Who do you love? Gershwin, Stravinsky, Respighi or Rimsky-Korsakov? How about Prokofiev, Debussy, Ravel and Grieg?
The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra has compiled hundreds of requests over nine performing seasons which they're turning into their next performance, "Fan Favorites," a concert jam-packed with the biggest and best symphonic works. They will be performed at The Scott Center for Performing Arts in Melbourne on Saturday February 10 at 7 p.m. and at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Vero Beach on Sunday, February 11 at 3 p.m.
SCSO Conductor and Artistic Director Aaron Collins won the 2016 Richard A. Stark Award for cultural leadership from the Cultural Council of Indian River County.
"We have a very dedicated and knowledgeable audience that has no problem letting me know what they like," related Collins with a laugh. "We narrowed down the list of hundreds of requests to create a program something like an orchestral greatest hits album. And we are beyond thrilled to have Sergey Belyavskiy with us to perform Gershwin and Liszt."
A 2017 Van Cliburn piano competition quarterfinalist, Sergey Belyavskiy joins the orchestra to perform Gershwin's popular Rhapsody in Blue. A foremost interpreter of the works of Franz Liszt, the Russian Belyavskiy will thrill the audience with Totentanz, notable for its basis on the Gregorian melody Dies Irae as well as for daring stylistic innovation.
Born in Moscow to a family of musicians, Belyavskiy began playing piano at age five and by the time he was nine, he was accepted to the finest music school in Russia - Central Music School under the Moscow State Conservatory. At eleven, he won his first international competition and at twelve performed his first recital. Since that his concert performances have spanned the international globe in two dozen countries. His recitals at major concert venues include Carnegie Hall in New York, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and Salle Cortot in Paris.
For more information about the remainder of the Space Coast Symphony 2017-18 season or the Symphony for Everyone discount ticket program, please visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or call toll-free (855) 252-7276.