concerts

BSO to perform VOYAGE TO JUPITER

By PAM HARBAUGH

Get ready for one big concert Saturday when the Brevard Symphony Orchestra performs “Voyage to Jupiter,” a program promising to take you through grand works from three distinct musical periods — Baroque, Classical and Contemporary.

The concert, which has both matinee and evening performances, features “Voyage for String Orchestra” by John Corigliano. This multi-award winning contemporary composer has received a Pulitzer Prize, several Grammys, a top prize from the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds and scored the 1997 film “The Red Violin.” Mr. Corigliano says his “Voyage for String Orchestra” was informed by work by American poet Richard Wilbur which Mr. Corigliano deemed a “drugged version of heaven full of sensual imagery.”

The baroque period comes alive with Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Violin Concerto in E Major” which features the BSO’s concertmaster, Lisa Ferrigno. Here are a few notable facts about Ms. Ferrigno: She studied at the Eastman School of Music and at Florida State University, is the concertmaster of the Walt Disney World Orchestra. She has performed around the world including appearances with the Handel Society of Dartmouth and served as concertmaster with the Heidelberg Castle Opera in Germany.

Violinist Lisa Ferrigno

Violinist Lisa Ferrigno

Finally, the program will feature Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Symphony No. 41 Jupiter.” Here’s what BSO conductor and music director, Maestro Christopher Confessore has to say about Mozart’s final symphony: “Its grace and elegance epitomize the Classical era, and its densely contrapuntal finale helped earn it the nickname ‘Jupiter’.”

The concert begins 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Tickets are $25 to $50 (handling charges may apply). Call the King Center box office at 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com or BrevardSymphony.com.