‘Suliman Plays Tchaikovsky’ Symphony season ender May 27

Final 2017-18 SCSO concert features works by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Fuchs


Suliman Tekalli joins the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra to perform the Tchaikovsky violin concerto during Suliman Plays Tchaikovsky. For details and tickets, visit http://www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or call toll-free (855) 252-7276. photo courtesy Suliman tekalli

The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will conclude its ninth season with a program featuring Tchaikovsky’s powerful violin concerto, by one of the orchestra’s favorite guest artists: violinist Suliman Tekalli.  Suliman Plays Tchaikovsky will be presented at 3:00 PM on Sunday, May 27 at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th Street in Vero Beach, 32960. 

Led by Conductor and Artistic Director, Aaron T. Collins, the SCSO concert will start with “Atlantic Riband” by composer Ken Fuchs, evoking the struggle and ultimate victory of ocean-crossing immigrants to America in an orchestral showpiece.  Superstar violinist Suliman Tekalli returns to Florida to perform Tchaikovsky’s masterful Violin Concerto in D major, written in 1878 and one of the best known violin concertos in the repertoireA native of Daytona Beach, Florida and a current resident of New York City, Suliman Tekalli was admitted to the Juilliard School at the age of 17 and received a Masters Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. 

The award-winning Tekalli has performed on stages all over the world and is well-known to SCSO audiences as one half of the Tekalli Duo, frequently concertizing with his pianist sister, Jamila.  Top prize winner of the 2015 Seoul International Competition, Suliman performs on a 1683 Stradivarius violin on loan through the Stradivari Society. Suliman Plays Tchaikovsky closes with Shostakovich’s stirring Symphony No. 5.  As required by Soviet era standards, the work displays lyricism, a heroic tone and inspiration from Russian literature. 

With an unmistakable undertone of sadness, however, the symphony conveys an indomitable spirit and remains Shostakovich’s most popular.  $20 advance tickets for adults are available through the orchestra website at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or at the beachside and mainland branches of Marine Bank & Trust. Tickets at the door are $25.  Suliman Plays Tchaikovsky is free for those aged 18 and under or with a student ID.  For more information, call toll free to 855-252-7276 or visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org.  

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Artistic Director, Aaron T. Collins, feels a special connection with the violinist featured in Suliman Plays Tchaikovsky. Collins is a past recipient of the Richard A. Stark Award for cultural leadership, awarded by the Cultural Council of Indian River County.

“We have had many talented guest performers over nine seasons,” said Collins. “But I have to say that Suliman is my absolute favorite musician to collaborate with.  We have similar musical sensibilities and I can feel the connection when working with him.  His effortless playing makes him a real joy to watch and listen to.”

For more information about the start of the Space Coast Symphony’s Tenth Anniversary 2018-19 Season or the Symphony for Everyone discount ticket program, please visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or call toll-free (855) 252-7276.



ABOUT SULIMAN TEKALLI — Suliman Tekalli, violin (New York, NY), is a top prize winner of the 2015 Seoul International Music Competition. He has performed in major concert venues throughout North America, Europe, and Asia such as Carnegie Hall, the Seoul Arts Center, Wigmore Hall, and the Kennedy Center. His performances have been broadcasted on live KBS TV in Korea, Montreal Canada’s CBC Radio 3, WQXR and NPR. Suliman has performed at Music@Menlo and the Banff Centre, collaborating with artists such as Donald Weilerstein, Roger Tapping, Paul Watkins, Jean-Michel Fonteneau, and Wu Han. He has also frequently concertized with his sibling pianist Jamila Tekalli with whom he has recorded an album entitled “Duality”. Suliman gave the world premiere of his composition “Mephistoccata” at the 2013 Montreal International Music Competition, receiving the Maurice and Judith Kaplow Prize for Uncommon Creativity from the Cleveland Institute of Music that same year. A native of Daytona Beach, Florida, Suliman attended the Juilliard School’s B.M. program studying with Hyo Kang, as well as Sergiu Schwartz at the Schwob School of Music, and received a M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Joel Smirnoff. He performs on the 1683 ex-Holloway Stradivarius on a generous loan through the Stradivari Society. http://spacecoastsymphony.org/event/suliman-plays-tchaikovsky/


ABOUT THE SPACE COAST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA— The SCSO is a lively and passionate Central Florida orchestra comprised of professional musicians, music educators and mentored amateurs of exceptional ability.  The Orchestra was formed by Conductor and Artistic Director Aaron T. Collins with a two-fold mission: to provide mentoring and performance opportunities for Florida’s finest young musicians as well as to provide professional concerts at genuinely affordable prices.  The ultimate goal of the organization is to help ensure the symphonic tradition for the enjoyment of future generations.

35-year old Aaron T. Collins is garnering recognition for his achievements.  LEAD Brevard named the ambitious Collins one of their “4 under 40” Young Professionals, the youngest-ever recipient of the honor.  Space Coast Business magazine listed him as one of Brevard’s “100 Most Admired Businesspeople.” Collins is a past recipient of the Richard A. Stark Award for cultural leadership from the Cultural Council of Indian River County.  Through his personal involvement with more than a dozen performing arts groups, pioneering reciprocal ad program and social media cross promotions, Collins has gained a reputation for generosity; championing other arts organizations throughout Central Florida for the cultural enrichment of the community. 

The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra performs in several very comfortable venues in Brevard and Indian River counties, with advance general admission tickets priced at just $20.  School-aged children 18 years and under are admitted free of charge, as are college students with a valid ID.  In keeping with their mission, the symphony provides a unique Symphony for Everyone ticketing program, a “pay-what-you-can” option designed to provide substantially discounted admission to any Space Coast Symphony concert.  Relying on a non-traditional orchestra model and a slim budget, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra is one of only 19 U.S. orchestras to perform year-round. In addition to maintaining the Space Coast Symphony JAZZ Orchestra and Space Coast Symphony Wind Orchestra, the non-profit organization provides numerous separate and free ensemble performances. More information about the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming concerts, ticket sales, venues, directions and sponsorship opportunities is available at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org by calling toll free (855) 252-7276.

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