The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will celebrate a decade of music-making with a Ten Year Anniversary Gala concert with a wide-ranging program at 3:00 PM on Sunday, February 24 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2365 Pine Avenue in Vero Beach. Conductor and Artistic Director, Aaron T. Collins will conduct works by Hindemith and Franck, after the World Premiere of “Aue!” –a Samoan-inspired piece by the orchestra’s favorite contemporary composer, Christopher Marshall. Hindemith’s masterpiece from 1943, Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber is a “fun” piece of music, a pouring forth of joy based on Weber’s piano works and a melody from his “Overture” to Turandot. The concert closes with Belgian-French composer, Cesar Franck’s richly romantic and heroic Symphony in D minor, considered one of the most significant nineteenth century French symphonies in the repertoire. Miami-based artist, Christopher Maslow will reveal a newly commissioned piece of art commemorating the Space Coast Symphony’s 10th Anniversary. $25 advance tickets for adults are available through the orchestra website at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or at the orchestra’s official ticket outlet, Marine Bank & Trust, mainland and beachside branches. Tickets at the door are $30. The Ten Year Anniversary Gala concert 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.
Artist Christopher Maslow is a fan of the SCSO. Maslow describes the painting that will be revealed at the Ten Year Anniversary Gala concert. The work is valued at $4,000.
“The painting is a large portrait of Aaron Collins in my signature ‘exploding style,'” said Maslow. “The medium is oil paint and acrylic on canvas. My paintings are inspired by movement and synergistic energy. This particular portrait is based on a photograph of Aaron in his element, doing what he does best.”
Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Artistic Director, Aaron T. Collins, reached out to his musicians and asked for input for this special concert.
“Over 10 year-round seasons, the Space Coast Symphony has performed hundreds of concerts for the community,” said Collins. “This anniversary program represents who we are as an organization, providing an innovative concert experience by premiering new music alongside established works. All at a ticket price that won’t break the bank. And as always, young people 18 and under — or with a college i.d. — get in free.”
For more information about the Space Coast Symphony’s Tenth Anniversary 2018-19 Season or the Symphony for Everyone discount ticket program, please visitwww.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or call toll-free (855) 252-7276. For mobile devices, download the free interactive SCSO app from Google Play or the Apple App Store.
ABOUT CHRISTOPHER MARSHALL –Christopher Marshall is based in Orlando, Florida. In the years since his arrival in Orlando Florida he has continued to carve out a successful freelance career, securing commissions from top performers, including, most recently Summit Brass, Gail Robertson and Richard Stoezel. His music has featured on concert programs in such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Barbican in London. It has been performed from Austria to Australia, from Sweden to Singapore to Saudi Arabia. This summer alone will see premieres in New Zealand, Philadelphia and Denver, as well as here in Melbourne.
Born in France of New Zealand parents, Christopher received his early music education in New South Wales, Australia. He holds a Masters Degree in Music with Honors from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and a Fellowship in Composition from Trinity College, London. He has twice held the Mozart Fellowship at the University of Otago, New Zealand and in 1996 was Fulbright Composer in Residence at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Prior to taking up these positions he spent three years teaching and composing in the South Pacific island nation, Samoa, and for ten years prior to that taught English to Indochinese refugees in Auckland.
Many influences can be heard in Christopher Marshall’s works, from Bach and Brahms to traditional Polynesian music, particularly Maori chant. The foundation of his style is his strong belief that music is primarily a means of expressive communication with the listener. Singable, memorable melody coupled with a subtle use of the tonal harmonic system is central, but is only effective when integrated into a convincing formal structure.
Christopher chose to spend the last seven years as Composer in Residence and Professor of Composition at UCF, singlehandedly building up a highly successful composition studio from scratch. Students of this program have won prestigious national competitions and, even more remarkably have had works published by national firms. This summer, after much deliberation Christopher left the music department at UCF in order to devote more time to his composing.
ABOUT CHRISTOPHER MASLOW —Christopher Maslow is a Miami-based fine artist whose creative practice centers primarily around painting and sculpture. A former Los Angeles resident, Maslow graduated in 2003 from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising with a degree in product development. He quickly grew into a notable clothing designer and produced for multiple labels in Southern California. A few years into his career as a fashion designer, Maslow found himself gravitating towards street art. Subsequently, after many years of experimentation with multi-media, Maslow realized a greater calling to fine art. Since his transition onto canvas, Maslow has shown artwork in galleries across the United States and has experienced equal success in curation as well. Maslow has been a resident artist at Viophilia since November 2013, and simultaneously runs a studio-gallery in his hometown of Melbourne, Florida. More about Christopher Maslow is available on his website at http://www.christophermaslow.com/.
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.