Two concerts by two magnificent orchestras featuring the Music of Faraway Places


The Indian River Symphonic Association launches its 2019 Festival of Orchestras with two concerts in January. First, with a breathtaking musical tour from the Blue Danube to the sizzling rhythms of Spain. This musical journey by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra begins in an upbeat fashion with the exciting show-stopper, Hungarian Dance No. 1, by Johannes Brahms. Then it sails along the Danube with arguably the most beautiful waltz ever penned, On the Beautiful Blue Danube by Johann Strauss, Jr. It is then off to Moscow with a thrilling performance of what has been considered the greatest —certainly the most popular—of all piano concertos, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1, featuring the international piano sensation from Bulgaria, Ani Gogova. This faraway places concert has its grand finale in Spain with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, a work whose passionate Spanish melodies and brilliant orchestral colors have made it a perennial concert favorite.

(See performance and ticket information below)

The Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

Comes To Vero Beach For Its Premiere USA Tour

The Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra.

This magnificent orchestra, among the most popular in China, marks its American debut this season with a premiere performance in Vero Beach featuring such masterworks as Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz, Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture, and the thrilling Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto. This spectacular concerto is the kind of music rarely heard in America but continues to be one of the most famous orchestral works in the Chinese repertoire.  The Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1956 together with the birth of the Shanghai Opera House, has toured extensively in Europe and Asia, and has been host to many internationally renowned conductors and soloists. The orchestra’s principal conductor is the young, dynamic, award-winning Zhang Chengjie. A graduate of the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Mr. Chengie has been hailed as one of the brightest musical stars to emerge from China in recent years. The concert will feature the gifted young violin soloist, Chen Yangyuetong who won first prize in a prestigious violin competition when he was only ten. Mr. Yangyuetong is now among the most famous violinists in China and a professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

Both the Brevard and the Shanghai orchestra concerts take place at the Community Church of Vero Beach, 1901 23rd Street. The Brevard Symphony, featuring greatest hits of the Romantic Era, is on Friday, January 18 at 7:30pm, tickets $60. The Shanghai Opera Symphony is on Friday, January 25, at 7:30pm, Tickets: $90. For tickets and information call (772) 778-1070 or visit


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