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Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Upcoming concerts/events

Jul 26
Berkshire Choral Festival Concert (featuring the Springfield Symphony Orchestra)
Saturday Jul 26th, 2014 at 7:30 PM

St. John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach on July 26th
Performance at Jackman L. Stewart Center (Berkshire School Campus, Sheffield, MA). Tickets at (413) 229-1999 or www.choralfest.org

Aug 01
Single Tickets ON SALE for 2014-2015 Concert Season!
Friday Aug 1st, 2014
Aug 02
Berkshire Choral Festival Concert (featuring the Springfield Symphony Orchestra)
Saturday Aug 2nd, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Aug 09
Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival
Saturday Aug 9th, 2014 at 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Don’t miss the Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival, Saturday August 9th 11am – 10pm in Court Square / downtown Springfield! This FREE festival features phenomenal live jazz with local & internationally acclaimed musicians, plus ethnic cuisine and more. The SSO is proud to be a sponsor of this exciting event… join us as we celebrate the emergence of Springfield’s arts and culture district downtown.

Aug 21
Springfield Symphony Chorus Auditions
Thursday Aug 21st, 2014 at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Auditions will be held at the Downtown Springfield YMCA Family Center (275 Chestnut Street Springfield, MA 01104). Contact Kathy Johnston at kathysj6554@gmail.com for more information and to set up your audition.

Aug 23
Springfield Symphony Chorus Auditions
Saturday Aug 23rd, 2014 at 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Auditions will be held at the Downtown Springfield YMCA Family Center (275 Chestnut Street Springfield, MA 01104). Contact Kathy Johnston at kathysj6554@gmail.com for more information and to set up your audition.

Aug 26
SSYO Auditions for 2014-2015 Season
Tuesday Aug 26th, 2014

Auditions will focus on filling SYO vacancies for Horns, Violas & Oboes; and SYS vacancies for Violas, Bass, Oboes, Bassoons & Percussion.

Sep 27
President's Opening Night Reception
Saturday Sep 27th, 2014 at 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Springfield Sheraton Hotel
$25 per person ($75 with Opening Night concert ticket)
Tickets on sale August 1st at the SSO Box Office & online via this website.

Sep 27
All-Orchestral Opening Night Gala
Saturday Sep 27th, 2014 at 7:30 PM

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!

Oct 11
Jeans ‘n Classics - Sgt. Pepper / The Beatles
Saturday Oct 11th, 2014 at 7:30 PM

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.

Oct 25
Kings, Angels & Lovers
Saturday Oct 25th, 2014 at 7:30 PM

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 genug.

Nov 23
Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras Season Premiere Concert
Sunday Nov 23rd, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Join the SSYO as they kick off the 2014-2015 performance season with this Season Premiere concert event at Belchertown High School.

Dec 06
Home for the Follidays Holiday Concert
Saturday Dec 6th, 2014

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.

Jan 24
Fuchs, Mendelssohn & Beethoven – with Axel Strauss, Violin
Saturday Jan 24th, 2015 at 7:30 PM

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.

Feb 07
Jeans ‘n Classics - The Music of Michael Jackson
Saturday Feb 7th, 2015 at 7:30 PM

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.

Feb 08
Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras Winter Concert
Sunday Feb 8th, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Join the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras for their annual Winter Concert, at 3pm, Westfield State University.

Feb 21
Latin Guitar! - with Denis Azabagic, Guitar
Saturday Feb 21st, 2015 at 7:30 PM

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.

Mar 14
Beethoven & Bernstein - with Sara Davis Buechner, Piano
Saturday Mar 14th, 2015 at 7:30 PM

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”.

Mar 28
Jeans ‘n Classics - Blood, Sweat, Tears, Earth, Wind, Fire… and a little Chicago!
Saturday Mar 28th, 2015 at 7:30 PM

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!

Apr 11
Viennese Choral Spectacular - with Springfield Symphony Chorus
Saturday Apr 11th, 2015 at 7:30 PM

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 Coeli and Schubert’s Mass in G Major (also with Tenor William Hite and Baritone David McFerrin). 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”.

Apr 25
Season Finale - The Rite of Spring - with Spencer Myer, Piano
Saturday Apr 25th, 2015 at 7:30 PM

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.

May 17
Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras Season Finale Concert
Sunday May 17th, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Join the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras for their Season Finale concert at 3pm, Springfield Symphony Hall.

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