Season 11 Overview

Woohoo!   We are thrilled to announce our incredible, eleventh Season.   Our chamber series will be announced on June 1, 2019.  Special events & concerts to be announced at a later date.    

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JUNE 15 & 16, 2019

MENKEN Aladdin Orchestral Suite
MENKEN & ELTON JOHN Disney’s New Classics
STYNE Funny Girl
BOCK Fiddler on the Roof
SHERMAN / KOSTAL Mary Poppins: A Symphonic Fantasy
ABBA Mamma Mia
LLOYD WEBBER Jesus Christ Superstar
JACOBS Grease!
KANDER Chicago
KERN Showboat
LLOYD WEBBER Evita
MENKEN Little Mermaid Orchestral Suite
MENKEN Music from Beauty and the Beast

Be our guest, be our guest!  The only thing better than spending an evening at a hit Broadway show is spending an evening with ALL of them. Celebrate the excitement of the enchanting music of Disney and Broadway.  Selections from the great musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jule Styne, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Bock, Frederick Loewe include Funny Girl, Evita, Grease!, Chicago, Showboat, Fiddler on the Roof, and Mamma Mia.   The music from Disney’s films has captivated children of all ages for decades.  Featuring beloved songs from some of the most famous movie scores ever — Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, The Lion King, and Pocahontas — this concert brings Walt Disney’s magical stories and timeless characters to life.

JUNE 29 & 30, 2019

MACKEY The Ringmasters March
REED Hounds of Spring
WHITACRE Equus
THOMAS Of Our New Day Begun
GREENWOOD God Bless the USA
DRAGON America the Beautiful
LOWDEN Armed Forces Salute
RODGERS Victory at Sea
GOULD American Salute
GERSHWIN An American in Paris
SOUSA Selected Marches

Summer wouldn’t have the same sizzle without a patriotic concert by your Space Coast Symphony Wind Orchestra.   Aaron directs From Sea to Shining Sea with music by Rodgers, Thomas, Mackey, Gould, Whitacre, Greenwood, and marches from “The March King,” John Philip Sousa.  The centerpiece of the program is a moving work by Omar Thomas, Of Our New Day Begun, which honors the nine victims and families from the June 17, 2015 terrorist attack on Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  Thomas’s composition is a powerful reminder that anger and hatred cannot stifle the human spirit of compassion. Among the many rousing patriotic numbers will be a salute to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.

JULY 13 & 14, 2019

Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra
Frank Wosar, Jazz Director

Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, the Supremes, the Four Tops and Marvin Gaye are some of the names associated with one of the greatest record labels of all time. Your Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Frank Wosar, will present the hits of Motown, a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence. Accompanied by the dance choreography of Joanne Collins, selections will include: My Girl, Sitting On The Dock Of A Bay, Try A Little Tenderness, I Heard It Through The Grape Vine, Ain’t No Mountain, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Keep Me Hanging On, Ain’t To Proud To Beg, Shotgun, Do You Love Me, It Takes Two, Proud Mary, Respect, My Cherie Amore and more!   Enjoy an evening of jazz music accentuated with an homage to the artists that crafted the trademark “Motown Sound” and the unique rhythmic groove that changed America.

JULY 27 & 28, 2019

WINTORY Fermi’s Paradox (*SOUTHEAST US PREMIERE)
WINTORY Epic! (*SOUTHEAST US PREMIERE)
WILT The Phoenix (*SOUTHEAST US PREMIERE)
HORNER Music from Apollo 13
GIACCHINO Voyage (*SOUTHEAST US PREMIERE)
DAUGHERTY To the New World (*EASTERN US PREMIERE)
DEBUSSY Clair de Lune
HURWITZ The Landing from “First Man” (*US PREMIERE)
VARIOUS Star Trek Through the Years
SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture
WILLIAMS Summon the Heroes

Mary Anne Kruger, soprano

Where were you on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took mankind’s first steps on the lunar surface? In a program for the ages, your Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will present One Giant Leap: A Tribute to Apollo, a space-themed concert commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing. This celebration will feature the Southeast US premiere of composer Michael Daugherty’s To the New World, a three-movement work celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing.  Also on the program is Voyage, a new work from Star Trek composer, Michael Giacchino, a musical depiction of what goes through an astronaut’s mind on the morning of a launch.  The SCSO will also perform two exciting works from Austin Wintory, Epic! and Fermi’s Paradox.   Two film scores will also be presented on the program, James Horner’s Apollo 13 and Justin Hurwitz’s Golden Globe winning score to First Man.  The rest of the program includes selections from Kevin Wilt, John Williams, and Dmitri Shostakovich. The music will be enhanced by footage of the Apollo missions and other NASA programs, projected on a large screen above the orchestra.

