Orchestra Concert Goes ‘Coast to Coast’ | News
MELBOURNE – The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will travel coast to coast in a program that celebrates the great outdoors and the power of love. On Saturday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m., the orchestra performs Coast to Coast, at Eau Gallie High School Performing Arts Center, 1400 Commodore Boulevard in Melbourne, 32935. Conducted by Aaron T. Collins, the concert will feature three of the most popular and catchy works American repertoire, Grofe’s “On the Trail” in The Grand Canyon Suite, Aaron Copland’s moving An Outdoor Overture and George Gershwin’s comedy Cuban Overture. An orchestral centerpiece by Kenneth Fuchs, Atlantic Riband evokes the struggle and victory of immigrants crossing the ocean to America, inspired by the record-breaking maiden voyage of the SS United States. The program’s two world premieres, by composers Christopher Marshall and R. Michael Daugherty, demonstrate the SCSO’s commitment to new music. Audience favorites, sopranos Mary Anne Kruger and Amy Cofield, will return to the stage together to present Marshall’s evocative Cancó Del Mar. Vero Beach is celebrated during Daugherty’s A Florida Story, a work for narrator and orchestra that chronicles the story of Vero Beach pioneer Waldo Sexton. Narrating the work is its author, Indian River County Poet Laureate (and grandson of Waldo Sexton), Sean Sexton. From notes and correspondence, the love story of Waldo Sexton and his wife Elsebeth comes to life in a bygone Florida a hundred years ago – and amidst the struggles in the small “frontier town”. $30 tickets are available through the orchestra’s website at SpaceCoastSymphony.org or Marine Bank & Trust in Suntree. Tickets at the door are $35. Spectators aged 18 and under or with a student card are admitted free to all SCSO concerts. For more information about Coast to Coast, call toll-free 855-252-7276 or visit SpaceCoastSymphony.org.
Aaron T. Collins, conductor and artistic director of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, reflects on the enormity of talent participating in Coast to Coast.
“This concert is star-studded from start to finish,” Mr. Collins said. “Where can you experience a performance that includes beloved classics alongside two world premieres and a moving love story?”
For more information about the 2021-22 Space Coast Symphony season or the Symphony for Everyone program, visit SpaceCoastSymphony.org or call toll-free (855) 252-7276.