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July 10, 2019

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  July 10, 2019                                                                                                           Contact:  Aleksis Zarins

For Immediate Release                                                                                                       Phone:  417.864.6683

Photos Available Upon Request                                                                                           Fax:  417.864.8967

                                                                                                                     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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March 13, 2019

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  March 8, 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 host food drive benefiting Ozarks Food Harvest

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – As members of the League of American Orchestras and as a part of their Orchestras Feeding America program, the Springfield Symphony will host a food drive, at its Is There Life After Death? classical concert 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). All donations will benefit Ozarks Food Harvest a Feeding America partner.

                Over the past ten years Orchestras Feeding America has seen over 370 orchestras from across the country collect and donate nearly 520,000 pounds of food. Donation bins will be set up at various locations at Hammons Hall the evening of the concert. A donation that evening will help serve 261,000 individuals across 28 counties.  Most needed items are:  canned meats, peanut butter, beans, soups, stews, rice & pasta, and canned vegetables and fruits.       

The concert, Is There Life After Death?, will feature the combined choirs of College of the Ozarks, Drury, Evangel, and Missouri State Universities with guest artists Jennifer Forni, Nicole Birkland, Limmie Pulliam, and Todd Payne. 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. For more information on the food drive and other upcoming events, call the Springfield Symphony office at 417.864.6683 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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February 2019 Concert
 
February 1, 2019

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  February 1, 2019 
For Immediate Release

Photos Available Upon Request   

 

Contact: Lexi Locke
Phone:  417.864.6683
Cell:  417.860.9690

lexi@springfieldmosymphony.org

       

                                                                                                                          

Springfield Symphony performs love songs with sensational jazz vocalist

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony will feature vocalist Steve Lippia in Simply Swingin’ – an Evening with Sinatra and Friends at the pops concert Will You Be My Valentine? on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

An exciting and entertaining new show featuring vocal sensation Steve Lippia singing American Pop songs—of yesterday and today—made famous by Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Vic Damone, and Bobby Darin. Steve Lippia took the Pops world by storm performing his original show “Simply Sinatra” to sold-out audiences across North America! He has become one of the most prominent, in-demand vocalists and has quickly established his place among the finest interpreters of “standards” and traditional pop music in the nation.

“Our February concert is a perfect Valentine’s night out for anyone who loves the great jazz standards of the Rat Pack era,” said Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony. “ Our soloist, Steve Lippia, is a wonderful singer and artist and his performance will have you tapping your feet and humming along with some of the most memorable songs ever written. You’ll hear ‘Fly Me to the Moon,’ ’Mack the Knife,’ ‘Strangers in the Night,’ ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin,’ and, of course, ‘My Way.’ These are classics that have already lasted many generations and never lose their appeal to listeners of all ages, and I know our audiences are just going to have a fantastic night at the symphony.”

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.

                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), Don Wessel Honda, Carla L. Calvin, Ozarks FOX KRBK, 417 Magazine and KWTO 560 AM.

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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December 28, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  December 28, 2018                                                                                                    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 2018 Hellam Competition winner and Springfield Youth Symphony

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony will feature the 2018 Hellam Young Artists’ Competition winner, Graeme Steele Johnson on Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, and the Springfield Youth Symphony on Beethoven’s Coriolanus Overture at its classical concert Does Art Give Life Meaning? on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

“The Mozart Clarinet Concerto is a perennial audience favorite,” said Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony. “It is so familiar and gracious, and our Hellam Competition winner will do a magnificent job with it.  Many people remember the second movement as featured in the film Out of Africa. I'm also very excited to have the Springfield Youth Symphony joining us for a side-by-side performance of Beethoven's Coriolanus Overture.  I love featuring these talented young musicians on stage with the SSO.”

 In addition to the event’s enticing featured guests, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra will premiere its first performance of Hindemith’s Symphony Mathis der Maler. “Hindemith's Symphony Mathis der Maler is one of my very favorite pieces,” proclaimed Pickett. “I've loved it ever since I played it in youth symphony.  It is powerful, beautiful, passionate, and glorious.  I know it will be less familiar to our audiences than a Beethoven Symphony, but it has a wonderful story attached to it, and I know people will really enjoy it.  I will be talking about the story behind the piece from the stage, and I will also be showing images of the painting, on which the piece is based.”

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 a free monthly event, Behind the Baton, at Springfield Art Museum on Thursday, January 10 (111 E. Brookside Dr) for the opportunity to meet guest artist Graeme Steele Johnson and to hear Pickett talk about the music that will be performed at the January 12 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), Stephen and Linda Paganini Brite, RMMC Certified Public Accountants, 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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November 28, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  November 28, 2018                                                                                                   Contact:  Lexi Locke

For Immediate Release                                                                                                      Phone:  417.864.6683

Photos Available Upon Request                                                                                          Cell:  417.860.9690

                                                                                                                           lexi@springfieldmosymphony.org

 

Springfield Symphony collaborates with surrounding schools for annual holiday concert

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony is joining forces with over 300 choir members from surrounding rural and private schools at its annual Holiday pops concert on Saturday, December 8 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 “Miracle on 34th Street,” “The Polar Express,” “Elf,” and more!

