Category Archive: Aging

Vintage Pipe Organ Restored, Dedicated in Indialantic

Eastminster Presbyterian Church Presents Concert, Honors Long-Time Member    

(INDIALANTIC, FL)  January 7, 2019— A mechanical pipe organ built over a century ago now proudly swells in the sanctuary of Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Indialantic. Installed in August 2018, the 1906 Kilgen tracker pipe organ will be dedicated in a free concert on Sunday, January 20 at 3:00 PM, to the memory of Lorraine Bemiss, a music teacher and pianist, who served at Eastminster beginning in 1957.  The antique instrument, with seven ranks, nine stops and ornate pipes, was rescued from the now closed Westminster Presbyterian Church in Casselberry, Florida and acquired with the help of the Bemiss Foundation. David Vogeding, Director of Music Emeritus for Eastminster Presbyterian, will be one of the featured organists to play during the dedication concert, along with organist Frank Voltz, a close friend of the Bemiss family. Voltz performed twice for President Ronald Reagan and is in demand as a featured performer on the organ and harp. The public is invited to a reception in the church hall immediately following the dedication concert. For more information, call 321-723-8371 or visit www.epcfl.org.

Eastminster Presbyterian Church Director of Music, Teresa Fleenor, explains more about the antique instrument being dedicated.

“The only electric parts are the blower and the lamp!” said Fleenor. “The organ originally used a manual bellows that able bodied young men and women would have operated to get air into the system. We are grateful to have saved this organ from obscurity and put it to use for the glory of God. We know that Lorraine Bemiss would have been delighted with the pipe organ; we are happy to dedicate it to service in her honor.”

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PHOTO ATTACHED –  Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Indialantic will dedicate its recently acquired 1906 pipe organ on January 20 at 3:00 PM. For more information, call 321-723-8371.  photo courtesy of eastminster presbyterian church

ABOUT DAVID VOGEDING – David Vogeding is a familiar face in the Central Florida music community. Mr. Vogeding obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance from West Virginia University and a Master of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Oklahoma. He has completed course work for his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting at the University of Oklahoma and has also completed several seasons of study at the Royal School of Church Music in Croydon, England. He served as Organist/Choirmaster for 20 years at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Missouri and has recently retired as the Director of Music at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Indialantic, where he served since 1992.  A member of the American Guild of Organists, he is also Director Emeritus of the Indialantic Chamber Singers, a vocal chamber ensemble he founded in 1999.

ABOUT FRANK VOLTZ – Frank Voltz is a multi-talented musician; a concert artist on piano, harp, and organ; an accomplished composer and arranger; and a highly respected clinician and teacher. Frank graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Piano Performance. He has been accompanist for numerous prestigious dance and ballet companies around the United States.  In addition to performing for President Ronald Reagan (twice), he continues to concertize and is in demand as an accompanist for nationally recognized vocalists throughout the country. Frank began playing the organ in church at age 11. He has performed organ recitals around the country and has recorded numerous CDs to his credit. In 2014, Frank presented a solo concert, “Christmas at the Coleman,” on harp, piano, and “The Mighty Wurlitzer” pipe organ (1928) at the Coleman Theatre in Miami, Oklahoma. More information about Frank Voltz is available on his website, www.FrankVoltz.com

ABOUT EASTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH – Led by the Holy Spirit, Eastminster Presbyterian Church glorifies God by loving Christ and others in worship, word, and deed. Classic worship services are held each Sunday at 10:00 AM.  A contemporary Praise & Worship service is conducted Saturdays at 6:00 PM. Reverend Dr. Tim Rogers-Martin leads the congregation, with ministerial duties shared by Associate Pastor, Rev. Kristy Ray.  In 2017, Eastminster Presbyterian Church earned the Earth Care Congregation designation by pledging to care for the earth and creation through an ongoing educational and service initiative. More information about Eastminster Presbyterian Church at 106 N. Riverside Drive in Indialantic, Florida, 32903 may be found on their website at www.EPCfl.org or by calling 321-723-8371.

