Piano prodigy helps kick off SSO’s 74th season

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) kicks off its 74th season with 14-year-old prodigy pianist Gavin George at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield.

Acclaimed for his musical maturity and virtuosity, Gavin began formal piano instruction at age 3. He made his concerto debut by age 7 and was a featured performer on the CBS Early Show. As a gold medal winner for two consecutive years in the American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented International Piano Competition, he has performed multiple times in Carnegie Hall.

He will perform Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto. Schumann premiered this composition in 1845. He wrote it for his beloved wife Clara to perform as piano soloist.

The orchestra will present Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, a product of the most crucial and turbulent time of Tchaikovsky’s life – 1877, when he met two women who forced him to evaluate himself as he never had before.

Learn insights into the program during Opening Notes, a pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m. in the Turner Studio Theatre, where Maestro Peter Stafford Wilson will offer his thoughts on the night’s program and repertoire with comments from guest artist Gavin George. A Performance Prelude in the lobby, also at 6:45 p.m., will feature a musical trio from the youth orchestra.

Admission is $30-$47 for adults, $18 for students.

Buy tickets online at http://www.springfieldsym.org/ or call Clark State Performing Arts Center at 937-328-3874 weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Box office opens at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7.

For further information call 937-325-8100 or visit the SSO website at www.springfieldsym.org.

14-year-old prodigy pianist Gavin George will perform Oct. 7 with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
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