Eastern Florida State College Have Three Music Concerts On Tap For November

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The Simpkins Fine Arts Center on Eastern Florida State College's Cocoa Campus will be filled with choral and instrumental music created by EFSC Performing Arts students November 13, 18 and 19. (Shutterstock image)

The Simpkins Fine Arts Center on Eastern Florida State College’s Cocoa Campus will be filled with choral and instrumental music created by EFSC Performing Arts students November 13, 18 and 19. (Shutterstock image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Simpkins Fine Arts Center on Eastern Florida State College’s Cocoa Campus will be filled with choral and instrumental music created by EFSC Performing Arts students November 13, 18 and 19.

The Simpkins Center is located at 1519 Clearlake Road in Cocoa.

First up in the trio of fall performances: The Eastern Florida State College Community Orchestra will present  “Fall Colors!” on Friday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Under the direction of their conductor, James Bishop, the musicians will perform a wide variety of musical styles to engage the audience, including Marche Militaire Francaise from “Suite Algerienne” by Camille Saint-Saens, Pas de deux from “Nutcracker” by Peter Tschaikowsky, “Espana” by Emmanuel Chabrier, and Intermezzo and Barcarcolle from “Tales of Hoffman” by the Overture from “Nabucco” by Giuseppe Verdi.

On Wednesday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m. the EFSC Madrigal Ensemble and Concert Choir will present their annual Fall Choral Concert featuring a performance of Benjamin Britten’s arrangement of English Christmas Carols, “A Ceremony of Carols,” accompanied by Dawn Edwards, principal harpist of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.

Contemporary American composers and arrangers will also be represented, including spiritual arrangements by André Thomas, Director of Choral Activities at Florida State University.

The concert will be conducted by Dr. Robert E. Lamb, professor of music at Eastern Florida State College.

At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, the genre turns to jazz as the Eastern Florida State College Jazz Band presents  “Jazz Classics!”

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Conductor James Bishop will lead the band in numbers sure to be crowd pleasers that include “Give It One” by Maynard Ferguson, “Splanky” by Neal Hefti, “Yesterdays” by Bill Holman, “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars, “Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney, “Feels So Good” by Chuck Mangione, “Katy” by Sammy Nestico, “Pick Up The Pieces” by Roger Ball, and “I’m Beginning To See The Light” by Rory Bourke.

General admission tickets for all three shows are $6 and each and will be available at the door.

CLICK HERE for tickets for the November 18 Madrigal Ensemble and Concert Choir concert. For more information about the concerts you can also call 321-433-5200.

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ABOVE MAP: The Simpkins Fine Arts Center on Eastern Florida State College’s Cocoa Campus will be filled with choral and instrumental music created by EFSC Performing Arts students November 13, 18 and 19. The Simpkins Center is located at 1519 Clearlake Road in Cocoa.


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