WATCH: Space Coast Symphony Orchestra’s Aaron Collins Announces Incredible Lineup for 12th Season

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season passes and tickets went on sale May 25

ABOVE VIDEO: Need a break from COVID-19? Aaron Collins from Space Coast Symphony Orchestra talks about the newly released lineup for Space Coast Symphony Orchestra and a special performance for Space Coast Daily.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – It’s here! The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to announce its incredible lineup for the 12th season!

Special events will be announced at a later date as season passes and tickets went on sale on May 25.


“This season represents what makes your SCSO a unique force in our community: our tradition of innovative programming, high-quality dynamic symphonic performances, active community engagement, dedication to new music, and commitment to arts education,” said Conductor and Artistic Director Aaron Collins.

Under the vision and leadership of Collins, your Space Coast Symphony Orchestra reflects all that makes Central Florida special: its creativity, spirit, beauty and quest for knowledge.

“The SCSO is a major player on our cultural landscape with a unique mission to make professional classical music affordable and accessible to people of all ages,” said Collins.

It’s here! The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to announce its incredible lineup for the 12th season! “This season represents what makes your SCSO a unique force in our community: our tradition of innovative programming, high-quality dynamic symphonic performances, active community engagement, dedication to new music, and commitment to arts education,” said Conductor and Artistic Director Aaron Collins.
“This season represents what makes your SCSO a unique force in our community: our tradition of innovative programming, high-quality dynamic symphonic performances, active community engagement, dedication to new music, and commitment to arts education,” said Conductor and Artistic Director Aaron Collins.


JUNE 2020

THOMAS Come Sunday
GORB Yiddish Dances
WHITACRE Noisy Wheels of Joy
NUNES In League with Extraordinary Women
TRAD Star Spangled Banner
DRAGON America the Beautiful
LOWDEN Armed Forces Salute
RODGERS Victory at Sea
GOULD American Salute
SOUSA Selected Marches

Robin Sisk, tuba
Matthew Nunes, guest composer

The SCSO’s yearly tradition returns with our salute to military heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedom we cherish. The FREE concert will showcase our national heritage, as conductor Aaron T. Collins directs the wind orchestra with music by Lee Greenwood, Richard Rodgers, Morton Gould, Adam Gorb, Eric Whitacre, and marches from “The March King,” John Philip Sousa. Tubist Robin Sisk will present the premiere of In League with Extraordinary Women, a concerto for tuba inspired by the extraordinary lives of aviator Amelia Earhart, scientist Marie Curie and the Irish pirate queen, Grace O’Malley. The centerpiece of the program is a moving work by Omar Thomas, Come Sunday, a spiritual, joyous, and virtuosic tribute to the Hammond organ’s central role in black worship services. A salute to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces punctuate this exciting and memorable concert experience.


JULY 2020

LOEWE  Camelot
LLOYD WEBBER Jesus Christ Superstar
JACOBS Grease!
KANDER Chicago
MACDERMOT  Selections from Hair
LLOYD WEBBER Phantom of the Opera
RODGERS The King and I
RICKETTS Tribute to Charles Strouse
BOCK  Fiddler on the Roof
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue (Piano TBA)

The only thing better than spending an evening / afternoon at a hit Broadway show is spending an evening / afternoon with ALL of them.  Tip your hat to Broadway and join your SCSO for a toe tapping concert of Broadway hits.  Selections include music from the great musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Strouse, Bock, and Lloyd Webber and include  Fiddler on the Roof, ChicagoJesus Christ Superstar, The King and I, Annie, Phantom of the Opera, Grease and more.  Don’t miss this thrilling concert as these time-honored favorites take center stage.



Broadway hits like you’ve never heard before! Opera del Sol, a Central Florida Vocal Arts company, in collaboration with Space Coast Symphony will present a star-studded cast of singers to present Broadway Gender Bender, a rollicking concert featuring well known songs from Broadway musicals. The catch? The famous songs are performed by the opposite gender!


KABALEVSKY Comedians Galop
ROSSINI Barber of Seville
MOZART Rondo Alla Turca (Jacob Craig, piano)
RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43, Variation 18 (Jacob Craig, piano)
TCHAIKOVSKY Finale from “1812 Overture”
GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess
PDQ BACH Beethoven Symphony No. 5 Sportscast
DEBUSSY Clair de Lune (Jacob Craig, piano)
PRYOR Blue Bells of Scotland (Alex Regazzi, trombone)
RAVEL Bolero
MARQUEZ Danzon No. 2

Jacob Craig, piano
Alex Regazzi, trombone
Andrew Cleaver, sportscaster

Rescheduled due to Covid 19, Fan Favorites Redux hits the concert hall this August. Eleven 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. Celebrated pianist, Jacob Craig will perform works by Debussy, Mozart, and Rachmaninoff. Featuring popular works by Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Rimsky-Korsakov, Liszt, Rossini, Beethoven, and more, this concert of wall-to-wall classics is just for you.



BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
GRIEG Symphonic Dances on Norwegian motifs, Op. 64
RACHMANINOFF  Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

This thrilling program features works from Bernstein, Grieg, and Rachmaninoff.  The Symphonic Dances on Norwegian motifs by Grieg explore the rich heritage of his country’s folk music and is considered the pinnacle of his orchestral writing. Symphonic Dances was Sergei Rachmaninoff’s last work and he summoned every bit of his vast resources in this vivid orchestral showpiece. Rachmaninoff created a magnificent orchestral sound, dramatic contrasts and occasionally daring combinations of timbres  There’s much to savor including an alto saxophone and pulsating percussion in the first; a dark, eerie waltz in the second; and Russian Orthodox chants, tubular bells and the composer’s go-to Dies irae in the last.


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 Panther, Rocky, West Side Story, James Bond, Austin Powers, The Incredibles, Shaft, Blues Brothers, Naked Gun and many more!



SAINT SAENS  Carnival of the Animals (Luis Urbina & Jacob Mason, piano)
SHERMAN Jungle Book
ZIMMER Madagascar
POWELL Ferdinand
HANDEL  Water Music

Luis Urbina, piano
Jacob Mason, piano

Story by Michele Campanelli

Families will love the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra’s Music at the Watering Hole, a FREE family concert.  The program will feature a stimulating original story by national best-selling author, Michele Wallace Campanelli that will come to life on stage by acrobats and art.  King of Africa, Kojo the Lion, was surprised when a box fell off a tourist bus and dropped a symphony of musical instruments near his watering hole. With a great love for music, Kojo decides to bring all of the wild animals of the Savannah together.  Could these natural enemies learn to get along to become an orchestra? And just what would they play?  The concert will feature music from Madagascar, Lion King, Zootopia, Jungle Book, Ferdinand,and more.  Be sure to come early and in costume, for pre-concert activities for the youngsters, including musical crafts and games, and an instrument petting zoo.




OFFENBACH “Belle nuit” from Les Contes d’Hoffman
MARSHALL  Canco Del Mar (World Premiere)
GOUNOD “Ah, je ris” from Faust
PUCCINI “Chi il bel sogno” from La Rondine
BELLINI “Casta diva” from Norma
BELLINI “Qui la voce” from I Puritani
DELIBES “Dome epais” from Lakme
VERDI “E strano… Ah forse lui…Sempre libera” from La Traviata
VERDI “Tu che le vanita” from Don Carlo
PUCCINI “Vissi d’arte” from Tosca
PUCCINI “Un bel di” from Madama Butterfly
STRAUSS “Ist ein Traum” from Der Rosenkavalier

Mary Anne Kruger, soprano 
Amy Cofield, soprano
Christopher Marshall, guest composer

Back by popular demand, Amy Cofield and Mary Anne Kruger return to perform some of operas greatest arias.  But this time… accompanied by your Space Coast Symphony.  Cofield and Kruger have both enjoyed international careers as opera singers. While Mary spent most of her career in Europe singing well over forty glorious roles such as Madama Butterfly and Salome, Amy has performed all over the world, primarily in the U.S., Europe and Asia, often being sought for her Violetta.  They come together now to bring you a glorious night of grand opera featuring the works of Puccini, Verdi, Bellini, Strauss, Gounod and other master composers of the form.  In addition, they will present the World Premiere of ‘Canco Del Mar’ penned by SCSO favorite, Christopher Marshall.   Enjoy this program of exquisite beauty, from the mesmerizing bel canto of Norma to the heart-breaking drama of Tosca.



The Space Coast Symphony will present the Thirteenth 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.



Don’t miss this enchanting program of music that has thrilled audiences of the stage and screen, including beloved songs from Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, Mitch Leigh, Meredith Wilsson, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter, Frank Loesser, Frederick Loewe and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Four all-star soloists will join the symphony on stage to perform from your favorite musicals and films including Wizard of Oz, The Bodyguard, Guys and Dolls, Beaches, Singin’ in the Rain, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Titanic, West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, Camelot, Man of La Mancha, Bridges of Madison County, Showboat, Carousel, Oklahoma, and more!



