Springfield Symphony meditates on notorious Spanish lover, Don Juan

Springfield Symphony Orchestra
Spanish lover, Don Juan

Springfield Symphony meditates on notorious Spanish lover, Don Juan

On Saturday, January 14th at 7:30 p.m. the Springfield Symphony Orchestra invites you to meditate on love themes ranging from love of country to notorious Spanish lover, Don Juan. The SSO returns from the holidays with the world premiere of the beautiful Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra from composer Daijana Wallace, as well as Sibelious’s Second Symphony.

“It is always exciting to play a world premiere, and this month is no exception. Daijana Wallace is an extraordinarily talented young composer from Kansas. We’re very proud to be playing the world premiere of the full orchestra version of her Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra, featuring our own principal cellist, Daniel Ketter. It’s a beautiful piece, and I know the audience is going to love it,” said Music Director and Conductor, Kyle Wiley Pickett. “Sibelius’s Second Symphony is one of the pieces that I get the most requests for, and it’s no surprise why. It’s passionate, stormy, grandiose, and gorgeous. It’s a perfect winter symphony for January, and its lush melodies highlight this season’s theme of love!”

The Springfield Symphony is hosting a Young Professionals meet and greet at eFactory on Thursday, January 12th from 5pm-6:30pm for interested college students and Springfield area young professionals. During this time, you can chat with Conductor Pickett, guest artist Daniel Ketter, and composer Daijana Wallace, and enjoy appetizers before being treated to a sneak peek of the orchestra’s rehearsal. $15 student ticket prices will be available for anyone attending this event, as well as anyone purchasing tickets in person at Hammons Hall with a valid school ID. For details and to RSVP for this ‘App’y Hour event, please visit the Symphony’s website or Facebook page under Events. “After a wonderful first half of our season, I’m thrilled about the music the SSO brings to 2023. I know you’ll find this second half of our season just as inspired and beautiful as the first half,” said Pickett.

For a limited time, the SSO has Holiday Packages available. Packages include either two (2) 22/23 Gold Season Tickets to each remaining concert (January – May 2023) for $250 or two (2) 22/23 Gold Single Tickets to the concert of your choice (January – May 2023) for $75. Holiday packages can be purchased from the Symphony’s website, www.springfieldmosymphony.org/holiday-packages.

This concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. Single Tickets are $25 – $60 with discounts available for students and seniors. Single Tickets are available at the Hammons Hall box office by calling (417) 836-7678 or visiting www.hammonshall.com. This season’s concerts will also be available beginning 10 days after the performance for On-Demand viewing up to 30 days via Vimeo.

Maestro 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 Presenting Season Sponsor Reliable Superstore, Presenting Media Sponsor Xtream by Mediacom, and RMMC Certified Public Accountants. For information on upcoming Springfield Symphony concert and events, 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.