Symphony Inspires With ‘Man of Steel’ Performance

By  //  April 21, 2013

2011 Grammy Award Winner

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will present “Man of Steel” as a tribute to Superman on Sunday in north Melbourne.

Violist Michael de Jesus is one of two featured players during the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra's "Man of Steel" concert. (Image courtesy of Space Coast Symphony)
Violist Michael de Jesus is one of two featured players during the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra’s “Man of Steel” concert. (Image courtesy of Space Coast Symphony)

The performance will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21 at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in north Melbourne, just off the Pineda Causeway at 5625 Holy Trinity Drive.

“Man of Steel” is an all-American program featuring works by three iconic American composers.

The concert opens with William Schuman’s Circus Overture, followed by the New York Music Critic’s award-winning Viola Concerto by composer Walter Piston, performed by Michael de Jesus.

Metropolis Symphony by Michael Daugherty celebrates America’s most beloved superhero and his arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor.

Infused with and inspired by classical, rock, and pop culture, Metropolis Symphony won a 2011 Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Composition” and will feature violinist Joani Roos in the local performance.

Symphony Artistic Director Aaron T. Collins marvels at composer Daugherty’s inspiration for the 41-minute Metropolis Symphony.

“He began composing Metropolis Symphony in 1988, inspired by the fiftieth anniversary of Superman’s first appearance in the comics,” said Collins. “According to his own program notes, he believed the work evokes an American mythology that he discovered as an avid reader of comic books in the 1950’s and 60’s.  Daugherty composed each movement as a musical response to the myth of Superman.”

Advance tickets for adults are $20 and available through the orchestra website 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, A Floral Affair in Merritt Island and Palm Bay Hearing Aid Center.

Tickets at the door are $25.  Children and students 18 and under are free.

Details about the Symphony for Everyone discount ticket program are on the orchestra website.

For more information, call toll free to 855-252-7276.