our season – Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony opens the season in October and Mahler’s Fifth Symphony closes the season. These are two massive pieces that are great audience favorites because they cover an enormous range of emotions and use a large number of performers.”

Few musical experiences match the scope and power of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Every performance of Beethoven’s Ninth is an event – the BSO’s October 24 performance marks just the second time in the BSO’s 62 year history the orchestra has tackled this symphony. The orchestra also Brevard-Symphonypresents the world premiere of Mark Piszczek’s “Songs from the Gulf of Sorrows,” a work dedicated to the wildlife victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster.

On November 21, the BSO will perform Tchaikovsky’s rarely-heard First Symphony, “Winter Dreams.” The orchestra will also be joined by violinist Elmar Oliveira in a performance of Samuel Barber’s “Violin Concerto.” The concert opens with a work selected by an audience vote from earlier in the year.

The orchestra presents Mozart’s final symphony on January 23. Its grace and elegance epitomize the Classical era, and its densely contrapuntal Finale helped earn it the nickname “Jupiter.” BSO Concertmaster Lisa Ferrigno gets the counterpoint going with a performance of Bach’s E Major Violin Concerto, and the concert opens with American master John Corigliano’s “Voyage” for Strings.

Finally, on April 30, the orchestra presents a special additional performance featuring Broadway’sbrevard-symphony leading man Hugh Panaro. Critically lauded and adored by fans, veteran performer Hugh Panaro has captivated audiences throughout his career and is best known for his role as “The Phantom of the Opera.” Showcasing the evening will be iconic music from “The Phantom of the Opera,” “The Music Man,” and “Les Miserables.” Also featured will be beloved melodies by Leonard Bernstein, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter and more.

“Brevard County has come to expect the best from the Brevard Symphony Orchestra for over six decades and this season will deliver the best in classical and pops music,” said BSO Executive Director Fran Delisle. “From Beethoven to Broadway, the BSO has a season that is sure to captivate music lovers of all ages.”

For more information, contact the Brevard Symphony Orchestra at (321) 242-2024 or visit

This article appears in the July 2015 issue of SpaceCoast Living.
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