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Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Copland, Schwantner & Ellington

Classical Concert
Saturday Feb 27th, 2016 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Kevin Rhodes, Music Director and Conductor
Narrator: Avery Brooks
Soloist: Laquita Mitchell (Soprano)
Soloist: Othalie Graham (Soprano)
Soloist: Robert Mack (Tenor)
Soloist: Kenneth Overton (Baritone)
Springfi­eld Symphony Chorus - Nikki Stoia, Director 

Gershwin  Porgy and Bess Concert Suite
Ellington  Excerpts from The River
Schwantner  New Morning for the World
Copland  Fanfare for the Common Man

The SSO commemorates Black History Month with this very special concert, highlighted by Gershwin’s immortal Porgy and Bess Concert Suite (featuring the Springfield Symphony Chorus and a superb cast of vocal soloists), and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Joseph Schwantner’s New Morning for the World, a moving work featuring narration by renowned actor, Avery Brooks. Join the growing family of SSO enthusiasts –enjoy an exhilarating evening out with family or friends, and support the arts in downtown Springfield!  

Classical Conversations Pre-Concert Discussions
Enhance your concert experience with an informal half-hour discussion before each Classical Concert at 6:30pm in Symphony Hall. During the 2015-2016 concert season, we look forward to featuring a series of Classical Conversations guest lecturers, for lively discussions & audience questions about that evening’s Classical concert program. On this evening, the discussion will be led by none other than our very own Maestro Rhodes! Classical Conversations discussions begin at 6:30pm in Symphony Hall, and are free to all ticket holders.

Make Concert Night an Exciting Evening Out! Click here for information about special menus, early dining hours & discounted pricing at a premiere group of area restaurants, just for SSO audiences! 

Dinner & the Symphony! Check out this all-inclusive package that's perfect for a romantic evening out on Valentine's Day! You get dinner at the Student Prince, the BEST seats at Symphony Hall for this concert, and Peter Pan luxury coach transportation every step of the way - all for only $80! Click here for information

Construction Detour Information The I-91 Viaduct & MGM Construction projects have impacted some of the I-91 exits ramps to downtown Springfield. While the detour routes are clearly marked, feel free to visit our website for all the info on getting to Springfield Symphony Hall during this period. Click here for information.

EVERY SSO Concert Includes FREE, Secure Garage Parking - at 91 South & I-91 North SPA Garages, & Tower Square/Marriott Garage... simply present that evening's ticket stub upon exiting, and the parking is on us! Click here for information.


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Adults from $22 • Kids (ages 4-17) & College Students (with valid Photo I.D.) Always $10 
Groups (10+) 25% Off • Wheelchair Seating $25 (Limited Availability – Please Call) • Senior Discounts

Handicapped access via East Columbus Ave. (side) entrance • Springfield Symphony Orchestra performances are Saturdays, 7:30 PM at Springfield Symphony Hall, 34 Court Street, Springfield MA 01103 • Doors & Box Office open at 6:00PM • Children under age 4 not permitted in Hall or Lobbies

We look forward to welcoming you to Springfield Symphony Hall!