Happening this weekend: Symphony in Melbourne, space memorabilia auction in Titusville

International sopranos Mary Anne Kruger and Amy Cofield will perform in June with the Space Coast Symphony.
International sopranos Mary Anne Kruger and Amy Cofield will perform in June with the Space Coast Symphony.

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Divas sing with Space Coast Symphony

Individually, they are international opera singers. Together, Mary Anne Kruger and Amy Cofield as know as the Space Coast Divas. The Divas will join the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra as it opens its 2022-23 season at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 18, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy’s Scott Center, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive, Melbourne. The concert is all about “Love, Death and Madness” in the works of Puccini, Verdi, Bellini, Offenbach, Strauss, Wagner and other master composers of the form.

Kruger has spent most of her career in Europe singing more than 40 roles such as Madama Butterfly and Salome. Cofield has likewise performed in Europe, as well as the United States and Asia, often being sought for Violetta, the lead role in Verdi's “La Traviata.”

Symphony conductor and artistic director Aaron Collins said the performance will make opera accessible to newbies as well as die-hard fans of the form. 

"People who have never heard an aria before will be mesmerized,” he said.

Tickets for $30 are available at SpaceCoastSymphony.org or in-person at Marine Bank & Trust in Suntree. Tickets at the door are $35. Concertgoers 18 and younger or with a college ID are admitted free. Passes for the entire 2022-23 performing season are available, as well as ticket “flex packs,” good for any five subscription concerts. Call 855-252-7276.

Summer Evenings concerts

Brevard Symphony Orchestra resumes its Summer Evenings series, hosted on Saturday evenings throughout the summer at the Suntree United Methodist Church, 7400 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. The series begins on Saturday, June 18, at 7 p.m., and the remaining concerts will be July 16 and August 13. This Saturday, join the BSO Woodwind Quintet for a performance featuring music by Maurice Ravel, Valerie Coleman, and more. Tickets to each concert are $25, or a Summer Evenings series subscription with access to all three concerts is $60. Visit brevardsymphony.com/bsosummerevenings.

Pink Floyd, The Wall

Classic Albums Live gives a concert recreating Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ on Saturday, June 18 at 8 p.m. The show will be at the King Center, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. Tickets start at $26.75. Call 321-242-2219 or visit kingcenter.com.

Classic Albums Live will perform "Pink Floyd, The Wall" on June 18, 2022 as part of the King Center's summer concert series.
Classic Albums Live will perform "Pink Floyd, The Wall" on June 18, 2022 as part of the King Center's summer concert series.

Evensong for Ukraine

First United Methodist Church, 206 S. Hopkins Ave, Titusville, will offer an evensong church service filled with music and prayer for the citizens of Ukraine on Sunday, June 19 at 6 p.m. Donations will be accepted to benefit Ukrainian citizens. Call 321-269-7631.

Ranger-led tour

Turkey Creek Sanctuary, 1518 Port Malabar Blvd NE, Palm Bay, offers free ranger-led tours on the first and third Sundays of most months, excluding holidays, from 10 to 11 a.m. The next tour will take place on June 19. Participants should meet at the sanctuary Nature Center and bring sturdy tennis shoes or boots, sunscreen, insect repellent, water, snacks, binoculars and a hat. Tours will take place on the boardwalk and various trails. Each tour will be led by a Park Ranger and will focus on common plants and animals found in the sanctuary. Total distance for tours is approximately 1 to 1.5 miles and should take about 1 hour to 1 1/4 hours to complete. Admission is free. To sign up, call the Nature Center at 321-676-6690. 

Drive-up movie under the stars

The movie ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ will be shown at Wickham Park Pavilion, 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne, on Friday, June 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. Audience members are asked to distance themselves from neighboring vehicles during the film. Audio will be available through car stereo and external speakers. Admission is free. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/426219752520428. 

Watch ‘Encanto’ from the pool

The Palm Bay Aquatic Center, 420 Community College Pkwy. SE, will host a Fun Friday event on Friday, June 24 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Enjoy swimming, music, face painting, glitter tattoos and watch Disney's 'Encanto' (PG) from the pool. No tubes/flotation items are allowed; only noodles and approved life jackets will be permitted. Diving will close at sunset when the movie starts. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the movie will begin at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $5. Space is limited so registration is required. Call 321-952-2833. 

Still playing

  • '3 Musketeers Fractured’: The original comedy is on stage at Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach, through June 26. This is a play with music, but not a musical. Tickets are $22-$25. Call 321-783-3127 or visit surfsideplayers.com.

  • 'Sense and Sensibility': Melbourne Civic Theatre, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., presents the play through June 26. This adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne—after their father’s sudden death in 18th-century England. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart? Tickets are $30. Call 321-723-6935 or visit mymct.org.

