Space Coast Symphony Orchestra concert depicts many moods of the sea

Orchestra Paints ‘Sea Pictures‘  

 Space Coast Symphony Orchestra concert depicts many moods of the sea

(VERO BEACH, FL) January 18, 2021 – The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra celebrates the sea in its ever-changing glory during Sea Pictures at 3:00 PM on Sunday, January 31 at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center at 1707 16th Street in Vero Beach, 32960.  Composers Smetana, Elgar, Mendelssohn and Sibelius are highlighted in a program that celebrates the beauty, power, and mystery of the sea.  Sea Pictures opens with Hebrides Overture, a work conceived by Mendelssohn’s Scottish trip and his visit to Fingal’s Cave, which inspired his musical representation of the eerie sounds produced by the echoes of waves. Mezzo soprano, Eliza Dopira joins the orchestra to sing Elgar’s evocative song cycle for which the concert is named, Sea Pictures, based on poems evoking fear and fascination with the sea.  Central Florida standout, Kristin Naigus will be featured on English horn on Jean Sibelius’ haunting work, The Swan of Tuonela. Beautiful and mystical, this is an example of Sibelius’ picturesque writing, pulling the listener into a soundscape of slowly shifting musical colors.  The concert is rounded out with two rousing works from the orchestral repertoire, Smetana’s Die Moldau and Sibelius’ Finlandia.  $30 advance tickets for adults are available through the orchestra website at or at beachside and mainland branches of Marine Bank & Trust. Tickets at the door are $35.  Online ticketing is encouraged, for optimum social distancing and capacity planning. The symphony’s Covid-19 safety measures will be in place for the indoor concert, including temperature checks, limited and spaced seating and mandatory mask-wearing for the duration of the event. The audience is asked not to arrive more than 30 minutes prior to show time.  Sea Pictures 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

Conductor and Artistic Director, Aaron T. Collins thinks the audience will appreciate the beauty of the works presented.

“Living so near the Atlantic ocean, we’ve all experienced that moment– being transfixed by the waves,” said Collins. “No matter how many times you walk the beach and take it all in, it’s different each time. This program explores the mystery of the sea.”

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the symphony’s board of directors has chosen a slate of safety protocols consistent with other performing groups in Central Florida. The SCSO Covid-19 policy is available here:

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 2020-21 Season and to view Covid-19 protocols for each performance, please visit or call toll-free (855) 252-7276.


 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 by calling toll free (855) 252-7276.

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