By Jessica Tuggle
VERO BEACH -- The Space Coast Symphony will once again head south to bring engaging music to Indian River County audiences later this month.
On April 20 at 7 p.m., the symphony will present "Man of Steel" at Trinity Episcopal Church in Vero Beach. "Man of Steel" is an all-American program featuring works by iconic American composers including William Schuman, Walter Piston and Michael Daugherty.
Tickets to the concert are $20 each and can be ordered online, by phone or at one of the ticket outlets in Indian River County.
Authorized ticket outlets are the mainland and island Marine Bank and Trust locations in Vero Beach and Madison Avenue Consignments, also in Vero Beach.
The first half of the performance will include Mr. Schuman's energetic "Circus Overture," and a concerto for viola and orchestra by Mr. Piston, featuring Michael de Jesus on viola, said Aaron Collins, artistic director of the symphony.
The inspiration for the concert title, "Man of Steel" comes from the music to be featured in the second half of the performance, Mr. Daugherty's "Metropolis Symphony," inspired by the relationship by the beloved American superhero, Superman and his arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor.
According to the League of American Orchestras, Mr. Daugherty is one of the 10 most performed living American composers, making him a "musical superhero" in his own right, a press release said.
"'Metropolis' is a more modern work," said Mr. Collins. "It has won three Grammys and has been recorded several times. It's very unusual for a modern work to be recorded more than once."
The piece is infused with rock and jazz, modern pop and classical music, making for an engaging work that appeals to people who don't generally like chamber or symphonic music, he said.
"It has bells and whistles and features the orchestra in a way that is fun and challenging for the musicians," Mr. Collins said. "It's really going to be a treat to hear."
For tickets or more information about upcoming concerts by the Space Coast Symphony, call toll-free (855) 252-7276 or visit www.spacecoastsymphony.org.