Brevard Teachers Showcased in 'Melodies & Masterpieces'



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Soprano Tee Rockwell is a music teacher at Challenger 7 Elementary School in Port St. John.  She will perform during the third annual Melodies & Masterpieces, a multi-day event showcasing the talents of 75 Brevard music and art teachers at Advent Lutheran Church in Suntree.  Call (321) 426-9378 for more information. | PHOTO BY JUDITH VAUGHN PHOTOGRAPHYAdvent Lutheran Church will kick off their 2016-17 concert series by showcasing the talents of 75 Brevard music and art educators during Melodies & Masterpieces, a free event at 7550 North Wickham Road in Suntree.  The church will display artwork by teachers and their students daily from Friday, August 19 through Tuesday, August 23 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 p.m. in the church lobby.  The weekend of August 20 – 21 will feature three concerts that include the collective talents of dozens of music teachers from public and private schools and studios.  The Saturday, August 20 concert at 2 p.m. will spotlight Brevard music teachers in ensembles and solo performances.

 The Sunday, August 21 concerts at 3 & 6 p.m. will showcase Betty Jo Couch on the A.E. Schlueter pipe organ, with brass choir, string ensemble, woodwind ensemble and women's vocal ensemble. Selections will feature Karg-Elert, Prokofiev, Copland and Brahms. Sunday's concerts will end with the finale from Saint-Saens Organ Symphony performed by all participants.  A special tribute to conductor Joe Kreines will be held between performances on August 21, in celebration of his 80th birthday and in recognition of his contributions to music educators and students in Brevard County.  The octogenarian will perform four-hand piano pieces at all three concerts with Advent Lutheran Church organist, Betty Jo Couch.  For more information about the free Melodies & Masterpieces, visit www.AdventBrevard.org or call (321) 426-9378.       

Advent Lutheran Church organist and concert series coordinator, Betty Jo Couch is the first to sing the praises of art and music educators.  

"We have an incredible pool of talented teachers working with our children here in Brevard," said Ms. Couch.  "They work tirelessly with students to nurture talent and promote appreciation of the arts.  For a short time, we will turn the spotlight on them, so that they can be appreciated as artists in their own right.  And speaking of spotlights, it will also shine on Joe Kreines on Sunday, to celebrate the 80th birthday of this immensely talented man who continues to inspire Brevard teachers and students alike with his passion for music."   

The third annual Melodies & Masterpieces is the start of the 2016-17 performing season for the Advent Lutheran Church Concert Series.  The concert series features pipe organ performances and other musical outreach for the Central Florida community. For a list of upcoming concerts or for more information about Advent Lutheran Church in Suntree and the Grace campus of Advent Lutheran Church in Melbourne Beach, visit www.AdventBrevard.org.

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