AUGUST 17 & 18, 2019

Central Florida Vocal Arts and Opera del Sol, in collaboration with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, will present a star-studded cast of singers in an unstaged production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved operetta, The MikadoThe Mikado is the most popular Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, and arguably the most popular ever written. The Mikado is laugh out loud fun for the entire family, as Victorian England meets an imaginary imperial Japan.  Sparkling satire, famous melodies, and captivating silliness abound in this topsy-turvy tale of love and misadventures. Directed by Kit Cleto, filled to the brim with ridiculous plot twists and catchy tunes, don’t miss this special concert.

AUGUST 31 & SEPTEMBER 1, 2019

GORB Yiddish Dances
NUNES In League of Extraordinary Women (Robin Sisk, tuba)
CORIGLIANO Gazebo Dances
MACKEY Red Line Tango

Matthew Nunes, guest composer
Robin Sisk, tuba

The Space Coast Symphony Wind Orchestra gets dance fever, when Aaron Collins directs the thrilling, Dance Mix: From Tango to Tarantella, with dance music from around the globe.  Selections include Academy Award-winning composer John Corigliano’s Gazebo Dances, John Mackey’s sonic rollercoaster, Redline Tango,  winner of the 2005 American Bandmasters’ Association Ostwald Composition Contest, and Adam Gorb’s fun Yiddish Dances, based on Klezmer dances, the folk music of the Yiddish-speaking people. Rounding out the program is an exciting new work featuring Robin Sisk by Matthew Nunes, In League with Extraordinary Women, a Concerto for Tuba and Wind Band.  Inspired by the extraordinary lives of aviator Amelia Earhart, scientist Marie Curie and the Irish pirate queen, Grace O’Malley, each movement offers a glimpse into their different worlds while providing thrilling challenges for the soloist.

SEPTEMBER 2019

FRANK  Three Latin American Dances
GERSHWIN Cuban Overture
MARQUEZ Danzon No. 2
SIERRA Fandangos
VILLA-LOBOS Ária (Cantilena) from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
MARQUEZ Conga del Fuego
ABREU Tico Tico

Amy Cofield, soprano

From Cuba to Argentina, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra criss-crosses the globe with music from and inspired by Latin America.  Join us for a scintillating concert of passionate tangos, blazing mambos and pulsating congas. The symphony’s all-Latin program includes such favorites as Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, Bernstein’s West Side Story, and dynamic orchestral works from contemporary Latin composers, including Conga del Fuego and Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Marquez, Fandangos by Roberto Sierra, and Three Latin American Dances by Gabriela Lena Frank. Soprano, Amy Cofield joins the orchestra to sing Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’s gorgeous Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5.   The playful rhythms, familiar dance tunes and fiery passion of these works will transport you to Latin America in this snappy, sizzling program.

OCTOBER 2019

Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra
Frank Wosar, Jazz Director

“It don’t mean a thing, if it aint’ got that swing.”  The popular song lyric sums up the mindset of concert-goers to Big Band Fever, a concert featuring music of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s.   The dynamic Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra will swing three decades of Big Band Era hits in this entertaining performance. Under the direction of Frank Wosar, Central Florida’s finest jazz musicians will perform selections from the legendary band leaders Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington and many more.

OCTOBER 2019

STOOKEY Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead
SAINT-SAENS Danse Macabre
WILLIAMS Jaws
MUSSORGSKY A Night on a Bald Mountain
GOUNOD Funeral March of a Marionette
ELFMAN Beetlejuice
ELFMAN Mars Attacks!
GOLDSMITH Gremlins
COLLINS Dracula Suite Redux (*World Premiere)

Eric Pinder, narrator

Your Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents a family-friendly program of spooky Halloween music:   Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, Gounod’s Funeral March of a Marionette, Saint-Saens Danse Macabre, plus musical thrills and chills from familiar film scores including, Jaws, Beetlejuice, Mars Attacks!, and more.  Also featured on the program is a new exciting work by our very own Aaron Collins, Dracula Reimagined, based on his award-winning 1999 composition, The Dracula Suite.  And this just in:  there’s dreadful news from the concert hall—the composer is dead!  Calling all sneaky sleuths and would-be detectives!  Who offed the composer?  Was it the shifty string section, or maybe the treacherous trumpets?  Every instrument in the orchestra is suspect!  With music by Nathaniel Stookey and text by Lemony Snicket, no one leaves the Concert Hall until this mystery is solved! With entertaining Eric Pinder narrating, The Composer Is Dead is a hilarious whodunit for the whole family.  Join the fun and wear a costume bring the kids in costume for the costume parade and contest!

