Springfield Symphony to World Premiere Concert Version of Oklahoma!

The classic musical Oklahoma! is coming to the symphony and Springfield will have the first chance to hear it.

The Springfield Symphony will perform the world premiere of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! concert version on November 9th and 10th at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

“We are so excited to be performing this amazing musical in the world premiere of the concert version of Oklahoma!,”  Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony, said in a press release. “This concert version is a semi-staged performance of the full musical, with the orchestra featured on stage with the singers.  I’ve been working with the actors and their wonderful director, Broadway legend Robert Westenberg, and this cast is incredible.”

The performance is a partnership between the Symphony and the Missouri State University BFA Musical Theatre Program. A pre-concert music segment will start at 6:45 p.m. from the Suzuki Violin Preparatory Program.

“This project is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” Pickett said.  “The great Broadway shows of the mid-20th century have some of the best orchestral music by American composers.  We rarely get to hear these scores in their full orchestral glory, because theater pits can’t fit the full complement of a symphony orchestra.  This is a chance for you to hear the wonderfully lush score performed by the Springfield Symphony!”

Tickets for the show are available through the Juanita K. Hammons Hall Box Office, by calling 417-836-7678, or online at www.hammonshall.com.

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