By Shelley Koppel
BREVARD - The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra's 2012-13 season is entitled "Something for Everyone," and musical director and conductor Aaron Collins has come up with eclectic programming for every age and every taste.
The season begins on Saturday, Sept. 15 with a tribute to Henry Mancini at the Scott Center. The Oscar and Grammy-winning composer wrote the scores for movies in the 1960s including, "Moon River," "Charade" and "The Pink Panther."
In a performance for the entire family, the orchestra presents "Peter and the Wolf Live!" on Oct. 13. Audiences will be introduced to the story's characters and the instruments that portray them in the beloved Prokofiev score. Then they will hear the work performed live while watching the action on screen in Suzie Templeton's Oscar-winning animated film.
The ensemble's Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of John Pendenza, will perform "By Special Request" on Oct. 27-28.
The orchestra launches its Masterworks Series with Gustave Mahler's "Symphony No. 5" on Nov. 9-11. Written during one of Mahler's happiest times, it is a tour-de-force for orchestra.
The concert will also include the Florida premiere of Kenneth Fuchs' "Canticle on the Sun," a concerto for horn and orchestra, with soloist Juan Berrios on the French horn. Mr. Fuchs is expected to attend the concert.
"Christmas at the Movies" is an early holiday gift on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The program includes John Williams' holiday songs from "Home Alone," accompanied by a children's and female chorus; Silvestri's "Polar Express;" Tiompkin's "It's a Wonderful Life;" Herrmann's "Currier and Ives;" Waxman's "Five Sketches after Dickens;" and John Williams' adaptation of Jerry Bocks' "Fiddler on the Roof," with Israeli violinist Daniel Askerov.
On Dec. 8-9, the Jazz Orchestra will present a concert of Christmas songs in a jazz style.
The public is invited to join in as the orchestra presents a Handel's "Messiah" sing-along on Dec. 14-15. Area singers are invited to join soloists from the Space Coast Chorus. Singers may bring their own scores or use the music provided, and listeners are welcome, too.
The new year opens with a special concert on Jan. 11, 12 and 13. Scheduled is the Southeastern premiere of "Colored Field," by Aaron Kernis, a winner of the Pulitzer Prize. A concert for English horn and orchestra, the soloist will be Kristin Naigus. Rounding out the program is Dvorak's "Symphony No. 8."
"Broadway: From Stage to Screen," on Jan 26-27, will turn to movies and Broadway for selections from "West Side Story," "Grease," "Chicago," "The Producers" and "My Fair Lady."
Classical masterpieces are in store on Feb. 16-17, with works by Bach, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. Bach's "Passacaglia and Fugue," as transcribed by Leopold Stokowski, is first, followed by Mendelssohn's Piano Concert No. 1, with pianist Rochelle Sallee. The program ends with Beethoven's Third Symphony, the "Eroica."
The mood is lighter on March 9-10 with music "From the Flat Screen to the Silver Screen." The program will feature popular tunes from television and the movies.
The Florida premiere of James Rouse's "Concerto for Flute and Orchestra" will be performed on March 22-23 with flutist Sandra del Cid. The program also includes Tchaikovsky's sixth symphony, the "Pathetique," considered by many to be his greatest.
Three American composers are featured in "Man of Steel" on April 20-21. The program title comes from Michael Daugherty's "Metropolis Symphony," a celebration of the superhero and his nemesis, Lex Luthor. Violinist Joni Roos will perform. The concert also includes "Circus Overture" by William Schuman and Walter Piston's "Concerto for Viola and Orchestra." Michael de Jesus is the soloist.
The season ends with "Lemony Snicket's: The Composer is Dead," on May 11. The work, by children's author Lemony Snicket and composer Nathaniel Stookey, is a mystery that investigates every section of the orchestra as the inspector and the audience seek to discover who killed the composer. There are alibis and dead ends, and fun for the entire family.
The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra performs at a variety of venues in Brevard and Indian River counties. Tickets for concerts are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and free for people 18 and younger.
For locations and times of concerts, visit the orchestra website www.spacecoastsymphony.org or call (855) 252-7276.
The popular Symphony for Everyone, where concert-goers can name their ticket price, will continue. Visit the website for information.