Nine-Year-Old Piano Phenom Jacob Velazquez To Perform With Space Coast Symphony Orchestra April 9
By Space Coast Daily // March 28, 2017
Symphony for Autism Awareness
ABOVE VIDEO: “Reflections of Passion” by nine-year-old phenom Jacob Velazquez, who will be playing from memory in his performance debut with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra on April 9 at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy.
BREVARD COUNTY • SUNTREE, FLORIDA – The concert is called Mozart Symphony No. 40, but excitement is building for those waiting to hear Haydn’s piano Concerto No. 11 in D major.
That’s what nine-year-old phenom Jacob Velazquez will be playing from memory in his performance debut with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, April 9 at 3 p.m. at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, located at 5625 Holy Trinity Drive in north Melbourne.
Playing without printed music is not a problem for Jacob, who at age five was admitted to the National Musicians Guild, after flawlessly performing 10 classical pieces from memory.
He has been diagnosed with a type of high functioning autism known as PDD-NOS and will be performing during Autism Awareness month to shine a light on the capabilities of those with the developmental disorder.
The young prodigy from Miami has appeared on Good Morning America, The View, The Steve Harvey Show, CNN, HLN, Telemundo & many more, displaying both an incredible talent and a beguiling personal charm. Michael Hall, music director of the Kennett Symphony of Chester County, Pennsylvania, will conduct The Mozart Symphony No. 40 concert, with Mozart’s symphony comprising the second half of the program.
Also known as the “Great G minor symphony,” No. 40 is one of Mozart’s most greatly admired works. The concert will also include the Southeastern U.S. premiere of American composer, Michael Daugherty’s Nothing Bitter Suite for chamber orchestra.
Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Artistic Director, Aaron T. Collins, is delighted Jacob Velazquez will be making his orchestral debut with the SCSO.
“Jacob stole a piece of our hearts last year, when we sponsored his first solo concert,” said Collins.
“He is an incredibly talented performer in addition to being a happy little boy who idolizes Yanni and Taylor Swift. We’re happy to help him raise awareness for autism, during this all-classical concert with our impressive guest conductor, Maestro Michael Hall.”
Advance tickets are available for $20 through the orchestra website at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or at several convenient ticket outlets, including Ace Hardware stores in Indialantic and Cocoa Beach, Blue Sky Insurance in Cocoa Village, Tropical Realty of Suntree, La Moda Boutique in Suntree, Art Expressions in downtown Eau Gallie, Atlantic Strings in Melbourne, A Floral Affair in Merritt Island, Brass & Reed Music Store in Merritt Island, and Brevard Florist in Palm Bay.
Tickets at the door are $25. The concert is free for those aged 18 and under or with a student ID.
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