Grapes & Escapes: Symphony Night Fever

Event Start Date:
February 3, 2018
Event End Date:
February 3, 2018
Event Venue:
Kuss Auditorium

6-11pm, Saturday, February 3, 2018
Do the Hustle! Grapes & Escapes is celebrating the grooviest decade in history, and it’s an event that you Cool Cats and Foxy Ladies don’t want to miss! We’ll have Far Out trips to bid on, and the food will be Out Of Sight! So strap on your platform shoes and get ready to boogie down for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra! Watch this page for details on the event and our live auction items!

The fun begins at 6pm!

Be There or Be Square
Hors d’oeuvres, Premium Beers, Fine Wines, Bourbon and Scotch Tastings, Open Bar

Tastes Like Disco
Dinner on the Kuss Auditorium Stage
Complimentary Wine and Spirits

Night on Disco Mountain
Live auction with one groovy auctioneer!
Can’t attend? Set up your proxy bid on our website.

Put on Your Boogie Shoes
Get hip to the groove and dance the night away to your favorite music by The Street Players.

2018 Live Auction Packages

Do Us A Solid: bid generously, often, and To The Max! This Grapes & Escapes fundraiser is Hard Core for the SSO – the BREAD raised from the auction will support each and every one of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s programs (including the Youth Education initiatives). Can You Dig It?

1. Family Blast Off to Florida’s Space Coast
Prepare for a vacation That’s Out of This World in Cocoa Beach Florida for four days/three nights at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront (one guestroom)! Two adults and two children will enjoy 2-day admission to the Kennedy Space Center. This package also includes a chef-prepared buffet lunch with a veteran NASA astronaut; what better way to culminate your exploration of space than by hearing a firsthand account about life in space? The following day your NASA dreams will come to life with admission to Cosmic Quest (land only), where you participate in an interactive game experience featuring real NASA missions!
Value: $3,500

2. Close To Home ~ The Welsh Hills Inn
One of the world’s top-rated bed & breakfast nestled on 15 wooded acres in the beautiful, New-England like Village of Granville, Ohio. Relax to a simpler time and feel the stress melt away. Package includes a one-night getaway at the Inn, complimentary Wine & Cheese Hour and Signature Inn Breakfast. Donated by Cynthia and Paul Valente
Value: $400

3. Fly Fishing Adventure
Spend a day fly fishing with Hal Goodrich. Hand-tied flies, gear, instructions, and lunch included. Your time spent in the great outdoors will be memorable!
Value: $500

4. Great Scot! Glenlaurel Package
Experience old world elegance in a secluded and romantic cottage, hiking trails with recessed caves, and Scottish links golf, all on 140 acres at what has been labeled “the premier romantic getaway in the Midwest.” Your two-night stay includes breakfast each day, as well as a six-course meal of legendary Scottish gourmet cuisine. See more at
Value: $775

5. Choose Your Destination
Make your own vacation with Two Round-trip Tickets on Delta Air Lines to anywhere in the Continental United States. Donated by AAA.
Value: $1,000

6. 2019-2020 Name That Tune!
Here’s your chance to choose a musical piece and sponsor a concert on the 2019-2020 Season. Get your creative juices flowing while lunching with Maestro Peter Stafford Wilson and help set the season. With this offering, you will be listed on all posters and marketing materials and acknowledged from the stage. You will also receive a framed signed poster as a keepsake.
Value: $3,000

7. The Grand Hotel
A historic resort that beckons guests to a bygone era of old-world hospitality and charm; with spectacular views from a rocking chair overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, MI from the world’s longest porch. Includes a $50 gas card, a two-night stay with dinner on the day you arrive, breakfast and dinner on day two and breakfast on your departure day.
Value: $1,950

8. Pop-Up Dinner Party
The French countryside, the hills of Tuscany, the most exclusive jazz and blues clubs in the Windy City, these are some of the locations that Springfield’s finest and most exclusive pop-up dinner party has visited in the past. Where will the party pop-up this year?  We’ll leave that to your imagination, but we can guarantee you won’t be disappointed in this “Escape” for eight discerning diners – featuring great food and drink, the best music, and worry free transportation to and from your front door. The date for this outstanding package is fixed – the dinner will occur on August 4, 2018. Presented by Dr. Jo Blondin, Jeff Fortescue and Daragh Porter Wobbe
Value: $1800

9. Columbus Experience
The arts in Columbus tell incredible stories of inspiration, passion and purpose.  Come find out what inspires you at our state’s capitol city. Package includes: Tickets to CAPA; CSO; BalletMet; Opera Columbus; the Wexner Center; Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra; Columbus Museum of Art, and the Pizzuti Collection (all subject to availability). Donated by Peter Stafford Wilson
Value: $1000

10. Take a Swing at Chicago from the Rooftop
Revel in exclusive luxury high in the sky in Chicago, Illinois for three days & two nights at either the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park or the Swissôtel Chicago for two, including a Wrigley Field Rooftop Experience (Airfare Not Included); daily complimentary breakfast; all room-related taxes; all-inclusive access passes to a Wrigley Field rooftop for a regular season Chicago Cubs baseball game; free concierge reservation service.
Value: $2,000

