Noteworthy Guests

International Man of Music

International Man of Music

This week in Maestro’s Café we welcome an international musician who has performed and lived on multiple continents.  Born in Ecuador and residing in Madrid, Spain, Francisco Villa grew up on the Space Coast, learning to play Cello in Florida and graduating from Eau Galle High School.    

Francisco is back in Brevard for the month of August for multiple events, including teaching a master class for local high school cello students, and a duet performance of Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces Op. 73.  

Listen to this episode for Francisco’s take on music education, and cultural differences among concert attendees around the world.

Citizen Lee

 Eric Lee and his Tuba

Eric Lee and his Tuba

A great honor is bestowed as Eric Lee is named Resident of the Month by The Beachside Resident magazine. 

Our guest for the hour is writer Nataleigh Palmer who takes the helm and turns the tables on Eric to interview him for his upcoming feature in the July issue, available at more than 300 locations in Brevard county or at www.TheBeachsideResident.com.

It's All About That Bass

 Bob Gloppen playing the Big Band Bash

Bob Gloppen playing the Big Band Bash

There's no stoppin' Bob Gloppen and he illustrates this point through tales of overcoming lost luggage containing his instrument for that night’s gig, the intricacies of European driving regulations during the Cold War, and what to do when locked out of a radio station in downtown Chicago at 7:00 on a cold winter morning.   

Who is Bob Gloppen, you ask?  He’s a professional musician from Chicago, one of Eric Lee’s longest-standing friends, and if you were at last weekend’s Big Band Bash, you would have seen his guest performance on bass guitar.

Unfortunately Bill Trudeau was under the weather.  Still, Eric, Bob and Jeremy pressed-on and discussed last weekend’s concerts of the Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra, played a few clips, and even managed to get in a tutorial on good bass amp technique before the research department unveiled it’s discovery of a relic from the 1980s.

Also, we announced the newest winner of the First Friday Fizz Quizz and discussed pending concerts, including the upcoming patriotic (and FREE, get your tickets before they are gone) America the Beautiful concerts.     

Music at the Watering Hole

 Michele Campanelli

Michele Campanelli

Maestro's On Air 23 - Michele Campanelli

It's a feast of mutual adoration today in the Café as we are joined by our biggest fan.  Plus, another precedent is broken by having the subject of Aaron Collins’ interview as our guest for the entire hour.

Michele Campanelli is a writer first published in the best selling series Chicken Soup for the Soul, and whose many works span genres from Science Fiction, to Children’s books, to somewhat more adult fare. 

Locally, Michele is also known as an operatic and choral singer and has performed with the SCSO.  She has much to say about upcoming events, as well as her thoughts on various styles of singing, plus teaching and learning to sing, and reveals a special offer.

 

Click to see Michele's first children's book, "Music at the Watering Hole" on Amazon.com.

 

 

Also, it’s time again for the First Friday Fizz Quiz. Submit your answers by midnight Sunday for a chance to win symphony tickets and be sure to check out the answers next week at .

 

Also, it’s time again for the First Friday Fizz QuizSubmit your answers by midnight Sunday for a chance to win symphony tickets and be sure to check out the answers next week at Encore.

The Largest of the Bunch

Maestro's On Air 19, Barbara Hoffman.

 

 

 

International Tuba Day has come and gone, but we've still been celebrating all week.

 

 

 Barbara Hoffman, Executive Director Cultural Council of Indian River County

Barbara Hoffman, Executive Director
Cultural Council of Indian River County

 

 

The show features Aaron Collins' discussion with Barbara Hoffman, Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Indian River County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plus, we uncork the questions, answers and winner of the inagural First Friday Fizz Quiz.
 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to check out bonus content at Encore.

 

Dirt and Trees, Water in the Middle

We’re back in the Café this week, and Eric Lee fills us in on some of his many adventures while out of state.  Also featured is an interview with Eric’s friend Mike Grose.  Mike has been cataloging a series of interviews dedicated to highlighting the pedagogy and professional stature of longtime Chicago Symphony principal tubist, Arnold Jacobs. Mike get’s to add an interview of one more of Dr. Jacobs’ students, our own Eric Lee. 

Also featured is a discussion of SCSO’s new Symphony for Good campaign, plus a recording of Gabriel’s Oboe, performed at the recent concert in Viera.  Thanks again to Andy Allen for use of his excellent recording.

 Mike Grose and Eric Lee

Mike Grose and Eric Lee

 Oboist Kristin Naigus featured with SCSO

Oboist Kristin Naigus featured with SCSO

Make Up Your Mind!

Maestro's On Air 15, Kevin Cline.

This week everyone is back in town and we've returned to Maestro's Café for the good eats, free parking, and a reunion of sorts...

Eric's good friend of more than three decades, Kevin Cline (the musician, not the actor) is in town and took the opportunity to come by Maestro's to discuss what Eric was like in college, Chicago's local bar and restaurant scene, as well as what it's like to play in the "Blooze Brothers" tribute band.

He also has a new CD full of great jazz music, including 4 tracks featuring flugelhorn legend, Bobby Shew.  

Today's show has music passages from Kevin's new CD, as well as last weekend's performances of the all-star quartet (featuring Daniel Askerov) and the SCSO playing Tchaik 5, plus a final end of show send-off of the Spizzwinks. 

 Kevin Cline

Kevin Cline

An Hour With Askerov

Maestro's On Air 14, Daniel Askerov

In this special episode recorded at the SCSO headquarters in Cocoa, Florida, host Bill Trudeau and Artistic Director Aaron Collins spend the hour with visiting Israeli violinist, Daniel Askerov. The show concludes with a live performance.

Hear more of Daniel when he plays with the SCSO March 21 & 22 for two performances of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony Number 5.

 Daniel Askerov

Daniel Askerov

Sugar Gliders

 Ned Keller, Executive Director (Ret.), Brevard Library Foundation

Ned Keller, Executive Director (Ret.),
Brevard Library Foundation

Maestro's On Air 10, Ned Hunter.

In this episode, Bill Trudeau and Eric Lee interview Ned Kellar on the eve of his retirement as Executive Director of the Brevard Library Foundation.  Topics include career choices and retirement plans, as well as history of "The River House" and how the Brevard Library Foundation and SCSO have made for good partners, with the Foundation being host/landlord for both SCSO executive offices and Maestro's Cafe.

Recorded at Maestro’s Café, located just inside the main entrance to the Brevard Central Library and Reference Center, 308 Forrest Avenue, Cocoa, Florida. 

http://www.brevardlibraryfoundation.org

Expanded Format

Episode 9 was recorded 6 February 2015 at Maestro's Café, located just inside the main entrance to the Brevard Central Library and Reference Center, 308 Forrest Avenue, Cocoa, Florida. 

This is the first episode with an expanded one hour format, and includes Aaron Collins' interview with Col. Hal Gibson, conductor emeritus of the U.S. Army Field Band.   Aaron spends 45 minutes with Hal Gibson, as they discuss his career.  

 Col. Hal Gibson

Col. Hal Gibson