Music of the Night

Mar 7, 2019 - 7:00pm
Music of the Night
Space Coast Daily Park - 6091 Stadium Parkway, Viera, FL 32940

FREE CONCERT - NO TICKET REQUIRED

LLOYD WEBBER Masquerade
RODGERS Some Enchanted Evening
LLOYD WEBBER Love Changes Everything
RODGERS I Have Dreamed
LLOYD WEBBER Unexpected Song
WILDHORN This is the Moment
LLOYD WEBBER Memory
SONDHEIM The Sun Won't Set
LLOYD WEBBER Beneath a Moonless Sky
LLOYD WEBBER Don't Cry for Me Argentina
WEILL What Good Would the Moon Be?
LLOYD WEBBER Starlight Sequence
LLOYD WEBBER  Selections from Phantom of the Opera

Michelle Knight, soprano
Amy Cofield, soprano
Sarah Purser, mezzo soprano
Kit Cleto, tenor
Michael John Foster, baritone
Stephanie McCranie, soprano
Bryan Hayes, tenor
Shawn Jesseman, tenor

Join your Space Coast Symphony Orchestra and friends for a free concert under the stars!  Space Coast Daily will present a star-studded cast of singers to present Music of the Night — a tribute to the composer of The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, and many other hits.   Other composers will also be highlighted including Sondheim, Rodgers, and more.   Broadway Superstar Michelle Knight (Disenchanted, Jersey Boys, Finding Nemo) headlines this thrilling show along with mezzo soprano Sarah Purser, soprano Amy Cofield, tenor Kit Cleto and baritone Michael John Foster.  Also featured on this powerful concert is Stephanie McCranie, Bryan Hayes, and Shawn Jesseman.  This enchanting program will embody the glamour, magic and mystery of beloved musical theater and opera repertory.

Concert Information

This concert is free to the public.  Festival admission is not required to attend the event.    The concert will last about 80 minutes.  Please dress comfortably and bring a jacket or sweater for the evening as the weather cools.   Plenty of seating is available.   Gates open at 6:15pm.

About the Space Coast Seafood and Music Festival

The Space Coast Seafood & Music Festival (formerly The Port Canaveral Seafood & Music Festival) will take place March 7-10, 2019, at Space Coast Daily Park, in the heart of Brevard County, Florida.

Set for March 7-10, 2019, this exciting family event, will include a wide selection of fantastic seafood, top flight entertainment, premier Arts & Crafts Show, a Pirates Festival and Parade, a Kids Zone, – and numerous other special events.

The seafood festival will also feature a fun kids zone, all four days and nights, with bounce houses, games and fun.

FESTIVAL HOURS:

Thursday, March 7: 5 pm – 11 pm
Friday, March 8: 5 pm – 11:30 pm
Saturday, March 9: 10 am – 11:45 pm
Sunday, March 10: 10 am – 6 pm

Featuring fresh mouth-watering seafood provided by vendors both local and from all over the United States, don’t miss this signature event that will attract tens of thousands of attendees from all over Florida.

Seafood Festival Daily tickets are $8 each in advance or $10 on the day of the event.   A four-day, Seafood Festival pass is just $29, which is good for all four days of the festival, but does not include the major concerts with Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Cadillac Three, SOJA and Ky-Mani Marley. It does include general admission access to the concerts with the Space Coast Symphony and Molly Hatchet.

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Artist Information

Michelle is an Orlando native and UCF grad. After being on Broadway with Jersey Boys, Michelle premiered and starred in the off Broadway musical Disenchanted (Lucille Lortel award Nominee-Lead Actress). Other credits include national tours of Grease(Rizzo) and the 30th anniversary tour of Annie.

Most recently, Michelle was the lead vocalist in national concert tours such as The Golden Age of Broadway and Rhapsody and Rhythm. Michelle was often a leading player with the Orlando Philharmonic (My Fair Lady, Carousel, Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed.) You can see Michelle singing at Walt Disney World as Dory in Finding Nemo the musical and with the Voices of Liberty.

