By Amanda Anderson
BREVARD -- What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than listening to the Winds?
No, not the winds that blow through the trees. While that is, undoubtedly, a wonderful way to leisurely slip away a Sunday, there is another kind of Winds coming to the Viera area.
On Sunday, May 5, the Central Florida Winds Orchestra will perform at Suntree United Methodist Church. The free concert is set to begin at 3 p.m.
"We are most accustomed to listening to orchestras or large bands," said Richard Sabino, conductor for the Central Florida Winds Orchestra. "Symphony orchestras have strings and winds. When listening to a wind ensemble, the listener hears more of an orchestral wind sound."
Mr. Sabino explained that while listening to a large symphonic band, much of the distinct color of the instruments is lost.
With an expansive variety of music specifically written for wind ensembles, the Central Florida Winds Orchestra will perform works by composers John Williams, Morton Gould, John Phillip Sousa, Hector Berlioz, Richard Wagner and many more.
Made up of 55 brass, woodwind and percussion musicians, Mr. Sabino praised the group who follows his baton.
"We happen to have excellent musicians who enjoy and are capable of presenting a wonderful kind of music," he said.
Formed in 1999, the Central Florida Winds Orchestra has a range of talents, from professional musicians and teachers to gifted high school and college students. The members hail from all over Central Florida.
"Where else can you go to hear very high-quality performances of wonderful music by such excellent performers for free?" Mr. Sabino said.
The free concert presented by the Central Florida Winds Orchestra is Sunday, May 5 at 3 p.m. at Suntree United Methodist Church.
Donations are greatly appreciated.
Suntree United Methodist Church is located at 7400 N. Wickham Road, Suntree.
Arrive early for the best seating.
For more information, call (321) 223-6688 or visit www.cfwinds.org.