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This season, the Topeka Symphony takes on some of history’s biggest moments. We will explore seismic cultural shifts that changed the world forever, in music from the American and French Revolutions, the Civil War, World War I, and the Cultural Revolution of China. We will play music that commemorates when revolutions were born, when the old ways were thrown off, and when new world orders emerged amid fiery passions, bloody wars, and idealistic dreams.
Revolutions are born in all kinds of settings, and are led by all kinds of people. We imagine a group of idealistic young students sitting in a tavern in France or the New World. We remember a quiet but determined people refusing to be held down any longer in the American South. We hear of a monk nailing a list of ideas and ideals to the door on a church in Germany. These stories are all fascinating, full of drama and dreams and hope and hunger for a better world. Our music this year looks at these big moments in history and honors changed worlds and new horizons.
We will play the music of revolution in all its power and anger and hope and glory. Join us for a year of Revolutionary Music!

Kyle Wiley Pickett,
Music Director and Conductor

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The mission of the Topeka Symphony Society is to encourage and cultivate appreciation and support for fine music in northeast Kansas by presenting performances of high quality and by providing educational and performance opportunities for youth.