Public Invited to ‘Holiday Toy Gala’ Dec. 7

One Senior Place Collects Toys, Serves up Good Time

(VIERA, FL)  November 26, 2018 –  Not every Brevard child will wake up Christmas morning to a pile of gifts under the tree. For the thousands of Brevard parents who struggle to cover the essentials, Christmas presents for their kids are simply out of reach.  One Senior Place in Viera will be helping needy families cope, when they host a Holiday Toy Gala to benefit one of Brevard’s biggest toy drives on Friday, December 7 at 6:00 PM at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road.  Admission to the smart casual event is free, with a new, unwrapped toy or gift for children or teens. Walmart gift cards are particularly welcome. The large toy drive by His Place Ministries is now in its 16th year and will provide toys and gifts for more than 3000 Brevard children, many of them considered homeless.  Collected toys are staged in a room where parents can “shop” on December 20 for free gifts according to the gender and age of their children.  Approximately 800 families benefited from the toy drive last year, for children aged from toddlers through 17.  Gifts for teen girls are often underrepresented and therefore especially needed. The Holiday Toy Gala and “fun-raiser” is sponsored by A Mother’s Touch Movers and will serve up heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts, wine and beer at the Viera marketplace for senior resources, with smooth jazz provided by saxophonist, Fred Cavese.  Attendees can purchase raffle tickets for various prizes and make additional donations for gift cards if desired.  To RSVP for the Holiday Toy Gala, call (321) 751-6771.  For more information about One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging, visit www.OneSeniorPlace.com.

CEO and founder of One Senior Place, Don Kramer explains why the Holiday Toy Gala is an important event.

“Every parent wants to be able to give their kids a happy Christmas, but many just cannot,” said Kramer. “In addition to the struggles caused by the economy, many families are also dealing with financial burdens caused by the death of a wage earner or because of medical expenses due to illness.  That’s where the toy drive and donations come in. It’s all about helping kids experience the joy of Christmas, regardless of their family’s income.”

For information on the dozens of events presented annually by One Senior Place, call 321-751-6771.  One Senior Place is a marketplace for resources and provider of information, advice, care and on-site services for seniors and their families.  To learn more about One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging visit www.OneSeniorPlace.com.

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Photo  Now in its 16th year, the toy drive by His Place Ministries of Melbourne will collect toys for approximately 3,000 Brevard children. On December 20, parents in need can “shop” the free assortment of gifts for their families. One Senior Place will host a Holiday Toy Gala on December 7 to collect toys and raise funds for gift card purchases.  Admission to the free event is one unwrapped toy. RSVP to 321-751-6771. photo courtesy john bertran

 

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Holiday Toy Gala 2018

 

About One Senior Place– Now in its 13th year, One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging, is a marketplace of resources and provider of information, advice, care and on-site services for seniors and their family caregivers in Central and East Central Florida.  Completely unique, One Senior Place at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road in Viera is a one-stop information hub and mini-mall “revolutionizing the way America shops for elder care and services.”  One Senior Place is home to a wide variety of senior-focused businesses, a resource library and is the site of educational seminars and presentations for seniors.  In 2008, One Senior Place was named Florida’s Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  In Brevard, they were honored as  Business of the Year by the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce.  A second location, One Senior Place Orlando, opened in Altamonte Springs in December of 2011.  More information about One Senior Place and One Senior Place Orlando can be found on the company website at www.OneSeniorPlace.com or by calling 321-751-6771.

Holiday Pet Food Drive at One Senior Place

Holiday Pet Food DriveThe Seniors Intervention Group is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to sustaining and improving the quality of life for Seminole County seniors. While non-perishable food pantries are filling up over the holiday season, many seniors also struggle to feed their beloved pets. Please help us feed these pets by donating wet or dry cat and dog food this holiday season. Donations will be collected at One Senior Place Greater Orlando located at 715 Douglas Avenue in Altamonte Springs, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Seniors Intervention Group is also collecting non-perishable food items such as cereal, canned soup, canned vegetables, boxed meals (mac and cheese/noodles), instant mashed potatoes, rice, canned tuna/chicken, spaghetti, fruit cups, peanut butter, jelly, microwave popcorn, and Ensure/Boost. Personal hygiene items such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, combs/brushes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, Depends, Q-tips, denture cleaner, as well as cleaning products like  laundry detergent and dish detergent are also appreciated.

For more information about accepted items, please contact Seniors Intervention Group directly at 407-790-1948.

Save the Date for Special Veterans Event!

