Springfield Symphony’s photo-themed American program

Posted on: February 13, 2020

Missouri’s Springfield Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Aaron Copland, Chris Brubeck, and Michael Torke on its “American Pictures” concert on February 15 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. Music Director Kyle Wiley Pickett will lead the program, themed to the American landscape. Two pieces—Copland’s Our Town and Brubeck’s Ansel Adams: America—will be accompanied by photographs that illustrate the music. Ansel Adams: America will feature images by Ansel Adams, and Our Town will feature photographs taken by Springfield Public Schools students of people and places around Springfield. The Springfield Symphony collaborated with the Phelps Center for Gifted Education to gather the photographs. Violinist Tessa Lark will perform as soloist in Michael Torke’s “Sky” Violin Concerto. In a pre-concert talk, Pickett will discuss the “American Pictures” program and the orchestra’s collaboration with Springfield Public Schools. Debbie Nesbitt, scholars liaison at the Phelps Center for Gifted Education, described the partnership with the Springfield Symphony as “a wonderful project for the Symphony and the gifted program to tag team…. 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.”