Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 7:00pm
5625 Holy Trinity Drive Melbourne, FL 32940
DEBUSSY Clair de Lune (Jacob Craig, piano)
MOZART Rondo Alla Turca (Jacob Craig, piano)
RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43, Variation 18 (Jacob Craig, piano)
MARCELLO Oboe Concerto (Payton Brown, oboe)
STRAUSS Horn Concerto (Ethan Hahn, french horn)
JOSEPH Concerto Dystonia (WORLD PREMIERE, Joe Lovinsky, french horn)
VERDI Nabucco Overture
PROKOFIEV Romeo And Juliet Ballet Suite No. 2: Montagues And Capulets
MUSSORGSKY The Hut On Great Fowl's Legs & The Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition
TCHAIKOVSKY Capriccio Italien
Space Coast Symphony Youth Orchestras
Jacob Craig, piano
Joe Lovinsky, french horn
Ethan Hahn, french horn
Payton Brown, oboe
Mark Nelson, conductor
Sam Felber, conductor
Rebecca Simons, conductor
Members of the Space Coast Symphony Youth Orchestras will perform side-by-side with their professional SCSO counterparts in an inspiring program. Featuring orchestral favorites and more, this is a concert just for you with wall-to-wall classics. SCSO’s principal horn, Joesph Lovinsky will present the World Premiere of Thomas Joseph’s Concerto Dystonia for horn and orchestra, which chronicles the composer’s own battle with task-specific focal dystonia, a condition which also led to Aaron Collins giving up horn playing. Celebrated pianist, Jacob Craig will join the orchestra and perform works by Debussy, Mozart, and Rachmaninoff. The concert will also highlight the two winners of the Concerto Competition, Ethan Hahn and Payton Brown. Featuring popular works by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Verdi and more, this concert of wall-to-wall classics is just for you.
(Symphony for Everyone tickets are currently not available due to very limited seating. We will make the program available the day before if seats remain open.)
Joseph Lovinsky, principal horn of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Elizabeth Schulze, was appointed to this position by world renowned horn soloist Barry Tuckwell, who became a long time friend and mentor to Joseph. Lovinsky is principal horn of the Washington Ballet Orchestra in Washington DC, the Ocala Symphony Orchestra in Florida, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, and the Florida Lakes Symphony. Lovinsky served as principal horn of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” as well as The Army Orchestra, and The Army Brass Quintet in Washington DC, he was also a frequent soloist with those ensembles. Joseph Lovinsky is a Yamaha Performing Artist. Born in New York City of Haitian parents, Joseph grew up in the Liberty City section of Miami Florida where he learned to play horn in Edison Middle School, Miami Northwestern High School, and the South Florida Youth Symphony. Before beginning formal horn studies at the age of 17, Lovinsky made his Carnegie Hall debut as solo horn of the McDonald’s All-American Band and also received critical acclaim for performances of Mozart, Strauss, and Weber Concerti with orchestra. The Miami Herald called him “the self taught virtuoso” Vincent Cason of the Miami Times wrote “…Joe Lovinsky is the best french horn player money can buy.”
Joseph studied at the Curtis Institute of Music which led to the legendary James Chambers appointing Lovinsky to the position of Horn Teaching Assistant at The Juilliard School. There he was awarded the Irving Berlin Fellowship for Outstanding Orchestral Performance and the New York Philharmonic Music Assistance Fund Grant, before earning the Artist Diploma.
Subsequently, Lovinsky was appointed principal horn of the Miami City Ballet Orchestra, Israel Pops Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, where he was a frequent soloist. Joseph Lovinsky has performed in all 50 states, Europe, South America, and Asia, on many of the world’s greatest stages, from Carnegie Hall to the National Center for the Performing Arts Beijing. Lovinsky shared stages with a wide variety of artists, from Jessye Norman, Midori, Isaac Stern, Barry Tuckwell, and Yo Yo Ma, to Dizzy Gillespie, Barry Manilow, Josh Groban, and Usher. Lovinsky also toured the United States with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony. Some of Lovinsky’s media appearances include performances on NBC’s “Today Show,” NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keller, CBS’s “Talk Philly Live,” and Food Network’s “Emeril Live” and “Bobby Flay” shows.
A much sought after soloist and clinician, Lovinsky was a featured soloist at the International Horn Society Workshop and numerous music education conferences, including Mid West Clinic’s Final Grand Concert in Chicago. He has presented recitals and master classes at major music schools and festivals including: the Chamber Music National Festival in Indianapolis, Music for All’s Summer Symposium, Interlochen, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Baylor University, UCLA, Florida State University, Indiana University, North Carolina School of the Arts, Northwestern University, Puerto Rico Conservatory, and The Juilliard School, among others.
Professor Lovinsky had the honor of mentoring a cadre of exceptionally gifted horn students over the years while serving as horn professor at the National Conservatory in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Miami-Dade College, Howard University Washington DC, and more recently, Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University Winchester, Virginia. Additionally, Lovinsky is a Life Member of the International Horn Society and has served on the Curtis Institute of Music Alumni Council. While presenting his “Play Without Limits” clinics throughout the country, Lovinsky continues the musical traditions received from his mentors Jerome Ashby, Myron Bloom, William Capps, James Chambers, Peter Landgren, Philip Paul, Eric Ruske, Barry Tuckwell, and Robert Watt. Joseph Lovinsky performs exclusively on Yamaha horns.
Dr. Jacob Craig is the current Director of Music and Arts at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, Florida. Jacob moved to Vero Beach in 2012 and continues to delight churchgoers and crowds alike with his virtuosic skill on piano and organ. He is particularly talented at jazz piano, which he frequently performs during services. Dean Andrew Galuska of the Treasure Coast Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, said of Craig, “Jacob Craig is an enthusiastic and multi-talented young musician who has not only revitalized the performance of sacred music in his own church, but has also had an exciting impact on music in our community at large. His success at working with and encouraging young musicians is unparalleled.” As a result of his work with local youth, Craig was the most recent recipient of the Indian River County Cultural Council’s Laurel Award for Excellence in Education. As the Director of Music and Arts at First Presbyterian, Jacob directs the Chancel Choir, Handbell Ensemble, Youth String Orchestra, Youth Choir, and more. In the community, Dr. Craig directs the Silver Tones, a seniors-only community choir sponsored by the Senior Resource Association, the ACTS Choir based out of Indian River Estates, the Sea Oaks Chorus, as well as the John’s Island Singers. Jacob also maintains an active performing career and enthusiastically supports other local nonprofit organizations such as the Vero Vino Festival, Vero Beach Chamber Orchestra, Treasure Coast Wind Ensemble, Space Coast Symphony, and Treasure Coast Youth Orchestra. Dr. Craig is also on the board of the Indian River Symphonic Association.
In addition to his skill at the keyboard, Jacob is a professional level bagpiper and the previous Pipe Major/founder of the Vero Beach Pipes and Drums. Jacob received his Bachelor of Music Education and Piano Performance degree from Shorter University in Rome, GA before moving on to Tallahassee, FL to receive his M.M. in Choral Conducting and Literature under Dr. Andre Thomas at Florida State University. He received his Doctorate in Sacred Music from the Graduate Theological Foundation, a partner of Oxford University in England. As part of his post-doctorate study, he attended a summer sabbatical on-site at Oxford University in 2019, which resulted in a culminate and conferred degree. In addition to his musical and artistic endeavors, Dr. Craig also trains regularly as a boxer, and is currently studying for his private pilot’s license.