Book Fair to Benefit Melbourne Community Orchestra

By  //  June 22, 2012

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Melbourne Community Orchestra will hold a Book Fair fundraising event at Barnes & Noble Booksellers nationwide, beginning  Saturday and running through June 29.

Loretta Weichert is the concert master for the Melbourne Community Orchestra. String and wind ensembles will perform from Noon until 4 PM along with various activities for kids at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers in West Melbourne on June 23rd to kick off the orchestra's weeklong Book Fair fundraiser. (Image for

Barnes & Noble Booksellers will donate up to 20 percent of net online or in-store sales made during the event to Melbourne’s “Orchestra in Residence.”

Customers must present an official Barnes & Noble Book Fair voucher at the time of purchase or specify voucher #10782373 in order for the transaction to benefit the group.

At 11 a.m. on June 23, an orchestra member will read a story from the popular “Spot the Dog” series, while a “Spot” costumed character poses for photos with the kids at the Barnes & Noble at 1955 W. New Haven Avenue in West Melbourne.

From noon until 4 p.m., various orchestra ensembles will perform, while craft activities and face painting will be available for children.  Purchases of books, music or even snacks and beverages throughout the week will help the orchestra.

Melbourne Community Orchestra president Steve Schwartz said he appreciates what the Barnes & Noble Booksellers program does for non-profits.

“The Barnes & Noble Book Fair is a super easy way for folks to help the Melbourne Community Orchestra,” said Schwartz.

“We encourage music lovers to come out, bring their friends and show their support of the orchestra by buying something at Barnes & Noble – even if it’s coffee and a bagel.”


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The non-profit Melbourne Community Orchestra is an all-volunteer orchestra, performing seven sets of free concerts each Season. Conducted by Aaron Collins, the dynamic orchestra is comprised of 50+ musicians ranging from student players to adult hobbyists and full-time professionals. Clair Cristy is the orchestra’s beloved founder and holds the title of Conductor Emeritus. The orchestra’s repertoire includes music from symphonic to pop, including movie soundtracks and show tunes, opera, ballet and patriotic arrangements.  The Melbourne Community Orchestra is dedicated to enhancing the appreciation and understanding of orchestral music in Brevard County and strives to provide an intimate audience experience.  The group is at home in the Melbourne Civic Auditorium at 625 Hibiscus Boulevard in Melbourne.  In 2008, the Melbourne Community Orchestra was named “Orchestra in Residence” for the city of Melbourne.  

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