Tenth Anniversary Season Overview

Special events & concerts to be announced at later date.

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SEPTEMBER 15 & 16, 2018

FUCHS   Eventide:  Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra
RESPIGHI   Pines of Rome
RESPIGHI   Roman Festivals

Kristin Naigus, english horn

Before the glory days of epic cinema, Ottorino Respighi wrote big, colourful and brash works about Rome that beg for the large canvas and conjure fantastic images, distant sounds and ancient grandeur.   In a rare treat, Central Florida audiences will hear two of those sonic masterpieces back to back, Roman Festivals and Pines of Rome.  Roman Festivals is a soundtrack to life in Rome that would encapsulate everything from the sounds of nature to the boisterous sounds of the festivals.    Pines of Rome is a breathtaking ode to nature and the iconic landscapes of the Eternal City.  From climbing pine trees and mysterious catacombs to vivid bird calls, this rich canvas has been called “one of the most colorful scores of its century.”    Kristin Naigus joins the SCSO to perform Kenneth Fuchs’ Concerto for English Horn in one movement, Eventide.    This beautiful and pastoral work takes its creative impulse from the spiritual tunes ‘Mary Had a Baby’ and ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’, among others.

OCTOBER 20 & 21, 2018

Jazz at its finest, presented by your Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra.   Hear music of the greats, like: Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Count Basie, Thad Jones, Miles Davis, George Gershwin and many more.  The concert will feature some of the best jazz musicians in Florida performing a wide a wide variety of styles—Traditional New Orleans jazz, blues, swing, Ska, Funk, Blues, Pan-Caribbean salsa, boogaloo, Go-go, and more!

NOVEMBER 3 & 4, 2018

HOBBS  Many Hearts One Pulse
HOBBS  Into the Blue
TICHELI  Angels in the Architecture
DE MEIJ  Lord of the Rings

Juan Berrios, french horn & guest conductor
Joshua Hobbs, guest conductor

Virtuoso horn player, Juan Berrios joins your SCSO to present a moving work by composer, Joshua Hobbs.  Many Hearts One Pulse is an elegy for those lost in the Pulse tragedy. The title refers to the huge, spontaneous upwelling of love, support and solidarity for the victims and their families, especially from the Orlando community, but also from across the nation.    The second half of the program features Johan de Meij’s epic 1st Symphony, Lord of the Rings.    Long before Howard Shore got his hands on writing the score for Peter’s Jackson’s monumental Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, Dutch composer Johan de Meij had taken up the call. In one fell swoop, this incredible work made de Meij’s name world renowned as a top composer for wind orchestra, a rank he retains to this day with his later symphonies and other works.   Also on this riveting program is Frank Ticheli’s Angels in the Architecture and Joshua Hobbs’ Into the Blue.

DECEMBER 14, 2018

Indialantic Chamber Singers
Beth Green, conductor

HANDEL  Messiah, Part I

Your Space Coast Symphony joins forces with the Indialantic Chamber Singers to present The Eleventh Annual Messiah Sing Along.   This special collaborative concert will feature both ensembles.   The Indialantic Chamber Singers will present favorite selections like White Christmas, along with other favorite choral selections.   Then enjoy the Eleventh Annual Messiah Sing Along, the enduring Christmas oratorio by George Friedrich Handel.  Hailed as Central Florida’s “ultimate Christmas concert,” and an annual sellout, this free concert is a don’t miss!    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 are provided to participating members

DECEMBER 15, 2018

Your Space Coast Symphony Orchestra partners with The Avenue Viera to present a FREE Holiday concert outside the AMC Theaters.  The relaxed program will include familiar holiday music selections, including Sleigh Ride, Christmas Festival, and other favorites.   Also on the program are selections from the film scores of Sound of Music, Miracle on 34th Street, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Polar Express, and Star Wars.   Youngsters in the audience will be invited on stage to try their hand at conducting during the free yuletide events designed for the young and the young at heart.   Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for this enchanting program.  Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.

JANUARY 5 & 6, 2019

Enjoy your favorites from Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, Marvin Hamlisch, Meredith Wilsson, Kurt Weill, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter and Andrew Lloyd Webber.   Four all-star soloists will join the symphony on stage to perform favorites such as “Begin the Beguine,” “If I Loved You,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Somewhere,” “All I Ask of You,” “Night and Day,” “With a Song in My Heart,” Some Enchanted Evening,” “Impossible Dream,” “Seventy Six Trombones,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” and many more.

