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Melbourne Community Orchestra celebrates ‘Snowfall’

Audiences are in the dark when the Melbourne Community Orchestra presents “Snowfall,” a pair of concerts at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, December 15 and 16 at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 Hibiscus Blvd.

Both evenings will take place on a sleigh filled with orchestral favorites including opening fanfare “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, a fun medley of National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation”, selections from “The Nutcracker “by Tchaikovsky, a medley of song bells and more.

Free entry. The 50-member group led by Mark Nelson is the City of Melbourne Orchestra in Residence. Call 321-285-6724 or visit for more information.

It’s snow, man, for youth orchestra

The three musical groups of the Space Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra join forces for “Snowman Season,” a 3pm concert on Sunday December 12th at Cocoa Beach Junior / Senior High School, 1500 Minutemen Causeway.

“Snowman Season” will feature musical works that invoke the joys of the season, such as “Sleigh Ride in the Park” and “Jingle Rock”. Audiences should already be in the holiday spirit when advanced students of the Philharmonic Orchestra take the stage for “Christmas Bells” and excerpts from “The Nutcracker”.

An outreach of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, the youth orchestra for young people aged eight to 20 rehearse weekly in preparation for performances of classical symphonic masterpieces.

Admission to the “Snowman Season” is free.

For more information visit or call 888-252-8290.

Big pipe game: Suntree organ concerts scheduled for December

The 36-row pipe organ at the Advent Lutheran Church in Suntree will swell to glorious Advent and Christmas music for three consecutive Wednesdays in December in a series of midday mini-concerts at 7550 North Wickham Road.

Three organists from central Florida will play the 2,196-pipe AE Schlueter organ, performing works for the holiday season on December 8, 15 and 22. The Wednesday noon program on December 8 will be performed by guest artist Thomas Goetz, organist, pianist, conductor and music teacher from Melbourne Beach.

The December 15 program will feature Jerry Davidson, organist at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Fort Pierce.

On December 22, Advent Lutheran Church’s own organist, Betty Jo Couch, will present a “Christmas Kaleidoscope” of traditional Christmas favorites.

“We are pleased this year to once again present concerts that share the Christmas spirit with the community,” Couch said.

Star singer, soprano Christine Germain, will join Couch in the final concert to sing “This is the most wonderful time of the year”, “I Saw Three Ships” and “Gesu Bambino”. For 20 years, Germain was part of the Singing Sergeants, the official choir of the US Air Force.

Each of the Wednesday concerts will be followed by seasonal refreshments in the narthex for attendees. The mini-concerts are free to the public and no tickets are required. For more information visit or call 321-426-9378.

Driving Nativity Experience

Pack the kids in the car and head to “The Nativity Experience: A Journey Through Bethlehem,” Suntree United Methodist Church’s Christmas present to the community.

The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, at the church at 7400 N. Wickham Road. Dozens of volunteers will provide visitors with a live performance of Bethlehem 2,021 years ago. Cars weave their way through a series of illuminated vignettes erected in the church parking lot, where costumed actors portray scenes from Jesus’ biblical birthplace. For audio narration, families can scan a QR code with their smartphone or request a CD upon entering the queue. How cool is that?

The 15-minute “journey” by car will end with a stop in front of the crèche, with live animals.

“For a second year, we’re excited to offer families a powerful way to uncover the story of Christ’s birth,” said Tanner Smith, communications director for Suntree United Methodist.

Admission is free, with donations accepted on behalf of Zoe Empowers, an organization that provides opportunities for vulnerable children in developing countries.

For ease of movement, vehicles will be invited to enter the Nativity Experience car line north of Wickham Road, from the southbound lane of Pinehurst Avenue to Suntree.

For more information call 321-242-2585 or visit

Indialantic chamber singers sing Christmas song

The Indialantic chamber singers will sing Christmas songs now at their 3 pm concert on Sunday, December 12 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 106 N. Riverside Dr., Indialantic.

Launched in 1999, the Indialantic Chamber Singers are known for their impeccable interpretations of accompanied and a cappella works, which earned them the reputation of being Brevard’s first choral ensemble. During their holiday concert, the group will perform a variety of sacred and secular choral works that span the centuries,

Local soprano Beth Green, artistic director of the group, conducts, accompanied by pianist Teresa Fleenor. Professional flautist Laurie Lawson will also accompany on several pieces. Organist, group founder and director emeritus David Vogeding will lead the audience.

A donation of $ 10 is suggested.

For more information visit or call 321-426-0360.

Swing vacation with Melbourne Municipal Band

There are plenty of musical activities planned by the Melbourne Municipal Band this month. The group’s 22-piece Big Band Swingtime ensemble continues an annual December tradition by performing their holiday dance at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 10 at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd.

Kurt Schulenberg will make his debut as the new conductor of Swingtime. The post was previously held by Art Martin, who continues with the Melbourne Municipal Band in various capacities.

Dance tickets cost $ 15 and are available online at or at the door. For more information, contact 321-339-7705.

The event is BYOB. Snacks and mixers will be available for purchase. Those wishing to improve their dance skills can do so from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., when instructor Chris Marcelle offers lessons. Course fees are $ 5, payable to the instructor.

The Melbourne Municipal Band’s 12-member Rock & Roll Revue ensemble returns for MMB’s Guy Lombardo-style New Years celebration with dinner, a floor show, dancing and a midnight balloon drop.

The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. with piano music by Klaus Kolb and a three-hour open bar. Dinner follows with a floor show featuring Connie Maltby’s Swingtimers Vocal Trio, Diana Sageser and Dave Hutson performing music reminiscent of the Manhattan Transfer.

After dinner, Rock & Roll Revue will perform for the pleasure of dancing guests until 12:30 am, accompanied by singers Len Fallen and the Swingtimers Vocal Trio. A traditional balloon drop and a champagne toast with noise makers will usher in the New Year at midnight. Black tie is suggested.

The New Years Gala Dinner and Dance will take place on December 31 at the Hilton Melbourne hotel at 200 Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida. Guests must be vaccinated against COVID or recovered from COVID.

Tickets cost $ 125 per person and can be purchased at A table for 10 people can be reserved for $ 1,250. This event is usually sold out.

Guests wishing to stay overnight will receive a special rate from the Hilton Melbourne hotel. Visit the group’s website for a link to the hotel reservation page.

For more information, 321-339-7705.

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