Space Coast Symphony To Present ‘Honoring Our Heroes’

By  //  October 28, 2014

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ABOVE VIDEO:  Hymn to the Fallen from the movie Saving Private Ryan soundtrack.

The Space Coast Symphony Winds will present “Honoring Our Heroes” on Veterans Day with a free patriotic concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, located at 5625 Holy Trinity Drive in north Melbourne.

Colonel Hal J. Gibson, United States Army (Retired), is an internationally acclaimed musician and conductor with a professional background that spans more than half a century.  For more than 30 years, Hal was a military bandleader holding positions at the highest levels of the Army’s band program.  These included assignments as bandleader at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he also conducted the highly acclaimed Cadet Glee Club.  He was Commander and Conductor of the Army’s “showcase” musical ambassadors, the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus.  (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

Colonel Hal J. Gibson, United States Army (Retired), is an internationally acclaimed musician and conductor with a professional background that spans more than half a century. For more than 30 years, Hal was a military bandleader holding positions at the highest levels of the Army’s band program. These included assignments as bandleader at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he also conducted the highly acclaimed Cadet Glee Club. He was Commander and Conductor of the Army’s “showcase” musical ambassadors, the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

The free concert will feature music that honors the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Concert-goers can expect to hear rousing marches by John Philip Sousa along with works by John Williams and other American composers.

Also on the program are Battle Hymn of the Republic and Hymn to the Fallen from the film, “Saving Private Ryan.”

Retired military bandleaders Col. Hal Gibson and Com. Allen Beck will assist SCSO Artistic Director Aaron Collins with conducting duties throughout the evening. Gibson and Beck spent their careers leading the top military bands for the U.S. Army and Navy, respectively.

Both are residents of Indian River Colony Club in Viera, known as a retirement destination for retired military officers.

The patriotic concert is free of charge. For more information, call toll free to 855-252-7276.

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Artistic Director, Aaron T. Collins hopes the community will turn out in large numbers on Veterans Day for the free patriotic concert.

Aaron Collins

Aaron Collins

“Our Veterans Day concert is about honoring all the men and women who have served in the U.S. military, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Collins.

“I’ll be sharing the stage with two outstanding conductors who retired here to the Space Coast after long and distinguished careers in uniform. Colonel Gibson and Commander Beck continue to give back to their brothers and sisters in arms with community concerts like this one.”

The SCSO is a lively and passionate Central Florida orchestra comprised of professional musicians and select amateur players.  The Orchestra was formed by Artistic Director Aaron T. Collins with a two-fold mission: to provide mentoring and performance opportunities for Florida’s finest young musicians as well as to provide professional-level concerts at genuinely affordable prices.  The ultimate goal of the organization is to help ensure the symphonic tradition for the enjoyment of future generations.

For more information about the Space Coast Symphony 2014-15 season or the Symphony for Everyone discount ticket program, please visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or call toll-free 855-252-7276.

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ABOVE MAP: The Space Coast Symphony Winds will present “Honoring Our Heroes” on Veterans Day with a free patriotic concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, located at 5625 Holy Trinity Drive in north Melbourne.


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