JAN. 17, 2017, SPRINGFIELD, MASS. — The Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is well-known for challenging its audience with complex and pivotal classical works. To keep that tradition going, on Jan. 21 Maestro Kevin Rhodes and the SSO will thrill concert-goers with majestic and familiar favorites from the Viennese canon. Featuring Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music) and Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, this concert is sure to please both classical music aficionados and newcomers alike.
The evening’s centerpiece performance will be Beethoven’s fifth and final piano concerto, often referred to as the Emperor Concerto. Composed just a few years before his retirement from public performance, the composition begins in a characteristic flourish with a dynamic piano solo. Critically acclaimed pianist Spencer Myer will return to the Springfield stage to lead the orchestra with his renowned dynamism and skill.
Maestro Rhodes noted the historical importance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, adding further reason to hear this work performed live. “The Emperor Concerto reestablished the form in which Beethoven was composing, and set a new standard against which all works in that form would be forever-after measured,” said Rhodes.
The evening will also include one of classical music’s best-known works, Mozart’s infectious Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, often translated as A Little Night Music. Like many of Mozart’s compositions, this serenade has become a pop-culture fixture, showing up in Hollywood blockbusters such as Batman, Alien, and Charlie’s Angels, to name a few. Rhodes admitted, “Probably because of its pop culture popularity, we can find no record of it in an SSO concert — until now!”
Finally, the evening’s program will include a performance of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, another work sure to be recognized by all.
The evening’s concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. with doors open at 6:00 p.m. All SSO performances are held at Springfield Symphony Hall, 34 Court Street, Springfield, Mass. To purchase tickets, contact the SSO Box office at 413-733-0636, or visit in person at 1441 Main Street, Springfield, Mass.
Free and Secure Parking
Free concert-night parking is available for all ticket holders at the I-91South and I-91North Springfield Parking Authority garages, as well as the Tower Square / Marriott garage — all very close to Symphony Hall. Valet service also is available curbside on the corner of Court Street and City Hall Place.
Back By Popular Demand: The All-inclusive Dinner and the Symphony Package
On concert night, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra is offering a special, all-inclusive package that allows concert-goers to enjoy a stress-free and convenient night on the town. Its “Dinner and the Symphony” package includes a three-course, pre-concert dinner at downtown’s Student Prince restaurant, the best seats in Symphony Hall for the evening’s performance, and round-trip transportation from Wilbraham or Longmeadow, all for just $90 per person. Call the SSO Box Office for more info and to reserve your seats: 413-733-2291.