By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- Classic scores from the silver screen will come to life next week, as the Melbourne Municipal Band kicks off its 2014 season.
On Wednesday, Feb. 19 and Thursday, Feb. 20, the MMB will host the "Night at the Movies" concert and movie-related art show at the Melbourne Auditorium.
Preshow entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m., with the main concert beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The performances are free, with no tickets required, as the MMB hosts a minimum of 14 free concerts per year.
"We did a movie-themed concert several years ago, and it was one of the most popular concerts we have ever done," said Staci Cleveland, conductor. "We thought we would revive the idea since everyone enjoyed it so much."
Dr. Jamie Younkin, assistant professor at FIT, will kick off next week's performances with the FIT Jazz Ensemble.
Dr. Younkin will also be the guest conductor for "Hollywood Milestones," a medley that spans 25 years of film music.
"My favorite and most hilarious moment in that piece is the transition from 'Jaws' directly to 'Love Story,'" Mrs. Cleveland added. "It cracks me up every time. What a transition!"
Just like the audience, the Melbourne Municipal Band enjoys playing scores from some of Hollywood's most iconic films.
"'Highlights from 'King Kong' is a lot of fun. The band gets to act a little crazy and do some yelling and screaming," Mrs. Cleveland said. "I also really like 'The Ludlows' from 'Legends of the Fall.' It's a piano solo played by my sister, Amy Rosebush, and it is so beautiful."
In addition to fantastic music, the "Night at the Movies" concerts will also host a tremendous art show, full of Hollywood-related works of art and actual movie props.
"The Hollywood props that will be displayed are owned by Strawbridge Art League president Katherine McElhinny," Mrs. Cleveland said. "Kathy is a former model and actress, who has acquired the props through auction in Los Angeles and other sources."
Some of the props have come from the movies "Unfinished Business," "Merlin," "The Grinch" and "Practical Magic," as well as a prop from the Oscars.
The Strawbridge Art League will donate a piece of art to be raffled off during Thursday night's performance, with proceeds going to MMB. Tickets for the raffle may be purchased both nights of the concert.
In addition to the raffle, 10 percent of any artwork sold at the concerts will go to the band.
"The MMB has been entertaining the Melbourne community with free concerts for 50 years," Mrs. Cleveland said. "We have had a lot of fun on stage, and our audience cannot help but to have fun with us. I know they are going to enjoy our music and have a great time."
The Melbourne Municipal Band will host its "Night at the Movies" concert and art show on Wednesday, Feb. 19 and Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Melbourne Auditorium.
Preshow entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m., with the main show beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The performances are free, with no tickets required.
The Melbourne Auditorium is located at 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.
For more information, visit www.melbournemunicipalband.org or call (321) 724-0555.