‘Once Upon an Orchestra’ brings fairy tale to life  

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An enchanting story will come to life when players from the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra present another installment of the popular Once Upon an Orchestra musical series for young visitors at 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM on Saturday, April 30 at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, 3001 Riverside Park Drive in Vero Beach. Designed for preschool and kindergarten aged children, the free 45-minute story time will feature members of the clarinet family. Accompanied by narration from conductor, Aaron Collins, the concert will feature the world premiere of Vero Beach composer, R. Michael Daugherty’s The Golden Goose.  The Golden Goose tells the story of a young man who is called a “simpleton” and considered by his family to be worthless. One day, he goes to the woods to cut down a tree and comes across an elderly man who asks for food. The boy offers the man all he has and in return, the man reveals to him the location of a golden goose. The entire program will entertain and educate kids about various instruments in the clarinet family. Afterwards, children may meet the musicians, who are happy to pose for photos with the young audience members. For more information about Once Upon an Orchestra, call toll free to 855-252-7276 or visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org.

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Artistic Director, Aaron T. Collins is delighted to present the Once Upon an Orchestra concerts for kids by way of delightful stories. Collins is a past recipient of the Richard A. Stark Award for cultural leadership from the Cultural Council of Indian River County.

“These concerts at the Vero Beach Museum of Art will be fun for everybody, said Collins. “Both children and adults enjoy a good story and good music!”  

For more information about the Space Coast Symphony’s 2021-22 Season, youth programs or the Symphony for Everyone discount ticket program, please visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or call toll-free (855) 252-7276.

ABOUT VERO BEACH MUSEUM OF ART — The Museum is the largest accredited art facility on Florida’s Treasure Coast, presenting changing exhibitions of world-class art and its collection of more than 1,000 American and international art objects. It features two sculpture parks, five galleries, public programs from lectures to film studies, jazz concerts, and docent tours. The Art Zone provides hours of interactive play for kids with 10 different activity stations and a 25-foot interactive sketch aquarium wall, where children’s scanned drawings become creatures in the aquarium. Take a break in the Café and shop the Museum Store for a souvenir from your visit. Admission fees apply. Museum admission is free on the last Saturday of each month. For more information, visit www.vbmuseum.org.

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 www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org by calling toll free (855) 252-7276.

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