FEBRUARY 2 & 3, 2019

GRIEG   Piano Concerto in A minor
SAINT-SAENS  Cello Concerto
BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 1
WILT  Simple Sarabande

Jacob Velazquez, piano
Isaac Moorman, cello
Monet Jowers, piano

Three prodigious talents — one unforgettable concert.    Over ten seasons, Aaron Collins and the musicians of your Space Coast Symphony have worked with hundreds of talented young musicians through various educational programs and concerts.   This electric program will feature three of our favorites.   Sixteen year old, Monet Jowers performs one of the most-loved concertos of all time, Grieg’s Piano Concerto. This concerto is among Grieg’s earliest important works and the only concerto the composer completed.   Isaac Moorman, also sixteen years of age, grew up in and with the SCSO.   Moorman will perform Saint-Saëns’ First Cello Concerto, a longtime favorite of the general public, is a taut, unified work, with numerous opportunities for both lyrical expression and bravura fireworks.    Nine year old phenom and superstar, Jacob Velazquez returns to perform Beethoven’s First Concerto.   The willful streak that carried Beethoven through so much personal hardship was already well developed in the First Piano Concerto, his proud and unbending bid to fill the mighty large shoes of Mozart.   The program is rounded out with Kevin Wilt’s gorgeous and somber, Simple Sarabande.

FEBRUARY 23 & 24, 2019

MARSHALL  Aue! (World Premiere)*
HINDEMITH   Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber
FRANCK   Symphony in D

In this BIG year for your SCSO, we invite you to join us for our 10 Year Anniversary Gala, celebrating ten years of extraordinary music-making!    Aaron Collins reached out to our incredible musicians and asked for input for this special concert.   The musicians selected a powerful program featuring works by Hindemith and Franck, along with a World Premiere from SCSO favorite, Christopher Marshall.    The concert opens with the World Premiere of Aue!   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. From there, we dive right into Hindemith’s masterpiece, Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber.   The Symphonic Metamorphosis is, quite simply, a “fun” piece of music, a pouring forth of high spirits and joyous sounds. Even the title is a joke, of sorts, its grandiose verbosity belied by the playful puckishness of the music it describes. Hindemith used tunes from Weber’s piano works and a melody from his Overture to Turandot. He deliberately picked melodies that were not, as he put it, “Weber at his best.” This gave him more latitude for play. As the word “metamorphosis” implies, the melodies, while recognizable, are expanded and transformed with imaginative harmonies and orchestral colors.  The concert closes with Cesar Franck’s richly romantic and heroic Symphony in D minor, one of the most beautiful symphonies in the repertoire.

APRIL 6 & 7, 2019

The Phoenix Jazz Orchestra returns to perform A Jazz Tribute to Stan Kenton.   Enjoy a stirring tribute to Stan Kenton, whose orchestra, during the late 1940s and early 1950s, was the biggest jazz attraction in the world, embracing in its ranks many soloists and arrangers who went on to have brilliant careers of their own.   From the early 1940s through the 1980s Kenton led one of the most dynamic and progressive jazz orchestras of the post-war years. He and his band also gave hundreds of clinics with high school and college age students, building a love for jazz among younger generations.   One of the most creative of all bandleaders, Kenton’s penchant for complex and highly structured work could run counter to the expectations of critics and audiences alike.   Guest conductor John Mason leads the world-class Phoenix Jazz Orchestra in this powerful tribute.

APRIL 27 & 28, 2019

WILLIAMS  The Cowboys
WILLIAMS  Selections from Star Wars
WILLIAMS  Empire of the Sun
WILLIAMS  Angela’s Ashes
WILLIAMS  Schindler’s List
WILLIAMS  Superman
WILLIAMS  Indiana Jones
WILLIAMS  Memoirs of a Geisha
WILLIAMS  Viktor’s Theme from “The Terminal”

The music of John Williams has transported us beyond our imagination  — to new worlds  — through heart-pounding adventures.   With a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history.  Be there as your SCSO performs all of your John Williams favorites: Superman, Indiana Jones, E.T., Harry Potter, Hook, and Star Wars.   Also experience some of his more intimate scores such as Angela’s Ashes, Empire of the Sun, Memoirs of a Geisha and more!

MAY 25 & 26, 2019

MARSHALL  The Cosmos
HOLST   The Planets (Selections)
STRAUSS  Also Sprach Zarathustra (Selections)
DVORAK  Symphony No. 9 (Selections)

Your Space Coast Symphony presents Cosmic Trilogy, a program highlighting our innovative film trilogy and partnership with NASA that began with The Planets, The Earth, and most recently, The Cosmos .   The SCSO will reprise and record Christopher Marhsall’s The Cosmos for a future disc release.   The SCSO will perform selections from their Cosmic Film Trilogy, spanning seven years, featuring breathtaking images of far distant galaxies, nebulae and other astronomical wonders captured by cutting edge instruments on and off earth.   Selections will include Holst’s The Planets, Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra, and Dvorak’s New World Symphony.

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