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Springfield Symphony Orchestra Announces Two New Virtual Adult Music Education Events for Winter 2021

 Springfield, MA – The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is extending its virtual adult music education offerings with two new events for Winter 2021: 

February 18, 2021, 7:30pm Brahms’ Last Hurrah with Maestro Kevin Rhodes 

In the fall, Maestro Rhodes led a lively and jam-packed session touching on the beginnings and endings of the nine Beethoven Symphonies, giving a fast and furious thumbnail sketch of how Beethoven’s work over the course of his entire creative life compared with the music of his time. This time, the last movement of Symphony No. 4 in E Minor by Johannes Brahms will be under the microscope, providing the basis of an entirely different lecture focusing on and digging into the details of Beethoven’s successor’s final symphonic movement. This energetic 90-minute presentation will include insights from the Maestro, musical excerpts, and plenty of time for your questions. 

March 4, 2021, 7:30pm The Art of the Audition: From Conservatory to Career with SSO’s Principal Cellist Emily Taubl 

SSO’s Principal Cellist Emily Taubl will offer an engaging and interactive discussion on the intimidating world of auditions! Ever wonder what it’s really like to step into an audition room? Curious about how an audition is run or what the panel is looking for? In this 90-minute presentation, Emily will share stories and play excerpts on her cello to give a behind-the-scenes look at auditioning for The Juilliard School, Yale School of Music and the New England Conservatory as well as professional orchestral auditions. It will be a night of laughter, engaging discussion, and Q&A that’s perfect for musicians and non-musicians alike. 

Both events will be held via Zoom, and the link will be emailed after registration. Full details and registration information are available on the Symphony website at Registration closes a half hour before each event. 

Through the Card to Culture program, individuals who are EBT, WIC, or ConnectorCare card holders may get free tickets to this event. Contact Education Director Kirsten Lipkens at if you are interested. 

About the Springfield Symphony Orchestra The Springfield Symphony Orchestra has been part of the cultural landscape of Western Massachusetts since 1944. With the professional orchestra at its core, the SSO’s mission is to enrich our community through the transformative power of live music and innovative education. For more information, visit