This week a huge selection of music opens across the region.
First, head north to Melbourne, where on Friday, May 27, the Henegar Center opened its next big show – “We Will Rock You,” the big Queen and Ben Elton musical. This is the show filled with over 20 hit songs by that famous band, Queen, and their lead Freddie Mercury. In fact, if you’re a fan of songs like “Another One Bites the Dust,” “We Are the Champions,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” it can probably be hard for you to stay seated. This is called the “musical music box”. Narration is used to tell the story of some bohemian living in a distant future where differences are not celebrated and musical instruments are banned. Tickets range from $25 to $27. “We Will Rock You” runs May 27 through June 12 at the Henegar Center at 625 E. New Haven Ave. Call 321-723-8698 or visit Henegar.org.
If classical music rings more on your strings than rock, then the Sunday afternoon spring concert by the Young Presbyterian String Orchestra should do. The program includes Bartok’s “Roman Folk Dances”, Dvorak’s “Dumky Piano Trio”, the second Elgar movement for “Serenade for Strings”, “Chaconne with Sam Bormett soloist” by Vitali, Bloch’s “Concerto Grosso” for strings and piano, Opus 1, with pianist Becca Harrison. The concert begins at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Blvd. , Vero Beach. Suggested donation is $10. The money raised will help offset the cost of the Florida Keys Youth Orchestra’s upcoming tour. You can also watch the concert live on the church’s website, FirstPresVero.org, where you can make a donation in the “Giving” section of their website. For more information, call 772-562-9088 or visit FirstPresVero.org.
Later in the afternoon on Sunday, May 29, the Treasure Coast choir presents “God Bless America!” This is the last performance on Chorale’s 20th anniversary. The 50-voice choir will sing A Tribute to America with a host of patriotic favorites including “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” and “God Bless America by Irving Berlin.” You’ll also hear “My Country Tis of Thee” and “This is the Dream,” inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Guest artists include guitarist Dave Mundy, drummer Richie Molla, bass and banjo player Patrick Jordan, and pianist Judy Carter. The audience will be asked to participate in the singing portion of the concert. The concert begins at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 2206 16th Street, Vero Beach. Doors open at 3 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Call 772-231-3498 or visit TreasureCoastChorale.org.
There will be two Memorial Day events on Monday, May 30th. A Memorial Day ceremony beginning at 8:45 a.m. will take place at the Veterans Island Sanctuary, which is dedicated to quiet reflection. The sanctuary is located adjacent to Riverside Park, south of the Merrill Barber Bridge. The Navy SEAL Museum will be holding a series of thought-provoking and inspiring events on Memorial Day. It starts at 8 a.m. with the flag retirement party. The official Memorial Day celebration begins at 9 a.m. with a welcome by the Museum’s Chief Executive Officer (SEAL) Grant Mann, USN (retired). There will be a color display from Centennial High School, Black Talon Navy JROTC Color Guard. The national anthem will be performed by Lt. Col. Cynthia Watkins Pesdad of the US Army (Retired), followed by Retirement Colours. Reverend Mike Shockley, USN chaplain (retired), will give the protest. The Museum’s Chief of Operations, Master Chief (SEAL) Rick Kaiser, USN (RET.) will introduce the keynote speaker, Lieutenant (SEAL) Jason Redman, USN (Ret.). Redman is the author of the New York Times bestselling book “Trident”. After his speech, there will be a tribute to the fallen with sand added to the live beach. Sand comes from all over the world “where frogmen trained, fought and died.” This will be followed by a wreath, taps and a service seal. Admission will be free from 9 a.m. to noon on Memorial Day. The Navy SEAL Museum is located at 3300 N. Highway A1A, North Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce. Call 772-595-5845 or visit NavySEALMuseum.org.