“Playing the music from many of these perennial favorites is going to be a real highlight of the season for the orchestra and for me,” said Pickett. “I know our audiences will be thrilled to hear the themes from their favorite Christmas movies and remember watching them as a child or with their children or grandchildren. We will also be joined by the combined choirs from New Covenant Academy and Ozark, Republic and Willard High Schools who will sing many of your Holiday favorites!” 

In Pickett’s preparation, he contemplated how he and his family get themselves into the holiday spirit. “There are lots of ways to get into the holiday spirit,” stated Pickett. “Our family’s traditions include decorating the house, driving around looking at our neighbors’ light displays, baking (and eating!) Christmas cookies, and, of course, listening to Christmas music. I know it’s definitely Christmas-time when we start watching all of our favorite holiday movies. We have a family tradition to watch some of the same ones every year. The sweet, simple stories like “The Grinch,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” have been favorites since our kids were little. Sometime around Thanksgiving they start begging to watch these holiday movies, and then all of a sudden we realize the Christmas season and spirit has arrived. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear some of the most beloved holiday music with your family and friends at the Springfield Symphony!”

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.

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), CoxHealth, Hiland Dairy, Digital Lunchbox, Mediacom, 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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November 7, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  November 7, 2018                                                                                                      Contact:  Lexi Locke

For Immediate Release                                                                                                      Phone:  417.864.6683

Photos Available Upon Request                                                                                          Cell:  417.860.9690

                                                                                                                           lexi@springfieldmosymphony.org

 

Springfield Symphony continues innovative Classics on Tap series for 2018-2019 season

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony will continue its innovative outreach program, Classics on Tap, on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Mother’s Brewing Company.

Classics on Tap is a quarterly music and beer tasting series that tours different local breweries in the Springfield area,” said Lexi Locke, marketing manager for the Springfield Symphony. “The tour will feature various small ensembles of Symphony musicians at each event.” The upcoming series event will feature the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Trombone Quartet.  Entry at the door is $10 per person and all proceeds benefit the Symphony, and attendees will receive a Buy One Get One ticket voucher for any Symphony concert in the 2018-2019 season!

“The Classics on Tap program is a program that orchestras around the country are currently doing to expand their audiences,” explained Locke. “What makes our series unique is we want to make this a quarterly brewery tour to help promote not only the quality of music the Symphony is performing, but our local breweries here in Springfield as well.”

For more information on this event or other events like it, visit the Symphony website at www.springfieldmosymphony.org or by call the Symphony office at 417.864.6683.  Classics on Tap aims to raise the profile of the Springfield Symphony among new and younger audiences, to cultivate community pride for the Symphony and the professional musicians it hires, and to generate interest among new audience members.

 

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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what is my fate
 
October 30, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  October 30, 2018                                                                                                         Contact:  Lexi Locke

For Immediate Release                                                                                                      Phone:  417.864.6683

Photos Available Upon Request                                                                                          Cell:  417.860.9690

                                                                                                                           lexi@springfieldmosymphony.org

 

Springfield Symphony welcomes back former Hellam Young Artists’ Competition winners

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony brings focus to kismet and life in its upcoming  classical concert, What Is My Fate?  The performance will feature former Hellam Young Artists’ Competition Winners Brian Hong and Alexander Hersh on Saturday, November 10th at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

“November’s concert will be full of beautiful, moving, and powerful music. It’s always interesting to pair Brahms and Tchaikovsky,” said Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony.  “They are both romantics: their music is emotional and stirring and full of feeling, but they are very different in the way they use emotionality in their music.”

 “I always say Brahms is the perfect combination of the head and heart,” said Pickett. “There is longing, pain, passion, and desire, but it is used in small doses interspersed with attention to structure, form, and truly intellectual manipulation of the notes. The Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello will feature two young performers who are both former Hellam Young Artists’ Competition winners. It will be really exciting to hear them together and see the way they interact as a duo on this virtuosic concerto.”

”Tchaikovsky, on the other hand, gives you absolutely everything,” stated Pickett. “He leaves you almost exhausted from emotion. It will be a fascinating study in contrasting styles, but both pieces on our program are gorgeous and just lovely to listen to. Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique Symphony is full of emotion and tragedy. It has been interpreted as a symphonic suicide note, or a meditation on fate in life and death. “

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, November 6 (1111 E. Brookside Dr) for the opportunity to meet Pickett and hear about the music that will be performed at the November 10 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), Judith A. Hellam, Positronic Industries, Independent Printing, KOLR10, KSMU Ozarks Public Radio, and Pioneer Outdoor.

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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