I come from a marketing and sales background. On many occasions I have watched a brand new salesperson succeed wildly-- where veterans had failed. They didn't know it was "impossible." They didn't realize it couldn't be done. They saw things in a fresh, new way -- and they believed in themselves. I'm sure dozens of people told Aaron Collins he was crazy to start a symphony orchestra during a recession. But he didn't listen. He sees the world in a fresh, new way and believes not only in himself, but in the mission of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra to provide quality symphonic music-- without an exorbitent ticket price. An SCSO performance has a palpable energy. It is alive. And with groups like the Space Coast Symphony, the music will live for the enjoyment of future generations.
To combat the almost entirely grey haired symphony orchestra audience, the Space Coast Symphony, through its inspired and peripatetic conductor has invited children to come free! The result is young families can come together, and they do!! The children, even the youngest, are amazingly well behaved . One young mother that I met in the ladies room with her children, said that it make it possible for her husband (who was minding the 3 yr old boy at the moment) and her little girls to all come together for a wonderful evening of music. At the last concert, Aaron, the conductor at one point asked the audience for help, and a whole bevy of children came trooping down front to "help"him. He taught them to "conduct" the orchestra, and you never saw such athletic and enthusiastic conducting!! (Some of it even on the beat!) What a joy for the grey heads! Perhaps a little jealous, but we contained ourselves.
This is a great local area symphony that puts on a wonderful, upbeat and inspiring show. Aaron the conductor, makes it a wonderful show, injecting fun and patriotism into every performance. If you can, you need to go and enjoy one of their concerts. Aaron also does wonderful things for the youth of our community with his "Symphony for Everyone" program. If you are going to make a donation to this symphony, be sure to check his "Double The Donation" link to see if your employer will match your gift to support their good works.
I have volunteered for this group, donated to it, and have also enjoyed their ambitious and exciting programs. I love that this group makes live symphonic music accessible to our community regardless of income. You can come to their concerts and pay nothing, if that's what you can afford, and there's no shame or hoop-jumping attached. I am proud to support them and I hope they have a long and happy tenure in our county.
I have volunteered with this fine organization and attended their concerts in Cocoa Village, Melbourne, Indialantic, and Vero Beach. The enthusiasm and sincerity of the volunteers is truly amazing. No matter where the concert is held, the quality level is always superb. One reason is because the staff and volunteers truly believe in the leadership of Aaron Collins and it shows through every time like a beam of celestial light from the North Star. Don't miss a chance to her some truly inspiring and beautiful music!
Our area is truly blessed to have this orchestra - They are absolutely fantastic! Each and every orchestra member is so talented; they perform such a varied selection of music and are always great. With a dynamo like Aaron Collins to lead them with so much love and enthusiasm for all kinds of music, how could they not be the very best?
The concerts are spectacular led by one of the most talented and gifted orchestra leaders this area has ever seen, Aaron Collins. The cultural impact of the orchestra on this area is immeasurable, and we can only hope that Maestro Collins and his wonderful orchestra are with us for a long, long time.
My volunteer work with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra has been very gratifying. The musicians are extremely talented and the artistic director, Aaron Collins, introduces the audiences to an exciting variety of performances each season. His goal is to excite people of all ages to the symphony and he makes the concerts affordable to everyone. This is a wonderful organization from the Board of Directors to the dedicated volunteers and I am proud to be one of them.
My husband and I volunteer for The Space Symphony because we believe, as the artistic director and conductor believes, that music is the heart and soul of a person and the universal language that we all need to learn to speak. Aaron Collins inspires the musicians of his orchestra with a passion and electricity that isn't felt in all orchestral performances. He has the courage and conviction to challenge the musicians to perform classics as well as premier works making every performance a learning experience for the orchestra and the audience, He makes himself totally accessible to the audience at intermission, meeting and greeting people in a personal manner. He is at the door at the end of the performance to shake a hand and enhance an already personal experience. Space Coast Symphony provides a venue to showcase new and talented artists, and meet these artists in small, intimate concert settings. Innovation for all musicians and all styles of music is a byword of this orchestra. And making sure that admission to all this musical wonderland is AFFORDABLE for everyone is the true miracle for which we are all grateful. We are very proud to be working for this wonderful group that enriches our lives and the lives of all of our patrons.
I became a volunteer for the Space Coast Symphony because I had the pleasure of attending one of their many concerts and enjoyed it so much. I also met many of the volunteers along with Aaron Collins the conductor and had a chance to learn about all of the wonderful contributions they have made to our community.Their program "Symphony for Everyone" is outstanding as it provides all economic levels an opportunity to enjoy wonderful music and to seperate themselves from lifes normal responsibilities and enjoy the arts. Their support of the younger generation through their youth program is also a great attribute. I truly believe that the Space Coast Symphony is quite an asset to our community!
Great music suits all tastes. We are very fortunate to have such talented orchestra within easy reach and they do it at a price that most can afford.
I have been an admirer of and had season tickets to the Space Coast Symphony since its beginning.I have been pleased with the choice of music and the musicians, but do not qualify as a critic of either. Recently I had guests from the Cleveland Ohio area. One of the guests plays bassoon in three orchestras in the Cleveland area. The Space Coast Symphony had a concert while they were here, so I took my guests to it. The bassoonist was extremely impressed with the orchestra, the conductor and the musicians. He could not believe that caliber of music in this small area.