NOVEMBER 2019

WILLIAMS Superman
POWELL How to Train Your Dragon
SILVESTRI The Avengers
ELFMAN Batman
ARR. FORD Theme from Halo from “Video Games Live Suite”
ELFMAN Spiderman
POWELL Chicken Run
GIACCHINO The Incredibles
WILLIAMS Harry Potter
BADELT Pirates of the Carribean
WILLIAMS Imperial March from Star Wars
ZIMMER Madagascar

Families will love the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra’s Musicians are Superheroes, a FREE concert featuring musical depictions of favorite movie heroes.  The program will feature an exciting original screenplay by writer Michele Wallace Campanelli that will come to life in stunning animations by Kenneth George. 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 music from Superman, The Incredibles, Spiderman, Batman, How to Train Your Dragon, The Avengers, Pirates of the Carribean, Madagascar and more.  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 superhero costume contest—prizes to be awarded during the concert!

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DECEMBER 2019

Indialantic Chamber Singers
Beth Green, conductor

Your Space Coast Symphony joins forces with the Indialantic Chamber Singers to present the 12th Annual Messiah Sing-Along.  This special collaboration features both ensembles in Central Florida’s “ultimate Christmas concert.” First you’ll enjoy the Indialantic Chamber Singers in a presentation of holiday favorites.  Then enjoy the Messiah, the enduring Christmas oratorio by George Friedrich Handel, as a Sing-Along.  All area singers are invited to participate.  Accompaniment will be provided by members of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra with featured soloists.  The public is invited to sing or simply listen to the perennial Christmas favorite.  Scores will be provided to participating singers. This FREE holiday concert is a don’t miss!

 

DECEMBER 2019

Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra
Frank Wosar, Jazz Director

Jazz up your holidays with a dazzling reimagining of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn!  In 1960, Duke Ellington’s recording company asked him what he wanted to record next.  Ellington’s colleague Billy Strayhorn, suggested he do a jazz arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.”  Soon after, “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” became the swinging “Sugar Rum Cherry,” while “The Dance of the Reed Pipes” transformed into the sassy “Toot Toot Tootie Toot,” and the beloved “Waltz of the Flowers” was made over into a glitzy Vegas showstopper, “Dance of the Floreadores.”  Frank Wosar and the Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra add holiday favorites with a New Orleans twist, for the season’s jazziest greetings.

JANUARY 2020

Michelle Knight, soprano
Sarah Purser Bojorquez, soprano
Kit Cleto, tenor
Stephen Mumbert, baritone

Enjoy your favorites from Richard Rodgers, Frederick Loewe, Meredith Wilsson, Stephen Sondheim, Alan Menken, Steven Schwartz, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Claude-Michel Schönberg and more.  Broadway Superstar Michelle Knight (Disenchanted, Jersey Boys, Finding Nemo), mezzo soprano Sarah Purser, tenor Kit Cleto and baritone Stephen Mumbert headline this thrilling show.  Selections include “Defying Gravity,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Dulcinea,” “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “If I Loved You,” “All I Ask of You,” “Memory,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Impossible Dream,” “Seventy Six Trombones,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Edelweiss,” “Out There,” “Bring Him Home,” and many more. This program is sure to enchant the listener and all who love musical theater.

JANUARY 2020

WILLIAMS Indiana Jones
MORRICONE The Mission
BARRY Out of Africa
BERNSTEIN To Kill a Mockingbird
HORNER Titanic
ROTA The Godfather
JARRE Lawrence of Arabia
SILVESTRI Back to the Future
STEINER Gone With the Wind
JONES The Last of the Mohicans
RASKIN Laura
SILVESTRI Forrest Gump
GOLDSMITH First Knight
BERNSTEIN The Magnificent Seven
MOROSS The Big Country

Kristin Naigus, oboe & uilleann pipes

Lights, camera, cue the music!  Your Space Coast Symphony Orchestra brings you movie music straight from the scores of some of the greatest films of all time.  Whether laughing, crying, loving, fighting or riding off into the sunset, the greatest music and memories from Hollywood’s Silver Screen are included in this special tribute, featuring film clips accompanied by their famous scores.  You’ll hear selections from Indiana Jones, The Magnificent Seven, Lawerence of Arabia, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Godfather, Gone With the Wind, Back to the Future, Out of Africa, Forrest Gump, and many more.

