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September 24, 2018

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Date:  September 24, 2018
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Contact:  Lexi Locke


Phone:  417.864.6683
Cell:  417.860.9690
Fax:  417.864.8967
lexi@springfieldmosymphony.org

 

Springfield Symphony sets path to answer Who Am I and Where Am I Going?

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony will continue its “The Big Questions” theme which poses life’s philosophical questions with the classical concert, Who Am I and Where Am I Going?  The performance will feature soprano Jennifer Forni on Mahler’s Fourth Symphony as well as Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 on Saturday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. 

“We’re going to be playing one of my absolute favorite pieces for soprano and orchestra, Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” with local treasure Jennifer Forni.” said Kyle Wiley Pickett music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony.  “This piece is kind of an impressionistic essay—the singer tells of an uneventful evening from childhood, lying on quilts in the front yard, hearing street cars, seeing neighbors in their rocking chairs, and gazing at the stars. The simplicity and innocence of the memory gives way to a more complex meditation of trying to understand who we are and our place in the universe.”

“We will also play Gustav Mahler’s 4th Symphony,” Pickett continued, ”which features our soprano soloist on a text that ponders in a child-like way what Heaven might be like. This is surely one of the most gorgeous symphonies ever written. It’s haunting and a little surprising, and the third movement is achingly ethereal. It’s the kind of piece that you almost hold your breath while you’re listening to it because it is just so arrestingly beautiful. And to tie up the theme, we’re playing the Prelude to the opera of “Hansel and Gretel,” because at the heart of that fairy tale is the very question we’re asking, “Where am I going?” Once again, we look to childhood to help us answer this question, and once again, an innocent query belies a much deeper and darker existential question.”

Pickett will deliver a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. from the stage and pre-concert music will begin at 7 p.m.  Tickets are currently on sale at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall box office, and can be purchased by calling (417) 836-7678 or online at www.missouristatetix.com.  Ticket prices range from $10 - $40 and discounts are available for students and seniors.

Join Pickett at a free monthly event, Behind the Baton, at Springfield Art Museum on Thursday, October 4 (1111 E. Brookside Dr) for the opportunity to meet Pickett and the featured soloist and hear about the music that will be performed at the October 6 concert.  The meet & greet begins at 5:15 p.m. and the program will begin at 5:45 p.m. 

                Pickett is available for any interviews or questions.  Please feel free to email him at kwpickett@gmail.com or call at (417) 837-9422.  The concert is being sponsored by Reliable Superstore, Ozarks Fox and Fast Frames & Gallery.

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and an Equal Opportunity Employer. Additional funding for all Springfield Symphony Orchestra programming is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.  For more information, visit www.springfieldmosymphony.org or www.facebook.com/springfieldsymphony.

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August 31, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  August 31, 2018  
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Contact: Lexi Locke    
Phone:  417.864.6683
Cell: 417.860.9690
Fax:  417.864.8967       
lexi@springfieldmosymphony.org                                                                                          

                                    

Springfield Symphony features Van Cliburn Bronze Medalist at season opener

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony is opening its 84th consecutive season, The Big Questions, with the classical concert, What Is The Meaning of Life?, which will feature Van Cliburn Bronze Medalist Daniel Hsu on Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on Saturday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. 

“We’re about to kick off a year of really fascinating, thought-provoking, and, as always, exciting concerts,” exclaimed Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony.  “This year is going to be full of thrilling and dramatic concerts that take on the serious Big Questions we’re looking at, as well as playful and fun concerts that look at the lighter side of life.”

There will be a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. and pre-concert music will begin at 7 p.m.  Tickets are currently on sale at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall box office, and can be purchased by calling (417) 836-7678 or online at www.missouristatetix.com.  Ticket prices range from $10 - $40 and discounts are available for students and seniors.

“We begin our season with a concert that poses the question that philosophers, poets, artists, and writers have wrestled with for millennia—What is the meaning of life?” stated Pickett.  “We’ll kick it all off with Bernstein’s sparkling “Candide” Overture, based on Voltaire’s absurd philosophical novel, and play Faure’s very romantic “Pavanne” and Liszt’s “Les Preludes,” both pieces inspired by French poets and philosophers. And finally, we get to do one of my absolute favorite things, which is to bring one of the recent winners from the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition to our stage to perform with us. Daniel Hsu will play Rachmaninoff’s notoriously virtuosic Third Piano Concerto for our audience, and it will be nothing short of spectacular.”

