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Pianist to start symphony season on high note

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is kicking off its 70th anniversary season.

Conductor Peter Stafford Wilson and the Orchestra welcome guest pianist Spencer Myer for Reformation! at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Clark State Performing Arts Center’s Kuss Auditorium.

This performance is part of the Symphony’s MasterWorks series, presenting four traditional orchestral concerts by the symphony and a world-class guest soloist.

The program will begin with Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral, the most performed work in the country by any living composer.

Myer will then display his talents on Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

“We’re lucky to have such an exciting artist here for our opener,” said Symphony Executive Director Robyn Zimmann. “He’s won so many awards and played so many countries. Concerto No. 3 is one of the most exciting pieces ever written for piano and was a new level of challenge when it was written. It’s a great way to start the season.”

The show will conclude with Symphony No. 5, the Reformation by Felix Mendelssohn.

The evening will begin with Opening Notes, a pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m. in the Turner Studio Theatre. It will feature a moderated panel and reminiscence of the orchestra’s history in Springfield.

A special performance prelude will also take place in the Performing Arts Center lobby at 7:15 p.m.

A limited number of tickets for the concert will be available at a special rate of $15 for adults and $10 for students. For more information, contact the Performing Arts Center box office at (937) 328-3874.

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