We moved to Cape Canaveral 10 years ago from Minnesota - a state known for its cultural assets. However, we discovered Brevard County was the ultimate theatre & arts area! Yet as a retired couple, we are on a limited income so had to choose carefully what we could afford to attend and support. About that time, Conductor, Aaron Collins, organized The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra - truly "the Symphony For Everyone!" The cost for a Season Ticket is nominal when compared to prices of other venues and, if you cannot afford the established price, you may pay what you can afford. Can you believe that??! In addition to the scheduled yearly concerts (yes, through the summer!), SCSO sponsers numerous FREE concerts from Jazz groups to individual musicians of the highest caliber. The Symphony has a cadre of hard-working volunteers who help to make this possible. The creative genius and talent of Conductor Collins and his high-energy have made The Space Coast Symphony an invaluable addition to the entire area! This Symphony deserves to be on the 2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit Lists! Sharon Malecki
This is a wonderful organization which provides much needed cultural uplifting to our community which is tucked along the sleepy east coast of Florida and get overshadowed by Orlando! I recently attended their performance of Peter and the Wolf, which was first class. I have been privileged to hear some of the greatest symphonies in the world from NY to St. Petersburg, Russia. So it is a wonderful blessing to be able to have a local sympathy of this quality right where I live!
I was new to Florida, had lost my job, knew no one, and one evening happened upon a chamber ensemble performing at the local library branch. Surprisingly, it was free, so I sat down and enjoyed a wonderful performance complete with history lessons. After the performance I learned there was an orchestra in town that priced their tickets so that even I could afford to hear live symphonic performances. I didn't hesitate to purchase a ticket to their next performance. That was several years ago and I haven't missed a performance since. And believe me, this group works hard and plays often. I know, because since my first performance I have joined one of their vocal groups, have helped with coordinating volunteers, and even joined the Board of Directors. This is an exciting, energetic, talent-filled group committed to creating and sharing the experience of music with the entire community. The artistic director, Aaron Collins, brings innovative and leading edge experiences to Brevard County that would otherwise only be available in the larger cities. So from all perspectives: performer, volunteer, board member this group is 5 stars all the way.
What a privilege it is to volunteer for this wonderful organization! The joy the orchestra brings to so many people in Brevard and Indian River Counties is obvious when you see the smiling faces in the audiences.
Our county, Brevard FL, has been harder hit by the economic downturn than many in our state. Our Space Coast Symphony Orchestra's "Symphony For All" program makes it possible for everyone to enjoy and be touch by this fine orchestra regardless of their ability to pay. To be able to put aside the stress of making ends meet by going to a performance is worth more than words can express.
I am a volunteer, but also parent of three of the orchestra members, all music teachers eager to perform with this challenging, high callibre, passionate group. The Space Coast Symphony is a wonderful addition to this county, and Aaron Collins, its innovative, talented, and committed Artistic Director, is guiding this spectacular group magnificently. Through innovative programing, such as film, children's programs, Symphony for Everyone, daytime performances, open rehearsals, and performance of new orchestral literature, the SCSO is refreshing, dynamic, and deserves widespread recognition for making a BIG difference in a SHORT time. With venues in two counties, grateful audiences applaud this group's numerous performances, and eagerly await each new season's offerings.
We are retired music professionals who have found Brevard County in Florida a real Mecca for patrons of the Arts. Never anticipating the creation of a new symphony orchestra, we could hardly contain our joy a few years ago when the announcement was published in the local newspaper. And that pleasure, growing with each performance, enticed us to join the ranks of donors and volunteers. It is a step that is fulfilling as we celebrate that grandest of all the art forms – Music.
The orchestra has broadened the audience of music lovers by making the admission tickets priced at an affordable rate, while not denying attendance to those who are barely enduring through this economic crisis the entire nation faces. It is an extraordinary commitment on the part of the orchestra management.
In regards to the professionalism of the orchestra, both the players and their conductor are top notch and easily measure up to the standard of the major symphonic groups of the nation. The Space Coast Symphony is not a group of amateurs, tied to only the works often “played to death” by so many small area orchestras. This orchestra often chooses to perform unusual works from the masters of the past and sprinkles in new pieces from the creative minds of the new generation of American composers. In short, the Space Coast Symphony is a county treasure that contributes to the elevation of the quality of life in our area.
We look forward to seeing their schedule provide even more concerts because there is so much Music deserving to be appreciated. As has oft been said, “Man cannot live by bread alone”. We need Music in our lives. We are gladdened that the Space Coast Symphony, led by Maestro Aaron Collins, is an active participant in the cultural life of our community.
We have chosen to educate our children at home, and this orchestra has provided my husband and I with a valuable resource for our two young boys. As appreciators of classical orchestra music, we want to share our enthusiasm and pass on our love of this music. The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra has offered two concerts so far that have been perfect to that end. One was a stirring performance of music surrounding the Olympiad this past year accompanied by video and slide show on a big screen. The other was a performance accompanying the award winning stop action film Peter and the Wolf along with Tubby the tuba performed by a very accomplished tuba player up on stage; a homeschooler's dream. Our boys laughed and cried, smiled and sat in hushed rapture. They talked when they shouldn't have and laughed out loud, but I knew that it was ok because these concerts were for them. Especially endearing is the conductor of this talented orchestra; Aaron Collins made an entertaining video for the beginning of the Olympic concert that brought everyone together in laughter and made the children feel at ease. He posted cleverly amusing photos related to the theme of the concert on Facebook encouraging all to come. I am hoping that the orchestra will be enabled further to reach out to schools of all kinds and provide a program of concerts designed to educate and instill this love of orchestra music much like our King Center for the Performing arts who instills a love of the theater through an outreach program.