By Jessica Tuggle
VERO BEACH -- If music had color, ribbons of red, white and blue would be streaming off the instruments of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra.
The symphony is currently in rehearsals for a patriotic concert scheduled at The Emerson Center in Vero Beach next week. The concert will be free, but tickets are required.
The brass, woodwind and percussion players will present "The American Dream," a performance with marches by John Philip Sousa along with works by John Williams.
"We all share a love of this great nation," said Aaron Collins, artistic director of the symphony, in a press release. "Those of us in the Space Coast Symphony are happy to proclaim our national pride with this free concert for our fellow Americans."
Music of other American composers will also be featured by the wind orchestra, "Godzilla Eats Las Vegas!" by Eric Whitacre, and Michael Daugherty's "Desi" a Latin big band tribute to Desi Arnaz, of "I Love Lucy" fame.
Special guests from the Space Coast Symphony Chorus will perform several works with the musical ensemble, including the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "Hymn to the Fallen" from the film "Saving Private Ryan."
The concert will open with soloist Sherry MacLean presenting a stirring rendition of the "The Star Spangled Banner," and later, Beth Green will sing Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A."
The free concert will also feature works that honor the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
For tickets or more information about upcoming concerts by the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, call toll-free (855) 252-7276 or visit www.spacecoastsymphony.org.