NightLights I: World Premiere of Cirque Musica’s Heroes and Villains

Event Start Date:
November 18, 2017
Event End Date:
November 18, 2017
Event Venue:
Clark State Performing Arts Center

BuyTickets5pm, Saturday, November 18, 2017

Music from the classical repertoire and modern movie hits, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Superman, The Dark Knight, Holst Planets, Scheherazade, 2001 A Space Odyssey and more!

High flying acrobatics and musical tales of good vs. evil will make for a stunning evening of entertainment featuring all periods of musical history. A feast for the eyes and the ears, be a part of this spectacular world premiere event.

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Opening Notes at 4:15pm in the Turner Studio; Performance Prelude at 4:15pm in the Davidson Grand Lobby

MasterWorks 1: Gavin George, piano

Event Start Date:
October 7, 2017
Event End Date:
October 7, 2017
Event Venue:

BuyTickets7:30pm, Saturday, October 7, 2017
featuring Gavin George, piano

Elgar: Cockaigne, op. 40
Schumann: Piano Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

14-year-old prodigy Gavin George will open our season which celebrates the piano with the sublime Schumann concerto, paired with the fiery fourth symphony of Tchaikovsky. Witness the foundation of what promises to be a remarkable career!

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Opening Notes at 6:45pm in the Turner Studio; Performance Prelude at 6:45pm in the Davidson Grand Lobby

NightLights II: Shimasaki Sisters, violins

Event Start Date:
January 20, 2018
Event End Date:
January 20, 2018
Event Venue:
Clark State Performing Arts Center

BuyTicketsSaturday, January 20, 5pm
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

From the propulsive rhythms of J.S. Bach to the tango-inspired Four Seasons in Buenos Aires, Springfield natives Mariko and Kanako Shimasaki will return to the Kuss for this exciting evening of fun and rhythmic energy.

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Opening Notes at 4:15pm in the Turner Studio; Performance Prelude at 4:15pm in the Davidson Grand Lobby

MasterWorks II: Pascal & Ami Rogé, Pianos

Event Start Date:
February 17, 2018
Event End Date:
February 17, 2018
Event Venue:
Clark State Performing Arts Center

BuyTicketsSaturday, February 17, 7:30pm
featuring Pascal and Ami Rogé, pianos

Messiaen: Les offrandes oubliees
Poulenc: Concerto for 2 pianos and orchestra
Debussy: La mer

French composers created a unique sound that inspired an entire era of musical thought. From the majestic sounds of Messiaen, the jaunty folk melodies of Poulenc to the ultimate impressionistic spectacle of La mer, this program will conjure vivid images.

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Opening Notes at 6:45pm in the Turner Studio; Performance Prelude at 6:45pm in the Davidson Grand Lobby

MasterWorks IV: Elijah with the SSO Chorale and Soloists

Event Start Date:
April 14, 2018
Event End Date:
April 14, 2018
Event Venue:
Clark State Performing Arts Center

BuyTicketsSaturday, April 14, 7:30pm
Featuring the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Chorale and soloists April Bennett, Elise Des Champs, Robert Kerr and Daniel Stein

Mendelssohn: Elijah

The story of the prophet Elijah is present in the Bible, the Torah, and the Quran, so its universality is relevant to all believers. Mendelssohn’s dramatic setting is as uplifting as it is dramatic. Let this epic story unfold before your eyes and ears.

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Opening Notes at 6:45pm in the Turner Studio; Performance Prelude at 6:45pm in the Davidson Grand Lobby

SCC Wittenberg Choral Invitational

Event Start Date:
May 20, 2017
Event End Date:
May 20, 2017
Event Venue:

9am-4pm, Saturday, May 20, 2017, Krieg Hall, Wittenberg University

What: Masterclasses, workshops, games, and activities led by SCC Conductor Jennifer Wightman, Kodaly music specialist Jennifer Kafka, and award-winning regional choir
director Nick Klein of Grove City, Columbus. Improve your vocal skills, have fun, and
audition to join the 2017-2018 Springfield Children’s Chorus!

Who Can Participate: any students grades 3-8, or with an unchanged voice. We can
only accept 40 students for this event, so be sure to register soon!

How to Sign Up: to register, click here or call Alek Peugh at 937-325-8100. There is no fee to participate, but we will be eating lunch on campus that day. You may pack a lunch, or if you want to purchase a lunch, please send $7.59 to:

Springfield Symphony Orchestra
Attn: Alek Peugh
PO Box 1374
Springfield, OH 45501

Registrations and lunch fees are due no later than May 1, 2017.

If you have any questions, please call Alek Peugh at 937-325-8100 or email her at

Lunch on the Lawn

Event Start Date:
July 27, 2018
Event End Date:
August 17, 2018
Event Venue:
Springfield Museum of Art

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra will present Lunch on the Lawn, a series of free, informal ensemble concerts located on the front lawn of the Springfield Museum of Art, 107 Cliff Park Rd., Springfield. The programs will be performed from 11:30am-1pm on four consecutive Fridays – July 27 to August 17.

