By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- Music lovers and film junkies alike will be able to enjoy a one-of-a-kind orchestral experience this weekend as the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra hosts "The Big Picture" on Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Scott Center for Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy.
The closing of the orchestra's summer series programming will feature an evening of cinematic scores from composers, such as John Williams and Danny Elfman.
"When I was a kid, I first fell in love with movie scores well before discovering concert music," said Aaron Collins, artistic director. "I put all of my soundtracks on cassette tapes and wore them out listening to them on my bright, banging yellow boom-box."
Mr. Collins said he always found the music exciting, with memorable themes and changing moods.
"When I was a teenager, I had the opportunity to meet many of my idols in the film music world, including Danny Elfman, and my passion for film scores hasn't changed since," Mr. Collins added.
The film music series, presented by the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, was created because Mr. Collins genuinely believes that film music should be performed and presented to a wider audience.
The process of composing music for film is extremely intricate.
"After post-production and meeting with the directors and producers, the composer goes home to his or her studio and begins working," he said. "What happens now is highly dependent on the personalities and working procedure of both parties, but the most common thing would be for the composer to find the material for the movie."
Mr. Collins explained that finding the material for the movie means that the composer sits down and sketches out the themes and motifs of the film, and tries to come up with a general concept for the composition. He added that some composers go through thousands of ideas before finding the right fit for the film.
"The composure then has to write the individual cues and orchestrate it," Mr. Collins added. "Typically, composers have six to 10 weeks to write a score, but there are always instances where they have less than a week. It's an amazing process."
With anticipation equivalent to that of a child on Christmas Eve, Mr. Collins said that he loves to present programs like "The Big Picture."
"It's like sitting in a movie theater, with an orchestra performing a live soundtrack," he said. "We put a lot of time preparing for these programs--acquiring a license, editing the films to fit the suites and cues, and the tricky part of timing the music with the film."
Those who attend "The Big Picture" will enjoy music from "Forrest Gump," "Spiderman," "E.T.: the Extra Terrestrial," "King Kong," "Titanic," "Lord of the Rings" and much more.
Mr. Collins added that the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra is proud to be the only orchestra in the Southeast United States to perform these types of programs.
"I know the audience will love it!" Mr. Collins added.
Clarinetist Jennifer Royals will perform John Williams' captivating music from "The Terminal."
"Jennifer is a great friend, who has performed with the Space Coast Symphony since our first concert in 2009," Mr. Collins said. "In my opinion, she is one of the finest woodwind players in Florida. Her bright and loving personality shines in her playing, and every performance of hers is absolutely killer."
"The Big Picture," hosted by the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra is Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Scott Center for Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy. The concert begins at 7 p.m.
Advance tickets are $20 and available at Ace Hardware stores in Indialantic, Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach, Blue Sky Insurance in Cocoa Village, Tropical Realty of Suntree, Art Expressions in downtown Eau Gallie, A Floral Affair on Merritt Island and Palm Bay Hearing Aid Center, as well as online at www.spacecoastsymphony.org.
Tickets at the door are $25. Anyone 18 and younger is free.
The Scott Center for Performing Arts is located at 5625 Holy Trinity Drive, Melbourne. For more information, call toll-free to (855) 252-7276.