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Do not miss this special concert featuring seventy musicians on stage to perform a stunning tribute to the Apollo Space Program. Aaron answers questions below about this one-of-a-kind program. Also, award-winning composer, Austin Wintory and celebrated artist, Angela Bermudez will perform prior to Saturday night’s concert from 6 – 6:30pm. Read more below about it.
“One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.” Those were Neil Armstrong’s famous first words upon setting foot on the lunar surface. The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to the courage and innovation of NASA engineers and the Apollo mission with One Giant Leap: A Tribute to Apollo at 7:00 PM on Saturday, July 27 at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive in Suntree and 3:00 PM on Sunday, July 28 at The Community Church of Vero Beach, 1901 23rd St in Vero Beach.
The space-themed concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing will feature several musical premiere’s including the Southeast US premiere of composer Michael Daugherty’s To the New World, a three-movement work celebrating America’s lunar milestone. Composers Austin Wintory and Kevin Wilt will be in attendance to hear their works performed. Wintory’s concert work and film scores have been lauded, with his greatest recognition coming from the video gaming world, where he has won accolades for his music to games Journey and Assasin’s Creed Syndicate. Fans of the Star Trek television and film series will not be disappointed, as the orchestra will play various themes from throughout the years. Selections from two film scores will also be presented on the program, James Horner’s Apollo 13 and Justin Hurwitz’s Golden Globe winning First Man, as well as works from John Williams and Dmitri Shostakovich. The music will be enhanced by footage of the Apollo missions and other NASA programs, projected on a large screen above the orchestra.
Some would say that the young conductor and artistic director, Aaron T. Collins, took One Giant Leap himself when choosing to start the Space Coast Symphony during the economic recession a decade ago. Growing up in Cocoa Beach, the influence of the space program was all around him.
“Innovation breeds innovation,” said Collins. “If the scientists at NASA hadn’t tried new things during Apollo, we wouldn’t have landed on the moon and met the challenge by President Kennedy.” Reflecting on the concert programming, Collins continued. “One Giant Leap honors the courage to try new things with a concert that includes scores from films about space along with several pieces of new music by some of America’s most talented composers.”