News Release: Springfield Symphony’s rendition of ‘The Nutcracker’ is En Pointe this holiday season

Springfield Symphony Orchestra
En Pointe

Date:  November 22, 2021                                                                                                   Contact:  Lexi Locke

For Immediate Release                                                                                                       Phone:  417.864.6683

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Springfield Symphony’s rendition of ‘The Nutcracker’ is En Pointe this holiday season

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Symphony presents its annual holiday pops concert, En Pointe, on Saturday, December 11th at 7:30 pm. The orchestra will be led by music director and conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett, and will feature holiday favorites as well as musical selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker with St. Louis Ballet guest dancers Rebecca Cornett as Sugar Plum and Michael Burke as Cavalier. These performances will take place at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

“It’s hard to even mention dancing at Christmas without thinking first and foremost of The Nutcracker,” said Music Director and Conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett. “When we were planning our ‘Dance Mix’ holiday concert, I knew I wanted to feature Tchaikovsky’s beautiful and beloved score. I also knew I wanted this to be a concert where we saw the dancing along with the music, so we are bringing in two fantastic soloists, Michael Burke and Rebecca Cornett, from the St. Louis Ballet to perform a few of the big dance duets with the orchestra. It’ll be a great night of holiday favorites, gorgeous dancing, and we get to bring back one of my favorite traditions of the holiday concert—the audience sing-along!”

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 will be mandatory for Springfield Symphony staff, patrons, and musicians in Hammons Hall for concerts and events through December 2021. Single Livestream access starts at $22 per household and livestream access is available for purchase at

Pickett is available for any interviews or questions.  Please feel free to email him at or call at (417) 837-9422. The En Pointe concert is sponsored by Reliable Superstore (Presenting Sponsor), Mediacom (Presenting Media Sponsor), Don Wessel Honda (Presenting Holiday Sponsor), Hiland Dairy, TLC Properties, Springfield News-Talk 104.1, and 105.9 KGBX. For information on upcoming Springfield Symphony concert 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