Hooray!   We are thrilled to announce our incredible 15th Season.  Additional special events and children’s programs will be announced at a later date.    

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JUNE 17 & 18, 2023

Jesus Christ Superstar
A Chorus Line
Les Miserables
VARIOUS Disco’s Greatest Hits

Strap on your platform shoes, dig out your bellbottoms, and tease your afro as your Space Coast Symphony Orchestra takes you on a journey through the hottest 1970’s and 80’s Broadway musicals, a feel-good and decadent extravaganza audiences won’t soon forget. This high energy performance will feature some of the most popular musicals including Evita, Chicago, Hair, Annie, A Chorus Line, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Who’s Tommy. These were musicals that brought a rock vibe to Broadway and were a little grittier and a little less conventional in their story-telling than the first generation of musical theatre had been. Then we’ll move into the epic shows that defined the 80s, including Les Miserables. Cats, and Grease. The concert is rounded out with a medley of scorching hits like YMCA, D.I.S.C.O, Funky Town, Sugar Baby Love, What a Feeling, and more. You already know the words, so get ready to sing along to the songs that shake your groove thing.

JUNE 25, 2023

TRAD   Star Spangled Banner
GREENWOOD  God Bless the USA
DRAGON   America the Beautiful
LOWDEN  Armed Forces Salute
HOLSINGER To Tame the Perilous Skies
SOUSA  Nobles of the Mystic Shrine
SOUSA  Easter Sunday on the White House Lawn
SOUSA  Washington Post
CORIGLIANO Tarantella from Gazebo Dances

Christopher Marshall, guest composer

Summer wouldn’t have the same sizzle without a patriotic concert by your Space Coast Symphony Wind Orchestra. This 18th annual red, white and blue concert will honor all those who have worn our nation’s uniform. This engaging program will showcase our national heritage, as conductor Aaron T. Collins directs the wind orchestra with music by John Corigliano, Lee Greenwood, and marches from “The March King,” John Philip Sousa.  The concert features David Holsinger’s thrilling and powerful work, To Tame the Perilous Skies, dedicated not only to the exceptional men and women of the Tactical Air Command, but to the spirit of the modern military aviator, taming perilous skies that all men will live free of oppression. Rounding out the program is the World Premiere of Christopher Marshall’s PulsePulse is Marshall’s response to the June 12 2016 massacre at the Pulse nightclub in his hometown, Orlando.  This powerful work expresses a full range of emotions – from grief to anger to consolation. It is an attempt to come to terms with this horrific incident and the many similar incidents where the innocent are targeted where they should feel safe – in places of entertainment, of work and of worship.

JULY 22 & 23, 2023

KAMEN An American Symphony from Mr. Holland’s Opus
Saxophone Concerto 
The Rite of Spring

Andrew Cleaver, saxophone

Aaron Collins unleashes the full force of Stravinsky’s powerful masterwork with a gigantic orchestra. A legendary, avant-garde ballet score, The Rite of Spring shocked audiences into a frenzy at its Paris premiere creating musical tremors still felt today.  Once decried, it is now a cornerstone of orchestral repertoire and considered by many to be the greatest work of the 20th century. Its elemental, pulse-pounding, and heavy metal nature is best summed up by Stravinsky, who, in an unaccustomed moment of humility, said that he didn’t feel he was the composer of the piece, but simply the vessel through which it passed.  The concert is rounded out with two works from Grammy-winning composer Michael Kamen.  One of America’s most popular composers, Kamen’s sweeping and epic Saxophone Concerto will be performed by Andrew Cleaver.   An American Symphony is the title track for the finale symphonic piece played at the end of the 1995 film Mr. Holland’s Opus.  It’s poignant, touching and speaks of loss, sorrow, nostalgia, and triumph.

August 5 & 6, 2023

BERNSTEIN   The Magnificent Seven
High Noon
 The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
The Wind and the Lion
Dances with Wolves
The Big Country
How the West Was Won
   The Cowboys

Mark Piszczek, guest composer

Your Space Coast Symphony salutes the Wild, Wild West in this epic film music concert. Break out your 10-gallon hat, strap on those spurs and join us for this wild ride. most stylish visuals and recognizable soundtracks in cinematic history. This exciting program will celebrate Western movie and TV scores from the likes of John Barry, Elmer Bernstein, Dimitri Tiomkin, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Bruce Broughton, Ennio Morricone, while the plays out on the big screen above. The program will also feature the World Premiere of Mark Piszczek’s American Frontier Suite, a symphonic suite of old folk songs from the old west and American frontier, including Bury Me Not on The Lone Prairie, Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Yellow Rose of Texas, Red River Valley, and more.  Giddy up and git along little doggie!

