With summer in the rear view window, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will drive home two sonic classics by Respighi when they present Pines of Rome at 3:00 PM on Sunday, September 16 at Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th Street in Vero Beach. The tone poems for large orchestra by Ottorino Respighi capture everything from the harmonies of nature to the boisterous commotion of festivals. The audience will hear the Italian composer’s tribute to scenes around his country’s capital, some contemporary and some recalling the glory of the Roman Empire. Pines of Rome is Respighi’s most frequently performed work, its four movements played without pause. The century-old trees which dominate so characteristically the Roman landscape become testimony for the principal events in Roman life. In Respighi’s Roman Festivals, each movement depicts a scene of celebration from ancient or modern Rome.
Also on the concert is a one-movement Concerto for English Horn by Kenneth Fuchs: “Eventide,” which will be performed by the SCSO English horn principal player, Kristin Naigus. In creating the pastoral work, composer Fuchs drew inspiration from spirituals like “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and others. $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. Pines of Rome 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.
“Respighi’s ability to translate his memories and visions into music creates something we might think of today as a soundtrack,” said Collins. “And just like life, there are peaceful moments followed by colorful passages of tremendous emotional intensity. The orchestra for this concert will be noticeably larger to best perform these incredible four-movement tone poems. We are also delighted to be presenting a beautiful English horn concerto by Ken Fuchs, which will be performed by our principal English horn player, Kristin Naigus.”
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) – A performance by Kristin Naigus on the English horn will be highlighted during the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra concert,Pines of Rome. For details, visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or call toll-free (855) 252-7276. photo courtesy space coast symphony orchestra
ABOUT KRISTIN NAIGUS (Oboe & English horn) — Orlando-based oboist Kristin Naigus is an active freelance orchestral musician. She performs regularly in over half a dozen professional symphonies and countless other ensembles throughout the state of Florida, including the Gainesville Orchestra, Ocala Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, and Space Coast Symphony. She has shared the stage with names such as Idina Menzel, Johnny Mathis, and Kansas on their Florida tours, as well as video game symphony productions such as “Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy”, “Videogames Live” and “Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions”. Not only a section player, Kristin has participated in solo and chamber concerts in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. She gave the southeast US premiere of Aaron J. Kernis’ “Colored Field” concerto for English horn in 2014, and of Kevin Puts’ Concerto for Oboe and Strings in 2015. She holds degrees in oboe performance from the University of Michigan and the University of Florida.
Alongside live performances, Kristin is a remote session musician for video games, tv, and other media. In addition to oboe and English horn, she has recorded on flute, clarinet, bassoon, and several world instruments, providing composers with unique timbre choices to suit their musical needs.
As an arranger, she has contributed to several video game remix projects and is a co-producer of the Billboard-charting Project Destati, paying tribute to Disney & Square-Enix’s “Kingdom Hearts” series. Her albums, as well as her personal Youtube channel, are enjoyed by a wide audience of gaming and music enthusiasts alike. More information about Kristin Naigus is available on her website, www.field-of-reeds.net
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 also has a youth orchestra and 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.