Space Coast Symphony, Central Florida Arts perform “Sound of Music”

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The world’s most beloved musical retains at its heart a subject matter that is frighteningly relevant to audiences today. That’s why the Space Coast Symphony and Central Florida Arts have joined forces to bring “The Sound of Music” to center stage, complete with professional vocalists, traditional and contemporary costumes, and digital sets.

The production will take place at 7 p.m., Saturday, August 20, at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, 5625 Holy Trinity Dr., Melbourne.

With a mission to use the performing arts as a conduit for a stronger community, Central Florida Vocal Arts chose Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final collaboration not only for its lush vocal and instrumental lines, which serve to showcase the talent that is the hallmark of Orlando-based troupe, but also for the opportunity for community discussion.

“As we see the brave people of Austria defy the Nazis of World War II on stage, we cannot ignore the parallels between these characters and the real people of Ukraine as they struggle against Russian invasion today,” said said Theresa Smith-Levin, executive director of Central Florida Vocal Arts.

“While the show is a classic, this production offers a fresh take, examining relevant themes presented in the work, particularly as they relate to the invasion of Ukraine.”

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The traveling production recreates the world of the von Trapp family through full traditional costumes designed by Coleen Carson. Digital projections designed by Bobby Kohn place the figures in the landscape of 1940s Austria.

Central Florida Vocal Arts Director Brandy Eleazar pays tribute to this iconic musical, while clarifying its continued relevance.

Of course, all the great songs are there, from “My Favorite Things” to “Do Re Mi”. All lead singers are professional artists. The young singers involved in the production are on a professional path as they pursue a performing arts education through Central Florida Vocal Arts.

This isn’t the first time Symphony and Central Florida Vocal Arts have reunited their collective acts. The two have collaborated since 2016 on the production of “The Student Prince” and have since co-hosted four additional shows, including a digital show made during the height of the pandemic.

“This is without a doubt America’s favorite musical of all time, and a perfect opportunity to once again partner with Central Florida Vocal Arts,” said Aaron Collins, bandleader and artistic director of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra.

The Symphony/Vocal Arts version of the beloved classic is good for the ear and the heart.

“This production challenges audiences to examine the role we each play as individuals in fighting injustice wherever it exists, while delivering a message of hope,” Smith-Levin said.

Songs that never get old, characters that always please, and a message that good will outweigh evil: you can’t go wrong watching and listening to “The Sound of Music” at night.

If you are going to

“The Sound of Music in Concert”

Who: Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, with singers from Central Florida Vocal Arts

Where: The Scott Center for the Performing Arts, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive, Melbourne

When: Saturday, August 20 at 7 p.m.

Also: A second performance will be held at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach on Sunday, August 21 at 3 p.m.

Tickets: $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Students aged 18 and under or with college ID are admitted free.

Information: 855-252-7276

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