August 26 & 27, 2023

SONDHEIM A Little Night Music

Central Florida Vocal Arts
Opera Del Sol

Your Space Coast Symphony Orchestra teams with Central Florida Vocal Arts and Opera del Sol to present a fully staged production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.  Set in the enchanted birch groves of Sweden, A Little Night Music sings and waltzes its way through the lives of mismatched couples who are about to make some very surprising discoveries about their true desires. In an ever-thickening plot, the couples come together on a midsummer’s night when the sun never sets for “A Weekend in the Country.” Anything can happen on a warm summer night – to the very young, to the very foolish, and to the very old. Join us for Sondheim’s witty, brilliant masterpiece that features the haunting “Send in the Clowns.”  Featuring an incredible cast, don’t miss this incredible production featuring the gorgeous sound of a full orchestra of one of America’s most beloved musicals.

September 23 & 24, 2023

SCOTT Fanfare G.A.F: An American Overture
Point of Tranquility SOUTHEAST U.S. PREMIERE
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
GERSHWIN Variations on I Got Rhythm (Alessandro de Fonseca, piano)
Three Black Kings

Kevin Scott, guest composer
Kenneth Fuchs, guest composer
Alessandro de Fonseca, piano

Opening this all-American program is Kevin Scott’s Fanfare G.A.F: An American Overture, a brilliant and optimistic romp for orchestra.  The orchestra welcomes back Grammy winner, Kenneth Fuchs to present the Southeast U.S. Premiere of Point of Tranquility.  Fuchs, a favorite of conductor Aaron Collins, is one of the world’s leading composers and has been hailed as an “exemplar of the recovery of American music.”   The work is inspired by the painting of the same name by abstract artist Morris Louis.  “The coloristic freedom and shape” suggested by the painting were the inspiration from which Fuchs developed this powerful work. Celebrated pianist Alessandro de Fonseca makes his debut with your SCSO to dazzle audiences with a performance of George Gershwin’s unforgettable Variations on I Got Rhythm, brimming with youthful energy, captivating rhythms, originality, and a sense of musical exploration.  Aaron and the orchestra will also perform Leonard Bernstein’s legendary Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, a lively score featuring the musical’s most memorable moments—from shouts of “Mambo!” to the wistful final chords of “Somewhere.”  The concert is rounded out with Duke Ellington’s Three Black Kings, which brings together kings of old and recent history, telling the stories of Balthazar, King Solomon, and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This magnificent work is a rich symphonic tapestry that weaves jazz, gospel, and classical influences together, the past and the present uniting.

October TBA

SONDHEIM Sweeney Todd
Phantom of the Opera
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Jekyll & Hyde
Young Frankenstein
Wizard of Oz
Beauty and the Beast
Into the Woods
Addams Family
Nightmare Before Christmas

Michelle Knight, soprano
Cesar De LaRosa, tenor

Revel in the season of Halloween with a concert of fiendish Broadway favorites, sure to make you cackle with delight! Featuring the incredible vocal duo of Michelle Knight and Cesar De LaRosa, this program will showcase hits from shows such as Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jekyll & Hyde, Young Frankenstein, Beauty and the Beast, Cats, Wicked, and more! Costumes are welcome for this weekend of ghoulish enchantment.

October TBA

SILVESTRI The Avengers
SILVESTRI The Avengers: End Game: Portals
TYLER Marvel Studio Fanfare
GIACCHINO Spiderman: Homecoming Suite
DJWARDI Iron Man Suite

Michele Wallace Campanelli, author

This fun-filled children’s concert will feature an exciting original screenplay by national best-selling author, Michele Wallace Campanelli that will come to life in stunning animations by Twelve Atlas Pictures narrated by our Artistic Director, Aaron Collins. Musicians are Superheroes tells the story of Conductor and his band of musical heroes, as they bring the incredible power of music to the world.  The concert will feature the iconic music from The Avengers, Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Iron Man, and Wonder Woman.

