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September 7, 2017

NEWS RELEASE

Date: September 7, 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 to feature Russian composers at opening concert

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony is opening its 83rd consecutive season, Revolution, with the classical concert, Russian Revolution, which will feature up-and-comer Tessa Lark on Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto on Saturday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

“I am thrilled to be playing Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the amazing Tessa Lark,” exclaimed Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony. “Several of our players worked with her recently and they have absolutely raved about her performances, so I think we are in a real treat on this gorgeous piece.”

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

“I like to start our seasons off with a bang, and this year it's a really big bang,” stated Pickett. “We'll be playing Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, which is one of the biggest, stormiest, and most dramatic symphonies in the orchestral repertoire. All in all, we're going to have a fantastic opening to our season of Revolutionary music!”

Join Pickett at our free monthly event, Behind the Baton, at Ocean Zen on Thursday, September 14th (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 September 16th 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 Courtney & Kay Whitlock, Reliable Superstore, the Springfield Symphony Guild, and KOLR10.

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 22, 2017

News Release

Date:  August 22, 2017
For Immediate Release
Photos Available Upon Request

Contact:  Jeana Varney
Phone:  417.864.6683
Email:  jeana@springfieldmosymphony.org

Springfield Symphony bassist celebrates 65 years with the orchestra

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Springfield Symphony bassist, Tommy Zongker will celebrate 65 years with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra during the 2017-18 season.  This milestone marks the longest musician tenure with the orchestra throughout its 83 year history.   

“It’s been a wonderful experience, and it’s just gone by so fast,” exclaimed Tommy Zongker.  Zongker has played under the baton of all but one of eight conductors of the Springfield Symphony.  “I started out as a member of the stage crew of the organization when I was in 10th grade at Springfield Senior High and one day David Blumenthal (the second conductor of the Symphony) asked me if I wanted to play Bass.  So I did!” 

Alongside his long tenure at the Springfield Symphony, Zongker was a pharmacist in Springfield for 50 years.  Chuckling to himself, he recalled, “There might have been few times I was almost late to rehearsal because I would try to shut the pharmacy down a little early so I could zip on over to performance hall.”

Zongker along with the rest of the orchestra will play the first concert of the 2017-18 season, Russian Revolution, on September 16, 2017 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.  Zongker is available for any interviews or questions.  Please feel free to call the Symphony office at (417) 864-6683 to set-up an interview time.

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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June 29, 2017

NEWS RELEASE

Date:  June 30, 2017                                                                                                        
For Immediate Release                                                                                                     
Photos Available Upon Request                                                                                      

Contact:  Aleksis Zarins
Phone:  417.864.6683
Fax:  417.864.8967                                                                                                                   

aleksis@springfieldmosymphony.org
411 N. Sherman Parkway
Springfield, MO 65802

Springfield Symphony announces auditions for the 2017-2018 season

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony will hold auditions for the 2017-2018 season on Wednesday, August 23 and Thursday August 24, 2017.

The Symphony is looking to fill the following positions:  Principal Oboe, Principal Cello, Flute 3/Piccolo, and 1 Section First Violin. Please inquire about substitution list availability by calling the Symphony office at 417.864.6683.

Musicians interested in auditioning should send a one page resume along with a $25 refundable deposit to the Springfield Symphony office, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, Springfield, MO 65802, by Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

When an applicant’s deposit is received he or she will be sent an information packet for use in preparing for the audition, which includes the requirements for each instrument.  Applicants who are not present for the auditions automatically forfeit their deposits. No repertoire will be given over the phone. 

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is a regional professional orchestra whose musicians will perform six classical and three pops concerts during the 2017-2018 season.  The season runs from September through May.  The Orchestra will also present a series of Young People’s Concerts and Ensembles-In-Schools outreach programs for elementary students during the season.

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

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

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June 27, 2017

NEWS RELEASE

Date: June 27, 2017
For Immediate Release
Photos available on request

Contact: Jeana Varney
Phone: 417.864.6683
Cell: 417.349.0906
Fax: 417.864.8967
jeana@springfieldmosymphony.org
411 N. Sherman Parkway
Springfield, MO 65802

Springfield Symphony breaks single ticket record for fourth straight year

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony Orchestra ends its 82nd consecutive season, Extreme Symphony, once again with record high single ticket sales for the nine subscription concert season.

The Symphony is pleased to report sales of $99,263 in single tickets during the 2016-17 season, an 18% increase from $83,564 during the 2015-16 season and a 10% increase in attendance for the 2016-17 season.

“I continue to be grateful for the amazing enthusiasm the community has shown for the Springfield Symphony,” said Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony. “For the fourth year in a row, I am hearing from patrons who are so excited about what we're doing and the way we're doing it. I love hearing from audience members that they had never gone to a symphony before and they loved it, and they want to come back for more. I love hearing from people who have been going to the symphony for years and they see the Springfield Symphony getting better and better. We are fortunate to be able to continue to grow artistically and the fact that every year for the last four years we've smashed our previous single ticket sales just confirms that our audiences are growing along with us. It's a pretty awesome position to be in for an arts organization, and we are thrilled and grateful.”

The Symphony’s 2017-2018 season, Revolution, begins on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Season tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Symphony office at (417) 864-6683 and single tickets will be on sale starting September 1, 2017. For more information and a full calendar of the 2017-2018 concerts please 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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June 20, 2017

NEWS RELEASE

Date: June 20, 2017
For Immediate Release
Photos Available Upon Request

Contact: Jeana Varney
Phone: 417.864.6683
Cell: 417.349.0906
Fax: 417.864.8967
jeana@springfieldmosymphony.org
411 N. Sherman Parkway
Springfield, MO 65802

Springfield Symphony announces 2017-2018 subscription season

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony will take on some of history’s biggest moments during its 2017-2018 subscription season entitled Revolution. The nine concert subscription series will be performed at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts starting on September 16, 2017 and will run through May 12, 2018.

“Our 2017-18 season will be another year of thrilling music and exciting concerts,” said Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony. “We chose the theme of Revolution because it offers such terrific and dramatic musical repertoire, and it gives us the opportunity to take a look at some of history's biggest moments through a musical lens. Music played an important part in some of history's revolutions, and new music emerged from revolutions as worlds changed and cultures shifted. We're talking about big historical moments, and this will be a year of big music--powerful and dramatic and world-changing--and a year of remembering the revolutionaries who rose up and made history.”

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. The renewal deadline for current season ticket subscribers is Friday, June 30, 2017. New season ticket subscribers may purchase season tickets throughout the summer.

“These are exciting pieces to conduct, listen to, and play, and I think everyone's going to be thrilled with the line-up,” said Pickett. “From Shostakovich’s stormy 5th Symphony to Tchaikovsky's gorgeous "Sleeping Beauty" to musical selections from Broadway's hottest ticket, "Hamilton," it's going to be an incredible year. Don't miss your shot to join the revolution!”

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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