This is going to be a season of many firsts for all of us—2013-2014 will be my first season as the Conductor of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and that makes me so happy. So first of all, I want to say again how grateful I am to be joining your community and leading your wonderful orchestra. In keeping with the spirit of “firsts,” I chose several pieces for this season that are themselves “firsts,” as well. We will hear the first symphonies of Prokofiev, Sibelius, and Shostakovich, and we will also play Scarlatti’s First Concerto Grosso. We will play one of my favorite pieces from the opera world, Richard Strauss’s suite from Der Rosenkavalier, which is a stunningly beautiful work about love at first sight. We will bring for the first time to our stage the 2013 Van Cliburn Crystal Award Winner Sean Chen, and a few
of our selections are orchestral favorites played by the SSO for the very first time. I promise you will be delighted with our first season together!
I want to invite you, the friends of the Springfield Symphony, to take an active part in this season of firsts, too. Bring a friend who has never come to the symphony along with you for their first concert. If you have considered donating to the symphony, or advertising your business in our program, but have never done it, make this season your first time. And by all means, introduce yourself to me in town or at the symphony hall so we can have our first chat.
I’m looking forward to it! Here’s to the first of many wonderful seasons together!
Kyle Wiley Pickett
Springfield Symphony Orchestra