November TBA


Join us for a celebration of the music that enthralled the gangsters, flappers and Bright Young Things a hundred years ago – a cocktail of hot syncopation and crazy rhythm to chase the blues away.  The 1920s was the Jazz Age and it began with a pandemic. Once the Spanish Flu died down, the decade began to roar with a vengeance. The world had just emerged from the war to end all wars and America was now determined to dampen the spirits even further with Prohibition.  However, jazz came to the rescue.  Your Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra under Frank Wosar recreate the exciting sounds of a period of wild and carefree exhilaration sandwiched between a ghastly bug and the Great Depression in an exciting program featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Jelly Roll Morton and Bix Beiderbecke.  Music from the acclaimed band, Postmodern Jukebox will also be featured on this thrilling program.

December 2, 2023

HANDEL The Messiah

Your Space Coast Symphony presents the 16th 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 four incredible 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!

January TBA

TWAIN Man! I Feel Like A Woman!
UNDERWOOD Before He Cheats
CASH Ring of Fire
PARTON / ROGERS Islands in the Stream
LADY A Need You Now
RUCKER Wagon Wheel
DENVER Take Me Home, Country Roads
MAVERICKS Dance The Night Away
SWIFT Love Story (Taylor’s Version)
NELSON Always on My Mind
CYRUS Achy Breaky Heart
JONES He Stopped Loving Her Today
LEE Lookin’ for Love
PARTON Here You Come Again
ZAC BROWN BAND Chicken Fried
ROGERS The Gambler
TWAIN You’re Still The One
CAMPBELL Rhinestone Cowboy

Sarah Purser, Cowgirl
Andrew LeJeune, Cowboy

Join your Space Coast Symphony for a little honky-tonk and a little heartache in a solid gold celebration of country music past and present. More than 75 years of country music you know and love will be showcased from legendary stars including Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Cash, to the biggest stars of today such as Dolly Parton, Billy Ray Cyrus, Taylor Swift, and the Zac Brown Band.  Vocalists Sarah Purser and Andrew Lejeune will bring that good-ole down-home feeling that is sure to leave boots knockin’, hearts pumpin’, and every country soul content.

January TBA

NEWTON HOWARD Red Sparrow Overture
MANCINI Peter Gunn
MANCINI The Pink Panther
GIACCHINO The Incredibles
SILVESTRI The Avengers
SCHIFRIN Mission: Impossible
WILLIAMS Escapades from Catch Me If You Can
WILLIAMS Prayer for Peace from Munich
BARRY James Bond Medley
ARNOLD Casino Royale
HERRMANN North by Northwest

Andrew Cleaver, saxophone

For your eyes only, your SCSO unveils a top-secret document discovered by our crack team of deep-cover spies: this electrifying concert will transport you into the shadowy underworld of espionage, international intrigue, romance and adventure through the irresistible soundtracks that help make spy cinema so popular all over the world.  Special agent Aaron Collins leads the program that features the heavy hitters of the genre like James Bond and Mission: Impossible. Thrillers that fit the bill are also included—Munich and North by Northwest—as well as unforgettable comedies like The Incredibles, Catch Me if You Can and The Pink Panther. This spirited performance presented at the movie theater will make you feel like you’re in the know.  But start watching now, because this message will self-destruct in five, four, three…


February TBA

DAUGHERTY Concerto for B-flat Clarinet and String Orchestra WORLD PREMIERE
SAINT SAENS Piano Concerto No. 2 
Carnival of the Animals 
DEBUSSY Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Jennifer Royals, clarinet
Jacob Craig, piano
Jean Black, piano
Michael Daugherty, guest composer
Sonya Stahl, guest composer

Encounter elephants, kangaroos, donkeys, lions, cuckoos, swans, and more as Aaron leads Saint-Saëns’s beloved musical menagerie, The Carnival of the Animals. Brimming with humor and vivid color, and filled with music audiences will recognize, this is one of the most purely fun works ever composed. This presentation of Saint-Saëns’s masterwork for two pianos and orchestra highlights Principal Keyboardist Jean Black, together with the incredible Jacob Craig.  Craig will also be featured on Saint-Saëns’s glittering and extravagant Piano Concerto No. 2, one of the composer’s most famous.  Principal Clarinetist, Jennifer Royals will perform the world premiere of Vero Beach composer, R. Michael Daugherty’s joyous Concerto for B-flat Clarinet and String Orchestra.  Also featured on the program is the world premiere of Sonya Leonore Stahl’s Eagle Music, a soaring work that evokes birds of prey gliding euphorically through the sky. The concert is rounded out with one of Debussy’s most famous works, the Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, an Impressionist masterpiece that will transport you to a mythical land.

