Kick off the weekend with the Rock 102 Work Release Program! Join Rock 102 morning DJs Bax and O'Brien and guests, as we celebrate the next evening's "Home for the Follidays" concert with the SSO and Chorus.
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.
Join the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras for their annual Winter Concert, at 3pm, Westfield State University.
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 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”.
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.
Join the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras for their Season Finale concert at 3pm, Springfield Symphony Hall.