Springfield Symphony Uses the Force

They may not all be named Luke, but the members of the Springfield Symphony will be using the force this Saturday at their final concert of the 2018-2019 season.

The concert, with the theme of “What Is Your Destiny?”, will feature nothing but the music of the Star Wars saga. The concert will take place Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts at Missouri State.

Conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett

“What’s great about the music from the Star Wars saga is that it is unquestionably some of the best orchestral music of modern times,” Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor, said in a statement. “This isn’t just Hollywood filler background music—this is music that draws on centuries of classical composers’ ideas and themes and holds an important place in the line-up of great symphonic works. John Williams is a truly exceptional composer, one who can write memorable themes and musical ideas that stay with audiences long after the credits have rolled. His music is as an essential element of Star Wars as the special effects and fantastical costumes. Watching Star Wars without the soundtrack would be an entirely different experience, and I would say far less thrilling.”

The orchestra is even encouraging Star Wars fans to come to the concert in costume as their favorite character to join in the fun.

The event will also feature pre-concert music in the lobby area starting around 6:45 p.m. Tickets for the concert are available at the Hammons Hall box office or online at missouristatetix.com.

Tickets range from $10 to $40 with discounts for students and seniors.

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