11. Ultimate All-Inclusive Indulgence!
Delight in the unexpected in Cancun Mexico’s Hyatt Zilara, and escape to an oasis of sophistication, casual elegance and comfort. Carry nothing but a beach towel because your meals, drinks and unforgettable memories are all included. The trip for two includes: Round trip Economy Class air; five days and four nights accommodations at the Hyatt Zilara in a Junior Suite; all meals/gourmet dining, unlimited drinks, 24-hour food service; daily and nightly activities, including theme parties, contests, singers & live performances.
Value: $8,500

12. An Exceptional Excursion Through Central Park
Timeless, Authentic, Unforgettable! Stay at the most Celebrated Address in New York, New York! From the sumptuous décor to the impeccable white glove service, The Plaza, built by the Rockefeller family in 1907, is an extraordinary hotel that will offer its guests every indulgence; including a Private horse and carriage ride in Central Park. The trip for two also includes: Round-trip Economy Class air; four days and three nights accommodations at The Plaza in a king-bed room, Daily complimentary breakfast, all room-related taxes and Free concierge reservation services.
Value: $6,300

13. Greenbrier Escape
Located amid the breathtaking mountains of West Virginia, the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia, is a National Historic landmark with fine dining, more than 55 activities, and the world’s only 5-star mineral spa. You will stay three days, two nights in a traditional intermediate room. We have also included a $250 gift card so you can choose your own activities! See more at
Value: $1,350

14. Brewery Tours In Style!
Spend an evening with your friends exploring local breweries and distilleries. Meet at Mother Stewart’s Brewery where a limo (donated by Littleton & Rue) will take you in style to the Indian Creek Distillery in New Carlisle. There you will tour the distillery and a tasting of their Rye Whiskey. The second destination is Yellow Springs for a tour of the Yellow Springs Brewery with the opportunity to sample their brews (maybe a “Smokin’ Handsome” or a “Birkensock”) while having a few snacks. The next visit is to the Artisan Distillery for a sampling of their liquors or schnapps specialties like apple pie moonshine. Last but not least, you will head back home to Mother Stewart’s Brewery where you will receive a tour led by Kevin Loftis and enjoy a final flight of samples or your favorite beer while munching on pizza from Bada Bing. This package is for seven people.
Value: $1,000

15. Discover Detailed Elegance at The Brown Hotel
A Louisville, KY landmark since 1923, The Brown is an iconic destination. Behind its striking Georgian-Revival façade is a blend of Old World elegance and modern day comfort. Now nearing its centennial, the hotel reflects the rich heritage and Southern gentility that have made Louisville a hot spot for bluegrass enthusiasts, bourbon drinkers and equestrians! This package includes a two night stay at The Brown; two tickets to the Angel’s Envy Distillery and two tickets to the Louisville Museum of Art plus a gas card. Donated by the Springfield Symphony Orchestras Board of Trustees.
Value: $750

If you are unable to attend G&E and/or wish to pre-bid on one of our fabulous auction items, please e-mail Nuggie or call 937.325.8100 and Nuggie will take your bid. We will notify you if you win! Thank you for your support of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra!

SYO Play-a-thon

Event Start Date:
January 12, 2018
Event End Date:
January 12, 2018
Event Venue:

Won’t you please consider sponsoring a youth orchestra student for this event?

On Friday, January 12th, Springfield Youth Orchestra members will be participating in their annual fundraiser at Covenant Presbyterian Church. On that night, our young musicians will be playing their fingers “to the bone” earning pledges that will help offset the costs of our program that are not covered by the annual tuition fees.

This event is a time of fun, fellowship, and educational activities for our students, with workshops and rehearsals conducted by Maestro Wilson, Springfield Symphony Orchestra members, and other area music professionals. Springfield Symphony youth programs provide our young musicians the opportunity to perform in a full orchestra setting at the advanced level, quality beginning and intermediate string ensembles, and a high-level children’s chorus experience. The annual tuition fee covers approximately 35% of the cost to run these ensembles. Learn more about our youth orchestras here and children’s chorus here.

Please sponsor one of our young musicians for this event! Pledges can be made for any dollar amount for the student of your choice, or a student from the school district of your choice by clicking on Make Your Pledge Now at the right.

You will receive a tax donation letter, and we’ll notify the student of your pledge. Thank you in advance for your support of the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras and Children’s Chorus!

Hear It Again on WDPR

Event Start Date:
October 7, 2017
Event End Date:
April 14, 2018
Event Venue:

2017-2018 Broadcast Schedule


October 7, 2017, MasterWorks I
November 18, 2017

November 18, 2017, NightLights I
January 6, 2018

January 20, 2018, NightLights II
February 10, 2018

February 17, 2018, MasterWorks II
March 3, 2018

March 24, 2018, MasterWorks III
April 14, 2018

April 14, 2018, MasterWorks IV
August 11, 2018


Summer Arts Festival: 8pm, Sunday, June 11

Event Start Date:
June 11, 2017
Event End Date:
June 11, 2017
Event Venue:

Join the Symphony for a rousing free performance at the 51st Annual Springfield Summer Arts Festival.

