Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 7:00pm

5625 Holy Trinity Drive Melbourne, FL 32940

TCHAIKOVSKY  Sleeping Beauty Suite
MASSENET Le Cid Ballet Music
GLIERE Red Poppy Suite
STRAVINSKY  The Firebird
KHACHATURIAN Selections from Spartacus
DE FALLA  Danza ritual del fuego
COPLAND Selections from Appalachian Spring
PRYOR  Blue Bells of Scotland

Alexis Regazzi, trombone
Jose Guedez, violin
Mark Piszczek, guest composer
Daniel Perttu, guest composer
Space Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra
Concerto Competition Winner

Twelve seasons and hundreds of requests have led to Fan Favorites: The Great Ballets, a concert chock-full of music selected by you!  This program features a whirlwind tour of some of history’s greatest ballets, by great composers such as Tchaikovsky, Khachaturian, Stravinsky, Copland and more!  SCSO Principal Trombonist, Alexis Regazzi joins the orchestra to perform the virtuosic showpiece, Blue Bells of Scotland.  SCSO violinist, Jose Guedez will also be featured as he performs Pablo Sarasate's demanding romp, Playera. The program will also feature the World Premiere of Mark Piszczek's thrilling Pangean Dances and Daniel Perttu's exciting To Spring. Members of the Space Coast Symphony Youth Orchestras will perform side-by-side with their professional SCSO counterparts in this inspiring program.

Artist Information

Becoming a musical force of nature, Alexis Regazzi has been playing trombone professionally since 1999. Alex was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1981 and was the first child of Giancarlo and Nilsa Regazzi. After moving to Orlando, Florida from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1987, Alex grew up in the heart of Central Florida. Attending Dr. Phillips High School’s Visual Performing Art Magnet, he was exposed to many different facets of music including music theory, band, orchestra, jazz band, and chorus.  After graduating, Alex attended The Manhattan School of Music and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance in 2003.  Since then, Mr. Regazzi has performed with The Hartford Symphony, The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, The Chelsea Symphony, The Huntsville Symphony, The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, The Bach Festival Society Orchestra, The Villages Philharmonic, Hollywood Festival Orchestra, and Space Coast Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in such places as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Mexico’s Bellas Artes, and Tokyo’s Bunkamura Hall. He is a Sony Classical recording artist with The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas “Mi Alma Mexicana.” He has performed in the Latin Grammy Orchestra featuring Gloria Estefan, Patty Label, Santana, and John Legend. In addition to performing, Alex is a low brass instructor and clinician throughout Central Florida.

Mark Piszczek (b. 1957) is a native of central Florida where his parents worked in the fledgling space program. A professional performer on both oboe and saxophone, Piszczek has a deep background in both jazz and classical music. He has led his own groups and worked as a studio musician for over thirty years. Piszczek's father was a devout fan of classical music and it played daily on the family phonograph. This early exposure to concert music and the presence of highly competent music teachers, instilled a love of music that later turned into a lifelong passion. The composer cites the music of Karel Husa, Bela Bartok, Hindemith, Miles Davis, Chick Corea and Ralph Towner as key influences in his early musical development.

Piszczek studied oboe at the University of South Florida and The University of Wisconsin, Platteville. After years of performing and recording professionally as a jazz artist, he decided to return to his classical roots and received a master’s degree in composition at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, where he studied with composers, Elliott Schwartz and Dan Sonenberg.

He has written hundreds of jazz compositions, a flute sonata, two woodwind quintets, a string quartet, four works for chamber orchestra, a brass quintet, a trio for clarinet, viola and piano, a symphony for winds and percussion, a major work for symphony orchestra, Songs from the Gulf of Sorrows, which was premiered by The Brevard Symphony Orchestra in 2016, a trio for flute, clarinet, bassoon and piano based on native American folk songs, a trio for woodwinds and a new orchestral work dedicated to Lalo Schifrin, Walter Scharf and Elmer Bernstein.

He now resides in Melbourne FL. and performs with his Orlando based, progressive jazz group, Strange Angels as well as musical collaborations with lifelong friend, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Larry Williams.

