Hooray!   We are thrilled to announce our exciting fourteenth Season.  Additional special events and children’s programs will be announced at a later date.    

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JUNE 18 & 19, 2022

OFFENBACH Belle nuit from Contes d’Hoffmann
WAGNER Dich teure Halle from Tannhäuser
TOBIE Ebben ne andro lontano from La Wally
STRAUSS Es gibt ein Reich from Ariadne auf Naxos
VERDI Addio del passato from La Traviata
SAINT SAENS Mon coeur s’ouvre from Samson et Delilah
BELLINI Deh con te… Mira o Norma.. Si fino a l’ore from Norma
PUCCINI Signore ascolta from Turandot
PUCCINI In questa reggia from Turandot
DONIZETTI Lucia mad scene from Lucia di Lammermoor
WAGNER Mild und leise from Tristan und Isolde
WAGNER Ist ein Traum from Rosenkavalier

Mary Anne Kruger, soprano
Amy Cofield, soprano

Sopranos Mary Anne Kruger and Amy Cofield both live in Brevard County.  Separately, they have enjoyed international careers as opera singers. Together — they are the Space Coast Divas.  Ms. Kruger has spent most of her career in Europe singing well over 40 glorious roles such as Madama Butterfly and Salome. Ms. Cofield has likewise performed in the U.S., Europe and Asia, often being sought for Violetta, the lead role in Verdi’s La Traviata.  As Space Coast Divas, the pair will present Love, Death and Madness, featuring the works of Puccini, Verdi, Bellini, Offenbach, Strauss, Wagner and other master composers of the form. Accompanied by your Space Coast Symphony, the singers will perform a range of works through the Bel Canto and Romantic, to the Verismo and Modern periods to experience how love, death, and madness are portrayed through compelling characters, lush music and soaring voices.

JUNE 25, 2022

WHITACRE Ghost Train
BALMAGES Kyiv, 2022 – A Prayer for Ukraine
GORB Yiddish Dances
PISZCZEK Across the Sea of Grass
DRAGON America the Beautiful
LOWDEN Armed Forces Salute
RODGERS Victory at Sea
WILHOUSKY Battle Hymn of the Republic
SOUSA Washington Post
SOUSA El Capitan
SOUSA Easter Monday on the White House Lawn

Space Coast Symphony Chorus
Mark Piszczek, guest composer

Summer wouldn’t have the same sizzle without a patriotic concert by your Space Coast Symphony Wind Orchestra. This red, white and blue concert will honor all those who have worn our nation’s uniform. This all-American program will showcase our national heritage, as conductor Aaron T. Collins directs the wind orchestra with music by Richard Rodgers, Mark Piszczek, Eric Whitacre, Lee Greenwood, and marches from “The March King,” John Philip Sousa.  The concert features Eric Whitacre’s thrilling Ghost Train.  In this highly programmatic work, Eric transforms a story from American folklore of a supernatural locomotive that roars throughout the Western U.S. Rich in special effects and unique compositional techniques, this dynamic piece creates vivid aural images as the train leaves the station and passes through a varied landscape. Rounding out the program is Adam Gorb’s Yiddish Dances. Gorb’s brilliant classic combines his passion for wind orchestra and klezmer (the folk music of Yiddish-speaking people) with his theatrical flair in five traditionally based dances. Thrilling, touching, affectionate, endlessly inventive, vividly scored, and vibrant, this exciting work will keep you on the edge of your seat.

JULY 23 & 24, 2022

NIELSEN Maskarade Overture
LUMBYE Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop
GRONDAHL Trombone Concerto
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2

Thomas McKee, trombone

This enchanting program explores the kaleidoscopic colors of Scandinavian music.  The concert opens up with Hans Christian Lumbye’s Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop which faithfully recreates the sounds of a train chugging out of a station and grinding to a halt at the next stop. The work was composed in 1847 to celebrate the opening of the first railway in Denmark between Copenhagen and Roskilde. Continuing the trip you’ll hear Carl Nielsen’s wonderfully ebullient Maskarade Overture, exploding with Nielsen’s characteristic melodies taking unexpected twists and turns at every opportunity,  It was 1902 when Finnish composer Jean Sibelius finished his Symphony No. 2 – right at a time when his country was struggling with Russian oppression through extreme sanctions on the Finnish language and culture. While Finland fought for its independence as best it could, Sibelius’ composition became the unofficial light at the end of the tunnel – the voice of Finnish nationalism – and gave a renewed hope to the Finnish people, a perfect example of beauty created in the midst of chaos.  Rounding out the concert, SCSO Trombonist, Thomas McKee will perform Launy Grøndahl’s popular and energetic Trombone Concerto, a lyrical and dramatic work

