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November 26, 2019

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  November 26, 2019                                                                                                   Contact:  Lexi Locke

For Immediate Release                                                                                                       Phone:  417.864.6683

Photos Available Upon Request                                                                                           Cell:  417.860.9690

                                                                                                                           lexi@springfieldmosymphony.org

 

Springfield Symphony to perform free annual holiday concert with seasonal favorites

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony is joining musical forces with over 150 choir members from surrounding Springfield Public Schools at its free annual holiday concert, An American Christmas Matinee, on Saturday, December 7 at 2:30 pm at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. The orchestra will be led by music director/conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett, and will feature music from holiday classics White ChristmasThe Christmas SongFestive Sounds of Hanukah, and more!

“The holiday concert is always one of my favorites to perform,” said Pickett. “What I love about concerts like this is that everyone—young, old, and everyone in between—knows and loves these songs. The holidays bring us together by uniting us in a common playlist that everyone appreciates. The Symphony will have a great time playing these seasonal classics for the big crowd we always get at the Christmas concerts.” 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 An American Christmas Matinee is a condensed one-hour performance of the evening concert An American Christmas at 7:30 p.m. at Juanita K. Hammons Hall. Admission is free for the matinee and seating is first come first served. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and seating will begin at 2:00 p.m. The An American Christmas Matinee is being sponsored by Don Wessel Honda, Dr. Michael & Krystyna Clarke, and Kids Directory. For more information on this performance and other events, visit www.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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November 22, 2019

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  November 22, 2019                                                                                                   Contact:  Lexi Locke

For Immediate Release                                                                                                       Phone:  417.864.6683

Photos Available Upon Request                                                                                           Cell:  417.860.9690

                                                                                                                           lexi@springfieldmosymphony.org

 

Springfield Symphony celebrates with “An American Christmas” this holiday season

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony is joining musical forces with over 150 choir members from surrounding Springfield Public Schools at its annual holiday pops concert, An American Christmas, on Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 pm at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. The orchestra will be led by music director/conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett, and will feature music from holiday classics White Christmas, The Christmas Song, Festive Sounds of Hanukah, and more!

“The holiday concert is always one of my favorites to perform,” said Pickett. “What I love about concerts like this is that everyone—young, old, and everyone in between—knows and loves these songs. The holidays bring us together by uniting us with a common playlist that everyone appreciates. The Symphony will have a great time playing these seasonal classics for the big crowd we always get at the Christmas concerts.”

“To continue our theme for the 2019-20 symphony season, we are highlighting songs that are part of the quintessential nostalgic American holiday playlist,” stated Pickett. “This will be a terrific concert to put you in the holiday spirit with American Christmas favorites like Sleigh Ride, The Christmas Song, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. In addition, we are always thrilled to invite local high school students to join us for the holiday concert. They bring such a great high energy to the performances, and you can really feel how excited the students and families are to be up onstage at Hammons with the symphony. It’s a great tradition and I’m looking forward to working with these talented young singers again.” Pickett is available for any interviews or questions.  Please feel free to email him at kwpickett@gmail.com or call at (417) 837-9422. 

Pre-concert music will begin at 6:45 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.hammonshall.com.  Ticket prices range from $10 - $40 and discounts are available for students and seniors. The An American Christmas concert is being sponsored by Reliable Superstore (Presenting Sponsor), Central Bank of the Ozarks, CoxHealth, Don Wessel Honda, Digital Lunchbox, KY3, and 105.9FM KGBX.

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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October 30, 2019

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  October 30, 2019                                                                                                        Contact:  Lexi Locke

For Immediate Release                                                                                                       Phone:  417.864.6683

Photos Available Upon Request                                                                                           Cell:  417.860.9690

                                                                                                                                                           Fax:  417.864.8967

                                                                                                                           lexi@springfieldmosymphony.org

 

Springfield Symphony takes center stage with World Premiere from Rodgers & Hammerstein

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony will perform the World Premiere concert version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical Oklahoma! Concert performances will take place on Saturday, November 9th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 10th at 2:30 p.m. at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.  Under the direction of Robert Westenberg with the Missouri State University BFA Musical Theatre Program, actors and singers will bring life to the songs of one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals.

