News Release: Springfield Symphony opens single ticket sales and celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday

Springfield Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven’s Birthday Cake


Date:  November 3, 2020                                                                                                      Contact:  Lexi Locke

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Springfield Symphony opens single ticket sales and celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony (SSO) will continue its “Comfort Food” season at its second classical concert of the season, Beethoven’s Birthday Cake on Saturday, November 7th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  The program will feature Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and his Symphony No. 7. These performances will take place at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. 

In prepping for the Springfield Symphony’s 2020-21 season, the nonprofit arts organization had to prepare for what performing as an orchestra would look like during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are so fortunate as an orchestra to have the opportunity to perform live for our community right now,” stated Music Director and Conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett. “We have been taking very seriously the safety protocols that make live performances a possibility, both for our players and for the audience. We are especially fortunate to have the ability to play two performances every Saturday in order to divide our audience into safe socially distanced groups, and we are very excited to be able to provide the livestream broadcasts for patrons who don’t feel comfortable venturing out into public yet.”

The Springfield Symphony launched its livestream platform with its first concert of the season Spaghetti and Meatballs on October 10, 2020. With the 7:30 p.m. in-person performances designated for SSO season ticket holders and sponsors due to capacity restrictions; the livestream platform provides access to the Symphony’s performances in the comfort of people’s homes. Now with two live performances for each musical comfort food, the Springfield Symphony is excited to open limited single tickets to the public for its 2:00 p.m. performances starting November 7, 2020. “I am really excited to be celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday at our November symphony concert,” proclaimed Pickett. “There are very few composers who have the same level of cultural influence and impact on us as a culture as Beethoven did. He is one of the true musical geniuses, and his importance can’t be exaggerated. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 is one of my very favorite works. It is powerful, magnificent, and moving. Any opportunity we have to perform this masterpiece is exciting, but it is especially exciting right now when live performances are so rare and precious.”

Single tickets are currently on sale online at  Livestream tickets start at $12 per household and single tickets are $30 per ticket with limited availability. Season tickets are available for the matinee performances. Join Pickett at the free LIVE event, Behind the Baton, on the Springfield Symphony Orchestra MO Facebook page. Behind the Baton provides the opportunity to meet Pickett and hear about the music that will be performed at the November 7th 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 concert is being sponsored by Reliable Superstore, Don Wessel Honda, Positronic Industries, U.S. Bank, and Mid-West Family Marketing. For more information on Springfield Symphony concerts and events, 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