August 20 & 21, 2022


Central Florida Vocal Arts
Opera Del Sol

Your Space Coast Symphony Orchestra teams with Central Florida Vocal Arts and Opera del Sol to present The Sound of Music in Concert. Featuring a trove of cherished songs from the final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and the title number, The Sound of Music won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars. The inspirational story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows an ebullient postulate who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire von Trapp family must make a moral decision.  Featuring an incredible cast, don’t miss this incredible concert production with the gorgeous sound of a full orchestra of the world’s most beloved musical.

September 10 & 11, 2022

BARBER Adagio for Strings (String Quartet Version)
COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man
WILLIAMS Lincoln: With Malice Toward None
BARBER Symphony No. 1

Thomas Potter, baritone
Kenneth Fuchs, guest composer

In honor of the anniversary of September 11, your Space Coast Symphony will pay tribute to the victims and survivors, their families, and emergency responders, whose lives were forever impacted on that tragic day. Opening the program is Samuel Barber’s moving and searing Adagio for Strings in it’s original form for string quartet. Considered by many to be the most popular of all 20th-century orchestral works, Adagio for Strings is celebrated for its fragile simplicity and emotion. The destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 had a deeply personal resonance for composer Kenneth Fuchs, who had lived in New York City for 20 years. His Falling Man was inspired by the 2007 novel about life after 9/11 by Don DeLillo, and is a series of arias and interludes written for voice and orchestra. It will feature celebrated baritone, Thomas Potter. The concert will close with Aaron’s personal favorite work, Samuel Barber’s powerful Symphony No. 1, a compelling work with unbridled energy and heart-on-sleeve passion.  Rounding out this moving program are works by Aaron Copland and John Williams.

October 15 & 16, 2022

Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra
Frank Wosar, conductor

Frank Wosar leads the Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra in an incredible tribute to two of the most important figures in jazz, Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson.. Kenton was known for his big blaring horn sections—his was the original “wall of sound” long before Phil Spector developed a similar concept in pop and rock.  The concert will feature an enlarged big band (the same size as Kenton’s) playing a number of songs written and arranged by Kenton, including Malaguena, Peanut Vendor, and A Little Minor Booze. The concert will also pay homage to trumpeter and composer, Maynard Ferguson.  Ferguson came to prominence playing in Stan Kenton’s orchestra before forming his own band in 1957.  Selections from Ferguson will include Coconut Champagne, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Birdland, MacArthur Park, and many more!

October 28 & 29, 2022

STRAUSS Also Sprach Zarathustra
SILVESTRI Back to the Future
WILLIAMS Jurassic Park
WILLIAMS The Lost World
SILVESTRI A Night at the Museum
GIACCHINO Jurassic World
CURTIN Meet the Flintstones
BARRY Out of Africa
ZIMMER Madagascar

Michele Wallace Campanelli, author
Eric Pinder, narrator

Families will love the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of Rex and Friends, a fun and exciting concert for the whole family. This FREE concert will feature another enjoyable, original story by national best-selling author, Michele Wallace Campanelli.  Similar to an orchestrated “story time,” the family concert will be narrated by actor, Eric Pinder. Rex and Friends will feature kid-tested musical selections from Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, The Lost World, A Night at the Museum, Ice Age, King Kong, Meet the Flintstones, Out of Africa, Madagascar and more.  Illustrations for Rex and Friends by SCSO bassoonist and professional graphic artist, Angela Moretti will be shown on screen during the program, along with with movie clips. Be sure to come early and in costume, for pre-concert activities for the youngsters, including musical crafts and games, an instrument petting zoo and our dino costume contest—prizes to be awarded during the concert.

