By Amanda Hatfield
MELBOURNE -- Music and culture will come together April 16-17 for a unique event open to the public.
The Melbourne Municipal Band will host a free concert at the Melbourne Auditorium, showcasing 500 years of Florida's rich history and cultural heritage. The event coincides with the statewide celebration of Viva Florida 500.
"We've planned this concert since last spring," said Staci Cleveland, conductor for the Melbourne Municipal Band. "Enoch Moser, a band member, suggested that we get permission to write the arrangement of 'Florida (Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky),' since it hadn't been done for band yet."
After that, the musical group decided to dedicate the concert to celebrate all things Florida.
Choosing music that would honor different aspects of Florida history, attendees can enjoy a diverse musical score that will take them through Juan Ponce de Leon's first landing through to today.
"'Council Oak' is music based upon themes from the Seminoles," Mrs. Cleveland said.
Other scores like "Stormy Weather" and "Heat Lightning" highlight the range of weather Floridians experience on a seemingly daily basis.
The musical event will also include exhibits from Julian Leek, a space launch and Florida landscape photographer, the Florida Native Plant Society, the Florida Historical Society, Florida Highwaymen painting and much more.
"We will have two quartets of barbershop singers, wandering around the Melbourne Auditorium serenading our audience members, while they wait for the show to start, and while they take our exhibits," Mrs. Cleveland added.
Attendees can also enter a raffle both evenings, for items like a basket of gardening goodies from the Florida Native Plant Society and a framed watercolor of the original Eau Gallie Yacht Club donated by local artist, Dorothy Rhines.
"This is an excellent event for all to attend and celebrate in our history and the great state of Florida," Mrs. Cleveland said.
The Melbourne Municipal Band will host its Viva Florida 500 Celebration Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 17, at the Melbourne Auditorium. Exhibits and pre-show entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m., with the concert starting at 7:30 p.m.
Admission for the event is free.
Melbourne Auditorium is located at 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 724-0555 or visit www.melbournemunicipalband.org.