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Psyched up for Green Gables, bUneke
Renowned psychic Jeffrey Wands returns to Melbourne for a program starting Friday, January 21 at 6:45pm at FOP Lodge 37, 1049 Julia Drive, Melbourne. Wands will deliver psychic readings to reserved ticket holders and hold a question-and-answer session prior to a book signing.
All money from ticket sales will be split between the non-profit organizations bUneke and Green Gables of Historic Riverview Village.
Wands’ program goes beyond the lectures to provide strategies for creating harmony, happiness, purpose and peace in every aspect of life. He is often asked to help find missing children. On the TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”, Wands was given the task of encouraging previous deceased residents to leave the property.
Tickets are $35. Buy at eventbrite.com. Search for ‘An Evening with Jeffery Wands’. For more information, call 321-794-8901.
Happening at the King Center
Amazing athletes defy gravity and perform breathtaking feats as they push the limits of human ability as the New Shanghai Circus will perform at the King Center at 10:30 AM and again at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, January 25.
These fearless performers with boundless energy bring more than 2,000 years of Chinese circus traditions to their show. If it’s humanly possible – and even if it isn’t! — The acrobats, jugglers and contortionists of Shanghai do it with spectacular flair.
The morning performance is reserved for groups of 10 people or more. Tickets to that show are $8 per person. Tickets for evening performances cost $18.25 to $28.25.
Also in the King Center is small achievement and Gaelic Storm, both on January 26.
Little Feat fused a wide variety of styles and genres into something utterly distinctive, a blend of California rock, funk, folk, jazz, country, rockabilly and New Orleans swamp boogie and more, all blended into a unique and rich gumbo. The group will perform on the main stage at 7:30 PM. Tickets start at $59.
At 7.30pm, Gaelic Storm takes over the King Center at the Studio Theatre. You may remember the group from ‘Titanic’. The film featured the musicians playing at the Irish party in the third grade.
The group has topped the Billboard World Chart six times, appeared at mainstream music festivals and regularly headlined the biggest Irish festivals across the country, all the while earning a reputation as a genre-bending Irish rock band, whose songs blend Celtic traditions with something. . uniquely creative. Tickets cost $49.75.
For tickets to all these shows and more, visit kingcenter.com.
Horrorville Horror and Paranormal Convention
This phenomenal paranormal event at the Space Coast Convention Center, 301 Tucker Lane, Cocoa, on Saturday and Sunday January 22-23, will feature a weekend of costume contests, movie stars, psychics, paranormal explorers and guest celebrities.
Look for visits from actors Mark Patton (“A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge”), Brian Bremer (“Pumpkin Head”), paranormal guests Nick Grossmann (“Ghost Storm Investigations”), Scott Tepperman (“Ghost Hunters International” and “Ghost Life Paranormal”) and author Charles F. Rosenay (“Tours of Terror.”)
One-day admission costs $25 in advance or $30 at the door. 2-day passes are available for $40 presale or $50 at the door. Visit horrorvillecon.com or call 424-501-6103.
Brevard Youth Choir holds auditions
Children who enjoy singing are sought after by the Brevard Youth Chorus, which will be holding auditions for young singers at Central Baptist Church, 2503 Country Club Road, Melbourne on Saturday, January 22, from 9am to noon.
The choir is looking for singers in grades four through ten in public, private, charter and home schools. The auditions will be in person.
Thursday evening rehearsals will start on January 27, if health advice permits.
The Brevard Youth Chorus is co-led by Brevard music teachers Eldean Hagans and Le Ann Hasker. The select group of young people performs on stages and events throughout Brevard. Performances in recent years have included the family concert with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra at the King Center, holiday concerts with the Indialantic Chamber Singers, and more.
“Our rehearsals help the young people work on their music foundations and are always meaningful and fun,” Hagans said.
For more information or an audition time, please contact Hagans at BYCsings@gmail.com or call 321-291-3141.
Welcome to the “Blue Note”
Jazz and blues fans are well aware that a note sung or played at a slightly different pitch from the standard is considered a blue note.
Blues will abound when the Melbourne Community Orchestra hosts two cool winter concerts at 7:30pm, Wednesday and Thursday, January 26 & 27, at Melbourne Auditorium, 625 Hibiscus Blvd.
The performances will feature a chart-topping chart of over 25 jazz and big band standards arranged for orchestra, including a medley of top hits from the 1940s. The audience will hear “Moondust,” a medley of “Moonlight Serenade,” “Blue Moon,” and “How High the Moon,” along with a tribute to Louis Armstrong titled “Satchmo,” plus selections from Jobim, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin.
A highlight will be Claude Bolling’s groundbreaking ‘Jazz Suite for Flute and Piano’ from 1973. In the jazz work, the principal flautist of the orchestra, Noël Barefield, will perform the movement “Baroque and Blue” together with pianist Dylan Rhodes.
“What’s different about our annual jazz concert in January is that we perform big band works arranged for orchestra,” said conductor Mark Nelson. “The happy sound is always a favorite of our audience. We’ve seen couples get up and dance swinging in the aisles.”
While the free “Welcome to the Blue Note” concerts start at 7:30 PM, hep cats will arrive as early as 6:30 PM to get the hot seats. No tickets are needed.
Call 321-285-6724 or visit MCOrchestra.org for more information
Letters from home with Brevard Symphony Orchestra
Brevard Symphony Orchestra begins with a domestic theme for the first two concerts of the year.
‘Letters from Home’, scheduled for Saturday, January 22 at 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM, at the King Center, features eclectic selections such as Valerie Colman’s “Seven O’Clock Shout,” which was inspired by the brave frontline workers during the pandemic. . The Philadelphia Orchestra premiered the work in 2020.
Also on the program is Holly Mulcahy performing “The Rose of Sonora,” a violin concerto commissioned by film composer George S. Clinton. The work, which premiered in 2019 with the Chattanooga Symphony, tells the fictional story of Rose, an 1893 outlaw in the Territory of Arizona, as she copes with love, loss, revenge and healing.
Dvořák’s ‘8th Symphony’, a cheerful, idyllic piece that the composer made during a summer holiday, rounds off the concerts. Tickets run from $19 to $49. Buy at kingcenter.com.
- ‘Almost, Maine’: Melbourne Civic Theatre, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., will present the play through February 20. On a cold, clear winter night, the residents of Almost, Maine fall in love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30. Call 321-723-6935 or visit mymct.org.
- ‘Inherit the wind’: This drama runs through January 30 at Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach. Based on the true story of the famous 1925 Scopes trial, this drama features two great lawyers arguing for and against a science teacher accused of learning evolution. Tickets are $22-$25. Call 321-783-3127 or visit surfsideplayers.com.
- ‘Kinky boots’: The show runs through February 13 at Titusville Playhouse, 301 Julia Street. This musical about a struggling shoe factory owner who finds inspiration in a fantastic drag artist features Tony-winning music by Cyndi Lauper. Tickets are $27-$35. Call 321-268-1125 or visit titusvilleplayhouse.com.
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