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What does America sound like?


It’s a little bit country. It’s a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. It’s a little bit Broadway, jazz, bluegrass, and some Mozart and Beethoven thrown in for good measure.


In 2019-2020, the Springfield Symphony is exploring the music of America. We’re painting a musical portrait of our nation. We’re traveling our backroads and byways and our rivers and mountains with music that celebrates our great cities, our small towns, and our national parks. We’re examining our history, telling our stories, and singing our songs. In music old and new, we will hear the spirit of America as it echoes across the miles and years.


From a new oratorio that raises the voices of the Civil War to the jazz of Gershwin’s New York, from bluegrass fiddling to the Broadway of Rodgers and Hammerstein, and from purple mountain majesties to our gritty and bustling cities, we will hear America’s playlist. We will make music from the new world as we create a soundtrack worthy of our history and celebrating our world today.


Opening Night
New York Night
September 21, 2019
Bernstein – Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue
                     With Alexander Tutunov, Piano
Gershwin – I Got Rhythm Variations
Bernstein – West Side Story Symphonic Dances

From the New World
October 19, 2019
Joan Tower – Made in America
Beethoven – Violin Concerto
                       With David Hays, Violin
Dvorak – Symphony No. 9 - From the New World

Broadway in Concert (POPS)
November 9, 2019
Rodgers & Hammerstein – Oklahoma! In Concert
                                                With Missouri State University BFA Musical Theatre Program

Holiday Concert (POPS)
December 7, 2019
Holiday Favorites

Mozart in America
January 18, 2020
Mozart – Overture to the Abduction from the Seraglio
Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 21 – Elvira Madigan
Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Mozart – Marriage of Figaro – Sull'aria – Che soave zeffiretto
Mozart – Symphony No. 29


American Pictures

February 15, 2020

Dave Brubeck – Ansel Adams: America

Copland – Our Town

Michael Torke – Sky – Concerto for Violin

With Tessa Lark, Violin

Copland – An Outdoor Overture


The Civil War in Missouri

March 28, 2020

Stefan Freund - The War Amongst Families and Neighbors: The Civil War in Missouri

                              With College of the Ozarks, Drury, Evangel and Missouri State Choruses


Great American Road Trip

April 18, 2020

Michael Daugherty – Route 66

Jennifer Higdon – All Things Majestic

Ferde Grofe – Mississippi Suite

                         2019 Hellam Young Artists' Competition Winner


The American West (POPS)

May 16, 2020

John Williams – The Cowboys Overture

Grofe - Grand Canyon Suite – On the Trail

Rossini – William Tell Overture (Finale)

Copland – Hoe Down, Saturday Night Waltz and Corral Nocturne from Rodeo

E. Bernstein - Magnificent Seven

Copland - Billy the Kid



All programs and dates are subject to change.