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christmas at the movies
 
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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CLA on TAP_Nov
 
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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October 17, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  October 17, 2018
For Immediate Release    
Photos Available Upon Request

Contact: Lexi Locke   
Phone:  417.864.6683   
Cell:  417.860.9690      
Fax:  417.864.8967              
lexi@springfieldmosymphony.org                                                                   

                                                                                                

Springfield Symphony to perform 10th annual free Halloween concert for local kids and families

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony invites children of all ages and their families to join us for the 10th Annual Spooky Symphony, a free Halloween concert, on Monday, October 29 at 6:00 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

The orchestra, all dressed in their Halloween costumes, will be led by Maestro Kyle Wiley Pickett, and will feature performances of Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, How to Train Your Dragon, and many more.

Concert attendees are welcome to wear Halloween costumes and join in the costume contest for children during the event.  Attendees can look forward to the distribution of free ice cream sandwiches generously provided by Hiland Dairy.  The Springfield Fire Department will also be there with a fire truck from 5pm to 6pm the night of the concert to talk fire safety with the kids to go in conjunction with Fire Prevention Month.

The concert is free, and seating is first come first served.  Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and seating will begin at 5:30 p.m. The concert is being sponsored by Merrill Lynch, Maggie Wilcox, and the Kids Directory.

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 24, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  September 24, 2018
For Immediate Release
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Contact:  Lexi Locke


Phone:  417.864.6683
Cell:  417.860.9690
Fax:  417.864.8967
lexi@springfieldmosymphony.org

 

Springfield Symphony sets path to answer Who Am I and Where Am I Going?

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony will continue its “The Big Questions” theme which poses life’s philosophical questions with the classical concert, Who Am I and Where Am I Going?  The performance will feature soprano Jennifer Forni on Mahler’s Fourth Symphony as well as Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 on Saturday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. 

“We’re going to be playing one of my absolute favorite pieces for soprano and orchestra, Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” with local treasure Jennifer Forni.” said Kyle Wiley Pickett music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony.  “This piece is kind of an impressionistic essay—the singer tells of an uneventful evening from childhood, lying on quilts in the front yard, hearing street cars, seeing neighbors in their rocking chairs, and gazing at the stars. The simplicity and innocence of the memory gives way to a more complex meditation of trying to understand who we are and our place in the universe.”

“We will also play Gustav Mahler’s 4th Symphony,” Pickett continued, ”which features our soprano soloist on a text that ponders in a child-like way what Heaven might be like. This is surely one of the most gorgeous symphonies ever written. It’s haunting and a little surprising, and the third movement is achingly ethereal. It’s the kind of piece that you almost hold your breath while you’re listening to it because it is just so arrestingly beautiful. And to tie up the theme, we’re playing the Prelude to the opera of “Hansel and Gretel,” because at the heart of that fairy tale is the very question we’re asking, “Where am I going?” Once again, we look to childhood to help us answer this question, and once again, an innocent query belies a much deeper and darker existential question.”

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, October 4 (1111 E. Brookside Dr) for the opportunity to meet Pickett and the featured soloist and hear about the music that will be performed at the October 6 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, Ozarks Fox and Fast Frames & Gallery.

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 31, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  August 31, 2018  
For Immediate Release   
Photos Available Upon Request 

 

Contact: Lexi Locke    
Phone:  417.864.6683
Cell: 417.860.9690
Fax:  417.864.8967       
lexi@springfieldmosymphony.org                                                                                          

                                    

Springfield Symphony features Van Cliburn Bronze Medalist at season opener

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony is opening its 84th consecutive season, The Big Questions, with the classical concert, What Is The Meaning of Life?, which will feature Van Cliburn Bronze Medalist Daniel Hsu on Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on Saturday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. 

“We’re about to kick off a year of really fascinating, thought-provoking, and, as always, exciting concerts,” exclaimed Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony.  “This year is going to be full of thrilling and dramatic concerts that take on the serious Big Questions we’re looking at, as well as playful and fun concerts that look at the lighter side of life.”

There will be 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 $10 - $40 and discounts are available for students and seniors.

“We begin our season with a concert that poses the question that philosophers, poets, artists, and writers have wrestled with for millennia—What is the meaning of life?” stated Pickett.  “We’ll kick it all off with Bernstein’s sparkling “Candide” Overture, based on Voltaire’s absurd philosophical novel, and play Faure’s very romantic “Pavanne” and Liszt’s “Les Preludes,” both pieces inspired by French poets and philosophers. And finally, we get to do one of my absolute favorite things, which is to bring one of the recent winners from the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition to our stage to perform with us. Daniel Hsu will play Rachmaninoff’s notoriously virtuosic Third Piano Concerto for our audience, and it will be nothing short of spectacular.”

Join Pickett at our free monthly event, Behind the Baton, at the Springfield Art Museum on Thursday, September 13th (1111 E. Brookside) for the opportunity to meet Pickett and the featured soloist and hear about the music that will be performed at the September 15th 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, Mediacom, and Mid-West Family Marketing & Broadcasting.

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 28, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  August 28, 2018  
For Immediate Release  
Photos Available Upon Request   

   

Contact:  LexiLocke    
Phone:  417.864.6683      
Cell:  417.860.9690            
Fax:  417.864.8967              

lexi@springfieldmosymphony.org

                                                                                                                                                                                      

Springfield Symphony answers The Big Questions of life in its upcoming 2018-2019 season

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony is opening its 84th consecutive season by exploring big issues about life and death, art and inspiration, and love and marriage in its 2018-2019 season The Big Questions. The nine concert subscription series will be performed at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Perfoming Arts starting on September 15, 2018 and will run through May 11, 2019.

“It’s a good time to remind everyone that my motto has always been No Boring Concerts, and this year is no exception,” exclaimed Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony.  “This year is going to be full of thrilling and dramatic concerts that take on the serious Big Questions we’re looking at, as well as playful and fun concerts that look at the lighter side of life.”

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. Single 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.

“We’re going to use classical and popular music to explore issues that composers and artists have grappled with for centuries and offer answers in powerful fascinating, and thought-provoking works. From Rachmaninoff’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 3 to Verdi’s Messa da Requiem to destined galactic selections from Star Wars, it will be a season you won’t want to miss. Join us in finding our answers to The Big Questions!”

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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July 30, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  July 30, 2018  
For Immediate Release
Photos Available Upon Request  

 

Contact:  Aleksis Zarins
Phone:  417.864.6683
Fax:  417.864.8967
aleksis@springfieldmosymphony.org

                                                                                                                   

Springfield Symphony announces auditions for the 2018-2019 season

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony will hold auditions for the 2018-2019 season on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.The Symphony is looking to fill the following positions:  Assistant Principal Second Violin, Principal Cello, 1 Section Cello, and 2 Section Bass. 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 15, 2018.

                Applicants who are not present for the auditions automatically forfeit their deposits. Repertoire for audition packets can be found at www.springfieldmosyphony.org/audtions.  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 2018-2018 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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April 30, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date:  April 30, 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 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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