 

Michael's twenty year career in the arts spans a wide and diverse array of experiences. He began as a musical theatre performer in his late teens before attending Liberty University for a general degree in music. He subsequently attended Florida State University and the University of Illinois where he studied with leading baritone, Nathan Gunn. An Actor's Equity Member, Michael has performed many roles including Edward Bloom in Big Fish, Tony in West Side Story, The Baker in Into The Woods, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Sid in Albert Herring, the title role in Don Giovanni and Gaston in Beauty and the Beast with the Walt Disney Company. He has written and produced a successful one man show called 'Heroes and Villains' which he tours. Michael has appeared as a singer and actor for many commercials, recorded projects and concerts, most notably with the Nashville Chamber Singers and as the baritone soloist for Michael Dougherty's Letters From Lincoln.

Michael has taught voice and directed theatre productions for several colleges including Rollins College, Seminole State College and the University of Illinois to name a few. His directing credits include shows such as The Light In The Piazza, Sondheim's Company, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Magic Flute and Berlioz's Beatrice et Benedict. Michael also founded the Program for Lyric Theatre in Italy, a summer language immersion program for singers which teaches students the skills of marketing, business, and performance techniques . His acting students have landed national TV and film jobs while many of his classical voice students have found international success. Michael is on the board of several arts organizations for whom he is always searching for new talent. Most recently, Michael became the chairperson of the new festival, The Playalinda Festival Of The Arts. See PlayalindaFestival.com for more information.

Kit Cleto was born in Chicago, Illinois and showed interest in music at an early age. He actively sang in choirs from elementary school through high school. He received a BM in vocal performance from the University of Central Florida, studying under Dr. Jeremy Hunt and Priscilla Bagley. During his time at UCF, Kit sang solos with the University Chorus, Chamber Singers, and UCF Symphony Orchestra. He also performed operatic roles with UCF Opera, the Orlando Opera Company, and Valencia Opera Theater Workshop. Kit received a MM in Voice Performance & Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under full scholarship, studying with Jerold Siena, an internationally acclaimed tenor who has appeared regularly at the Metropolitan Opera and the world's leading opera houses. He performed operatic and musical theatre roles with the Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, U of I Opera Studio & Opera Scenes, Station Theatre, Sinfonia da Camera, and the Allerton Music Barn Festival. Kit spent the summers of 2010 and 2013 performing operatic scenes and studying the Italian language with La Scuola Italia per Cantanti Lirici in Urbania and St’Angelo in Vado, Italy. Recently, Kit has successfully crossed over into the musical theatre genre as well, performing leading and supporting roles with many Central Florida theatre companies such as the Garden Theatre, Athens Theatre, Mad Cow Theatre, Central Florida Community Arts, and Titusville Playhouse. He currently serves on the voice faculty at Valencia College and the Orlando School of Music.

Soprano, Amy Cofield, is a highly sought after performer and teacher. Praised by the New York Times for her "lovely, rich tone," Ms. Cofield has performed to critical acclaim across the U.S. and in Italy, France, Croatia, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, England, Santo Domingo, Guam, Taiwan and Japan. Highly regarded for her “technical facility,” her “beauty of interpretation” and an “arresting presence,” her
operatic roles have included Violetta, a role that marked her debut at Houston Grand Opera where she covered Renee Fleming’s Traviata, Cleopatra, Micaela, and Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Roanoke, Elcia (cover) in Rossini’s Moses in Egypt at New York City Opera, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Nevada Opera, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus with Greensboro Light Opera (Eastern Music Festival), Violetta with Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Chorale, Mimi, with Pro Cantus Lyric Opera (TX), Cunegonde and Susannah with Fort Worth Opera, Musetta and Pamina with Knoxville Opera, Gilda, Norina and Violetta with Lyric Opera San Antonio, and Konstanze and Violetta with Teatro Lirico D'Europa.

Amy’s busy concert schedule has included performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Brahms’ Requiem with the U.S. Naval Academy, Orff's Carmina Burana with Virginia Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Einhorn's Voices of Light, Haydn’s Creation and Handel's Messiah with Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Chorale, Ravel’s Sheherazade with Norfolk Chamber Consort, Mendelssohn's Elijah and St. Paul Oratorio, Haydn's The Seasons, Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus and Beethoven’s Mass in C with Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society and in works from Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor, to Handel’s Messiah and Brahms’ Requiem with Garden State Philharmonic and Fort Wayne Philharmonic. In addition Amy has appeared with Opera Camerata of Washington, Norfolk Chamber Consort, Virginia Arts Festival, Festival Chamber Music in recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and with The
Masterwork Chorus (NJ) in Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall. Recent engagements included the role of Violetta in Opera Roanoke's production of Verdi's La Traviata, and a world premiere in NY, performing the role of Belinda in the opera/oratorio, The Rape of the Lock (Alexander Pope), by NY composer Deborah Mason, a return to SNMAS for Mendelssohn’s Elijah, to Roanoke Symphony Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah, and a debut with Tulsa Symphony performing Brahms’ Requiem.

