Celebrate our incredible 70 year history with two great American works and a rare masterwork by one of our favorites! The exuberant American Festival Overture by Schuman opens the program, after which the SSO Chorus joins the orchestra for Leonard Bernstein’s moving call for peace, Chichester Psalms. The orchestra commemorates the occasion with the performance of the final symphony of one of our favorite composers, Rachmaninoff’s dramatic and beautiful Symphony No. 3.
Our Opening Night Gala promises to be a spectacular evening, highlighting the brilliance of the incredible SSO in Orchestral Showpieces by Ravel, Debussy & Mussorgsky. Join us for an exciting start to our 71st performance season!
Jeans ‘n Classics takes great pleasure in presenting 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' - perhaps the Beatles' most creative album - in its entirety, all backed by members of the incomparable SSO. This concert also includes additional Beatles hits, and features the Springfield Symphony Chorus, and the renowned Jeans ‘n Classics Band with Jean Meilleur on lead vocals.
The incredible Caroline Goulding returns to the SSO for Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto – "To the Memory of an Angel" (1935), his last and perhaps most well-known piece. The evening also includes two of Tchaikovsky’s beautiful Shakespearean works, & the much-loved and most frequently recorded of Johann Sebastian Bach’s church cantatas, Es ist mir genug.
This festive family concert is a perennial tradition that truly rings in the holiday season! The evening will feature the SSO, Guest Conductor Harvey Felder, and renowned Jeans ‘n Classics vocalists. Adding to the festivities will be over 150 amazing voices of the Springfield Symphony Chorus, a chorus line of “Tap-Dancing Santas” and many special guests. Join us for an evening of musical celebration with a rockin’ beat, and a festive audience sing-along.
The first German artist to ever win the international Naumburg Violin Award in New York, Violinist Axel Strauss returns to the SSO for one of the most important works of the violin concerto repertoire - Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. The evening opens with Fuchs’ Out of the Dark – a truly American work that Fuchs describes as "reflect(ing) the palette of musical sounds that developed in the United States in the last hundred years", and Mendelssohn’s expressive Italian Symphony, formally known as Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90.
Michael Jackson’s passing in the spring of 2009 was a huge loss to the music world, but luckily for us he left an awesome musical legacy! In this tribute to Michael Jackson, we will take you back to the earliest days of The Jackson 5, through The Jacksons, and also focus on some of the best material of Michael’s solo work from "Off The Wall", "Thriller, and "Bad" – with the renowned Jeans ‘n Classics Band & Gavin Hope on lead vocals, all backed by members of the incredible Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
Denis Azabagic, one of the most compelling classical guitarists on the international concert circuit today, returns to the SSO for a spectacular evening of Latin guitar – performing Concertos by Vivaldi and Rodrigo. This evening, you will also hear Respighi ‘s Botticelli Triptych – which brings to life three paintings by the Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli, and DeFalla’s Suite No. 1 “The Three Cornered Hat”, extracted from his two-act ballet for large orchestra.
American pianist Sara Davis Buechner, one of the leading keyboard artists of our time, has been praised on four continents for her “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess”. On this evening, she returns to the SSO for Bernstein’s haunting Symphony No. 2 “The Age of Anxiety”, titled after W. H. Auden's poem of the same name. Also on the program is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”.
This ever-popular Jeans ‘n Classics night includes the best of three awesome rock bands - Earth, Wind & Fire, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Chicago. The program features the renowned Jeans ‘n Classics Band with Gavin Hope & Jean Meilleur on lead vocals – all backed by members of the incomparable SSO, for a riveting, brassy experience that will envelope Springfield Symphony Hall!
Join us for this rousing celebration of classical works composed for orchestra & chorus. Incomparable soprano Mary Wilson returns to Springfield MA for Mozart’s Regina Ceoli and Schubert’s Mass in G Major (also with Tenor & Baritone soloists TBD). Nadine Shank, SSO Principal Pianist lends her talent to Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. All three of these works also feature the Springfield Symphony Chorus. The evening also includes Schubert’s vivid & expressive Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”.
On this evening, Maestro Rhodes & the SSO celebrate the splendor of our 71st season with an evening of favorites from Wagner, Rachmaninoff & Stravinsky. The program opens with Overture to Tannhäuser by Wagner. Piano soloist Spencer Myer, one of the most outstanding pianists of his generation, returns to Springfield MA for one of Rachmaninoff’s most enduringly popular pieces – the Piano Concerto No. 2. The finale program of the SSO season concludes with Stravinsky’s beautiful & avant-garde Rite of Spring - widely considered to be one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century.