November 26 & 27, 2022

MARSHALL Thanksgiving Variations (WORLD PREMIERE)
COPLAND Simple Gifts
BIEGEL Three Reflections: Freedom (JFK), Justice (RBG), Equality (MLK)
COPLAND ‘The Promise of Living’ from The Tender Land
TUNNEY Peanuts Concerto

Jeffrey Biegel, piano
Christopher Marshall, guest composer

Celebrate Thanksgiving with your Space Coast Symphony Orchestra!  Grammy-winning pianist, Jeffrey Biegel returns to Central Florida to perform three incredible works, including the world premiere of Christopher Marshall’s Thanksgiving Variations, a set of stunning, virtuosic variations based on the popular hymn, “We Gather Together.”  Biegel will also perform a moving work he wrote, a themed trilogy titled Three Reflections, which includes a “Reflection of Justice: An Ode to Ruth Bader Ginsburg”, “Reflection of Freedom: An Ode to John Fitzgerald Kennedy” and, “Reflection of Equality: An Ode to Martin Luther King.”  Also on the program is Dick Tunney’s enchanting Peanuts Concerto, based on the music of Charlie Brown composer, Vince Guaraldi.  This moving arrangement sets Guaraldi’s classic music from the Peanuts specials, into a three-movement work for piano and orchestra. It will be a wonderful introduction for families to hear the jazz writings of the late Guaraldi in a 21st century symphonic landscape.  The program is rounded out with two works from Aaron Copland, “The Promise of Living” from The Tender Land and “Simple Gifts” from Appalachian Spring.  The Shaker tune “Simple Gifts” was written in 1848 by Joseph Brackett and made famous by Copland.  This well-loved tune has come to symbolize simplicity, joy and freedom.

December 4, 2022

HANDEL The Messiah

Your Space Coast Symphony presents the 15th Annual Messiah Sing-Along, Central Florida’s “ultimate Christmas concert.”  Enjoy the Messiah, the enduring Christmas oratorio by George Friedrich Handel, as a Sing-Along.  Raise your voice and sing your favorite movements from Handel’s Messiah. Accompaniment will be provided by members of the SCSO with featured soloists.  The public is invited to sing or simply listen to the perennial Christmas favorite.  Scores are provided to participating members  It’s a joyous start to the holiday season.

December 30, 2022

TCHAIKOVSKY Sleeping Beauty

Melbourne City Ballet Theatre
State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine

Your Space Coast Symphony returns to The King Center in a collaborative performance presented by the Melbourne City Ballet Theatre and the State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine. Be transported to a magical kingdom through a spellbinding tale filled with fantastical fairies and ravishing romance, ornate costumes and exquisite sets, and be inspired by the remedy that cures all things—a true love’s kiss.  The Sleeping Beauty’s opulent sets, lavish costumes, and fairies that fly are joined by Tchaikovsky’s treasured score to create a happily-ever-after treat for all ages.

January 14 & 15, 2023

Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra
Frank Wosar, conductor

Kick off the new year with your Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra!  Fourteen seasons and hundreds of requests have led to Fan Favorites: Jazz Edition, a concert chock-full of your favorites and requests.  This time, there’s a twist, it will feature Jazz Orchestra. Frank Wosar leads some of Florida’s finest jazz musicians performing works by Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, Thelonious Monk, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Charles Mingus, Hoagy Carmichael, and other greats.  Dancers, Joanne Collins and Brett Gunio will perform alongside the jazz orchestra in this concert full of hits requested by you!

January 28 & 29, 2023

RODGERS South Pacific
BERNSTEIN Candide Overture
BROOKS The Producers
BART Selections from Oliver
SONDHEIM Send in the Clowns
BERNSTEIN Selections from West Side Story
JONES “Soon it’s Gonna Rain” from the Fantastiks
HAMLISCH A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch
LOEWE Brigadoon
BOCK Fiddler on the Roof
PORTER (WHITNEY) A Cole Porter Salute
LEIGH Man of La Mancha
GERSHWIN Gershwin by George!

Join your Space Coast Symphony Orchestra in celebrating Broadway’s most beloved and celebrated show tunes. Selections from the great musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, George Gershwin, Marvin Hamlisch, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter, Mel Brooks, Frederick Loewe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and more include South Pacific, Candide, The Producers, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, A Chorus Line, Brigadoon, and more!