March 2, 2019 Patriotic Musical Salute & More

One Senior Place, the Viera marketplace for senior resources, will present the sixth annual Every Day is Veterans Day, a patriotic concert event at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Suntree on Saturday, March 2, 2019. The public is invited to the free musical salute to veterans at 5625 Holy Trinity Drive in north Melbourne, 32940.  Co-sponsored by VITAS Healthcare, Every Day is Veterans Day will feature a 3:00 PM pre-concert reception for the public, with refreshments and information from numerous veteran and military organizations.  At 4:00 PM, “Reveille” will open a patriotic concert by the Space Coast Symphony Winds and Indialantic Chamber Singers, followed by a Posting of the Colors. After a moving rendition of the national anthem by The Indialantic Chamber Singers and soloist Beth Green, the Space Coast Highlanders bagpipe and drum corps will proceed through the 800-seat auditorium.  Rousing marches by John Philip Sousa as well as songs of America will be performed for the enjoyment of the audience, which is invited to wear red white and blue in patriotic solidarity.  A military chaplain will provide the invocation and benediction for the event and “Taps” will be played at the conclusion of the concert.  There is no charge for the reception or the concert and free tickets will be available in the coming months. For more information, call One Senior Place at 321-751-6771.

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‘Tea & Sweets’ with the Legacy Book Club

Author Donna Puglisi at One Senior Place November 8

Author Donna Puglisi and Illustrator Will Lilienthal 2018(VIERA, FL)  October 29, 2018 –  With pinkies held high, attendees to the public meeting of the Legacy Book Club can enjoy Tea & Sweets on Thursday, November 8 at 1:00 PM at One Senior Place in Viera.  One Senior Place, the Experts in Aging, will host the Tea & Sweets event, featuring author/poet Donna Puglisi and members of the Cape Canaveral Pen Women, from the Florida State Association of the National League of American Pen Women.  Ms. Puglisi will discuss her books, “Diamonds in the Rough” and “Roses and Onions, One Layer at a time” at the Viera marketplace for senior resources at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road.

Tea for the free Tea & Sweets event will be provided by Senior Partner Care Services, while Ms. Puglisi will provide cake for attendees. For more information, call (321) 751-6771 or visit the website of One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging, at www.OneSeniorPlace.com.

Event organizer Barbara Fradkin of One Senior Place explains more about the unique event.

“This will be a fun afternoon of discovery for all involved,” said Fradkin.  “As Donna says in her book, ‘May your layers be roses, some onions. But always look to your core; once the layers are peeled away- this is who you truly are!’”

For information on the dozens of events presented annually by One Senior Place, call 321-751-6771.  One Senior Place is a marketplace for resources and provider of information, advice, care and on-site services for seniors and their families.  To learn more about One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging visit www.OneSeniorPlace.com.

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Photo (above) Shown here with her illustrator, Will Lilienthal, author and poet Donna Puglisi will be the featured speaker during Tea & Sweets, a meeting of the Legacy Book Club at One Senior Place on November 8 in Viera.  For more information, call 321-751-6771. photo courtesy donna puglisi

 

ABOUT DONNA PUGLISI — Donna Puglisi has been writing poetry since she was 12 years old and continues to draw on her life’s experiences in her writing. She grew up in Wisconsin with her parents and two sisters. Her mother was a poet, author, musician and composer. It was through her that Donna developed a love of poetry and the arts. Donna is also a dancer and choreographer.  The “Dance of Words” is in many ways a canvas for her writings. Humor, love, nature, tributes to veterans, firefighters and law enforcement make her work unique, touching everyone who reads her poetry. Honesty and passion shines through in her books, “Diamonds in the Rough” and “Roses and Onions, One Layer at a time.” The release of “The Power of Passion, Dancing Barefoot” is anticipated for 2019.

 

About the Legacy Club – The Legacy Club is a free program for Brevard residents 55 and older. Legacy Club members receive free (65 and older) to reduced (55 to 64) admission, on a space available basis, to Brevard Public Schools events (excluding FHSAA playoff games) as well as musical and theater performances. In addition, all members will have access to special events throughout Brevard County. For a membership application or more information, contact Sara Almond, Engagement & Programs Coordinator for Brevard Public Schools, at 321-633-1000 ext 644 or via email at Almond.Sara@brevardschools.org.

 

About One Senior Place– Now in its 13th year, One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging, is a marketplace of resources and provider of information, advice, care and on-site services for seniors and their family caregivers in Central and East Central Florida.  Completely unique, One Senior Place at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road in Viera is a one-stop information hub and mini-mall “revolutionizing the way America shops for elder care and services.”  One Senior Place is home to a wide variety of senior-focused businesses, a resource library and is the site of educational seminars and presentations for seniors.  In 2008, One Senior Place was named Florida’s Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  In Brevard, they were honored as  Business of the Year by the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce.  A second location, One Senior Place Orlando, opened in Altamonte Springs in December of 2011.  More information about One Senior Place and One Senior Place Orlando can be found on the company website at www.OneSeniorPlace.com or by calling 321-751-6771.

