Springfield Symphony presents American Pictures

Kyle Wiley Pickett with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra
Photo courtesy of Discover Creative Services

The Springfield Symphony looks to the great American landscape at its classical concert, American Pictures on Saturday, February 15th at 7:30 p.m. The program will feature Dave and Chris Brubeck’s Ansel Adams: America, Aaron Copland’s Our Town, and Grammy-nominated violinist Tessa Lark on Michael Torke’s Sky – Concerto for Violin. 

“Our February concert entitled American Pictures is going to be an amazing evening of music and imagery of America,” Conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett explained, “at this concert, we are performing two pieces that will be accompanied by a film of photographs to illustrate the music.  “Springfield Symphony audiences may remember Lark from her spectacular last appearance with the Springfield Symphony when she played the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto,” remarked Pickett. “She came back to the stage for her bows, kicked off her shoes, and brought down the house with a bluegrass encore in which she accompanied herself by thumping the back of her violin and singing along as she fiddled.  Don’t miss this amazing bluegrass-inspired concerto played by the one and only Tessa Lark.”

On the evening of American Pictures, Pickett will deliver a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. from the stage and pre-concert music will begin at 6:45 p.m.