Join Pickett at our free monthly event, Behind the Baton, at the Springfield Art Museum on Thursday, September 13th (1111 E. Brookside) for the opportunity to meet Pickett and the featured soloist and hear about the music that will be performed at the September 15th concert.  The meet & greet begins at 5:15 p.m. and the program will begin at 5:45 p.m. 

                Pickett is available for any interviews or questions.  Please feel free to email him at kwpickett@gmail.com or call at (417) 837-9422.  The concert is being sponsored by Reliable Superstore, Mediacom, and Mid-West Family Marketing & Broadcasting.

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and an Equal Opportunity Employer. Additional funding for all Springfield Symphony Orchestra programming is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.  For more information, visit www.springfieldmosymphony.org or www.facebook.com/springfieldsymphony.

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August 28, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  August 28, 2018  
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Contact:  LexiLocke    
Phone:  417.864.6683      
Cell:  417.860.9690            
Fax:  417.864.8967              

lexi@springfieldmosymphony.org

                                                                                                                                                                                      

Springfield Symphony answers The Big Questions of life in its upcoming 2018-2019 season

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony is opening its 84th consecutive season by exploring big issues about life and death, art and inspiration, and love and marriage in its 2018-2019 season The Big Questions. The nine concert subscription series will be performed at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Perfoming Arts starting on September 15, 2018 and will run through May 11, 2019.

“It’s a good time to remind everyone that my motto has always been No Boring Concerts, and this year is no exception,” exclaimed Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony.  “This year is going to be full of thrilling and dramatic concerts that take on the serious Big Questions we’re looking at, as well as playful and fun concerts that look at the lighter side of life.”

Season tickets are currently on sale at the Springfield Symphony office (411 N. Sherman Pkwy). Patrons can either stop in the Symphony office or call the office at 417-864-6683 to purchase season tickets. Single tickets are currently on sale at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall box office, and can be purchased by calling (417) 836-7678 or online at www.missouristatetix.com.  Ticket prices range from $10 - $40 and discounts are available for students and seniors.

“We’re going to use classical and popular music to explore issues that composers and artists have grappled with for centuries and offer answers in powerful fascinating, and thought-provoking works. From Rachmaninoff’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 3 to Verdi’s Messa da Requiem to destined galactic selections from Star Wars, it will be a season you won’t want to miss. Join us in finding our answers to The Big Questions!”

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and an Equal Opportunity Employer. Additional funding for all Springfield Symphony Orchestra programming is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.  For more information, visit www.springfieldmosymphony.org or www.facebook.com/springfieldsymphony.

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July 30, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  July 30, 2018  
For Immediate Release
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Contact:  Aleksis Zarins
Phone:  417.864.6683
Fax:  417.864.8967
aleksis@springfieldmosymphony.org

                                                                                                                   

Springfield Symphony announces auditions for the 2018-2019 season

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony will hold auditions for the 2018-2019 season on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.The Symphony is looking to fill the following positions:  Assistant Principal Second Violin, Principal Cello, 1 Section Cello, and 2 Section Bass. Please inquire about substitution list availability by calling the Symphony office at 417.864.6683.

                Musicians interested in auditioning should send a one page resume along with a $25 refundable deposit to the Springfield Symphony office, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, Springfield, MO 65802, by Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

                Applicants who are not present for the auditions automatically forfeit their deposits. Repertoire for audition packets can be found at www.springfieldmosyphony.org/audtions.  No repertoire will be given over the phone.  

                The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is a regional professional orchestra whose musicians will perform six classical and three pops concerts during the 2018-2018 season.  The season runs from September through May.  The Orchestra will also present a series of Young People’s Concerts and Ensembles-In-Schools outreach programs for elementary students during the season.

                For more information on auditions, applicants may contact Aleksis Zarins, Operations Manager at 417.864.6683 or by email at operationsmanager@springfieldmosymphony.org

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and an Equal Opportunity Employer. Additional funding for all Springfield Symphony Orchestra programming is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.  For more information, visit www.springfieldmosymphony.org or www.facebook.com/springfieldsymphony.

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April 30, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  April 30, 2018
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Contact:  Jeana Varney
Phone:  417.864.6683
Cell:  417.349.0906
jeana@springfieldmosymphony.org
411 N. Sherman Parkway
Springfield, MO 65802

 

Springfield Symphony to feature Broadway favorites at last concert of the 17-18 season

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony is excited to wrap up its 2017-18 season, Revolution, with the songs that revolutionized the modern musical with a night of Broadway favorites at its Broadway Revolution pops concert on Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts (525 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy).

