Orchestra is ‘Remembering September 11th’ in Vero  

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A man waves the flag at a Space Coast Symphony concert

Emotions are stirred each fall across the U.S., with the approach of the solemn anniversary of the world’s most deadly terrorist attack. On Sunday afternoon, September 11th, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will be Remembering September 11th in a 3:00 PM concert at the Community Church of Vero Beach, 1901 23rd Street, 32960. Described as “a moving tribute to the victims and survivors, their families, and emergency responders,” Remembering September 11th will honor those whose lives were forever impacted by the 9-11 attacks. Opening the program is Samuel Barber’s moving “Adagio for Strings” in its original form for string quartet. The Adagio is well known for its use in films, as in the Oscar-winning Platoon (1986).  Falling Man by Grammy-winning composer, Kenneth Fuchs was inspired by the 2007 novel by Don DeLillo about life after 9-11. It was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in 2013. The work, which includes interludes for voice and orchestra, will feature baritone Thomas Potter in its Southeastern premiere. A New York City resident for over 20 years, Kenneth Fuchs will be in attendance for the concert. Also on the program are Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and John Williams’ “With Malice Toward None,” a passionate piece for solo trumpet and strings from the film, Lincoln. The concert will close with Samuel Barber’s powerful Symphony No. 1. The $30 tickets are available through the orchestra website at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or at Marine Bank & Trust, beachside and mainland branches. Tickets at the door are $35. Concertgoers aged 18 and under or with a college ID are admitted free to every SCSO concert. Passes for the entire 2022-23 performing season are still available, as well as ticket “flex packs,” good for any five subscription concerts. For more information about Remembering September 11th, call toll free to 855-252-7276 or visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org.   

For Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Artistic Director, Aaron T. Collins, Remembering September 11th is about honoring heroes.

“No American can ever forget what happened that morning in 2001,” said Collins. “The music on this concert is a tribute to the victims and survivors, their families, and emergency responders.” 

Concertgoers aged 18 and under or with a college ID are admitted free to every SCSO concert. For more information about the recently announced Space Coast Symphony 2022-23 season or the Symphony for Everyone ticket program, visit SpaceCoastSymphony.org or call toll-free (855) 252-7276.

ABOUT SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 — The September 11 attacks, commonly known as 9-11, were a series of four coordinated suicide terrorist attacks carried out by the militant Islamic extremist network al-Qaeda against the United States. The 9-11 attacks are the deadliest terrorist attacks in world history, causing the deaths of 2,996 people (including the hijackers) and injuring more than 6,000 others. Read more athttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks

ABOUT KENNETH FUCHS — Kenneth Fuchs has recorded for Naxos five albums with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta; the latest won the 2018 GRAMMY® Award for “Best Classical Compendium.” He has composed music for orchestra, band, voice, chorus, soloists, and various chamber ensembles. With Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson, Fuchs created three chamber musicals. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum presented Fuchs’s operatic monodrama Falling Man (text by Don DeLillo, adapted by J. D. McClatchy) in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of 9/11. His music has achieved significant global recognition through performances, media exposure, and digital streaming and downloading. For more information, visit his website at www.kennethfuchs.com.

ABOUT THOMAS POTTER — Thomas Potter began his interest in music performance as a jazz trombonist in High School. It was while obtaining his degree in Music Education that he began to transform into a singer. He went on to complete a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance at Indiana University before continuing his training with the San Francisco Opera Center. In 1986, Potter was a winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Vocal Competition in Philadelphia.

Much of Thomas’ operatic career took place in Europe – where he was engaged by the Stadttheater St. Gallen in Switzerland for several years, and also sang in many opera houses in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, France, and Brazil.

In 2005, Thomas joined the UCF faculty in Orlando, where he teaches voice, directs the UCF Opera Program, and serves as co-director of the Opera Orlando/UCF Opera Summer Opera Institute. He also teaches at a Young Artists Program in Italy each summer. For more information, visit www.ThomasPotterOnline.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.

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. 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 nonprofit 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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