Daniel Perttu is Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, where he is also the Coordinator of the Music Theory Program.  Previously he served as on the faculty at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he was the Coordinator of the Music Theory Division.  His music has been performed in Europe, Asia, and throughout the United States. Performances of his music have occurred in arts festivals, new music festivals and concerts, solo recitals at the international, national, and regional levels, Society of Composers conferences, and College Music Society conferences. Recently, Perttu's music has been released on the Navona records label; one of his orchestral pieces is the title feature of the CD entitled Light and Shadow. Critics have characterized this piece as "blending mystery, action, and excitement," and have praised it as being "fantastic" and "superb." In addition, his fantasy for flute and piano, Gloamin, was recently released on the album entitled Lock and Key. Besides his CD releases, Perttu's music has been published by Editions Musica Ferrum, based in Athens, Greece, as well as BRS Music, Inc. (Indianapolis) and Dorn Publications (Boston). Perttu has also received various commissions and awards from throughout the country, the most recent of which was for the premiere of a piece or the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and Shenango Valley Chorale in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Daniel Perttu completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Ohio State University, has a Master of Arts degree in composition, and a Master of Music degree with a double major in instrumental conducting and bassoon from Kent State University.  A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Kappa Lambda, he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree Williams College with a double major in music and English.  From Williams he graduated magna cum laude.  He has studied composition privately and in master classes with Thomas Wells, Donald Harris, Thomas Janson, Frank Wiley, Robert Rodriguez, Bright Sheng, Claude Baker, Don Freund, David Cutler, Gunther Schuller, and Samuel Adler.

Violinist, Jose Antonio Guedez was born in San Felipe, Yaracuy and began his violin studies at the age of eight, under the tutelage of maestro Samuel Parra at the “Blanca Estrella de Mescoli” Music School. His training continued under the preparation and guidance of maestros Raúl Rodríguez, Jesus Sira, Geronimo Isturiz, Rhio Sánchez, Francisco Diaz and Sergio Celis.  He participated in various courses organized by the “Academia Latinoamericana De Violín“ in Venezuela, where he had the opportunity to work with Alvaro Lares, Victor Vivas, Pablo Vasquez, Roberto Valdés, Ana Beatriz Manzanilla, Rhio Sánchez, Alejandro Mendoza, Francisco Diaz, Alexis Cárdenas and Jose Francisco Del Castillo.

Guedez was an active member of the Chair of Chamber Music of Professor Evelyn Soteldo at the “Vicente Emilio Sojo” Conservatory of Music in the City of Barquisimeto, Venezuela.  Alternating instrumental performance with teaching, he obtained the title of professor in music education at the “Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador, "UPEL"”.

Guedez was extremely active at a young age performing in orchestras, including the Yaracuy State Children's and Youth Symphony Orchestra, Yaracuy State Symphony Orchestra, Lara State Youth Symphony, Lara State Symphony Orchestra, Venezuela National Children's Symphony Orchestra and the Youth Orchestra Of The Americas (YOA).  In 2005 and 2006, Guedez served as principal Second Violin in their international tours of Europe and South America.

He was also an integral member of the world-renowned Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the legendary Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, participating in concerts and international tours in Sweden, Russia, Norway, Greece, Spain, Colombia, Brazil,  Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Austria, England, Turkey, Switzerland, the United States, the Netherlands, the Dominican Republic, the United Arab Emirates, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, France and Italy.

He currently resides in the Florida and performs with the Exodus String Quartet, Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, Villages Philharmonic Orchestra, Miami Dade College Symphony Orchestra, Kameristika Chamber Orchestra, and the Bolívar Phil Orchestra.  He also serves as an orchestral trainer for the string section at the International School of Music.

Recently he was awarded as "Emmy Award Recipient" for his participation in the tribute and recording of  the works of The Jackie Gleason Show with the Miami Dade College Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Alberto Bade.  Guedez plays on a 1943 Hermann Petzold violin made in Berlín, Germany.