In Friday’s (9/11) Florida Today (Brevard County), Pam Harbaugh reports, “The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra makes its much-anticipated debut Saturday with a concert designed to thoroughly entertain. And that is one of the goals of its founder, conductor and music director Aaron Collins. In fact, he could barely keep the smile off his face when he listed the debut program: ‘Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, which is a piece people may be familiar with from 2001: A Space Odyssey; Mahler’s Symphony #1, a large work . . . fascinating . . . beautiful. You can feel his youthful energy in that piece of music. Liszt’s Les Preludes and Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, which is kind of a barn burner for orchestras.’ Eight-five musicians from across Florida, plus one horn player from Chicago, have come together for this concert. Collins also hopes to promote symphonic music by presenting concerts at affordable $10 tickets. ‘My goal is to get people who have never seen a symphony concert to come,’ he said.” The orchestra, based out of Cocoa, Florida, will play its first concert Saturday at First Baptist Church Merritt Island.

Posted September 11, 2009