Saturday, August 5, 2023 - 3:00pm

2241 Town Center Ave, Melbourne, FL 32940

BERNSTEIN   The Magnificent Seven
High Noon
 The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
The Wind and the Lion
Dances with Wolves
The Big Country
How the West Was Won
   The Cowboys

Mark Piszczek, guest composer

Your Space Coast Symphony salutes the Wild, Wild West in this epic film music concert. Break out your 10-gallon hat, strap on those spurs and join us for this wild ride. most stylish visuals and recognizable soundtracks in cinematic history. This exciting program will celebrate Western movie and TV scores from the likes of John Barry, Elmer Bernstein, Dimitri Tiomkin, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Bruce Broughton, Ennio Morricone, while the plays out on the big screen above. The program will also feature the World Premiere of Mark Piszczek’s American Frontier Suite, a symphonic suite of old folk songs from the old west and American frontier, including Bury Me Not on The Lone Prairie, Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Yellow Rose of Texas, Red River Valley, and more.  Giddy up and git along little doggie!

Artist Information

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.