By PAM HARBAUGH
The Brevard Symphony Orchestra is set to please audiences Saturday when it presents its TCHAIKOVSKY & FRIENDS concert.
Truly, everyone loves the grand sweep of Tchaikovsky’s compositions. Saturday’s concert will feature the acclaimed and award-winning pianist, Ani Gogova, performing his Piano Concerto No. 1.Add to that Johann Strauss Jr.’s oh-so melodic “On the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz,” Rimsky-Korsakov’s exhilarating “Capriccio Espagnol” and Brahms’ lively “Hungarian Dance No. 1” and you’ve got a great big satisfying musical meal.
But wait, there’s dessert, a savory one: Austin Wintory’s “Nascence and Apotheosis,” which should be completely new to audiences.
“Virtually every piece on that concert is a very well known, beloved piece of music,” said BSO’s Maestro Christopher Confessore. “The wild card is a piece by a composer who’s name no one recognizes — Austin Wintory.”
A living composer, Wintory writes music for video games with “Journey” his most famous.
By the way, at this concert, Confessore will introduce the BSO’s new executive director, David Schillhammer, who will begin work in his leadership position on Tuesday. He will be replacing Fran DeLisle, who will be leaving after 25 years of loving, dedicated service.
SIDE O’ GRITS: The BREVARD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA concert, “Tchaikovsky & Friends,” will be performed twice, at 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19 at the King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Tickets begin at $29 for the matinee and at $36 for the evening performance. Handling fees may apply. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com or BrevardSymphony.com.