Springfield Symphony explores nostalgia and grief over lost loved ones

Springfield Symphony Orchestra
love and loss

Springfield Symphony explores nostalgia and grief over lost loved ones 

The Springfield Symphony continues its “Swipe Right” season at its classical concert Love and Loss on Saturday, October 15th at 7:30 p.m. The program will feature Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral, Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, and virtuoso violinist Rachel Lee Priday on Barber’s Violin Concerto.

Exploring the nostalgia and grief over lost loved ones, the performance will begin with Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral, a beautiful elegy to her late brother. Followed by Barber’s romantic Violin Concerto, featuring superstar violinist, Rachel Lee Priday. “Rachel is one of the most spectacularly talented soloists we’ve featured in the past few years. I’m so excited to have her back to play Barber’s Violin Concerto,” said Music Director and Conductor, Kyle Wiley Pickett. “This piece is stunningly beautiful and extremely difficult for the soloist. I’m excited for our audience to get to hear Rachel play this wonderful piece.”

Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 will round out the evening. “Brahms’s 4th Symphony is one of my all-time favorite pieces. It is romantic, nostalgic, gorgeous, melancholic, and ultimately uplifting. We played this piece on my first concert as SSO Music Director, back in 2013, and it’s time for us to revisit this masterpiece,” said Pickett. “This symphony epitomizes my idea of Brahms – that he always leaves me wanting to hear a little bit more,” he continued.

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.

Join Maestro Pickett at our free monthly event, Behind the Baton, at efactory on Thursday, October 13th (404 N Jefferson) or via Facebook Live on the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Facebook page. Take the opportunity to meet conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett and violinist Rachel Lee Priday, while hearing about the music that will be performed at the October 15th concert.  The program will begin at 5:45 p.m. The Facebook Live event takes place at 5:45 p.m. on the Thursday before each Springfield Symphony classical concert.

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, Springfield News-Leader, and Guest Artist Sponsor William T. White. 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.