“I’m really excited about our final pops concert of the year,” exclaimed Kyle Wiley Picket, music director/conductor. “In keeping with our Revolution theme for the season, we’ll be playing music that revolutionized Broadway. We start with West Side Story, which marks the pivot from the first generation of American musical theatre to the second. We will then play music from the popular musicals of the 60s and 70s—Evita, Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Who’s Tommy. These were musicals that brought a rock vibe to Broadway and were a little grittier and a little less conventional in their story-telling than the first generation of musical theatre had been. Then we’ll move into the epic shows that defined the 80s, including Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera, and we’ll finish with the music of Wicked and, the piece I’m really excited to perform for the first time, a medley from the current smash-hit Hamilton. We’ll be able to see the revolution and evolution of the modern Broadway musical over the course of one night, and it’ll be a perfect final night to our Revolution season.”

Pre-concert music will begin at 7 p.m in the lobby and the Symphony performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are currently on sale at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall box office, and can be purchased by calling (417) 836-7678 or online at www.missouristatetix.com.  Ticket prices range from $17 - $36 and discounts are available for students and seniors.

Join Pickett at a free monthly event, Behind the Baton, at Ocean Zen on Thursday, May 10 (4117 S National Ave) for the opportunity to hear Pickett talk about the music that will be performed at the May 12 concert.  The meet & greet begins at 5:00 p.m. and the program will begin at 5:30 p.m. 

Pickett is available for any interviews or questions.  Please feel free to email him at kwpickett@gmail.com.  The concert is being sponsored by Don Wessel Honda (Pop Series Presenter), Positronic, Central Bank/Central Trust, Carla L. Calvin, KOLR10, 104.1 KSGF, and 417 Magazine.

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and an Equal Opportunity Employer. Additional funding for all Springfield Symphony Orchestra programming is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.  For more information, visit www.springfieldmosymphony.org or www.facebook.com/springfieldsymphony.

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April 26, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  April 26, 2018
For Immediate Release
Photos Available Upon Request

Contact:  Jeana Varney
Phone:  417.864.6683
Cell:  417.349.0906
jeana@springfieldmosymphony.org
411 N. Sherman Parkway
Springfield, MO 65802

 

Springfield Symphony to feature Prince & Michael Jackson hits at annual black tie gala

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Get your purple attire and your sequined socks ready for the Springfield Symphony’s 10th Annual Gala, Royal Pop Revolution, featuring the music of Prince and Michael Jackson. Party like it’s 1999 on Saturday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Oasis Hotel and Convention Center.

Tickets to the gala include a dinner, dance, live & silent auctions, and the show for $125 per person. Priority tables of 10 with wine service are still available for $1,500. Show-only tickets are available for $45 per person.  All reservations must be received by Thursday, May 10. 

Proceeds from the 10th Annual Gala will fund artistic programming, free performances and education concerts provided exclusively by the Springfield Symphony.

The show will feature Canadian group Jeans ‘n Classics in performance with the Springfield Symphony on hits like Purple Rain, 1999, When Doves Cry, Man in the Mirror, Thriller, and so many more. For more information on the 10th Annual Gala or the featured performers please visit http://www.springfieldmosymphony.org/events/10th-annual-symphony-gala or call 417-864-6683.

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and an Equal Opportunity Employer. Additional funding for all Springfield Symphony Orchestra programming is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.  For more information, visit www.springfieldmosymphony.org or www.facebook.com/springfieldsymphony.

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April 11, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

Date:  April 11, 2018
For Immediate Release
Photos Available Upon Request

Contact:  Aleksis Zarins
Phone:  417.864.6683
aleksis@springfieldmosymphony.org
411 N. Sherman Parkway
Springfield, MO 65802

 

Springfield Symphony announces Principal Oboe auditions

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony will hold auditions for the 2018-19 season Principal Oboe vacancy on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

Musicians interested in auditioning should send a one page resume along with a $25 refundable deposit to the Springfield Symphony office, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, Springfield, MO 65802, by Thursday, May 3, 2018. Audition times will be emailed to candidates upon receipt of the resume and deposit.

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is a per-service, regional professional orchestra with mileage and housing provided. Orchestra musicians will perform six classical and three pops concerts during the 2018-2019 season.  The season runs from September through May.  The Orchestra will also present a series of Young People’s Concerts and Ensembles-In-Schools outreach programs for elementary students during the season.

