By Shelley Koppel
MELBOURNE - Aaron Collins, conductor and musical director of the Space Coast Symphony, always has something up his sleeve.
The orchestra will end its summer season with a concert called "Call of the Champions" on Aug. 11-12. It is a concert taken right from the headlines, saluting music written for and about the Olympics. In addition to music, the program will also feature archival film and news footage.
Mr. Collins thought the timing was right for this concert.
"There's so much wonderful music written for the Olympics," he said. "I thought it was an opportune time, at the end of the Olympics."
The program includes several pieces by composer John Williams: "Summon the Heroes," "The Olympic Spirit," "Call of the Champions," "Olympic Fanfare and Theme" and "A Prayer for Peace," from the film, "Munich." Other works are Vangelis' "Chariots of Fire;" Albert Hammonds' "One Moment in Time, made famous by Whitney Houston; Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings;" Leo Arnaud's "Bugler's Dream;" and pieces by Dmitri Shostakovich and Josef Suk.
"John Williams seems to be the go-to composer for the Olympics," Mr. Collins said. "All of the music in the concert is directly associated with the Olympics or used by the Olympic Committee to promote the games. It's a very in-your-face program, with a lot of fanfares and a few works that are moving and touching, like, the 'Prayer for Peace,' about the Munich Olympics."
The concert will be accompanied by film, most of it Olympic footage.
"The way we're programming it is to show some of the great stories," Mr. Collins said. "There will be five to seven stories, like 'The Miracle on Ice' in 1980 or Carl Lewis and Jesse Owens, that take place over the course of the concert."
"Each will have a soundtrack," he added. "We will also be using news footage. Each piece will be preceded by a sound bite. For Munich, Walter Cronkite's commentary and news footage will be interwoven with the actual piece."
Mr. Collins said that while some of the music is somber, the mood is upbeat.
"There will be surprises, fun and a comic element," he said. "The opening will be like the openings for an Oscar show, with film and live action. The music is rousing and exciting. I know the audience will love the music and the concert."
The Space Coast Symphony presents it salute to music of the Olympics, "Call of the Champions," on Aug. 11 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2365 Pine Ave., Vero Beach at 7 p.m. and on Aug. 12 at the Scott Center at Holy Trinity, 5625 Holy Trinity Dr., Melbourne, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20.
For more information, call (321) 536-8580 or visit www.spacecoastsymphony.org.