Space Coast Symphony Orchestra offers free holiday concert in Viera


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Aaron Collins directs the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra for Christmas at The Avenue in Viera. It is a free open air concert for the public.

Courtesy of Space Coast Symphony Orchestra

Christmas at The Avenue in Viera started four years ago with a few hundred patrons listening to the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra (SCSO) perform Christmas music outdoors. This year, 2,000 people are expected to attend the free holiday concert.

The Christmas at the Avenue concert will start at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at The Avenue Viera at 2241 Town Center Avenue.

Aaron Collins, the symphony’s conductor, will direct the orchestra, now in its 10th season.

Michelle Bujold, The Avenue Viera marketing coordinator, said The Avenue looks forward to partnering with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra for the Christmas concert every year.

“Christmas at The Avenue is the perfect fit for our center,” she said. “It embodies the holiday spirit while giving our patrons an excellent guest experience. We can’t wait to see this year’s show.”

Connie Maltby, an SCSO board member and special events coordinator, said children are asked to come up and conduct if they choose.

“They are called forward to try their hand at conducting,” Maltby said. “They use glow sticks as they direct. There will be a sleigh ride and Jingle Bells type songs for them to conduct.”

The area in front of the AMC Theaters where the 50-member orchestra will perform has been upgraded.

“They’ve redone that area with jets and fountains — it’s a bigger area,” Maltby said.

Although there will be limited seating, people are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Patrons can sit and listen or stroll along The Avenue and hear the music, according to Maltby.

“It’s nice to see the people smiling as they are walking on The Avenue listening to the music,” she said.

The night before Christmas at The Avenue, a smaller chamber orchestra of the SCSO will perform at the 11th annual Messiah Sing Along with Collins directing the orchestra and Beth Green conducting the Indialantic Chamber Singers.

“It’s a wonderful tradition the symphony has done since the beginning,” Maltby said. “We provide scores, music or bring your own if you have it. The Indialantic singers do part of the concert with us, then everyone is invited to sing the choral part of the Messiah with us.”

The 11th annual Messiah Sing Along will start at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Community at  5655 Stadium Parkway in Viera.

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