February 25 & 26, 2023

RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

Lindsay Garritson, piano

Wise pianists fear Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, one of the most fiendishly difficult pieces ever composed for piano, but also one of his most loved for its gorgeous lyricism..  Monumental doesn’t even begin to describe it. Prepare for an extraordinary concert experience when celebrated and award-winning pianist Lindsay Garritson takes on the staggering virtuosity of “Rach 3,” a piece so demanding it’s often described as the Mt. Everest of concertos.  Brahms’s Fourth Symphony is a titan of the symphonic repertoire. In his final symphony, the composer weaves a musical narrative evoking both dramatic intensity and profound serenity delivering a concert finale of heightened emotion. Filled with deep emotion, profound complexity and beautiful melancholy, Brahms’ Fourth Symphony finishes with a finale that will leave you speechless.

March 18 & 19, 2023

REINECKE Flute Concerto in D major
WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries
ENESCO Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1
BARTOK Violin Rhapsody No. 1
RIMSKY KORSAKOV Dance of the Tumblers
DUKAS The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Russian Easter Festival Overture
GLINKA Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture
SMETANA Dance of the Comedians from “The Bartered Bride”
BACH / STOKOWSKI Toccata and Fugue in D minor
WAGNER Tannhauser: Overture

Brendon Wilkins, flute
Carlos Jaquez, violin
Mark Piszczek, guest composer

Think you don’t know anything about classical music? Join us for this special program and discover how many musical pieces you are already very familiar with. From your favorite classic cartoon, to your favorite commercials and movies, you will recognize all of these enjoyable pieces. Enjoy popular works from composers such as Wagner, Dukas, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glinka, Smetana, Bach, and more including Overture to Tannhauser, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Russian Easter Festival Overture, Dance of the Comedians, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, and more!  Two SCSO musicians are highlighted in this sonic spectacular.  SCSO flutist, Dr. Brendon Wilkins will perform Carl Reinecke’s Flute Concerto in D major, a charismatic work of high artistic value, beauty and strong emotional suggestion and is unique in being the only flute concerto from the Romantic era.  SCSO violinist Carlos Jaquez will perform Bela Bartok’s virtuoso work, Violin Rhapsody No. 1.  The Rhapsody is full of the sounds of folk fiddling: improvisatory-sounding variations in the melodies and stunning pyrotechnics.  The concert will also feature the World Premiere of Mark Piezceck’s Tuscan Portraits, a joyful, romping tour through Italy.

March 30, 2023


Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra
Guest Vocalists
Frank Wosar, conductor

Get ready to rock… again!  Expanding on last season’s program, your Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra will combine their considerable talents with specialty vocalists to take on some more of the greatest rock and pop classics in recent history. The special concert, in collaboration with Live! From Vero Beach and produced by MusicWorks, will feature the Space Coast Symphony jazz Orchestra performing music from top bands and artists, including Queen, U2, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, ABBA, James Brown, The Eagles, ELO, Pink Floyd, and more.

April 22 & 23, 2023


Special Guests

Join Aaron & Friends for a very special program featuring chamber music penned by Aaron Collins and several of his young students. Featuring the incredible musicians of your Space Coast Symphony and special guests, the program will display a different side of our Artistic Director, highlighting music he has written over the past twenty-five years. Don’t miss this one of a kind concert.

May 21 & 22, 2023

WILLIAMS Adventures of Tin Tin
WILLIAMS Born on the Fourth of July
WILLIAMS Escapades from Catch Me if You Can
WILLIAMS Far and Away
WILLIAMS War Horse – Dartmoor, 1912
WILLIAMS Star Wars Suite
WILLIAMS The Phantom Menace
WILLIAMS The Book Thief
WILLIAMS E.T. Selections
WILLIAMS Raiders of the Lost Ark

Space Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra
Mark Nelson, conductor
Andrew Cleaver, saxophone

Whether your loyalties lie with the Imperial Forces or the Rebel Troops, you’re sure to hear all of your favorite themes.  The film industry has ensured that orchestras continue to be heard far and wide, and no one composed more inspired and recognizable soundtracks than the illustrious John Williams. Relive the magic of blockbuster classics when your Space Coast Symphony fills the hall with the music of Williams’ most legendary film scores like Star Wars, E.T., Jane Eyre, Far and Away, Born on the Fourth of July, Harry Potter, The Book Thief, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and more.  To experience the true power of the force, attendees are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Star Wars (or similarly themed) attire or costume.  The concert will be presented with images on the big screen.  Members of the Space Coast Symphony Youth Orchestras will perform side-by-side with their professional SCSO counterparts in this incredible program.

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