Fidgi Haig Tribute Gala Concert Slated For July 29 At Gleason Auditorium
By Florida Tech // July 10, 2016
Friday, July 29 at 8 p.m. ET
ABOVE VIDEO: Space Coast Sports Hall of Famer Class of 2013 – Fidgi Haig
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – In honor of former Florida Tech Women’s Soccer Coach and local icon Fidgi Haig, the Gleason Auditorium will play host to the Fidgi Haig Tribute Gala Concert on Friday, July 29 at 8 p.m. ET.
A pre-show reception including food and drinks will begin outside of the venue at 7 p.m., while all proceeds will go directly back to the women’s soccer program.
Featuring two extraordinary musical talents in Josh Leggett and Rick Silanskas, The Magic of the Night: A Musical Journey is bound to take the audience through multiple eras and back.
From the music of Glenn Miller to Billy Joel to classic groups like Chicago, Simon and Garfunkel and the sounds of Broadway, the show provides an experience like no other thanks to the expansive symphonic keyboards of Silanskas and the magnificent vocal talent of Leggett.
“Rick was a friend of Fidgi and just reached out to me saying he wanted to give back to the women’s soccer program and Fidgi’s legacy because of their unique and wonderful relationship they had,” current head coach Dustin Smith said when asked where the idea originated.
“Ultimately, he brought Josh Leggett in, which was a bonus. As soon as they pitched the idea to us, we felt very fortunate for this opportunity to arise.
“I think it’s a true testament to how many people Fidgi affected and how many people he impacted in a positive manner. Again, we weren’t seeking this out, people approached us wanting to help. I think that speaks volumes, we’re very excited.”
General admission tickets are on sale now for $25, with discounted group rates for 10-plus people currently priced at $15.
ABOVE VIDEO: Fitzgerald “Fidgi” Haig was inducted into the Florida Tech Sports Hall of Fame on Feb. 1, 2013.
For the past 38 years, from motion picture scores, original theatrical productions and live performances internationally, Silanskas has created a myriad of magical musical experiences touching the lives of audiences around the world.
In 2001, Rick was honored to compose an original symphony of hope following 9/11 for the President of the United States.
The Award Winning “American Freedom Suite” was first performed by a live symphony orchestra and televised worldwide to our troops around the world in December 2001 from the Savannah Center for the Performing Arts and now sits in the Presidential Archives in Washington DC.
His career has spanned 23 countries including a very special honor presenting his music to The Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, National Award Winning Original Musical Compositions for Walt Disney Creative Entertainment and so much more.
Considered one of the most promising vocal talents in the industry, Leggett brings to the stage an emotional and memorable performance spanning the greatest years in music history.
From his first encounter with Silanskas at age 8, Josh began an incredible journey that has allowed him to perform in Milan, Italy and alongside incredible artists such as Broadway legend Kristin Chenowith, and American Idol stars Katherine Mcphee and Crystal Gayle. In 2013, Josh was even invited to perform at The Vatican for His Holiness the Pope in a special celebration.
“I was most impressed by the variety and musicality of this show,” J.R. “Jim” Zurak, told the Villages-News following a show in May.
“It’s amazing to sit there and hear what sounds like a full orchestra, when there are only two people on stage.”
The Clemente Center Box Office does not keep regular hours of operation during the summer months. For any questions or if you’d like to make arrangements for a phone or in-person sale, please contact the Ticket Office at 321-674-6228 or email AthleticsTickets@fit.edu.
All tickets purchased at this time will be electronic (either print-at-home or mobile delivery) – hard tickets will be available after July 18.
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