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April 30, 2018

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Date:  April 30, 2018
For Immediate Release
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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
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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
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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 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

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Date:  March 13, 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 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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January 5, 2018

NEWS RELEASE


Date: January 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 feature 2017 Hellam Young Artists’ Competition winner

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony will feature the 2017 Hellam Young Artists’ Competition winner, Chae-won Hong on Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 at its Romantic Revolution classical concert on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

“We are starting off 2018 with some of my favorite music, including pieces by three of my favorite composers, Brahms, Shostakovich, and Wagner,” said Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony. “These are all masters of powerful music, each in their own way--Brahms is emotional but elegant, Shostakovich is dark and stormy, and Wagner is bombastic but beautiful. Anyone who knows me knows that Brahms is probably my absolute favorite composer. We're playing his First Symphony, which was hailed by the musical world as "Beethoven's Tenth Symphony," meaning that the torch had finally been passed from Beethoven to the next great German composer of the symphony. I always say that Brahms is the ideal mixture of head and heart. In his First Symphony you'll hear gorgeous, lush, heart-on-your-sleeve melodies, all put together in truly brilliant form.”

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 also love the music of Shostakovich, and we're featuring Chae-won Hong, our 2017 Hellam Winner, on his stormy, dramatic, and incredibly virtuosic cello concerto,” said Pickett. “Our Wagner selection from Lohengrin is just flashy, spectacular, and energetic. It'll be a great way to kick off 2018.”

Join Pickett at a free monthly event, Behind the Baton, at Ocean Zen on Thursday, January 18 (4117 S National Ave) for the opportunity to meet guest artist Chae-won Hong and to hear Pickett talk about the music that will be performed at the January 20 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 RMMC Certified Public Accountants, Fast Frames/Gallery, 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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November 30, 2017

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  November 30, 2017
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 joins forces with Springfield Public High School choirs

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony is joining forces with 250 choir members from all five Springfield Public High Schools at its annual Holiday pops concert on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

“It’s a little hard to make the case that our holiday pops concert is “Revolutionary” in the same sense of the word that most of the rest of our concerts this year are,” said Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony. “This concert isn’t about war or revolt or regime change….it’s just about the holiday season, when we wish each other good tidings and happiness. It’s about building snowmen and winter wonderlands and cocoa and flying reindeer and sleigh rides. It’s about gathering and remembering and reflecting and rejoicing. We’re excited to be joined by the combined choirs from Central, Glendale, Hillcrest, Kickapoo, and Parkview who will sing many of your Holiday favorites!  This is the season for jolly good cheer!”

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 - $36 and discounts are available for students and seniors.

“In a year that has been marked by events that have brought sadness to many communities around the world, from natural disasters to terrorist attacks, perhaps it is a bold, revolutionary act to gather in joy,” said Pickett.  “Holding up the light, love, and laughter of the season is in itself an act of cheerful rebellion. Let’s throw off the darkness and embrace the giddy happiness of the season, and join together in song and celebration to lift our spirits and warm our hearts. Make a joyful noise together with us tonight, and we can make a stand for light and love.  That’s a revolution worthy of the season.”

Join Pickett at a free monthly event, Behind the Baton, at Ocean Zen on Thursday, December 7 (4117 S National Ave) for the opportunity to meet Pickett and hear about the music that will be performed at the December 9 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 Don Wessel Honda (Pops Series Presenter), CoxHealth, Hiland Dairy, Fox5/MeTV Ozarks, 105.9FM KGBX, 417 Magazine, and Digital LunchBox.

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 1, 2017

NEWS RELEASE

Date: November 1, 2017
For Immediate Release

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

Springfield Symphony offers special discounted tickets for Veterans and military personnel

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony is offering special $10 tickets for any seat in Hammons Hall to any Veteran, active duty or retired military personnel and a spouse/guest at its Salute to Veterans Pops concert on Saturday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. Special tickets can only be purchased in person or by phone at the Hammons Hall box office.

“Our Veterans Day concert this year is going to be a very moving and truly fascinating tribute to Missourians who volunteered and fought in World War I,” said Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony. “We will be playing popular music that was used to stir up support of the Great War like Over There, as well as patriotic songs and pieces that have been used in movies about war, including the always popular Nimrod from Elgar’s Enigma Variations and the moving Adagio by Albinoni.”

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 - $36 and discounts are available for students and seniors.

“In addition to our musical selections, we will have actors onstage who will read from letters and diaries of Missourians at the frontlines of the battles in World War I,” said Pickett. “Their words tell stories of love, longing, heroism, and horror, and really make the history of World War I come to life. These were real people, with lovers and families and fears and dreams, and the fact that we are able to enter their world, nearly one hundred years after they wrote these letters, is going to make for a pretty amazing evening of story-telling. As you would expect, many tell about the grueling trench warfare and the terror of poison gas, but there are also letters that are full of humor, enthusiasm for new adventure in Europe, and jealousies of lovers back at home. It’ll be a fascinating night in honor of veterans and volunteers and we are excited to bring these stories to the stage. These letters come from an amazing online archive called “Over There: Missouri and the Great War,” put together using over 30 collections of historical documents by the Springfield-Greene County Library. It’s an incredible resource.”

Join Pickett at a free monthly event, Behind the Baton, at Ocean Zen on Thursday, November 9 (4117 S National Ave) for the opportunity to meet Pickett and hear about the music that will be performed at the November 11 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 Don Wessel Honda (Pops Series Presenter), Dee Wampler & Joesph Passanise, Attorneys at Law, Independent Printing, OzAir/Burgess Aircraft Management, Creekside and the Manor at Elfindale, Fox5/MeTV, and KWTO.

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 28, 2017

NEWS RELEASE

Date:  September 28, 2017                                                                                           
For Immediate Release                                                                                                     
Photos Available Upon Request                                                                                         

Contact:  Jeana Varney
Phone:  417.864.6683
Cell:  417.349.0906
jeana@springfieldmosymphony.org

Springfield Symphony commemorates 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony will continue its “Revolution” theme which commemorates different historical anniversaries with the classical concert, The Reformation.  The performance will feature Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony as well as Pianist Gabriela Martinez on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 on Saturday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. 

“We are using our October concert as a chance to reflect on the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation,” said Kyle Wiley Pickett music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony.  “It is almost impossible to overstate the cultural significance of the Reformation. The Reformation and its new church ushered in a new era of liturgical music, during which a composer named Johann Sebastian Bach rose to prominence. Bach almost single-handedly drove the beginning of Western music as we know it. Without Bach, there is no Beethoven. Without Beethoven, there are no Beatles. The beginning of the Reformation marks one of the largest turning points in all of Western culture and Mendelssohn's Reformation Symphony is an exciting and dramatic tribute to Bach and the Reformation as an important historical event.”

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 $17 - $33 and discounts are available for students and seniors.

Join Pickett at a free monthly event, Behind the Baton, at Ocean Zen on Thursday, October 12 (4117 S National Ave) for the opportunity to meet Pickett and the featured soloist and hear about the music that will be performed at the October 14 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 All Saints Anglican Church, William T. White, Mediacom, and KWTO News Talk Radio.

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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