BREVARD COUNTY — Fans of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will be in for a treat as this weekend’s performance has been crafted by audience requests over the orchestra’s 11 seasons.
“Fan Favorites Redux” is another refreshing outdoors concert that is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 at The Avenue Viera, 2261 Town Center Avenue.
Tickets are available for $10 per person or $25 per carful of adults. Admission is free for those 18 years and younger or with a student ID.
Advanced online tickets are encouraged to help limit social interaction with parking attendants.
Whether patrons prefer to enjoy the concert from the comfort of their vehicle or in a chair by their parking spot, the outdoor concert allows for patrons to social distance from one another and the orchestra.
Patrons can also tune in to their radio for a live feed of the concert.
Each season, the SCSO surveys its attendees regarding pieces they may want to hear and so have built up a collection of fan favorites throughout the years.
Fans can expect to hear the music of Gershwin, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Rossini, Beethoven and more. Plus, there will be a special solo act by SCSO Principal Trombonist Alex Regazzi during “Blue Bells of Scotland” and a comic play-by-play from Andrew Cleaver during a P.D.Q. Bach version of Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5.”
“Alex is one of the finest trombonists I have ever worked with,” said SCSO Artistic Director and Conductor Aaron Collins. “‘Blue Bells of Scotland’ is a composition that is meant to showcase the virtuosity of the soloist. Arthur Pryor was widely regarded as one of the greatest trombone virtuosos, due to his impeccable technique and exquisite sound. It is set of variations on the folk song, with each variation getting more technically brilliant.”
P.D.Q. Bach is a fictional composer created by Peter Schickele, a “prolific composer in his own right,” according to Mr. Collins.
“Mr. Schickele begat the ill-begotten P. D. Q. — ‘the last and least of the great Johann Sebastian Bach’s 20-odd children, and the oddest’ — while a student at the Juilliard School in 1954,” Mr. Collins explained.
“In 1965, he began annual P. D. Q. Bach concerts in New York,” he continued, “rich, inimitable mixtures of slapstick and sophistication, parody and sincerity. He is a fantastic composer and many of his works are comical. The Sportscast is absolutely hilarious, and our audience will enjoy it very much!”
With three concerts under the orchestra’s belt, the SCSO has learned to adjust to its outdoor settings to make each performance a memorable experience for patrons.
Adjusting to the Florida weather has certainly been a challenge, and the orchestra is looking forward to performing in concert halls again, Mr. Collins said.
“I and our musicians are super pumped to be performing some meatier classical works,” Mr. Collins said. “Our last Masterworks program was in February and we've been performing more pops fare over the summer. Any non-classical music fan will love this concert as well. Most of this music can be heard in popular culture every day.”
For more information, call toll free to (855) 252-7276 or visit www.spacecoastsymphony.org.