RAKONTO: Voices of Brevard's Heroes

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

PREMIERE Tuesday, May 11, 2021


The King Center for the Performing Arts, Eastern Florida State College and Brevard Achievement Center collaborated to engage community members living with different abilities to share their personal stories about giving back to their community regardless of their personal challenges. Working with internationally recognized pianist and award- winning composer Daniel Kelly and his band, will bring to life the powerful stories of each of the individuals interviewed by Daniel Kelly for this multi-media “Story and Music Tapestry”.

On Tuesday, May 11, the participants will for the first time experience their stories unfold before their eyes when we present the Premiere of Rakonto: Voices of Brevard’s Heroes. Due to limited capacity at the venue and as a result of Covid-19, the event is by invite only. Participants for the project includes local concert promoter and philanthropist Roland Guilarte, Greg Ashner, is a resident of Promise in Brevard and a local advocate for persons with “differently-abled” abilities. Dyani Peterson former EFSC graduate and currently a Bio Medical Engineering student at Florida Institute of Technology, Desiree Ralston gainfully employed at Patrick Airforce Base as a result of Brevard Achievement Center job placement for persons with differently abled abilities are just some of the interviewees (Heroes) representing Brevard residents from various walks of life. All Heroes represent how they continue to thrive amidst the daily obstacles but continue to be contributing members of their community.

Early June, the general public will have an opportunity to view the fully produced concert broadcast on WEFS-TV Station over the air 68.1 or check your local provider. After the premiere, there will be additional opportunities to view the film on social media platform Facebook and You tube. You may find additional details regarding this community engagement project on the websites for each of the collaborating partners.

The project is funded in part by Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Council on the arts and The National Endowment for the Arts and the local collaborating partners to highlight our inclusive community. Rakonto, is the Esperanto word for “story” and best described as an interview-based concert to celebrate the lives of everyday individuals through their stories. Daniel best describes the project as “a joining of journalism and music that brings to life the stories of contemporary Americans and their community into the concert hall”. We are thrilled for the opportunity to commission his work right here in Brevard County.


There will be three broadcast in June on WEFS-TV 68.1 over air
Thursday, June 17th @ 9:00 PM
Sunday, June 20th @ 1:00 PM
Sunday, June 27th @ 8:00 PM