For more information on auditions, applicants may visit the Auditions page on the Symphony website at www.springfieldmosymphony.org/auditions or applicants may contact Aleksis Zarins, Operations Manager at 417.864.6683 or by email at operationsmanager@springfieldmosymphony.org

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and an Equal Opportunity Employer. Additional funding for all Springfield Symphony Orchestra programming is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.  For more information, visit www.springfieldmosymphony.org or www.facebook.com/springfieldsymphony.

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April 2, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

Date:  April 2, 2018

For Immediate Release
Photos Available Upon Request

Contact:  Jeana Varney
Phone:  417.864.6683
Cell:  417.349.0906
jeana@springfieldmosymphony.org
411 N. Sherman Parkway
Springfield, MO 65802

Springfield Symphony to feature combined choirs of local universities

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony is thrilled to collaborate with the combined choruses from Drury, Evangel, and Missouri State Universities on some of the most beautiful pieces for choir and orchestra, at its Revolutionary Beauty classical concert on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts (525 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy).

“The music on our Revolutionary Beauty concert is the kind of music that just takes your breath away with how gorgeous it is. There just aren’t enough superlatives to describe how beautiful the music on this concert is,” stated Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony. “This is close-your-eyes-and-listen-and-totally-bliss-out music, and we’re doing an entire evening of it, so it’s just one piece after another of some of the most beautiful music ever written for orchestra. The Humming Chorus from Madama Butterfly is nothing short of spell-binding in its haunting beauty. The Promise of Living from Copland’s The Tender Land is full of a dramatic beauty. The Slaves’ Chorus from Verdi’s Nabucco seethes with powerful beauty. The Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana is jaw-droppingly, achingly, stunningly beautiful. And no concert celebrating ‘Beauty’ would be complete without Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, which is full of recognizable and, naturally, beautiful and romantic melodies.”

Pickett will deliver a pre-concert talk from the stage at 6:30 p.m. and pre-concert music will begin at 7 p.m.  Tickets are currently on sale at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall box office, and can be purchased by calling (417) 836-7678 or online at www.missouristatetix.com.  Ticket prices range from $17 - $33 and discounts are available for students and seniors.

“We also will be playing Richard Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration, another huge, powerful, and beautiful piece about an old man dying, reviewing his life, and arriving in heaven,” said Pickett. “It’s a blow-the-roof-off kind of piece, and it’ll be thrilling for the orchestra to play and for the audience to hear.”

Join Pickett at a free monthly event, Behind the Baton, at Ocean Zen on Thursday, April 19 (4117 S National Ave) for the opportunity to hear Pickett talk about the music that will be performed at the April 21 concert.  The meet & greet begins at 5:00 p.m. and the program will begin at 5:30 p.m. 

Pickett is available for any interviews or questions.  Please feel free to email him at kwpickett@gmail.com or call at (417) 837-9422.  The concert is being sponsored by Foster Hospitality Group, Rooney McBride & Smith, LLC, Margo S. Armstrong, Bryan Properties, and Mid-West Family Marketing.

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and an Equal Opportunity Employer. Additional funding for all Springfield Symphony Orchestra programming is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.  For more information, visit www.springfieldmosymphony.org or www.facebook.com/springfieldsymphony.

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March 13, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  March 13, 2018                                                                                                                                                   

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                               

Photos Available Upon Request                                                                                                                              

 

 

Contact:  Jeana Varney

Phone:  417.864.6683

Cell:  417.349.0906

jeana@springfieldmosymphony.org

411 N. Sherman Parkway

Springfield, MO 65802

                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

Springfield Symphony to feature SSO Principal Flute, Springfield Youth Symphony, Beethoven’s Fifth

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony is excited to present the most well-known classical piece, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, at its After the Revolution classical concert on Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts (525 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy).

 

There’s a lot I’m excited about in our March concert. First of all, we’re playing Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. There are a few works of art that are so famous that practically everyone, even people who don’t go to museums and concerts, knows--the Mona Lisa, ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony,” stated Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony. “Beethoven’s Fifth is practically synonymous with classical music. Even someone who has never been to a concert or heard an orchestra can hum the opening notes of Beethoven’s Fifth. What is awesome about Beethoven’s Fifth is that it’s the most recognizable melody in classical music…and it deserves that reputation. It really is a thrilling piece of art that anyone can enjoy.”

