“National Park Suite” by Nicholas Bardonnay of Westwater Arts


You simply cannot miss this one.

The BREVARD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA begins its season, appropriately enough given the political backdrop, with “American Landscapes.”

Now this sounds like a sensational concert. After all, it’s filled with great compositions performed by the great BSO in front of huge, high rez projections of photographs evoking the breathtaking beauty of America’s national parks and American west.

While Maestro Christopher Confessore conducts the orchestra in soaring music by Aaron Copland and Antonin Dvorak, hundreds of images by multimedia artist Nicholas Bardonnay of Westwater Arts will be shown on three enormous panoramic screens suspended above and behind the orchestra.

Bardonnay, who lives in California, calls it “photochoreography.” He will be on hand to run two of his photographic programs. He created them to be used with live symphonic music and travels with the programs and the huge screens to concerts featuring his work.

Saturday night’s concert will include six compositions. Bardonnay’s “suites,” as he calls them, will be presented during Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 9” and Copland’s “Rodeo.”

"Rodeo" by Nicholas Bardonnay of Westwater Arts.

“Rodeo” by Nicholas Bardonnay of Westwater Arts.

Other works performed without photographic projections include Mark O’Connor’s “Appalachia Waltz,” Ferde Grofe’s “Sunset from Grand Canyon Suite” and Copland’s “Outdoor Overture” and “Fanfare for the Common Man.”

The concert begins 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at the King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. (An interactive chat with Confessore begins 40 minutes before the concert.)

Tickets are $39-$50. Students, teachers and active military can get half-price tickets in areas two and three. First responders, public works and employees of local utilities companies can receive tickets for $12 in all areas, but need a valid I.D.

Call 321-242-2219 or visit

Here’s a 38 1/2 minute long interview with Bardonnay, in case you’re intrigued: