Family concert goes virtual: ‘Music at the Watering Hole’ Nov 15

arts & entertainment

Music at the Watering Hole is a children’s story by Michele Wallace Campanelli, with music by the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra. A film of the narrated family concert of the same name will be streamed live from on Sunday, November 8 at 3:00 PM. (cover art illustration by Nina Marie Rothfuss for wee creek press)

Families are sure to love Music at the Watering Hole, a free online concert film brought to cyberspace by the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, Mendx Studios and Central Florida author, Michele Wallace Campanelli. On Sunday, November 15 at 3:00 PM, the program will come to life on screen, featuring characters from the original children’s story by Campanelli. King of Africa, Kojo the Lion is surprised when a box falls off a tourist bus and drops a symphony of musical instruments near his watering hole. He decides to bring all of the wild animals of the Savannah together to form an orchestra –including natural enemies! Similar to an orchestrated “story time,” the family concert on film will be narrated by actor, Eric Pinder.  It will feature kid-tested musical selections from Madagascar, Lion King, Zootopia, Jungle Book, Jurassic Park, The Croods and more, along with demonstrations of musical instruments by costumed musicians. Music at the Watering Hole is funded through a grant by Indian River Impact 100, an organization of women dedicated to impacting the community through transformational giving. Approximately 60-minutes in length, the film will be premiered in a free live stream event from the orchestra website at For more information, call toll free to 855-252-7276 or visit   

In lieu of a live event, the film will be shown to thousands of Indian River County students in grades 1-3. The free family concert on film will be made available for presentation to elementary classrooms in public, private and home schools. Other educators or institutions who wish to show the film should submit a request in writing to  

Conductor and Artistic Director, Aaron T. Collins, thinks the family concert film, Music at the Watering Hole, is a dose of much-needed positivity in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  

“We jumped at the chance to bring another of Michele’s stories to life,” said Collins. “Our family concert is all about bringing joy through the power of music– one of our most important missions. It’s especially great to know we’ll be spreading happiness every time the film is seen.”  

In 2019, Michele Campanelli teamed with the Space Coast Symphony for the animated project, Musicians Are Superheroes. The movie by Twelve Atlas Films, underwritten by Impact 100, was a tremendous hit with family concertgoers in Brevard and Indian River Counties. For more information about the Space Coast Symphony’s 2020-21 Season or the Symphony for Everyone discount ticket program, please visit or call toll-free (855) 252-7276.

ABOUT INDIAN RIVER IMPACT 100 — Working with nonprofits who serve Indian River County, Indian River Impact 100 are women who collectively impact the lives of individuals and our community through transformational giving. Members each contribute $1,000 and these funds are pooled into $100,000 grants  addressing four focus areas: Education, Enrichment & Environment, Family, and Health & Wellness.

Each year, total funding available for grants is determined by the number of members who join Indian River Impact 100 by February 28. Last year, 400 members donated $1,000 and Indian River Impact 100 awarded three nonprofits with $100,000 each to fund a high impact grant project. The outcome of projects funded by these grants lead to lasting change in the community. For more information about Indian River Impact 100, visit

ABOUT MICHELE CAMPANELLI — Author Michele Wallace Campanelli has had nine stories on various best-sellers lists, including two that reached #1 for the New York Times. Her short stories have been included in over 30 international anthologies. She has also penned numerous novels, magazine and newspaper articles in both fiction and non-fiction published by Simon & Schuster, Chronicle Books, Fireside Books, Fictionwise, Whiskey Creek Press, Wee Creek Press, Florida Today Newspaper, Woman’s World Magazine, Adamsmedia, McGraw-Hill, Multnomah Books, Red Rock Press, HCI and America House Publishing. When Michele isn’t writing, she is CEO of Regal Entertainment Services LLC and Social Media Director for the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, which performs concerts across Central Florida. In 2019, she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern New Hampshire University and had the screenplay Musicians Are Superheroes made into a movie by Twelve Atlas Films. Internationally, over 57 million people have read her written works. For more information, visit

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.

38-year old Aaron T. Collins is garnering recognition for his achievements.  LEAD Brevard named the ambitious Collins one of their “4 under 40” Young Professionals, the youngest-ever recipient of the honor.  Space Coast Business magazine listed him as one of Brevard’s “100 Most Admired Businesspeople.” Collins is a past recipient of the Richard A. Stark Award for cultural leadership from the Cultural Council of Indian River County.  Through his personal involvement with more than a dozen performing arts groups, pioneering reciprocal ad program and social media cross promotions, Collins has gained a reputation for generosity; championing other arts organizations throughout Central Florida for the cultural enrichment of the community. 

Due to COVID-19, the symphony will be performing outdoor “drive-in” concerts through the end of December, 2020.  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 by calling toll free (855) 252-7276.

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