Singers switch roles for ‘Broadway Gender Bender’

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Gender Bender Vocal Arts

Close your eyes and imagine your favorite song from musical theater. Got it? Now imagine that same song performed by a member of the opposite sex!  With the help of professional singers from Winter Park-based Central Florida Vocal Arts, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will present Broadway Gender Bender, 7:00 PM drive-in concerts with a twist, on Friday, August 28 in Vero Beach. The final concert in a summer series of fresh air concerts, Broadway Gender Bender will celebrate the essential workers in restaurants, groceries, pharmacies and hotels who have stayed on the job –so that others could stay home. In addition, it’s a tip of the hat to teachers and educators who found ways to inspire their students during distance learning –and in person as they return to the classroom.

Filled with popular songs from decades of musicals, as well as some of opera’s most recognizable tunes, Broadway Gender Bender will get under way with six of Central Florida’s most talented professional vocalists: Mezzo-soprano Morgan Davis, sopranos Sarah Stead and Desiree Montes, baritones Jacob Pence and David Bracamonte; and tenor, Bryan Hayes. The logistics remain the same for the final concert of the summer drive-in series. Musicians from the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will play their instruments safely separated from each other, while concert attendees can remain in their cars and tune their radios to the live feed, or set up their own seating next to their vehicles.

The Treasure Coast drive-up concert will be performed at Pathway Church, 1105 58th Avenue in Vero Beach.  Conductor Aaron T. Collins will direct Broadway Gender Bender, which will include music from the Sound of Music, Mamma Mia, Les Misérables, My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Mikado and Pirates of Penzance and more. Tickets for the drive-up concerts are $10 per person or $25 per carful of adults at SpaceCoastSymphony.org. Admission is free for ages 18 and under or with a student ID.  Advance online ticket sales are encouraged, to help limit social interaction with parking attendants. For more information, call toll free to 855-252-7276 or visit SpaceCoastSymphony.org.

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Artistic Director, Aaron T. Collins is looking forward to collaborating with the singers from Central Florida Vocal Arts in the final delightful concert of the summer series. “This playful concert not only challenges your musical expectations — but it really delivers, said Collins.  No matter who is singing what, it’s music we all love, performed by six incredible professionals. The entire performance is a huge thank you to essential workers and to teachers, who continue to do so much on behalf of our Central Florida community.”

The orchestra’s usual year-round performances have been significantly curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. But the success of the drive-in summer series has presented a way forward for the innovative musical organization: the SCSO will be performing out of doors through December –with hopes of returning to the concert hall in the very early months of 2021.  For more information about the start of the 2020-21 season of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, visit SpaceCoastSymphony.org or call toll-free (855) 252-7276.

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