Missouri’s Springfield Symphony to spotlight winds, strings with music by Dvořák, Frank, Still, Britten

Posted on: January 14, 2022

“Springfield Symphony Orchestra is dancing into 2022 with numerous rhythms from far-flung places and different ways of listening,” writes Ed Peaco in Thursday’s (1/13) News-Leader (Springfield, MO). “This initial concert … on January 15 … will [provide] intimate looks into the wind section and the strings. ‘We haven’t featured the winds very often, but this is a chance to showcase them, and this is such a strong section of the orchestra,’ said SSO Music Director Kyle Wiley Pickett. Principal Bassoon John Atteberry recommended Antonín Dvořák’s Serenade for Wind Instruments to Pickett as a good piece for wind players.… All four of the pieces in the concert have a mix of styles. ‘Coqueteos’ provides a vigorous and melodious piece from Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout, with a mix of Andean folk and European classical music, by Gabriela Lena Frank. William Grant Still, a figure from the Harlem Renaissance, wrote ‘Summerland,’ a short piece with a dreamy feel, touches of blues and Claude Debussy. ‘Simple Symphony’ has four movements, each with two themes, all from Benjamin Britten’s music from his youth, including two French dances…. ‘This is going to be an intimate look into the orchestra,’ Pickett said.”