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Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Audacity of Hope: Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST

We are proud to welcome five extraordinary guest artists to Symphony Hall this Saturday, January 14 at 7:30 pm to celebrate the legacy of Black musicians in America along with our spectacular Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

Kevin Scott | Conductor
Artina McCain | Piano

J. Rosamond & J. Weldon Johnson Lift Every Voice and Sing (arr. Hale Smith)
Quinn Mason Toast of the Town Overture
Ozie Cargile The Audacity of Hope
Florence Price Piano Concerto in D minor
Kevin Scott Fannie’s Homecoming
William Grant Still Symphony No. 4 (Autochthonous)

The legacy of Black American composers in the classical realm has always embraced the message Dr. Martin Luther King intoned in 1963, that one should be judged by the content of their character and not solely by race, yet in recent times many performing organizations have opened their arms to explore this avenue of music that should never be shunned nor forgotten. From the joyful opera buffa sounds of Quinn Mason’s overture and the late Romanticism of Florence Price’s piano concerto infused with blues and ragtime, to the celebratory symphonic essays of Ozie Cargile and this conductor inspired by the productive legacies of Barack Obama and Fannie Lou Hamer and concluding with William Grant Still’s epic symphony celebrating the affirmation of an indigenous society moving away from a horrific global conflict through the various styles of music he worked with during his long career, these composers are but a few of many who deserve recognition for their artistry as American composers writing in a classical idiom who just happen to be Black.

Tickets are available on our website or contact our Box Office [email protected]

(413) 733-2291

We are looking forward to 2023 with our fascinating lineup of 4 Symphonic concerts and 1 Pops show. To celebrate we would like to offer $5 youth tickets to anyone under the age of 18 with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket.

$5 Youth Tickets

Use code: YOUTH5


January 14
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST


Symphony Hall
34 Court Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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Springfield Symphony Orchestra
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