Springfield Symphony Celebrating 50th Annual Young People’s Concerts

The Springfield Symphony is celebrating a milestone.

The symphony is preparing to hold its 50th annual Young People’s Concerts, bringing classical music to over 3,000 fourth grade students in the Springfield School District and 50 other rural, private, parochial and home schools.

Starla Blair

Starla Blair, a member of the Springfield Symphony for over 40 years, said in a statement that she loves watching the joy in the students for classical music.

My favorite part of the Young People’s Concerts is to see kids so excited about the pieces,” Blair said. “A lot of [the students] come out encouraged, where they start taking lessons on various instruments, and a lot of them go on to become a part of our Symphony. I think it has been really good to show these kids and see their excitement during the concerts. That is the greatest thrill of all of it.”

The theme of this year’s concerts is “Go Ask Google: A Musical Adventure Through the Internet.” The concert will feature music from the movies The Greatest Showman and Star Wars along with well-known classical selections like Hall of the Mountain King and Barber of Seville Overture.

The two concerts will happen at High Street Baptist Church in Springfield on Tuesday, January 28.

If you need more information about the Symphony’s education efforts, call 417-864-6683.

(Photos courtesy Discover Creative Services)

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