“On a Thursday afternoon, Christopher Confessore, buoyant as ever, has time to talk, a wonder considering his schedule,” writes Lyn Dowling in Monday’s (6/24) Florida Today. “He is resident conductor and principal pops conductor of the Birmingham-based Alabama Symphony Orchestra. He regularly conducts at Walt Disney World.” In the Brevard Symphony’s hometown of Melbourne, Florida, “he is the very face of the classics and pops … entering his 25th year as music director of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra…. ‘Of all the things I do, this means the most,’ he said.… This year, orchestra will present a three-concert Summer Evenings Series… It always is important to keep classical and pops music at the forefront, Confessore believes…. ‘We have an audience that has been, almost without exception, very open to whatever we’ve played for them,’ he said. … The BSO’s 66th [season] will open in grand fashion, with a tribute to the Apollo XI anniversary that will feature Mason Bates’ ‘Mothership,’ Williams’ ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ (excerpts) and Gustav Holst’s ‘The Planets.’ … He wants to continue to expand the orchestra’s season as well as its audience. ‘It’s about the experience,’ he said. ‘It’s important to be compelling, a must-see.’ ”

Posted June 27, 2019