Symphony Pays Tribute To Composer Henry Mancini

By  //  September 15, 2012

Saturday Concert Opens New Season

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Space Coast Symphony will open its 2012-13 season with “Henry Mancini in Concert” at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Aaron Collins, the Pink Panther and the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will open the group's 2012-13 season with “Henry Mancini in Concert” on Saturday. (Image courtesy Space Coast Symphony)

The concert will be at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive in Melbourne.

The Mancini retrospective explores the music of the lauded composer, winner of multiple Oscar and Grammy awards for film and television music and popular orchestral works.

With fans worldwide, Mancini’s music invokes a 60’s “cool” that still holds appeal for audiences of all ages. The concert will include music from the blockbuster movies, Breakfast at Tiffany’sCharade, and The Pink Panther as well as the theme from the television series, Peter Gunn.

The symphony also will showcase some of his lesser known works such as Overture to a Pops Concert and arrangement of Flight of the Bumblebee.

Symphony director Aaron T. Collins believes Mancini’s “jazz cool” and inherent orchestral elegance has earned him a spot in the pantheon of great American composers.

“Songs by Mancini were staples in the American music scene from the 60’s to the 80’s,” said Collins.  “Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Steve and Edyie — all the biggest artists recorded his songs.  He simply was one of the greats and this concert showcases the musical legacy he left behind.”

Advance tickets are priced at $20 and available at or at several convenient ticket outlets, including Ace Hardware stores in Indialantic, Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach, Blue Sky Insurance in Cocoa Village, Tropical Realty of Suntree, Art Expressions in downtown Eau Gallie and A Floral Affair in Merritt Island.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $25 with those ages 18 and under admitted for free.

For more information, call toll free to 855-255-7276.