A crowd enjoys a concert during Wednesday Concerts @ Noon at Founders Park. (Photo: Downtown Springfield CID)

Founders Park will come to life this summer with free, family-friendly Wednesday Concerts @ Noon and First Fridays at Founders Park.

Liven up your lunch breaks May 4-June 29 with Wednesday Concerts @ Noon. The concerts feature a wide variety of genres, from musical theatre to big band jazz, and from Americana country blues to acapella harmony. Scheduled acts are:

  • May 4: Springfield Little Theatre on Wheels
  • May 11: Sarah M. Smith
  • May 18: Static in the Attic
  • May 25: David J. Hinson
  • June 1: Mike Mac & The Sidemen
  • June 8: JAZZ! Quartet
  • June 15: The Garbonzos
  • June 22: The Springfield Community Jazz Ensemble
  • June 29: Ukeladies

First Fridays at Founders Park also returns in May, teaming up with First Friday Art Walk. Founders Park will feature live music, live art and concessions from 6 to 9 p.m. Musical acts are:

  • May 6: 83 Skidoo
  • June 3: Queen City Trio
  • July 1: The Domino Kings

Founders Park is located at 330 East Water St. downtown.

‘Swipe Right’ on Symphony’s 88th season

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is preparing its 88th consecutive season with music about love, composers in love, and music we love to love.

The Symphony’s 2022-2023 season, “Swipe Right,” will continue its traditional nine-concert subscription series. All concerts will be performed at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. The season begins Sept. 17 and runs through May 13, 2023.

“Romeo, Don Juan and Brunnhilde didn’t have dating apps on their cell phones to Swipe Right and make their matches, but their love stories endure to this day and are immortalized in some of the most beautiful and romantic music for the symphony orchestra,” said Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director and conductor for the Springfield Symphony.

For his 10th season with the Springfield Symphony, Maestro Pickett is featuring a concert of various works by Clara and Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. The season will also include the entirety of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Ballet, including a live performance with the St. Louis Ballet.

Pickett has also selected works about love in all its forms, such as Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet — Suite 2, and Higdon’s Blue Cathedral.

“Join us for a season of music inspired by our deepest passions — romantic fairy tales, heroic love legends, and stories of eternal family bonds,” Pickett said. “From the exotic and amorous tales of Scheherazade to the star-crossed romance of Romeo and Juliet, we’ll bring the world’s greatest love stories to our stage.”

For more information call the Springfield Symphony office at (417) 864-6683 or visit their website.

Jeff Kessinger

Jeff Kessinger is the Reader Engagement Editor for the Springfield Daily Citizen, and the voice of its daily newsletter SGF A.M. He covered sports in southwest Missouri for the better part of 20 years, from young athletes to the pros. The Springfield native and Missouri State University alumnus is thrilled to be doing journalism in the Queen City, helping connect the community with important information. He and wife Jamie daily try to keep a tent on the circus that is a blended family of five kids and three cats. More by Jeff Kessinger