It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing! The Space Coast Symphony JAZZ Orchestra presents a swinging summer concert featuring music of the 1920’s through today, highlighting the evolution of the Big Band Sound. The music and dance exhibition gets underway at 3:00 PM on Sunday, July 15 at Community Church of Vero Beach, 1901 23rd Street. Jazz Trombone Professor at Valencia College,Frank Wosar, leads some of Florida’s finest jazz musicians performing works by Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Henry Mancini, Thelonious Monk, Glenn Miller, John Williams and other greats. Musical highlights include “Second Time Around,” “Song of India,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Georgia on My Mind,” and “Haitian Fight Song.” New Zealand dance sensation and Walt Disney World choreographer, Joanne Collins, will team up with fellow cast member Brett Gunio to perform a variety of dance numbers alongside the jazz orchestra. $25 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 $30. The SCSO is one of only a handful of orchestras nationwide to perform year-round.Big Band Sound is free for those aged 18 and under or with a student ID. For more information, call toll free to 855-252-7276 or visitwww.SpaceCoastSymphony.org.
Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Artistic Director, Aaron T. Collins, knows Jazz Trombone Professor Frank Wosar has the professional chops to lead the group in the Big Band Sound. Collins is a past recipient of the Richard A. Stark Award for cultural leadership, awarded by the Cultural Council of Indian River County.
“Frank’s musical bio leads like a Who’s Who of jazz,” said Collins. “He’s played in Grammy-winning groups and personally won four Downbeat Awards and international recognition for his jazz solos. We’re tremendously lucky to have him and a pair of outstanding dancers for this swinging summer concert.”
For more information about 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.
PHOTO (attached) – The Space Coast Symphony JAZZ Orchestra presents the evolution of the Big Band Sound on July 15 in Vero Beach. For details, visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or call toll-free (855) 252-7276. photo courtesy captured blessings by becky
VIDEO CLIP: The Space Coast Symphony JAZZ Orchestra performs “Sing, Sing, Sing.” https://youtu.be/sA1Ih8namYI
ABOUT FRANK WOSAR — Frank Wosar holds a Masters degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelors degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami. He played solo chair in the Grammy Award winning jazz band the CJB at UM all four years that he attended. He has been awarded the Down Beat Award for outstanding jazz solo four times and two times by the IAJE. Currently he is the adjunct Jazz Trombone Professor at Valencia College and freelances as a trombone player at many venues in town. He is also frequent sub for Disney’s Grand Floridian Society Orchestra and BB Kings Blues Club. Frank has had the privilege to have played with The Supremes, Hootie and the Blow Fish, John Michael Montgomery, Mark Anthony, Gloria Estafan, Willie Chirino, Ray Ruiz salsa Orchestra, Paul Ankia, Jim Belushi, Jim Widner Big Band, John Fedchock Big Band , Ed Calle Big Band, Arturo Sandavol, Duffy Jackson Big Band, Sam Rivers, KC and the Sunshine Band, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (Buddy Morro), the Glenn Miller Orchestra and many more. He would like to acknowledge and thank the Ocala Jazz Society for the scholarship he received in 1998.
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 $25. 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.