Special sack lunches are available for $6 (with beverage), while they last. Bring your own lawn chair or put down a blanket under a tree! Seating is also provided under an outdoor tent. In case of rain the performances will move inside the Museum.

Music for Lunch on the Lawn includes a mixture of classical and popular music by quality, diverse performing groups and artists. For our series opener we’re pleased to welcome back GoodVibes with their smooth jazz, blues, swing and standard favorites. Mark Smarelli, vibraphone, Chuck Young, guitar and vocals, Jim Bonecutter, bass and John Dessinger, drums offer their audience a performance filled with exciting sounds. It wouldn’t be Lunch on the Lawn without them!

New to the series this year is Arnett Howard & Friends from Columbus. After 51 years of performing, Arnett retired his band on New Year’s Day, 2018. Arnett’s trio will include friends Mike Roberts, saxophone, and Kraig Phillips, guitar and Arnett on keyboard and trumpet. They play every kind of music, from reggae, funk, country, gospel, jazz, vintage rhythm and blues, Motown and Stax.

With over 175 years of experience as members of the Springfield Symphony, the Woodwind Quintet is composed of members of the wind section of the symphony who are also on the faculty of Wittenberg University.

Lisa Grove, our oboe player, has a Bachelor of Music degree and Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University. Richard York, our clarinetist, studied with George Wain and appeared as soloist with the Oberlin Orchestra. Joseph Hesseman is a graduate of the U.S. Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia and received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wright State University. Colvin Bear, our horn player, holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the College of Wooster and a Master of Music in Education degree from Bowling Green State University. Joining the quintet today is Catherine K. Abner, flute, who has recently finished her thirteenth year as Director of Bands at Valley View Local Schools in Germantown, Ohio.

Moment’s Notice returns to the Museum to complete the series. Moment’s Notice, is pop/jazz combo with more than 100 years combined service in the United States Air Force as bandsmen and are active teachers and performers. The bank includes Felita LaRock, vocals, Dave Cousino, guitar/vocals, Dave Haworth, keyboard, Shawn Stanley, bass/vocals and Jerry Noble, drums. Moment’s Notice has opened for national artists such as the Charlie Daniels Band and the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Bring the whole family, or stop in during your workday – Lunch on the Lawn is a great way to spend your summer lunch hour. Admission to Museum exhibits is free to event patrons after the concert!

July 27 – GoodVibes
August 3 – Arnett Howard & Friends
August 10 – Wittenberg Woodwind Quintet
August 17 – Moment’s Notice

For further information please call 937-325-8100.
The Springfield Museum of Art is located at 107 Cliff Park Rd., Springfield.

This concert series is possible through the generous support of the McGregor Metalworking Companies, The Springfield Foundation, Sheehan Brothers Vending Company, Home City Tent and Awning Co. and the Springfield Museum of Art. Partial funding for the SSO season is provided by the Ohio Arts Council.

John Smarelli Scholarship Concert

Event Start Date:
March 19, 2018
Event End Date:
March 19, 2018
Event Venue:
John Legend Theatre

The Springfield Youth Orchestras and Children’s Chorus in Concert
Monday, March 19 at 7pm at the John Legend Theatre

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra will present The John Smarelli Scholarship Concert

Featuring the Springfield Youth Orchestra and Children’s Chorus. Everyone is welcome to join them for this wonderful evening of music. During the concert, Youth Symphony seniors will be honored, and the annual John Smarelli Scholarship will be awarded to a young musician who plans to continue his or her music education in college.

Springfield Symphony youth programs feature young musicians from over 30 schools and homeschools from a six-county area. The Springfield Youth Symphony is the only opportunity in Clark County for students to perform in a full orchestra setting.

All are welcome for this evening of music.

For information: call 325-8100

12th Annual WASSO Kitchens Tour

Event Start Date:
April 28, 2018
Event End Date:
April 28, 2018
Event Venue:

A Community Affair: Showcasing Five Area Kitchens, Saturday, April 28, 11am-5pm

The Women’s Association of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (WASSO) is sponsoring its 12th annual Kitchens Tour on Saturday, April 28, from 11am until 5pm.

Featured homes on the tour this year:

» 205 Ardmore Road
» 219 N. Broadmoor Boulevard
» 640 Stonecroft Drive
» 4176 Mahar Road, South Vienna
» Old Columbus Road, South Vienna

View 2018 WASSO Kitchens Tour in a larger, interactive map where you can get driving directions:

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at any of the locations listed below or at any of the homes for $20 the day of the tour.

Buy tickets now with PayPal at the right,
Tickets are available from:
Springfield Symphony office (937-325-8100)
Or at Curves, Frame Haven, Heart of Country, Katie’s Hallmark, Netts Floral, Schneider’s Florist, or from any WASSO member. We thank them for their support.

Tickets are also available from any WASSO member.

For information: call 325-8100.

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!