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Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Juneteenth

June 19, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT

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Join us as we celebrate unity, freedom, and the power of music this Juneteenth at Springfield Symphony Hall. We are pleased to host a special concert on Monday, June 19, at 3:00 pm. Maestro Kevin Scott will lead our fantastic Symphony Orchestra along with special guests the Avery Sharpe Quartet, the Springfield Symphony Chorus, and the Extended Family Choir.

Prior to the concert, there will be a flag raising at 2:00 pm at Court Square in front of City Hall presented by State Representative Bud L. Williams and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno in partnership with the Black Springfield Coalition and the Urban League of Springfield. This flag-raising represents freedom, resilience, and the ongoing commitment to equality and justice. For more information on the Urban League of Springfield please visit http://ulspringfield.org/.

We are thrilled to be performing a diverse selection of pieces, including the powerful anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by J. Rosamund Johnson and J. Weldon Johnson, as well as the uplifting spiritual “Oh, Happy Day” by Edwin Hawkins. The program also features contemporary symphonic works such as Quinn Mason’s “Inspiration! Festive Overture” and Jessie Montgomery’s “Soul Force,” which are sure to captivate audiences. And we can’t forget the stirring traditional spirituals, such as “A City Called Heaven” and “Wade In The Water,” along with newer works like Hezekiah Walker’s “Better” and Avery Sharpe’s “Antebellum.” It’s going to be an unforgettable experience!

Our incredible Springfield Symphony Orchestra musicians are looking forward to commemorating Juneteenth with this beautiful concert. Admission is free, and seating is general admission, however, all guests do need a ticket to attend.

We are honored that Don Blanton of 413_Distinctive_Art has designed a beautiful poster in honor of our Juneteenth concert that will be available to anyone that makes a donation to the SSO (minimum $20) during the event. This commemorative artwork serves as a tribute to the significance of Juneteenth and we are excited that Mr. Blanton will be present to autograph the posters for anyone who supports the SSO in their mission of sustainable fine arts in Western Massachusetts. We are truly honored to showcase this work and offer you the opportunity to own a piece of this remarkable creation.

To learn more about Don Blanton please visit the 413_Distinctive_Art website.

Experience the joy of music as it unites us all in commemorating this significant day in history.

Parking will be complimentary on the day of the Juneteenth concert! Please park at the 91-South Garage off of East Columbus and come enjoy the flag raising and concert with us.

Tickets are available on our website

or contact our Box Office

[email protected]

(413) 733-2291


June 19, 2023
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT


Symphony Hall
34 Court Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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