Springfield Symphony Partnering with SPS for Saturday Performance

The Springfield Symphony is partnering with Springfield Public Schools Saturday for a unique experience during their “American Pictures” concert.

The classical concert will feature films playing during multiple songs showing photographs of people and places around Springfield that were taken by students of Springfield Public Schools.

“Our February concert entitled American Pictures is going to be an amazing evening of music and imagery of America,” Conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett said in a statement. “On this concert we are performing two pieces that will be accompanied by a film of photographs to illustrate the music. The first is called Ansel Adams: America, written by the great jazz legend Dave Brubeck and his son, composer Chris Brubeck. Our second film is to the music of Aaron Copland’s Our Town and it will feature photographs taken and submitted by Springfield Public Schools students of people and places around Springfield. The Springfield Symphony teamed up with the Phelps Center for Gifted Education to gather these photographs. We are very excited to show this charming and heartwarming look at Springfield through the eyes of its young people.”

The Phelps Center for Gifted Education has worked for over 40 years with students across the district, providing a challenging educational path for students of varied academic and social needs.

“When Kyle came to Dr. Lenae Lazzelle [Director of Gifted Education] and myself,” Debbie Nesbitt, Scholars Liaison at the Phelps Center for Gifted Education, said in statement, “he thought that this would be a wonderful project for the Symphony and the gifted program to tag team. He asked if we would like to get involved, and we put the information out to the teachers and staff at our Wings and Scholars programs. Creative arts students were so excited to submit the photos and it has been a wonderful opportunity for the students to express their town through the Symphony.”

The concert will take place Saturday night starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. There is a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. along with pre-concert music at 6:45 p.m. that is included in the ticket price.

Tickets can be purchased through Hammons Hall.

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