TSO’s 2023-2024 Season

The world is back up and running.
Tourists are traveling the globe. Restaurants are filling their tables. Audiences are back at concerts. And here at the Topeka Symphony, we are excited to help you avoid the dreaded #FOMO—Fear Of Missing Out! 
Don’t miss our thrilling concert line-up filled with you-have-to-be-there-yourself nights at the symphony. Our 2023-24 season will take concert-going to a new level. Each concert will feature something you have to experience in person—from incredible photography shows that accompany the music, to musicians placed around the hall for the original surround-sound effect, to some of the all-time-greatest movie soundtracks, to a Van Cliburn Gold winner pianist playing arguably the most romantic piano concerto ever written, to a can’t-miss solo by the almost-never-featured bass trombone by one of the top performers in the world. And, of course, there’s always the amazing, life-changing experience of hearing live music at a packed concert hall by your own Topeka Symphony and the energy of an excited crowd to enjoy it with. 
So get off your couch, come to the symphony, and don’t miss out on a season full of live music and thrilling experiences at the hall. You have be there — NOMO FOMO! 
Kyle Wiley Pickett,
Music Director and Conductor
ALL CONCERTS at White Concert Hall, Washburn University, Topeka, KS unless otherwise noted.


TSO’s 2023-2024 Season

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Sept. 30, 2023 • 7:30 p.m. — Opening Night

Jump off your couch and run, don’t walk, to the symphony for a can’t miss Opening Night! We start with audience-favorite
Sorcerer’s Apprentice and an exquisite recent work for clarinet played by our own principal clarinetist, Trevor Stewart. Then we’ll blow the roof off the hall with the thrilling Pictures at an Exhibition, complete with the original artwork that inspired this masterpiece. You have to be there to see and hear it all!

Dukas – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Oscar Navarro – Clarinet Concerto No. 2 — Il Concerto
Trevor Stewart, Clarinet
Mussorgsky/Ravel – Pictures at an Exhibition




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Nov. 4, 2023 • 7:30 p.m. — Space Explorer

Explore the heavens with us for a night of ethereal otherworldliness and majestic vistas in music that takes us to the unknown beyond. We begin with the world premiere of the orchestral version of Ingrid Stölzel’s beautiful Musica Ignota, followed by our always-exciting Young Artist Audition Winner.  On the second half of our concert, we will accompany our performance of The Planets with astrophotos taken by our own Conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett.

Ingrid Stölzel – Musica Ignota
Young Artist Audition Winner
Holst – The Planets
With combined Topeka Festival Singers and Washburn Choir women’s chorus

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Dec. 2, 2023 • 7:30 p.m. — Most Wonderful Time

Let us put you in the holiday mood at our traditional holiday concert where you not only get to sit back and listen to all the seasonal favorites, but also join the crowd in our annual carol sing-a-long. There’s not much better than lifting your voice up with others to celebrate this most wonderful time of the year.

Holiday Favorites
With Local High School Choirs

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Jan. 20, 2024 • 7:30 p.m. — Rivers

Ride the rivers of the world with our concert featuring music celebrating the mighty Mississippi River in Florence Price’s jazzy suite and the Thames in Handel’s regal Water Music. Violin virtuoso Francesca Anderegg will also join us for Astor Piazzolla’s tango-influenced Four Seasons of Buenos Aire.

Handel – Water Music Suite in D Major Mvts. 1 and 2
Piazzolla – The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Francesca Anderegg, Violin
Florence Price – Mississippi River Suite
With Guest Conductor

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Feb. 17, 2024 • 7:30 p.m. — Unfinished Business

Buckle up and get ready for a concert unlike anything you’ve ever heard. We are thrilled to welcome to our stage Metropolitan Opera Orchestra trombonist Denson Paul Pollard for not just one, but two spectacular bass trombone solos with the orchestra. We will also play Sibelius’s charming Karleia Suite, and we get down to some unfinished business with Schubert’s famous Unfinished Symphony.

Schubert – Symphony No. 8 – Unfinished
Elizabeth Raum – Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra
Denson Paul Pollard, Bass Trombone
David Baker – Concert Piece for Trombone and String Orchestra–Mvts. 1 & 2
Denson Paul Pollard, Bass Trombone
Sibelius – Karelia Suite

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Mar. 30, 2024 • 7:30 p.m. — Italy Travel

Italy is home to some of the most picturesque landscapes in the world, and you won’t want to miss this trip to the heart of it on our tour of Italy. Since all roads lead to Rome, we head to the Eternal City to bask in the glory of its majestic pines. Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jon Nakamatsu is one of the most popular pianists performing today, and we are thrilled to bring him back to Topeka to perform Rachmaninoff’s bold and beloved second piano concerto.

Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 2
Jon Nakamatsu, Piano
Verdi – La Forza del Destino Overture
Respighi – The Pines of Rome

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Apr. 27, 2024 • 7:30 p.m. — Hollywood

Let’s get off our couch and go to the movies! At this exciting concert, we’ll play the classics like Lara’s Theme from Dr. Zhivago and Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and beautiful scores from newer Hollywood releases like the love theme from the Star Wars Prequels and the score from Angela’s Ashes. Don’t miss this finale to our year of FOMO concerts with a night of unforgettable music from the silver screen.

Newman – 20th Century Fox Fanfare
Jones/Edelman – Last of the Mohicans
Jarre – Dr. Zhivago – Lara’s Theme
Williams – Across the Stars (Love Theme from Star Wars: Episode II)
Horner – The Mask of Zorro
Kamen – Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Mancini – Moon River
Williams – Angela’s Ashes – Theme
Zimmer – King Arthur
Hupfeld – Casablanca–As Time Goes By
Horner – Music from Titanic

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Note: Vimeo Access is included with Season Ticket Purchases! Call us at (785) 232-2032 for more information on how to redeem your access.

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