The repertoire will include:

Claudio Montiverdi: Overture to Orfeo

Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 2 Overture; Air; Gigue

Jean-Baptiste Lully: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

George Frederic Handel: Water Music Suite No. 2

George Frederic Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks

WASSO Garden Tour

Event Start Date:
July 15, 2017
Event End Date:
July 16, 2017
Event Venue:

1-6pm, Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Women’s Association of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (WASSO) is pleased to announce the 24th Annual Garden Tour. This year we have six gardens and a winery for your enjoyment:

» 317 Oakridge Drive, Springfield
» 5076 W. Jackson Road, Enon
» 5118 W. Jackson Road, Enon (Brandenberry Wine)
» 1744 Pembrook Road, Springfield
» 1824 Crescent Drive, Springfield
» 1910 S. Bird Road, Springfield
» Corner of W. Jefferson Ave. & S. Western Ave., Springfield

You can download a 2017 GardenTour Brochure here.

Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at any of the homes on the days of the tour.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking on the button to the right, or available soon at the Symphony office, Katie’s Hallmark, Schneider’s Florist, H. Holding & Co. in Urbana, Frame Haven, Heart of Country, Curves, or at any of the homes on the day of the tour.

Proceeds benefit The Springfield Symphony Orchestra

2017 Gardens MapView an interactive Google map here.

The 2017-2018 Season

Event Start Date:
October 7, 2017
Event End Date:
April 14, 2018
Event Venue:

Season Subscriptions and Single and Select Three tickets are all on sale now. For Select Three tickets or Season Subscriptions, please call the ticket office at 937-328-3874.

For single tickets, click on the links below.

MasterWorks I
7:30pm, Saturday, October 7, 2017

BuyTicketsfeaturing Gavin George, piano
Elgar: Cockaigne, op. 40
Schumann: Piano Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

NightLights I – World Premiere!
BuyTickets5pm, Saturday, November 18, 2017

featuring Cirque Musica’s Premiere of Heroes & Villains
Music from the classical repertoire and modern movie hits.

NightLights II
BuyTickets5pm, Saturday, January 20, 2018

featuring Kanako and Mariko Shimasaki, violins
Georg Philipp Telemann: Don Quixotte
Bach: Double Concerto
Osvoldo Golijov: Last Rounds
Astor Piazzola: Four Seasons in Buenos Aires

MasterWorks II
BuyTickets7:30pm, Saturday, February 17, 2018

featuring Pascal & Ami Rogé, Pianos
Messiaen: Les offrandes oubliees
Poulenc: Concerto for 2 pianos and orchestra
Debussy: La Mer

MasterWorks III
BuyTickets7:30 pm, Saturday, March 24, 2018

featuring Misha Dichter, piano
Drew Hemenger:Exultations
Gershwin: Concerto in F
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances West Side Story

MasterWorks IV
BuyTickets7:30pm, Saturday, April 14, 2018

featuring the Springfield Symphony Chorale & Soloists April Bennett, soprano, Elise Des Champs, mezzo-soprano, Will Mattox, tenor, and Brian Banion, bass

Mendelssohn: Elijah

MasterWorks IV: Signature Sounds

Event Start Date:
May 6, 2017
Event End Date:
May 6, 2017
Event Venue:
Clark State Performing Arts Center

7:30pm, Saturday, May 6, 2017
Wagner, Verdi and Franck

Wagner: Tannhauser Overture
Verdi: Ballet Music
Franck: Symphony in d

Three of the Maestro’s favorite staples of the repertoire round out this season that promises to be a grand celebration of the virtuosity of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

Opening Notes: 6:45 in the Turner Studio Theater
Performance Prelude: 6:45 in the Davidson Lobby

Program Notes »


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Event Start Date:
June 3, 2017
Event End Date:
June 3, 2017
Event Venue:
Hollenbeck Bayley Center 275 S. Limestone St., Springfield

Springfield Symphony Youth Education Programs Fundraiser
Saturday, June 3, 6-9pm, Hollenbeck Bayley Center, 275 S. Limestone, Springfield

The Flavors event will be held in the fabulous Hollenbeck Bayley Center. Treat yourself to some of Springfield’s best-loved restaurants, all for one low price!

In addition to delectable delicacies, Flavors will host a silent auction with fine art items, fine jewelry, electronics, gift baskets, gift certificates, tickets to various area attractions and events, and much more. A balloon auction will add to the fun and give patrons another chance to walk away with a wonderful surprise item.

Musicians from the Springfield Youth Symphony and Springfield Symphony Orchestra will provide live entertainment.

This well-regarded annual event supports the education programs of the SSO, including our youth orchestras and children’s chorus. Bring the whole family! Great food and great fun that supports a worthy cause!!

Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door.

Order tickets online here.

For more information, call 937-325-8100.


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