‘Great Movies, Grand Piano’ comes to area


Pianist Rich Ridenour will perform with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra in the “Great Movies, Grand Piano” concert Feb. 9.

Photo Courtesy of Brevard Symphony Orchestra

Christopher Confessore, the music director and principal conductor of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, will conduct the “Great Movies, Grand Piano” concert in February.

It promises to be a fun and friendly concert featuring popular film music for all ages.

“A pops concert is a much less formal format by nature than one might expect from a regular symphonic concert,’’ Confessore said. “But, we really strive to make all our programs accessible, not formal. We don’t want anyone to feel intimidated.”

Confessore said that as a young musician at 12 he knew “Star Wars” before he knew Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

Lively movie themes that feature the piano will be performed by the talented pianist Rich Ridenour and the orchestra. The concert will include music from “The Sting,” “The Pink Panther,” “Forrest Gump,” “Somewhere in Time,” “Exodus” and “Up.”

According to the BSO website, critics say Ridenour is amazingly versatile, masterfully musical and wickedly funny.

“We had the chance to work together three seasons ago,’’ Confessore said in reference to Ridenour. “It was the most well-received pops concert ever. He’s a fabulous pianist and an incredibly entertaining speaker. He makes a great connection with the audience.”

In reference to the upcoming concert with the orchestra, Ridenour said, “Chris and I have worked to program some of the most memorable moments in movies where music is the star and, in some cases, gets the Oscar. My part of the program is to bring the piano to the spotlight where it was featured or instrumental in great scenes or moments.”

Ridenour said the BSO is a group that feels like family to him. That is a rare quality.

“They play so well together with Chris’ leadership,” he said.

Ridenour said he couldn’t see any reason for music lovers to miss “Great Movies, Grand Piano.”

“You get so many movie moments and anecdotes in one performance,” he said. “If there is something better on TV, record it.”

The two unique concerts will be performed at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at the King Center for the Performing Arts at 3865 North Wickham Road in Melbourne.

For information and to purchase tickets, go to brevardsymphony.com.

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