‘Summon the Heroes’ is music of the Olympics

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The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra is carrying a torch for the Olympic games, presenting Summon the Heroes at 3:00 PM on Sunday, August 8 at Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th Street in Vero Beach. The powerful program features music written for or about the Olympics, many in the fanfare style familiar from the opening ceremonies. The Olympic selections capture the drama of sport and the spirit of competition, while archival and news footage, film clips and photos will create a true multi-media experience for the audience. The music of composer John Williams is well represented on the program, including his “Olympic Fanfare and Theme,” “Summon the Heroes,” “A Prayer for Peace from Munich” and “The Olympic Spirit.”  Olympic-related works by Bill Conti, Vangelis, Josef Suk, Richard Rodgers, Leo Arnaud and Dmitri Shostakovich will also be heard on the concert, along with a world premiere of Daniel Perttu’s powerful new work, “Phoenix.” 

Conductor Aaron Collins and the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will ‘Summon the Heroes’ during a concert of music written for or about the Olympics. Photo by still waters photography

$30 advance tickets for adults are available through the orchestra website at SpaceCoastSymphony.org, or mainland and beachside branches of Marine Bank & Trust. Tickets at the door are $35. Summon the Heroes 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 SpaceCoastSymphony.org. 

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Artistic Director, Aaron T. Collins thinks Central Florida audiences will be stirred by the music and imagery.

“You can’t help but feel pride for the athletes who have worked so hard to be the best of the best,” said Collins. “The music inspired by the Olympics is a call to come together; for support of individual excellence and the creation of a better, more peaceful future.” 

Indoor performances by the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra are pursuant to the Covid-19 protocols of individual venues. The SCSO Covid-19 policy is available here: https://spacecoastsymphony.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/SCSO-Covid-Policy.pdf

Concertgoers aged 18 and under or with a college ID are admitted free to every SCSO concert. For more information about the Space Coast Symphony’s 2021-22 Season, please visit SpaceCoastSymphony.org or call toll-free (855) 252-7276.


Note: additional Olympic-themed photographs available upon request

August 14 & 15 Time to Shine: America’s Got Talent stars in concert.

September 11 & 12 Remembering September 11th: A tribute to the heroes of 9-11.

November 13 Land of the Gnomes: A virtual family-friendly musical experience with storytelling.

November 6 & 7 Basie on the Beatles: Jazz legend Count Basie interprets the music of the Fab Four.

November 27 & 28 Christmas with Emmet Cahill: Irish singing sensation sings favorites of the season.

December 2021 (dates TBA) Messiah Sing-Along: A free concert of Handel’s classic, with hundreds of singers.


January 8 & 9  Amazing Grace: Grammy nominee and minister, Wintley Phipps in concert.

January 29 & 30  Coast to Coast: A program that celebrates the beauty and power of nature.

March 5 & 6  Revolutionaries: Brahms & Shostakovich – Two emotional works explored.

March 19 & 20 SCSO Rocks: Rock & folk classics with MusicWorks and the SCSO JAZZ Orchestra.

April 23 & 24  Hooray for Hollywood Part II: The best music from cinema classics.

May 21 & 22  Fan Favorites –the Great Ballets: A whirlwind tour of history’s greatest ballets.

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.

37-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. 

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 (PLEASE NOTE: availability may vary during Covid pandemic). 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 SpaceCoastSymphony.org by calling toll free (855) 252-7276.

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