Grammy-Winner Jeffrey Biegel to Join Space Coast Symphony for ‘Rhapsody in Blue & Bolero’ April 24

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event will be at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts in north Melbourne

Grammy-winning pianist, Jeffrey Biegel returns to Central Florida to join the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra for Rhapsody in Blue & Bolero at 7:00 PM on Saturday, April 24 at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts in north Melbourne, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive, 32940. (SCSO image)

BREVARD COUNTY • SUNTREE, FLORIDA – Grammy-winning pianist, Jeffrey Biegel returns to Central Florida to join the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra for Rhapsody in Blue & Bolero at 7 p.m on Saturday, April 24 at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts in north Melbourne, located at 5625 Holy Trinity Drive.

Biegel will perform Spiritualist, a concerto in three movements by SCSO’s favorite collaborator and Grammy winner, Kenneth Fuchs.

In 2019, Kenneth Fuchs’s Spiritualist with the London Symphony Orchestra garnered a Grammy win in the Best Classical Compendium category, featuring Mr. Biegel as its soloist.

Biegel will further dazzle audiences with his performance of George Gershwin’s immensely popular jazz classic, Rhapsody in Blue.

While brimming with a sense of Gershwin’s youthful energy and musical exploration, the performance will embrace the 2018 critical edition of Rhapsody in Blue that restores much of the original orchestration and piano solo edits made by the composer.

The concert will conclude with Maurice Ravel’s astonishing one-movement masterpiece, Boléro, based on a Spanish musical form and dance Ravel deemed “insistent.”

Slowly building in intensity, Boléro brought shouts and cheers at its 1929 American premiere in New York –and evokes a similar response from audiences today.

$30 advance tickets for adults are available through the orchestra website at SpaceCoastSymphony.org or at Marine Bank & Trust in Suntree. Tickets at the door are $35.

Online ticketing is encouraged, for optimum social distancing and capacity planning. The symphony’s Covid-19 safety measures will be in place for the indoor concert, including temperature checks, limited and spaced seating, and mandatory mask-wearing for the duration of the event.

The audience is asked not to arrive more than 30 minutes prior to showtime. Rhapsody in Blue & Bolero is free for those aged 18 and under or with a student ID. For more information, call toll-free at 855-252-7276 or visit SpaceCoastSymphony.org.

SCSO Conductor and Artistic Director Aaron T. Collins is certain the audience is in for a powerful musical experience. “We are so pleased to welcome Jeffrey Biegel back to Florida for this concert,” said Collins.

The Space Coast Symphony has collaborated on seven previous occasions with the Juilliard-trained Biegel — and programmed music by the Grammy-winning composer Fuchs no less than ten of the orchestra’s 12 seasons.

SCSO conductor and artistic director, Aaron T. Collins is certain the audience is in for a powerful musical experience.

“We are so pleased to welcome Jeffrey Biegel back to Florida for this concert,” said Collins.

“Not only will he reprise his Grammy-winning performance of the Ken Fuchs’ concerto, but his inspired piano solo in Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody’ may be the closest version to what audiences actually heard when it premiered in 1924.”

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the symphony’s board of directors has chosen a slate of safety protocols consistent with other performing groups in Central Florida. 

Concertgoers aged 18 and under or with a college ID are admitted free to every SCSO concert.

For more information about the Space Coast Symphony’s 2020-21 Season and to view Covid-19 protocols for each performance, please visit SpaceCoastSymphony.org or call toll-free 855-252-7276.

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