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Symphony presents works of Mahler, Mozart tonight

Concert will feature winner of 2011 Cleveland International Piano Competition.

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra will present the music of famous composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Gustav Mahler in a concert at 8 p.m. today at Kuss Auditorium at the Clark State Performing Arts Center.

Tickets remain for the concert that will be conducted by Peter Stafford Wilson and will feature the winner of the 2011 Cleveland International Piano Competition, German pianist Alexander Schimpf.

Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 22” will be performed by Schimpf, whose other honors include winning the 2008 German Music Competition and the 2009 International Beethoven Competition in Vienna.

Schimpf is considered to be a rising star and performs around the world. He made his debut appearance at Carnegie Hall in December 2011. This year, Schimpf will perform at venues throughout the United States and Europe, including the International Keyboard Institute & Festival in New York and the prestigious International Chopin Festival in Duszniki, Poland.

The program will conclude with Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1.”

“What is so meaningful to me is that Mahler shows life’s joy and despair; the success and defeat,” Maestro Peter Stafford Wilson said in a news release. “His music is so real because we endure all of these emotions ourselves. Mahler’s first symphony is one of his most accessible works. With over 100 musicians on stage, it will be one of the largest gatherings we’ve had on the Springfield Symphony stage in a long time.”

To learn more about what to expect, attend a pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m. in Kuss Auditorium. The Springfield Youth Symphony Woodwind Trio will perform in the lobby at 7:15 p.m.

Tickets for the concert are $24-$48 for adults and $12-$36 students. Tickets for the concert are available through the Performing Arts Center ticket office, Davidson Grand Lobby, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield two hours prior to the performance from 6-8 p.m. A limited number of seats are available for $15 adult/$10 student. Call the ticket office at (937) 328-3874 for more information. For more information about tickets, call (937) 328-3874 or visit

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