 

Pickett will deliver a pre-concert talk from the stage at 6:30 p.m. and pre-concert music will begin at 7 p.m.  Tickets are currently on sale at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall box office, and can be purchased by calling (417) 836-7678 or online at www.missouristatetix.com.  Ticket prices range from $17 - $33 and discounts are available for students and seniors.

 

We’re also playing a couple of pieces that I think are going to be really interesting and possibly new to many in our audience. We are playing The Deep, Deep Sea by Chinese-American composer Zhou Long, who currently serves on the faculty of UMKC. This piece is kind of a flute concerto, so we are featuring our own principal flutist Jill Heyboer on this really gorgeous, evocative meditation on the beauty of the natural world. And we’re also playing the Variaciones Concertantes by Argentinian composer Ginastera. This piece is a blast to play—it’s raucous, jazzy, and wild. Finally, the Springfield Youth Symphony will join us onstage to play the ever-popular Finlandia. There’s always such great energy when we bring the Youth Symphony up to play with us, and we know the audience will enjoy seeing these talented young people performing at Hammons Hall.

 

Join Pickett at a free monthly event, Behind the Baton, at Ocean Zen on Thursday, March 22 (4117 S National Ave) for the opportunity to meet guest artist Jill Heyboer and to hear Pickett talk about the music that will be performed at the March 24 concert.  The meet & greet begins at 5:00 p.m. and the program will begin at 5:30 p.m. 

 

                Pickett is available for any interviews or questions.  Please feel free to email him at kwpickett@gmail.com or call at (417) 837-9422.  The concert is being sponsored by Positronic, TLC Properties, State Farm – Agents of SWMO, Reliable Superstore, and KSPR.

 

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and an Equal Opportunity Employer. Additional funding for all Springfield Symphony Orchestra programming is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.  For more information, visit www.springfieldmosymphony.org or www.facebook.com/springfieldsymphony.

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February 5, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

Date: February 5, 2018
For Immediate Release
Photos Available Upon Request

Contact: Jeana Varney
Phone: 417.864.6683
Cell: 417.349.0906
jeana@springfieldmosymphony.org
411 N. Sherman Parkway
Springfield, MO 65802

Springfield Symphony to honor African-American History Month

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – In honor of African-American History month, the Springfield Symphony is excited to welcome Baritone Richard Todd Payne back to the stage to sing spirituals and present his very moving interpretation of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech at its African-American Heritage classical concert on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

“February is a time when we honor the achievements and lives of African-Americans, so we thought it would be great to do a concert that features music by African-American composers or music written specifically for African-American performers,” said Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony. “It's music that's jazzy, fun, and a lot of it is very recognizable (like "Summertime" and "I Got Plenty of Nuttin'"). We will feature music from the opera Porgy and Bess, which was one of the first pieces of theatre written specifically to feature black performers in the leading roles, and music from William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony, which was the first symphony written by an African-American to be performed by major orchestras in the United States. These are both really delightful, spirited, quintessentially American pieces, and I know our audiences will enjoy hearing them.”

Pickett will deliver a pre-concert talk from the stage at 6:30 p.m. and pre-concert music will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are currently on sale at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall box office, and can be purchased by calling (417) 836-7678 or online at www.missouristatetix.com. Ticket prices range from $17 - $33 and discounts are available for students and seniors.

“I am also very excited to be working again with the terrific singer Richard Todd Payne, who last performed in our Beethoven 5 concert. He will sing several old American songs, including "Ol' Man River," which I know will just bring the house down, and anthems from the Civil Rights movement like "We Shall Overcome," and "Precious Lord." It will be a moving, thrilling, rambunctious, and fascinating concert with music that will get your toes tapping along with the great jazz rhythms of Gershwin and Still.”

Join Pickett at a free monthly event, Behind the Baton, at Ocean Zen on Thursday, February 15 (4117 S National Ave) for the opportunity to meet guest artist Richard Todd Payne and to hear Pickett talk about the music that will be performed at the February 17 concert. The meet & greet begins at 5:00 p.m. and the program will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Pickett is available for any interviews or questions. Please feel free to email him at kwpickett@gmail.com or call at (417) 837-9422. The concert is being sponsored by Mediacom, KSMU Ozarks Public Radio, and the Springfield News-Leader.

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and an Equal Opportunity Employer. Additional funding for all Springfield Symphony Orchestra programming is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, visit www.springfieldmosymphony.org or www.facebook.com/springfieldsymphony.

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