FEBRUARY 2020

MAZOLLI These Worlds in Us (*SOUTHEAST US PREMIERE)
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 1

Jamila Tekalli, piano

Experience Rachmaninoff at his best, when the elegant Jamila Tekalli once again joins your Space Coast Symphony Orchestra for the breathtaking Second Piano Concerto.  For all the virtuosic summits and grand melodic gestures, Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto is shockingly intimate, as if we are peering into the private diary of this vulnerable composer. How mistaken were the work’s initial detractors, whose critical reception sent the young Rachmaninoff into years of depression. Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony is a dynamic and passionate representation of the Russian symphonic tradition, a powerful work achieving genuine heroic expression.  Rounding out the program is Missy Mazzoli’s These Worlds in Us, a stunning work that launched her career. Based on a poem meditation by James Tate on his father’s death in World War II, and the experiences of her own father, who was a Vietnam veteran, Mazzoli created a moving work that’s at once ecstatic and achingly nostalgic.

MARCH 2020

PRYOR Blue Bells of Scotland
PDQ BACH Beethoven Symphony No. 5 Sportscast
RAVEL Bolero
TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo & Juliet
KHACAHATURIAN Sabre Dance
TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture
MENDELSSOHN Hebrides Overture
LISZT Les Preludes
KABALEVSKY Comedians Galop
STRAUSS Champagne Polka
ROSSINI Barber of Seville
GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess
HUMPERDINCK Hansel and Gretel Overture

Alexis Regazzi, trombone

Back by popular demand, Fan Favorites returns.  Ten seasons and hundreds of requests have led to Fan Favorites Redux, a concert chock-full of your favorites.  SCSO Principal Trombonist, Alexis Regazzi joins the orchestra to perform the virtuosic showpiece, Blue Bells of Scotland.    Featuring works by Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Rimsky-Korsakov, Liszt, Rossini, Beethoven, and more, this concert of wall-to-wall classics is just for you.

APRIL 2020

Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra
Frank Wosar, Jazz Director

Frank Wosar and the Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra will perform some of the world’s best loved television and movie scores turned jazz standards.  Jazz was THE sound for hip TV theme songs and movie scores of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s.  The group will swing classic TV themes from MASH, Knight Rider, Bewitched, Perry Mason, Bandstand Boogie, and Peter Gunn as well as selections from such movies as The Pink PantherRockyWest Side Story, James Bond, Austin Powers, The Incredibles, Shaft, Blues Brothers, Naked Gun and many more!

APRIL 2020

BOLLING / ARR. BARTA Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio
FUCHS Piano Concerto, “Spiritualist”
DVORAK Symphony No. 7

Jeffrey Biegel, piano
Jennifer Grey, flute
Kenneth Fuchs, guest composer

Dvořák’s dramatic Seventh Symphony is considered one of his greatest. A departure from his traditionally bright, folk theme-filled melodies, the D minor work instead offers an emotional composition full of dark sonorities and biting rhythms.  Inspired by Brahms, the Seventh Symphony also reflects Dvořák’s deep desire to express his Czech roots. Bohemian melodies, passionate harmonies and rich orchestration co-mingle in this quintessential Romantic-era symphony.  Acclaimed pianist, Jeffrey Biegel returns to Central Florida to perform two works with your Space Coast Symphony Orchestra.  Claude Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano created a bonafide hit in the mid 1970’s. Its ingenious fusion of baroque stylings with the jazz idiom was an instant classic and remained in the Billboard Top 40 for ten years.  The SCSO’s principal flautist, Jennifer Grey performs with Biegel, in a masterful arrangement of the acclaimed work.  Biegel will also perform Spiritualist, a concerto in three movements by SCSO favorite collaborator — and recent Grammy winner, Kenneth Fuchs.  Each movement of the memorable concerto was inspired by an abstract painting by American artist, Helen Frankenthaler.  Fuchs’s Spiritualist was recorded in 2018 with Biegel and the London Symphony for Naxos Records.

MAY 2020

DUKAS Fanfare from La Peri
DVORAK Czech suite Op.39
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 2 “Little Russian”
Rest of Program TBA

Space Coast Symphony Youth Orchestras
Mark Neslson, conductor
Sam Felber, conductor
Carey Moorman, conductor

Members of the Space Coast Symphony Youth Orchestras will perform side-by-side with their professional SCSO counterparts in an inspiring program.    “Little Russia” was a contemporary name for Ukraine, and Tchaikovsky peppered his Second Symphony with the Ukrainian folksongs that inspired its nickname.  The SCSO and the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will perform this riveting work together showcasing the composer’s sense of drama, orchestral color and melody.   All three youth orchestras will be featured on this stunning program.

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