Upcoming engagements include recitals in Maine and Virginia, Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor at St John’s Episcopal Church (Roanoke, VA), Handel’s Messiah with Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, and Haydn’s Creation with Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.

Mezzo soprano Sarah Purser has been a familiar face in the Orlando music world since 2001 when she began singing with the Orlando Opera Company. She is currently a studio artist with Opera Orlando and serves as the company’s Assistant Director of Education where she coordinates opera outreach programs bringing the art form to students in Orange County Public Schools.

Ms. Purser, whose voice has been described as “at once sultry yet vulnerable,” feels equally at home in the classical, jazz, and contemporary music genres. She earned her Master of Arts in Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from the University of Central Florida where she studied vocal performance and conducting. Currently, Ms. Purser is on voice faculty at Valencia College and she is also the choral director at Bishop Moore High School in Orlando, and runs her own voice studio.

Recent performances consist of several roles with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Orlando Light Opera, UCF Opera and Musiktheater Bavaria including Tibse in La Cenerentola, Meg Page in Merry Wives of Windsor, Olga in The Merry Widow, and Third Spirit and The Magic Flute, as well as mezzo-soprano soloist in Vivialdi's Gloria, Lori Laitman’s Vedem, Handel’s Messiah, and Saint Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio. She recently sang the role of the Dominatrix in Opera Orlando’s premier Fringe Festival production, Safe Word and was a soloist in UCF’s production of Bernstein’s Mass. She is looking forward to singing the role of Hansel in Opera Orlando’s production of Hansel and Gretel in December of this year.

Ms. Purser is a founding member of the professional women’s vocal ensemble, Helena, and she sings with the 8-voice Basilica Choir at the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, and frequently performs in a jazz band along with her bass-player husband, Marco.

A Florida native, Ms. McCranie has an extensive background in the arts, from performing on stage to teaching and working in arts administration. In addition to a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Stetson University, Ms. McCranie has a Masters in Vocal Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.  Ms. McCranie had the privilege of serving as faculty at Texas A&M University Commerce, University of the Incarnate Word and University of Tampa.

While in Texas, Ms. McCranie was a member of the esteemed Dallas Opera Chorus and was also chosen as a Semi-Finalist in the Dallas Opera Guild competition. Favorite roles include Beauty (Beauty and the Beast), Miss Silverpeal (Impresario), and Micaela (La Tragedie de Carmen).

 

Bryan Hayes is a working vocalist with a background ranging many genres including Classical, Jazz, Blues, Soul, R&B, Rock, Pop and more. In fall 2013 he received bachelor’s degrees from the University of North Florida in the studies of Classical voice and in Jazz Studies, primary instrument being voice.

He has performed and continues to perform in countless concerts, he has performed major roles in numerous operas, oratorios and theatrical productions, and has toured with different groups in many different countries, including but not limited to; the University of North Florida and University of British Columbia Opera ensembles in two separate productions in the Czech Republic, the University of North Florida Chorale 2010 tour of Italy, the St. John’s Cathedral Choir of Jacksonville 2014 tour of Westminster Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral, a contract with Carnival Cruise Lines in 2014, and numerous shows with the Orlando Philharmonic and Opera Orlando.  He has performed onstage with such noted artists and ensembles, including but not limited to The Royal Symphony of England, Reggie Wooten, Ben Folds and Andrea Bocelli.   In 2015, Bryan released his first album of original compositions entitled “This Is Me”   He currently resides in Orlando, Florida.

Shawn Jesseman returns to perform with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra.  He was last seen as a featured vocalist with the symphony in 2018 as part of the "Best of Broadway" concert series.  Jesseman is a singer, actor, songwriter and producer.  He has been classified as both a loud lyric tenor and a lyrical baritone.  Jesseman was classically trained for seventeen years and has appeared in many musical theatre productions throughout the years.  Memorable roles include John Adams in 1776 and Billy Bigelow in Carousel.    Noted for his three and a half octave range,  Shawn Jesseman exists in two worlds:  the world of musical theatre and the world of alternative rock.  His 2nd original album, titled Orion, was released in July, 2017.

 

 

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