March TBA

JENKINS  When I Fall In Love
COLE  Almost Like Being in Love
MYROW  You Make Me Feel So Young
COLEMAN  The Best is Yet To Come
GERSHWIN  They Can’t Take That Away From Me
MEIER  Summer Wind
HOWARD  Fly Me To The Moon
GORDON  Unforgettable
DIXON  River Stay ‘Way From My Door
WEINSTEIN  The Curtain Falls
KERN  The Way You Look Tonight
WEILL  Mack the Knife
PORTER  I’ve Got You Under My Skin

John Stevens, vocalist

He was the 16-year-old red-haired Rat Pack crooner who auditioned with Dean Martin‘s “That’s Amore” and became a finalist on of American Idol.  Superstar entertainer, John Stevens, who was once nicknamed, “Teen Martin” joins your Space Coast Symphony to present Sinatra, Martin & More. The SCSO will be joined by the Jazz Orchestra to perform riveting selections from George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Kurt Weill, Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra. The concert will swing, with Stevens’ leading the party on a journey through a century of America’s greatest music.

March TBA


Guest Rock Band

Ready to headbang again?  Expanding on last season’s program, your Space Coast Symphony Orchestra along with Aaron Collins will combine their considerable talents with a rock band 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 members of the Space Coast Symphony 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 TBA

GOLDSMITH Suite from Disney’s Mulan
MENKEN Hunchback of Notre Dame Suite
ZIMMER The Lion King
MENKEN Little Mermaid Suite
MENKEN Beauty and the Beast Suite
Selected songs from the Disney catalog

Samantha Barnes, soprano
Kit Cleto, tenor

For generations, Disney’s princesses and princes have enchanted us with their courage and kindness. The music from Disney’s films has captivated children of all ages for decades and has been the soundtrack to our lives. Be our guest as Samantha Barnes and Kit Cleto join the Space Coast Symphony to present an unforgettable celebration of songs.  Featuring beloved songs from some of the most famous movie scores ever — Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Frozen, Cinderella, Aladdin, The Lion King, and Pocahontas — this concert brings Walt Disney’s magical stories and timeless characters to life in amazing orchestral color.  Relive your VHS tape glory days, dress up in your favorite royal attire, and share the joy with your loved ones this special concert.


MARQUEZ Conga del Fuego Nuevo
Imagined Adventures: March at the West River WORLD PREMIERE
Symphony No. 5

Christopher Marshall, guest composer
Kevin Wilt, guest composer

In this BIG year for your SCSO, we invite you to join us for our 15th Anniversary Gala, celebrating fifteen years of extraordinary music-making!  This powerful program features works by Tchaikovsky, Marquez, Marshall, along with a world premiere from SCSO favorite, Kevin Wilt.  The concert opens with Christopher Marshall’s Aue!, a work commissioned by the SCSO for our 10th Anniversary.  For three years, New Zealander Christopher Marshall lived in the idyllic surroundings of Samoa, and his piece conjures up its endlessly fascinating atmosphere and sounds, its hypnotic languor, and popular dances.  The SCSO’s commitment to new music is on full display when they present the world premiere of Kevin Wilt’s Imagined Adventures: March at the West River, a short and thrilling work based on childhood fantasies.  Composed in 2005, Marquez’s Conga del Fuego is a short fiery work bursting with color.  The program closes with a monumental masterwork and favorite of Aaron’s. From the staggering genius of Russia’s most famous Romantic comes a symphony charged with raw power and gorgeous melodies. With the foreboding opening theme of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, listeners are launched into a four-movement exploration of fate.  Selected youth musicians will perform side-by-side with their professional SCSO counterparts in this incredible program.

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