SIBELIUS The Oceanides
ELGAR  Sea Pictures (Eliza Dopira, soprano)
RACHMANINOFF  Isle of the Dead

Eliza Dopira, soprano

Is there a composer more closely associated with water, or more expressive in describing it, than Claude Debussy?  Debussy returned to the sea again and again in songs and descriptive works for orchestra. Debussy’s La mer demonstrates that the Impressionist movement was not limited to paintings; his soft musical brushstrokes create imaginative and incredible sketches of the sea.  Rachmaninoff’s Isle of the Dead depicts the ghostly ferryman of Greek mythology rowing the souls of the departed to judgment.   A remarkable work of the late Romantic era, it is a richly orchestrated jewel that evokes mystery and reverence.  Soprano, Eliza Dopira joins the orchestra to sing Elgar’s evocative song cycle, Sea Pictures, based on poems evoking fear and fascination with the sea.



WILLIAMS  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
WILLIAMS  Suite from Jane Eyre
WILLIAMS  Suite from Far and Away
WILLIAMS  Selections from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
WILLIAMS  Selections from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
WILLIAMS  Angela’s Ashes
WILLIAMS  Schindler’s List
WILLIAMS  Superman
WILLIAMS  Dartmoor, 1912 from War Horse
WILLIAMS  March from 1941
WILLIAMS  The Patriot
WILLIAMS  Memoirs of a Geisha
WILLIAMS  Viktor’s Theme from “The Terminal”

Jennifer Royals, clarinet

The music from your favorite films is brought to life in an epic evening featuring classics from Academy Award-winning composer John Williams.  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: Harry Potter, Superman, and Star Wars.   Also experience some of his more intimate scores such as Angela’s Ashes, The Patriot, Schindler’s List, War Horse, Memoirs of a Geisha, and more!


MARCH 2021

Jeff Shadley, guest artist
Frank Wosar, guest conductor

Superstar entertainer, Jeff Shadley returns to Florida for the Great American Songbook. The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra will join the Tulsa vocalist, trumpeter and band leader with selections by George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen, Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra. The concert will swing, with Shadley leading the party on a journey through a century of America’s greatest music.


FUCHS  Poems of Life
FUCHS  Piano Concerto, “Spiritualist”
BOLLING / ARR. BARTA Symphonic Arrangement: Suite for Flute, Jazz Piano, and Orchestra

Jeffrey Biegel, piano
Jennifer Grey, flute
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor
Paul Fleury, cello
Kenneth Fuchs, guest composer

Acclaimed Grammy winning 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. The concert will be rounded out with Fuchs’ enthralling Poems of Life, featuring  one of opera’s most exciting stars, countertenor, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen and SCSO’s principal cellist, Paul Fleury.  Written for countertenor, cello and orchestra, this powerful work is based on the poems of Judith Wolf, a well-known artist and writer.  Wolf’s expressive poems take us on a memorable journey through everyday life, the support of family and friends, the joy of love, and the pain of grief and loss.


MAY 2021

ADAMS  Short Ride in a Fast Machine
JOSEPH  Concerto Dystonia (WORLD PREMIERE, Joe Lovinsky, french horn)
MENDELSSOHN  Hebrides Overture
MOZART Marriage of Figaro Overture
SAINT-SAENS   Danse Bacchanale, from “Samson et Dalila”
BORODIN Polovtsian Dances
SAINT-SAENS Cello Concerto No. 1 (Isaac Moorman, cello)
PROKOFIEV Romeo And Juliet Ballet Suite No. 2: Montagues And Capulets
MUSSORGSKY The Hut On Great Fowl’s Legs & The Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition

Joe Lovinsky, french horn
Isaac Moorman, cello
Space Coast Symphony Youth Orchestras
Mark Neslson, conductor
Sam Felber, conductor
Rebecca Simons, conductor

Members of the Space Coast Symphony Youth Orchestras will perform side-by-side with their professional SCSO counterparts in an inspiring program.  Featuring works from Mendelssohn, Borodin, Prokofiev, Mussorgsky, Mozart and more, this is a concert just for you with wall-to-wall classics.    Young cellist Isaac Moorman joins your SCSO to perform Saint-Saens charming Cello Concerto No. 1.  Collins and the SCSO will also present the World Premiere of Vero Beach resident, Michael Daugherty’s Italian Sojourn.  SCSO’s principal horn, Joesph Lovinsky will present the World Premiere of Thomas Joseph’s Concerto Dystonia for horn and orchestra, which chronicles the composer’s own battle with task-specific focal dystonia, a condition which also led to Aaron Collins giving up horn playing.

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