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Saturday, October 7 2017 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

 Prodigy Pianist Gavin George and

the Springfield Symphony Orchestra


September 19, 2017 (Springfield, OH) – The Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO), under the direction of Maestro Peter Stafford Wilson, kicks off its 74th season with an exciting program with 14-year-old prodigy pianist Gavin George on Saturday, October 7th, 7:30pm at the Clark State Performing Arts Center, Springfield. 


Acclaimed for his musical maturity and virtuosity, 14-year-old pianist Gavin George began formal piano instruction at age three-and-a-half. He made his concerto debut by age seven 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, Gavin has performed multiple times in Carnegie Hall.


Gavin started to pick up music on his own at a very young age. After family and friends sang “Happy Birthday” to him on his fourth birthday, Gavin, who’d just started music lessons, ran to the piano and played the song himself.   No one had taught him the song; he just could hear it and play it.  Then he began to play by ear music he heard in old “Tom and Jerry” cartoons.  In addition to his sensitive musical ear, Gavin is an exceptionally quick learner.  He and his family reside in Granville, OH.


Gavin will perform Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto.  Schumann premiered this composition in 1845 which he wrote for his beloved wife Clara to perform as piano soloist.  Schumann’s Concerto is memorable not only for the beauty of its melodies and the joy of its harmony, but also for the careful integration of its structure.



The Orchestra will also 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.  By the dramatic last chords no listener fails to grasp the central expressive impulse – nor can doubt the composer’s assertion that his works “have all been felt and lived by me, and have come straight from my heart.”


Learn insights into the program during Opening Notes, a pre-concert talk at 6:45 pm in the Turner Studio Theatre, where the Maestro himself, music director 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 pm, will feature a musical trio from the youth orchestra.


For further information call 937-325-8100 or visit the SSO website at www.springfieldsym.org.   SSO season sponsors are the Ohio Arts Council, Charles D. Berry/WDPR and the Springfield News-Sun.  The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Symphony with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.  The Concert Sponsor for this concert is the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Foundation and Concert Partner, Jane A. Bennett.


How to Attend:

What: Gavin George with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Where: Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield, OH

When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 7

Program:          Elgar: Cockaigne Overture (In London Town)
Schumann: Piano Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

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

Tickets:  Buy tickets online at http://www.springfieldsym.org/ or call Clark State Performing Arts Center at (937) 328-3874, Monday – Friday, 9 am-5 pm.  Box office opens at 5:30 pm on Saturday,

April 2018
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