Make a Free Ribbon Wreath for the Holidays

Guided craft event at One Senior Place November 12

ribbon wreath(VIERA, FL)  October 29, 2018 –  Up to 30 lucky participants can create a beautiful holiday decoration that will last for years to come, during the free Make a Wreath event on Monday, November 12 at 10:00 AM at One Senior Place in Viera.  One Senior Place, the Experts in Aging, will host Make a Wreath as the first in a series of four craft education events with the Cape Canaveral Pen Women at the Viera marketplace for senior resources at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road. Each attendee will receive supplies provided by Whittaker Cooper Financial Group and will be guided through the construction of a white ribbon wreath with gold embellishments by the president of Cape Canaveral Pen Women, Marion Coste. Refreshments for the free Make a Wreath event will be provided by Senior Partner In-Home Care. An RSVP is required to reserve space and supplies.  Call (321) 751-6771 or visit the website of One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging, at www.OneSeniorPlace.com.

Event organizer Barbara Fradkin of One Senior Place explains more about the craft education series.

“People love learning how to create items that are beautiful or useful or both,” said Fradkin.  “The Cape Canaveral Pen Women are lending their talent to teach wreath-making as well as future craft education events here at One Senior Place.”

For information on the dozens of events presented annually by One Senior Place, call 321-751-6771.  One Senior Place is a marketplace for resources and provider of information, advice, care and on-site services for seniors and their families.  To learn more about One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging visit www.OneSeniorPlace.com.

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Photo Each attendee to the guided Make a Wreath event will create their own white and gold ribbon wreath with supplies donated by Whittaker Cooper Financial Group at One Senior Place on November 12 in Viera.  Space is limited.  Call 321-751-6771 to RSVP. photo courtesy marion coste

 

About the Cape Canaveral Pen Women –The National League of American P​en Women (NLAPW) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that links professional women in the arts and promotes the development of their creative talents. Founded in 1897, the League has 81 branches in 35 states. Its members are women who produce creative works in Arts, Letters, or Music. The Cape Canaveral Branch was founded in 1969 by Dr. Elaine Murray Stone. All NLAPW branches in Florida are part of the Florida State Association. The Cape Canaveral Pen Women participates in outreach programs that promote arts in their communities and awards an annual scholarship to a young woman who demonstrates potential in art, letters, or music.

 

The Mission of the League is to encourage, recognize, and promote the production of creative work of professional standard in Art, Letters, and Music, and through outreach activities provide educational, creative, and professional support to members and non-members in these disciplines. The core values of the NLAPW are respect, knowledge, creation and preservation of the arts.  Membership is open to women who are published authors, composers of original music, artists whose works have been in at least three juried shows, and allied professionals. For more information, visit http://canaveralpenwomen.org/.

 

About One Senior Place– Now in its 13th year, One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging, is a marketplace of resources and provider of information, advice, care and on-site services for seniors and their family caregivers in Central and East Central Florida.  Completely unique, One Senior Place at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road in Viera is a one-stop information hub and mini-mall “revolutionizing the way America shops for elder care and services.”  One Senior Place is home to a wide variety of senior-focused businesses, a resource library and is the site of educational seminars and presentations for seniors.  In 2008, One Senior Place was named Florida’s Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  In Brevard, they were honored as  Business of the Year by the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce.  A second location, One Senior Place Orlando, opened in Altamonte Springs in December of 2011.  More information about One Senior Place and One Senior Place Orlando can be found on the company website at www.OneSeniorPlace.com or by calling 321-751-6771.

IRCC Women a ‘Busty Bunch’

Viera Neighborhood of Military Veterans Raises Funds, Awareness for Breast Cancer

(VIERA, FL) October 15, 2018 –  Dedication, belief in a cause and plenty of hard work have resulted in a record fundraising total estimated in excess of $7,000 for breast cancer research raised from the retired residents of Indian River Colony Club in Viera, the patriotic community with a culture of giving. The neighborhood of military veterans supported the organizing and fundraising efforts of staff member Maureen Reeder, who has championed the cause for the past eight years. A bake sale, golf tournament and luncheon, silent auction, raffles and tee shirt sales through Rockledge Professional Firefighters have all contributed to the record-setting effort, which will culminate in a walk by the Busty Bunch team during the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event on October 27 at the Avenue Viera. Currently in the #2 position out of 179 registered teams, the IRCC Busty Bunch is still accepting donations and walking registrations through their team page at http://main.acsevents.org/goto/bustybunch.  Interested participants can also call 321-255-6026.  The annual nationwide walk events raise money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and to help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.

