Jazz fans and guitar enthusiasts are in for a special treat as the Henegar Center for the Arts prepares to welcome Special EFX featuring Chieli Minucci on Friday, September 20, 2013. The show, which will begin at 8 p.m., will be held at the Henegar Center, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne.
A Grammy-nominated and Emmy-award-winning composer, Chieli Minucci is a guitarist and the arranger of the group Special EFX. The group will play at the Henegar Center as part of its 30th Anniversary Tour. Tickets are $30-$40 and may be purchased at (321) 723-8698 or online at henegar.org.
Chieli Minucci was born in New York City, and grew up in nearby Forest Hills. One of his strongest influences was his father Ulpio, himself a concert pianist in Italy and a successful composer whose songs were sung by Nat ‘King’ Cole, Bing Crosby and Julius LaRosa and who later wrote the theme for the cult anime series “Robotech". According to his biography, Chieli credits his father for introducing him to the piano at age six and encouraging him to become a composer. He began studying guitar at age 8.
Chieli Minucci formed his first group, Taurus, at age 13. At age 14, he performed with his best friends on a cruise ship three sets every night. Those early years were just the beginning of what would become a lifelong career. Some of his accomplishments include:
- He has 10 Emmy Award nominations, including one for his music from the long-running NBC daytime drama "The Guiding Light", and has won 3.
- He has recorded with Lionel Hampton and Spyro Gyra, as well as major pop stars including Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Mark Anthony, Jewel, Donna Summer, Jessica Simpson, Backstreet Boys and many others.
- He has written music for well-known programs such as Good Morning America (theme), Bloomberg Radio (theme), Access Holly-wood, The 700 Club, and others.
- He composed and produced the soundtrack for the Broadway Across America/Nickelodeon live stage productions of the hit TV series, Dora the Explorer and also wrote and recorded original songs for the live stage production of Thomas & Friends Live™.
The attached video will give a preview of what the audience can expect when they attend this musical evening. Tickets and more information about the Henegar Center may be found at either 321-723-8698 or www.henegar.org.