“Having autism doesn’t mean we aren’t capable of great things.” That’s the sentiment inscribed on a website photograph of the young Miami superstar, Jacob Velazquez. The Space Coast Symphony continues their 10th anniversary season with a program featuring the extraordinary talents of Jacob and two other rising musical stars during Jacob Plays Beethoven, at 3:00 PM on Sunday, February 3 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2365 Pine Avenue in Vero Beach.
The 11-year old Velazquez will play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, while high school junior Monet Jowers of Orlando will perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major with the orchestra. Local favorite 16-year old Isaac Moorman will play Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Jacob’s remarkable story includes admission to the National Musicians Guild at age five, after flawlessly performing 10 classical pieces from memory. He has been diagnosed with a type of high functioning autism known as PDD-NOS and often performs to shine a light on the capabilities of those with the developmental disorder.
The young prodigy from Miami has appeared on Good Morning America, The View, The Steve Harvey Show, CNN, HLN, Telemundo and more, catching the attention of pop singer Taylor Swift –and displaying both an incredible talent and a beguiling personal charm. He made his orchestral debut with the SCSO at age eight and is currently being filmed for a documentary, “The Colorful World of Jacob Velazquez.” Michael Hall, music director of the Kennett Symphony of Chester County, Pennsylvania, will guest conduct the concert, which will also include “Simple Sarabande” by Kevin Wilt, Assistant Professor of Music and Composer-in-Residence at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. $25 advance tickets for adults are available through the orchestra website at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or at the orchestra’s official ticket outlet, Marine Bank & Trust, beachside and mainland branches. Tickets at the door are $30. Jacob Plays Beethoven is free for those aged 18 and under or with a student ID. Furloughed federal employees and active duty Coast Guard will also be admitted free to SCSO concerts for the duration of the government shutdown. For more information, call toll free to 855-252-7276 or visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS–
JACOB VELAZQUEZ –Jacob began taking piano lessons at the tender age of four, and by age five caught the attention of media outlets like Good Morning America, The View, Telemundo, CNN, and Headline News. Jacob has also performed on The Steve Harvey Show and The Harry Show. By age six, Jacob was in the studio recording his first self titled album Jacob.
He made his debut with The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra at just eight years old and has since performed with The Hallandale Symphonic Orchestra, The Sugar Pops Orchestra and the Imperial Symphony Orchestra. Jacob has been invited to perform on stage in concert with Harry Connick Jr and he was personally invited by Taylor Swift to her tour after hearing him play.
Jacob trains with world renowned professor, Giselle Brodsky, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Miami International Piano Festival and the Academy. Jacob is currently authoring his first children’s book and is being filmed for a documentary “The Colorful World of Jacob Velazquez.” For more information on Jacob please visit http://www.JacobVelazquez.com and TheColorfulWorldMovie.com.
ISAAC MOORMAN –Isaac Moorman, 16, is a pianist and cellist attending Satellite High School in Satellite Beach. He was born in Malaysia and raised in the United States. He started playing piano at age four. At age six, Isaac earned 2nd place at the Sonatina-Sonata Competition at St.Petersburg College, in Florida. At age nine, he earned an Honorable Prize at the Young Artist Competition, Space Coast Pops, Florida. In 2011, he participated in The Washington International Piano Festival, where his coaches included Nelita True, Yuri Didenko, Nikita Fitenko, Xun Pan and Ivo Kaltchev.
Isaac was selected to perform at Kennedy Center through audition during the festival. He participated in the All State and All County festival during 2014-2018. In the summer of 2012, he performed at a benefit concert at the University of Science in Penang. Isaac performs with Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, Central Florida Winds and performs chamber music with Quartet Movement, an organization promoting education of chamber music. During his free time, he mentors younger cellists at Delaura Middle school. Currently, Isaac studies piano with Irina Wolynez and cello under the tutelage of Joan Markstein.
MONET JOWERS –Monet Jowers is a rising junior at Timber Creek High School with a passion for music and a keen interest in science. She has been a Florida All-State Band member for five consecutive years, and was principal horn of the 9/10 band this past year. Having studied piano for 12 years, she has delved into more piano performance opportunities this year, which resulted in winning her high school’s concerto competition, being selected as a semi-finalist for the Ocala Symphony Young Artist Competition, and attending Kinhaven Summer Music Camp this summer.
In her eighth grade year, Monet won the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair Grand Award for biology, and now hopes to compete in the senior division in junior and senior year. She looks forward to pursuing a career in immuno-oncology alongside piano and horn studies with a potential double major in college.
ABOUT THE SPACE COAST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA— The SCSO is a lively and passionate Central Florida orchestra comprised of professional musicians, music educators and mentored amateurs of exceptional ability. The Orchestra was formed by Conductor and Artistic Director Aaron T. Collins with a two-fold mission: to provide mentoring and performance opportunities for Florida’s finest young musicians as well as to provide professional concerts at genuinely affordable prices. The ultimate goal of the organization is to help ensure the symphonic tradition for the enjoyment of future generations.
The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra performs in several very comfortable venues in Brevard and Indian River counties, with advance general admission tickets priced at just $25. School-aged children 18 years and under are admitted free of charge, as are college students with a valid ID. In keeping with their mission, the symphony provides a unique Symphony for Everyone ticketing program, a “pay-what-you-can” option designed to provide substantially discounted admission to any Space Coast Symphony concert. Relying on a non-traditional orchestra model and a slim budget, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra is one of only 19 U.S. orchestras to perform year-round. In addition to maintaining the Space Coast Symphony JAZZ Orchestra and Space Coast Symphony Wind Orchestra, the non-profit organization also has a youth orchestra and provides numerous separate and free ensemble performances. More information about the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming concerts, ticket sales, venues, directions and sponsorship opportunities is available at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org by calling toll free (855) 252-7276.