Indian River Colony Club staffer and organizer of the Busty Bunch walking team and its related fundraising events, Maureen Reeder explains what the walk means to her personally.

“I walk not only for the thousands who are diagnosed with breast cancer every day, but in memory of my mom, my sister Eileen Doyle, my cousin, Linda Shehan, two lifelong friends, Sandy Lawson and Judy Larson– all lost to breast cancer,” said Ms. Reeder. “And for the survivors, so that they continue to be cancer free, including my sister, Karen Kleber and cousin, Susanne Sochlaski. I could not do this year after year without the contributions and help from volunteers at Indian River Colony Club.”

Kathi Skaar is the 2018 Chairperson for Indian River Colony Club’s Golf for a Cure tournament.

“IRCC is a very giving community and this event is another example.  We have 10 breast cancer survivors in our Women’s Golf Association and many more in Indian River Colony Club.  Raising money through fun events and holding a golf tournament is one way of honoring their courage and spirit while helping others here in Brevard County and beyond.”

Today, one out of every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer reaches out to the American Cancer Society for help and support. The donations raised by the Busty Bunch and the other 179 teams registered for the Viera event will enable investment in groundbreaking breast cancer research, free information and services for women diagnosed with the disease, and access to mammograms for women who need them. Donations will help more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors celebrate another birthday this year.

Viera’s very first neighborhood, Indian River Colony Club is known as “The Place Patriots Call Home.”  A haven for military retirees, the par-72 private golf course community has a patriotic culture and country club amenities for active adults aged 55 and over. For more information about Indian River Colony Club, call 321-255-6000, visit their website at www.IndianRiverColonyClub.com or like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/colonyclubinviera/.

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Golf for a Cure 2018

PHOTO (photo courtesy of ircc):  The Women’s Golf Association at Indian River Colony Club held a tournament to fundraise for the Busty Bunch walking team, which will take part in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event at the Avenue Viera on October 27. To join the walking team or make a donation to the Busty Bunch, call 321-255-6026. 

 Rockledge Professional Firefighters and Maureen Reeder 2018

PHOTO  (photo courtesy of ircc):  Maureen Reeder and members of the Rockledge Professional Firefighters fundraise for the Busty Bunch walking team in advance of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event at the Avenue Viera on October 27. To join the walking team or make a donation to the Busty Bunch, call 321-255-6026. 

 

About Indian River Colony Club –  Viera’s very first neighborhood, Indian River Colony Club was originally conceived as a retirement destination for military retirees. IRCC began to take shape in 1986, its vision to create a private country club-like environment for members.  Membership has now expanded to include non-military personnel who want the energetic, patriotic lifestyle cultivated by three decades of members. Still predominantly a haven for military veterans, IRCC maintains a culture centered on service to others. IRCC is a gated golf course community of nearly 800 homes on 453 acres in Viera, owned entirely by its membership. “The Place Patriots Call Home” enjoys 24-hour gated security, a generous maintenance package and a full complement of newly renovated and 100% debt-free country club amenities for active adults aged 55 and over, including an 18-hole, par-72 private golf course.  The patriotic neighborhood was named one of the 2018 Top 20 Golf Communities in North America by Golf Course Home Network. For more information about Indian River Colony Club, call 321-255-6000 or visit their website at www.IndianRiverColonyClub.com.

Orchestra Loosens Up ‘JAZZ Jam’

Central Florida’s top jazz musicians swing the greats in Suntree 

(SUNTREE, FL) October 8, 2018 – The Space Coast Symphony JAZZ Orchestra presents a swinging October concert that highlights the many colors of jazz music, along with a dance exhibition. JAZZ Jam gets underway at 7:00 PM on Saturday, October 20 at the Scott Center for Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive in Suntree.  Jazz Trombone Professor at Valencia College, Frank Wosar leads some of Florida’s finest jazz musicians performing works by Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Count Basie, Arturo Sandoval, Miles Davis, George Gershwin and more.  The concert will feature a wide variety of jazz styles, including traditional New Orleans jazz, Swing, Ska, Funk, Blues, Pan-Caribbean Salsa, Boogaloo and Go-go. The playlist includes “Caravan,” “Dig,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “April in Paris,” “Advanced Funk” and many more exciting tunes.  New Zealand dance sensation and Walt Disney World choreographer, Joanne Collins, will team up with fellow professional Kaitlyn Cahalen to perform dance numbers alongside the jazz orchestra.  $25 advance tickets for adults are available through the orchestra website at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or at Marine Bank & Trust in Suntree.  Tickets at the door are $30.  JAZZ Jam is free for those aged 18 and under or with a student ID.  An assortment of healthful snacks by Titusville Organics will be available for sale to concert-goers.  For more information, call toll free to 855-252-7276 or visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org.