“We are so excited to be performing this amazing musical in the world premiere of the concert version of Oklahoma!,”  exclaimed Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony. “This concert version is a semi-staged performance of the full musical, with the orchestra featured on stage with the singers.  I've been working with the actors and their wonderful director, Broadway legend Robert Westenberg, and this cast is incredible.”

Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, Oklahoma! contains the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road.

 “This project is something I've wanted to do for a long time.  The great Broadway shows of the mid-20th century have some of the best orchestral music by American composers.  We rarely get to hear these scores in their full orchestral glory, because theater pits can't fit the full complement of a symphony orchestra.  This is a chance for you to hear the wonderfully lush score performed by the Springfield Symphony!”

Pre-concert music will begin at 6:45 p.m. provided by the Suzuki Violin Preparatory Program.   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.hammonshall.com.  Single ticket prices range from $15 - $45 and discounts are available for students and seniors, and additional group discounts are available for the Oklahoma! in Concert Matinee.

                The Oklahoma! in Concert performance on November 9th is brought to you by Reliable Superstore, Independent Printing, Hiland Dairy, Positronic Industries, TLC Properties, KOLR10, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and 417 Magazine. The Oklahoma! in Concert Matinee on November 10th is made possible by the Schneider Family Foundation, Mid-West Family Broadcasting, Irwin and Susan Cohen, and #ChooseToLive. Pickett is available for any interviews or questions at kwpickett@gmail.com or call at (417) 837-9422.

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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October 10, 2019

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  October 10, 2019                                                                                                        Contact:  Lexi Locke

For Immediate Release                                                                                                       Phone:  417.864.6683

Photos Available Upon Request                                                                                           Cell:  417.860.9690

                                                                                                                           lexi@springfieldmosymphony.org

 

Springfield Symphony to perform 11th Annual free Halloween concert for local kids and families

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony invites children of all ages and their families to join us for the 11th Annual Spooky Symphony, a free Halloween concert, on Monday, October 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. The orchestra, all dressed in their Halloween costumes, will be led by Maestro Kyle Wiley Pickett, and will feature performances of Harry Potter, Pirates of the CaribbeanMarch to the Scaffold, and many more.

Concert attendees are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and join in the costume contest for children during the event.  Attendees can look forward to the distribution of free ice cream sandwiches generously provided by Hiland Dairy.  The concert is free, and seating is first come first served.  Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and seating will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The Musical Fraternities of Missouri State University is hosting a petting zoo, and the Springfield Fire Department will be site with a firetruck to educate kids and families about Fire Safety Month. The concert is being sponsored by Merrill Lynch, Maggie Wilcox, and the Kids Directory. For more information about this and other upcoming events, visit www.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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September 16, 2019

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  September 16, 2019                                                                                                  Contact:  Lexi Locke

For Immediate Release                                                                                                      Phone:417.864.6683

Photos Available Upon Request                                                                                           Cell:  417.860.9690

                                                                                                                                                  Fax:  417.864.8967

                                                                                                                           lexi@springfieldmosymphony.org

 

Springfield Symphony portrays the glamour and grit of the Big Apple on opening concert

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony kicks off its 85th consecutive season, American Playlist, in Big Apple style. The classical concert, New York Night, will feature pianist Alexander Tutunov on Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on Saturday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.  The concert is being sponsored by Reliable Superstore, Margo S. Armstrong, Ozarks Fox KRBK and Meyer Communications.

“I absolutely love the music that tells the story of New York City.  It’s some of the best American music we have,” exclaimed Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony. “New York offers wonderful shows on Broadway and you can hear amazing music at Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera. You can wander the Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art and see incredible works of art. You can get Chinese food at 2:00 in the morning and New York’s delis always have my favorite sandwich--a Reuben piled with corned beef and covered in Russian dressing. There is no place like New York.”

