News Release: Springfield Symphony Invites You to Dance Around, Around

Springfield Symphony Orchestra
Dance around, around


Date:  February 8, 2022                                                            Contact:  Rachel Lambert
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Springfield Symphony invites you to Dance Around, Around

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –The Springfield Symphony (SSO) will hold its final classical concert Dance Around, Around on Saturday, April 2nd at 7:30 p.m. Dance Around, Around features Strauss’s Voices of Spring Waltz followed by Tchaikovsky’s elegant Rococo Variations with 2019 Hellam Competition winner Bryan Cheng. Closing out the evening will be Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.The performance will be held at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. At our final Classical Masterworks concert of the season, we bring Europe’s many dance traditions together. You will hear a traditional, elegant, and swirling Viennese Waltz by Johann Strauss, Jr., the “Waltz King.” “I love every concert we play, but there are some that give me a special thrill, and this is one of them,” stated Music Director and Conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett. You will also enjoy the stately and classical Rococo Variations with Hellam Competition Winner Bryan Cheng on the cello. Of Cheng’s appearance Pickett added, “We’re so excited to finally welcome Bryan Cheng to the SSO performance. This has been a long time coming. For two years, his appearance with the SSO has been delayed, and in those two years, Bryan’s career has taken off. We’re so fortunate to be featuring this spectacularly talented cellist and winner of the 2019 Hellam Competition.” We conclude our concert with Mahler’s Symphony No. 1,which includes foot-stomping dances and yodeling from one of Mahler’s early songs, Hans und Grete.

“Mahler’s Symphony No. 1-TheTitan is one of the greatest symphonies ever written. It is a tour de force for the orchestra and an emotional roller coaster for the audience. It is beautiful, powerful, melodic, moving, and uplifting,” said Pickett. “Dance around, around!” the song goes. “Let whoever is happy weave in and out! Let whoever has cares find his way home.” Single Tickets are $10 -$45 with discounts available for students and seniors. Single Tickets will be available at the Hammons Hall box office by calling (417) 836-7678 or visiting Per the Springfield Symphony Board of Directors, masks are recommended for our Dance Around, Around performance in Hammons Hall. Single Livestream access starts at $22 per household and livestream access is available for purchase at us via Facebook Live for Behind the Baton on the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Facebook page. This is an opportunity to listen to Kyle Wiley Pickett and special guest artist, Bryan Cheng. They will discuss the music that will be performed at the April 2nd concert. The Facebook Live event takes place at 5:45 p.m. on the Thursday before each Springfield Symphony classical concert. Pickett is available for any interviews or questions. Please feel free to email him at or call at (417) 837-9422.

The Dance Around, Around concert is sponsored by Presenting Season Sponsor Reliable Superstore, Presenting Media Sponsor Xtream by Mediacom, Springfield Symphony Guild, and 104.1 KSGF. The livestream concert is sponsored by Xtream by Mediacom, Cox Health, and Systematic Savings. For more information on Springfield Symphony health and safety guidelines, concerts and events, and more, visit 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 or