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Artistic Director, Aaron T. Collins leaves the jazz conducting to Jazz Trombone Professor, Frank Wosar.

“Frank’s bio reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of jazz,” said Collins. “He’s played in Grammy-winning groups and personally won four Downbeat Awards and international recognition for his jazz solos.  Between the talent onstage and a pair of outstanding dancers, this will be one swinging jazz concert.”

The SCSO is one of only a handful of orchestras nationwide to perform year-round. For more information about the Space Coast Symphony’s Tenth Anniversary 2018-19 Season or the Symphony for Everyone discount ticket program, please visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or call toll-free (855) 252-7276.  For mobile devices, download the free interactive SCSO app from Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Frank Wosar Trombonist Frank Wosar will lead the Space Coast Symphony JAZZ Orchestra during JAZZ Jam in Melbourne and Vero Beach.  For details, visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or call toll-free (855) 252-7276.  photo courtesy captured blessings by becky

VIDEO CLIP:  The Space Coast Symphony JAZZ Orchestra performs “Sing, Sing, Sing.” https://youtu.be/sA1Ih8namYI

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ABOUT FRANK WOSAR — Frank Wosar holds a Masters degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelors degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami. He played solo chair in the Grammy Award winning jazz band the CJB at UM all four years that he attended. He has been awarded the Down Beat Award for outstanding jazz solo four times and two times by the IAJE. Currently he is the adjunct Jazz Trombone Professor at Valencia College and freelances as a trombone player at many venues in town. He is also frequent sub for Disney’s Grand Floridian Society Orchestra and BB Kings Blues Club. Frank has had the privilege to have played with The Supremes, Hootie and the Blow Fish, John Michael Montgomery, Mark Anthony, Gloria Estafan, Willie Chirino, Ray Ruiz salsa Orchestra, Paul Ankia, Jim Belushi, Jim Widner Big Band, John Fedchock Big Band , Ed Calle Big Band, Arturo Sandavol, Duffy Jackson Big Band, Sam Rivers, KC and the Sunshine Band, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (Buddy Morro), the Glenn Miller Orchestra and many more. He would like to acknowledge and thank the Ocala Jazz Society for the scholarship he received in 1998.

ABOUT THE SPACE COAST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA— The SCSO is a lively and passionate Central Florida orchestra comprised of professional musicians, music educators and mentored amateurs of exceptional ability.  The Orchestra was formed by Conductor and Artistic Director Aaron T. Collins with a two-fold mission: to provide mentoring and performance opportunities for Florida’s finest young musicians as well as to provide professional concerts at genuinely affordable prices.  The ultimate goal of the organization is to help ensure the symphonic tradition for the enjoyment of future generations.

35-year old Aaron T. Collins is garnering recognition for his achievements.  LEAD Brevard named the ambitious Collins one of their “4 under 40″ Young Professionals, the youngest-ever recipient of the honor.  Space Coast Business magazine listed him as one of Brevard’s “100 Most Admired Businesspeople.” Collins is a past recipient of the Richard A. Stark Award for cultural leadership from the Cultural Council of Indian River County.  Through his personal involvement with more than a dozen performing arts groups, pioneering reciprocal ad program and social media cross promotions, Collins has gained a reputation for generosity; championing other arts organizations throughout Central Florida for the cultural enrichment of the community.

The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra performs in several very comfortable venues in Brevard and Indian River counties, with advance general admission tickets priced at just $25.  School-aged children 18 years and under are admitted free of charge, as are college students with a valid ID.  In keeping with their mission, the symphony provides a unique Symphony for Everyone ticketing program, a “pay-what-you-can” option designed to provide substantially discounted admission to any Space Coast Symphony concert.  Relying on a non-traditional orchestra model and a slim budget, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra is one of only 19 U.S. orchestras to perform year-round. In addition to maintaining the Space Coast Symphony JAZZ Orchestra and Space Coast Symphony Wind Orchestra, the non-profit organization also has a youth orchestra and provides numerous separate and free ensemble performances. More information about the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming concerts, ticket sales, venues, directions and sponsorship opportunities is available at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org by calling toll free (855) 252-7276.

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