In planning this concert, Pickett worked to depict New York’s best dazzling hits in presenting this Big Apple in Springfield, MO. “The music of Gershwin conjures a jazzy, bustling, ambitious city, bursting with passions, sensuality, and potential; it’s undeniably thrilling,” said Pickett. “No one has ever written musicals that so completely embody New York City like Leonard Bernstein. West Side Story tells us of the tragedy of the city—of star-crossed lovers, of racism and street violence and dreams that don’t always come true on the island of Manhattan. On the Town shows us the comic side of the city—foolish love and zany characters and wild antics all in a day designed solely for fun in the city. I’m thrilled to dedicate a night—one night—to the music of New York City, to celebrate its glamour and glitz and its tragedy and grit, in some of the most American music of all time. ”

There will be a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. and pre-concert music will begin at 6:45 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.hammonshall.com.  Ticket prices range from $10 - $40 and discounts are available for students and seniors.

Join Pickett at our free monthly event, Behind the Baton, at the Springfield Art Museum on Thursday, September 19th (1111 E. Brookside). Take the opportunity to meet conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett and soloist Alexander Tutunov while hearing about the music that will be performed at the September 21st concert.  The meet & greet begins at 5:15 p.m. and the program will begin at 5:45 p.m.  Food and drink will be available for purchase and will be provided by Mama Jean’s Natural Market.

         Pickett is available for any interviews or questions.  Please feel free to email him at kwpickett@gmail.com or call at (417) 837-9422.  For more information on this and the Springfield Symphony’s upcoming events, visit the Symphony office at 411 N. Sherman Parkway, or visit www.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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August 21, 2019

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  August 21, 2019                                                                                                          Contact:  Lexi Locke

For Immediate Release                                                                                                       Phone:  417.864.6683

Photos Available Upon Request                                                                                           Cell:  417.860.9690

                                                                                                                                                           Fax:  417.864.8967

                                                                                                                           lexi@springfieldmosymphony.org

 

Springfield Symphony welcomes new Executive Director in its 85th season

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – As the Springfield Symphony Orchestra is opening its 85th season, there is a new face in the position for Executive Director. After 31 years with the Springfield Symphony, Executive Director Janice Bennett put in her notice for retirement. In November 2018, Bennett announced her retirement that would be effective as of June 30, 2019.

Janice joined the Springfield Symphony in the summer of 1988. During her tenure with the Orchestra, Bennett served as Finance Manager and Finance Director and trained all new employees in their respective positions. In March 2006, Bennett accepted the position of Director of Finance/Administration in charge of operations of the organization after the restructuring of positions by the Board of Directors and then promoted to Executive Director in October 2006.

The Springfield Symphony’s new Executive Director, Jennifer Cotner-Jones, joined the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in April 2019.  Jennifer joins the SSO with over 20 years of non-profit experience. Her passion for serving others has provided her with vast experiences ranging from development, event planning, volunteer recruitment, marketing, and donor relations.  Her love of music and community brought her to the Springfield Symphony.

"I am truly honored to be the new Executive Director for one of the best and brightest arts organizations in our region,” stated Cotner-Jones. “The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is a leader in the arts community and I attribute that to Kyle Wiley Pickett; our visionary Music Director, the Board, Staff, and the wonderfully talented musicians.  We are all dedicated to musical excellence, commitment to community, and expanding our financial strength."

