UCF Student opera company to perform
By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- The final "Music on the Hill" program for the season will take place later this month, and organizers said it will be the most spectacular show since its inception.
On Sunday, April 28, 10 to 12 singers from the University of Central Florida Student opera company will be performing the First Act of Don Giavonni at Unitarian Fellowship of Pineda in Rockledge.
Marshall Frank, an organizer of the event, said Hunter Currey, a Brevard resident, who has performed at the event in the past, will be performing along with others from the group.
Organizers are asking for a $5 donation for admission to the event.
"It's the best $5 deal for entertainment," Mr. Frank said. "It's a very intimate, and the audience gets to interact with the performers."
Mr. Frank said this would be the last "Music on the Hill" event until September.
"Music on the Hill" is a monthly event presented by the Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard that showcases various musical talents from Brevard County and other local areas. Funds raised from the event go toward helping Brevard musical students continue with their musical education.
After an intermission, Mr. Frank said the singers will perform a number of songs and arias from other operas and Broadway shows.
The event comes in the wake of the annual "Brevard's Got Musical Talent" event, which was held on Sunday, April 14.
At the event, concert pianist Elizabeth Hargis finished in first place and won a $1,000 cash-prize; pianist Ivan Rao finished in second place and a $500 cash-prize, pianist Melanie Richardson finished third-place and won a $250 cash-prize; and horn player Maryl Harris finished in fourth-place and won a $125 cash-prize.
Mr. Frank said that the top two winners at last year's event were vocalists and the third-place a pianist.
"Elizabeth winning is well deserved," he said. "She is a highly accomplished concert pianist, and she has come close to winning in the past. She finally pulled it off."
The event featured performances from 12 contestants, who, Mr. Frank said, were all fantastic.
Auditions for next year's "Brevard's Got Musical Talent" will be held in January and February 2014.
"Music on the Hill" will be Sunday, April 28, at 4 p.m. at Unitarian Fellowship of Pineda, 3115 Friendship Place, in Rockledge.
The show will be approximately 90 minutes.
For more information, call Marshall Frank at (321) 254-3398.