By Jessica Tuggle
VERO BEACH - Woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings. When played in chorus, the music of these instruments can strike a chord in anybody's soul.
The Brevard Symphony Orchestra and violin soloist Karen Gomyo will bring the best in romantic symphonic music to Indian River County on Nov. 18.
The ticketed performance, conducted by Christopher Confessore, will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Church of Vero Beach as the first of seven concerts presented by the Indian River Symphonic Association.
The Indian River Symphonic Association is a nonprofit corporation with a board of 13 directors that take an active role in seeking out symphonic orchestras to bring to the community, board member Bob Reed said.
Twenty years ago, the association presented a season with three symphonic concerts with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and a few chamber music concerts, a small beginning.
Today, Vero Beach has been exposed to the music of supremely talented musicians known worldwide; instrumentalists from Pittsburgh, Vienna, Moscow and Munich, to name a few.
"We have a season of seven concerts, three are put on by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and the other four are major national or international symphony orchestras," Mr. Reed said.
The Nov. 18 concert, "Romance on the Riviera," will include music from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Emmanuel Chabrier and Edouard Lalo.
Ms. Gomyo, who plays a Stradivarius violin crafted in 1714, will be featured in the program during "Symphonie Espagnole," a violin concerto with Spanish influences.
The 30-year old violinist was born in Tokyo and raised in Montreal and New York. She was accepted into the Julliard School of Music at11. At age 16, she became the youngest artist to be presented in the Young Concert Artist Series in New York.
She has performed as a soloist in the U.S. with prestigious orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony of Washington, D.C. and the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has also toured internationally and performed with the Toyko Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Norwegian Opera Orchestra, among others.
Season subscriptions are still available and provide an overall discount to the seven concerts, Mr. Reed said.
Single concert tickets are also available. A full schedule of the concerts is available online.
For concert tickets, call (772) 778-1070. For more information about upcoming concerts or the Indian River Symphonic Association, visit www.irsavero.org.