Cotner-Jones attended Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia with a dual BA in Finance and Marketing.  She also serves as Secretary on her church council at Trinity Lutheran Church, the Business Team at New Covenant Academy as well as serving as her daughter’s class section leader. With Cotner-Jones and Pickett at the helm, the Springfield Symphony begins its upcoming season American Playlist starting September 21, 2019 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

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 will go on sale starting in September 2019 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall box office, and can be purchased by calling (417) 836-7678 or online at www.missouristatetix.com.  Single Ticket prices range from $10 - $45 and discounts are available for students and seniors. For more information about the Springfield Symphony’s upcoming season, visit www.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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July 10, 2019

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  July 10, 2019                                                                                                           Contact:  Aleksis Zarins

For Immediate Release                                                                                                       Phone:  417.864.6683

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                                                                                                                     aleksis@springfieldmosymphony.org

 

Springfield Symphony announces auditions for the 2019-2020 season

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony will hold auditions for the 2019-2020 season American Playlist in August of 2019. The Symphony’s 85th season will be painting a musical portrait of America with  a soundtrack worthy of our nation’s history and music that celebrates our world today.  The Symphony is looking to fill the following positions:  Principal Oboe, Assistant Principal Bass, Section Cello (2 positions), Section Viola and 2nd Oboe (must also audition on English Horn).

                String auditions will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, and oboe auditions will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. 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 Tuesday, August 1, 2019. Applicants who are not present for the auditions automatically forfeit their deposits.

                The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is a regional professional orchestra whose musicians will perform six classical and three pops concerts during the 2019-2020 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 aleksis@springfieldmosymphony.org.  Repertoire for audition packets can be found at www.springfieldmosyphony.org/audtions.  No repertoire will be given over the phone.  For more information on the Springfield Symphony’s 2019-2020 season, call the Symphony office at 417.864.6683 or by visiting www.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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May 3, 2019

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  May 3, 2019                                                                                                                   Contact:  Lexi Locke

For Immediate Release                                                                                                      Phone:  417.864.6683

Photos Available Upon Request                                                                                          Cell:  417.860.9690

                                                                                                                           lexi@springfieldmosymphony.org

 

Springfield Symphony to perform all-Star Wars music at final concert of 2018-19 season

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony is excited to wrap up its 2018-19 season, The Big Questions, with an evening of musical selections from the Star Wars saga. The “What Is Your Destiny?” pops concert will be held on Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts (525 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy).

“What’s great about the music from the Star Wars saga is that it is unquestionably some of the best orchestral music of modern times,” exclaimed Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor. “This isn’t just Hollywood filler background music—this is music that draws on centuries of classical composers’ ideas and themes and holds an important place in the line-up of great symphonic works.  John Williams is a truly exceptional composer, one who can write memorable themes and musical ideas that stay with audiences long after the credits have rolled. His music is as an essential element of Star Wars as the special effects and fantastical costumes. Watching Star Wars without the soundtrack would be an entirely different experience, and I would say far less thrilling.”

“There aren’t many movie series that have had the kind of cultural impact that the Star Wars franchise has,” continued Pickett.  “Everyone knows Star Wars. Everyone knows lines from Star Wars, the music from Star Wars, the characters from Star Wars. It defined space movies for a generation, and then went on to define space movies for the children of the original Star Wars generation.  Although we play a lot of Star Wars music at our community concerts and pops concerts, this is going to be my first concert with the Springfield Symphony that will be an entire concert of just music from the Star Wars movies, all the way back from the original trilogy starting in 1977 to the most recent releases. This is going to be a fun, exciting finale to our season! Come with your kids, come with your favorite Star Wars fan, come in costume, and come have a great time hearing all the best music from one of the best movie franchises of all time. ”

Pre-concert music will begin at 6:45 pm 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 $10 - $40 and discounts are available for students and seniors.

                Pickett is available for any interviews or questions.  Please feel free to email him at kwpickett@gmail.com.  The concert is being sponsored by Reliable Superstore (Presenting Sponsor), TLC Properties, KOLR10, Meyer Communications, and 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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April 5, 2019

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  April 5, 2019                                                                                                                  Contact:  Lexi Locke

For Immediate Release                                                                                                      Phone:  417.864.6683

Photos Available Upon Request                                                                                          Cell:  417.860.9690

                                                                                                                           lexi@springfieldmosymphony.org

 

Springfield Symphony features Latin Grammy nominee guitarist João Luiz

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony is featuring guitarist João Luiz and a bagpiper in full regalia at its classical concert Will You Marry Me? on Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts (525 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy). This concert will take audiences on a journey of romance and wedding celebrations with Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, and Maxwell Davies’ Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise.

“Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez is a stunning piece of music,” said Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony. “It's somewhat rare for the symphony to feature a guitar soloist, and this is one of the pieces that I get the most requests for.  The second movement is very familiar to people, and it is totally evocative of southern Spain.  Our soloist, João Luiz, is one of the best guitarists in the world.”

Appalachian Spring is one of my favorite symphonic works.  It is so quintessentially American - especially in its use of the old hymn tune Simple Gifts,” enamored Pickett.  “This is a special performance, because it is the first time the SSO has performed the complete ballet score.  This new edition of the score has finally made it possible for our audience to hear the complete work, as Aaron Copland wrote it for Martha Graham. To top it off, Peter Maxwell Davies's Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise is a charming look at a Scottish wedding party that runs into the wee hours of the morning. I'm excited to bring this depiction of a boisterous Scottish evening full of parties and dancing to Springfield with highland bagpipes accompanying the orchestra!”

Pickett will deliver a pre-concert talk from the stage at 6:30 p.m. and pre-concert music will begin at 6:45 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 our free event, Behind the Baton, at the Springfield Art Museum on Thursday, April 11th (1111 E. Brookside Dr) for the opportunity to hear Pickett talk about the music that will be performed at the April 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 (Presenting Sponsor), Positronic Industries, Margo S. Armstrong, Springfield Symphony Guild, William T. White and 104.1 KSGF.

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, 2019

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  March 13, 2019                                                                                                            Contact:  Lexi Locke

For Immediate Release                                                                                                      Phone:  417.864.6683

Photos Available Upon Request                                                                                          Cell:  417.860.9690

                                                                                                                           lexi@springfieldmosymphony.org

 

Springfield Symphony to feature combined choirs of local universities

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony is thrilled to collaborate with the combined choruses from College of the Ozarks, Drury, Evangel and Missouri State Universities; with guest artists Jennifer Forni, Nicole Birkland, Limmie Pulliam and Todd Payne on Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem. This classical concert, Is There Life After Death?, will take place on Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts (525 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy).

“Giuseppe Verdi, or, as I like to think of him, Joe Green, was, by all accounts, a fairly normal guy,” stated Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony. “He was born to a family of moderate means, and he did what many of us do: saved up to buy a house, spent time tending his gardens and putting additions onto his home, and farming the land he owned around his estate. Verdi enjoyed his success as a composer and did at times use his music to express his emotions, but he seems to have found a balance that eludes many of our most famous artists,” Pickett explained. “He didn’t exactly conform to the tortured artist stereotype we see in so many of his peers. That being said, Verdi’s Requiem is a towering artistic achievement of tremendous emotional intensity. ”

 “The opening of [Messa da Requiem’s] violent and furious “Dies Irae” (“Day of Wrath”) is one of the most famous moments in orchestral music history,” exuded Pickett.  “It seethes with existential anxiety and terror, but also offers serene beauty and sublime melodies. There is no question that Verdi’s Requiem reveals a deeply thinking and feeling soul, as well as an immense musical talent. With the choir and orchestra operating at full tilt, the Verdi Requiem will blow the roof off the hall in its biggest and most dramatic moments, and hearing it live is nothing short of thrilling.”

Pickett will deliver a pre-concert talk from the stage at 6:30 p.m. and pre-concert music will begin at 6:45 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 our free event, Behind the Baton, at the Springfield Art Museum on Thursday, March 21 (1111 E. Brookside Dr) for the opportunity to hear Pickett talk about the music that will be performed at the March 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 (Presenting Sponsor), Foster Hospitality, Bryan Properties and KY3.

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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