Natalie Jones and Daniel San Roman perform in "Sense and Sensibility." The play based upon the book by Jane Austen is on stage at Melbourne Civic Theatre through June 26, 2022. Visit mymct.org.
Natalie Jones and Daniel San Roman perform in "Sense and Sensibility." The play based upon the book by Jane Austen is on stage at Melbourne Civic Theatre through June 26, 2022. Visit mymct.org.

Titusville gallery features 'SNL'-inspired paintings

Spotlight artist for June at Downtown Art Gallery, 335 S. Washington Ave., Titusville, is Bruce DesShetler, who offers a humorous look at “Saturday Night Live” classic segments, such as Land Shark, Patrick Swayze’s Chippendales and John Belushi’s “Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger!”

Relying on acrylics, ink and watercolor, DesShetler brings back those memories from the '70s, '80s and '90s. They make perfect Father’s Day gifts.

DesShetler has been an artist since he was old enough to hold a pencil. His first works were inspired by 1950s advertising art, especially maps and scenes from Old Florida tourist ads.

His paintings are on view throughout June. The gallery, which also offers printing and framing services, features the work of 20 talented local artists with an emphasis on Florida themes.

For information call 321-268-0122 or view them at facebook.com/downtownartgallery.

Merritt Island dance studio offers summer classes

Dussich Dance Studio, 125 Imperial St., Merritt Island, has a full slate of dance classes for the summer. Call 321-452-2046 or visit .dussich.com.

A West African dance workshop will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 18, followed by routine from 3 to 5 p.m. Fee is $25 for class and $45 for both class and routine. Master classes on modern dance will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, July 5, and Thursday, July 7, at a cost of $25 per class. Try ballet from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, July 6, and from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 8, for $25 per class and tap dancing from 5 to 6 p.m., Friday, July 8, for !5.

A class on partnering will be held from 8 to 9 p.m., Friday, July 8, for $15.

The studio is also offering a plethora of summer dance classes at $200 per week or $45 per day, snack and lunch included. Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Prince and Princess Camp” for ages two to six will be held June 20 to 24. Dance camp for ages seven to 10 takes place July 11 to 15 and dance camp for students 11 to 14 is scheduled for July 25 to 29.

Additionally, the studio offers a yoga immersion workshop from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, for $25 each day.

Space museum auction

The American Space Museum will hold a live and online auction of space memorabilia at noon, Saturday, June 25. If you have hankered for astronaut autographs, rare NASA photographs or are eager to own a real Mercury escape motor tower, you’re in luck. Pre-bidding is now open for a huge selection of authentic space artifacts. Final bidding begins at noon online or in person at the museum.

“This is the strongest auction we’ve had yet,” said Chuck Jeffrey, the Museum’s chief operating officer. 

Items up for bidding include two Neil Armstrong autographs, a rocket motor and a real Mercury escape capsule, three Apollo 11 crew signed items and a pair of dice from Gene Cernan that flew in space.

Register for bidding at connect.invaluable.com/usspace. The auction is a fundraiser for the museum, located at 308 Pine St., Titusville. Call 321-264-0434 or visit AmericanSpaceMuseum.org.

Concours car rally in Cocoa Village

Just in time for Father’s Day, Cocoa Village’s Concours is back from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, with the Coastal Auto Rally and Show. Bring the kids and the pets to spend some quality time with Dad as he ogles the more than 200 exceptional cars on display before heading to Cocoa’s Riverfront Park to rock and roll with Daniel Jude.

Those fortunate enough to own an exceptional car can be part of the show by registering at cocoavillageconcours.com.

Peach Truck makes Melbourne stop 

As part of its Florida Tour, the Peach Truck will visit Melbourne Shopping Center, 1355 S. Babcock St., from 3:30 to 5 p.m., June 18.

The Longest Day

On “The Longest Day,” aka the summer solstice, thousands of participants from across the world come together to fight the darkness of dementia and raise awareness for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. On Tuesday, June 21 from Noon until 4 p.m., One Senior Place at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road in Viera will host “The Longest Day,” an event with activities for the general public and healthcare providers, along with caregivers and their loved ones with dementia.

Caregivers can enjoy lavender hand massages while seniors with cognitive decline participate in “Making Memories,” a supervised, creative art project. Free memory testing will be available during the afternoon, along with a 45-minute Virtual Dementia Tour®. During the experience, trained facilitators guide participants outfitted with patented devices that alter their senses while they try to complete common everyday tasks and exercises. The tour enables people to experience for themselves the physical and mental challenges faced by those with dementia.

To pre-register for the Virtual Dementia Tour or memory testing, call One Senior Place at 321-751-6771

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