17-18 SEASON


Set Sail with the Symphony
September 30, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Row with Mendelssohn off the west coast of Scotland. Gaze intently with Peter Grimes into the approaching storm. Tour Ibert’s delightful ports of call. Savor and collide with the waves of Debussy’s La Mer.  From island adventures to the high seas, this music will captivate your imagination.

Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Overture
Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsarina in a Barrel at Sea from The Tale of the Tsar Saltan
Bax: On the Seashore
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Ibert: Escales
Debussy: La Mer

Eric StarkA Bluesy Christmas
December 16, 2017 | 7:00 PM
A blues-tinged holiday concert featuring Eric Stark on vocals, Native American flute, trumpet, and lap steel guitar, with members of the Word of Life Church Choir, and traditional holiday favorites with the Saint Joseph Symphony!



Arturo Delmoni New York City Ballet Orchestra Credit Photo: Paul Kolnik studio@paulkolnik.com nyc 212-362-7778

Springtime in Italy
March 24, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Venice, Naples, Florence and Rome: what musical postcards Mendelssohn sent home! Experience the sights and sounds of Italy through his celebrated “Italian” symphony, alongside the symphonically sumptuous Sibelius Violin Concerto, and the delightful Double Violin Concerto of J.S. Bach.

Bach: Concerto for Two Violins
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 “Italian”
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D Minor

Featuring: violin soloist Arturo Delmoni joined by maestro Rico McNeela on violin


HYPE_1541Made in America
April 28, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Take a symphonic stroll down small-town Main Street, duck into a side street where Jazz has right-of-way, and cruise sounds of down-home charm and tantalizingly tropical style. Aaron Copland and Morton Gould wrote American music directly to the listener, and Leonard Bernstein lived to excite the heart. You’ll never forget Gottschalk’s Caribbean cavort, and wait till you hear Gershwin’s deliciously experimental Rhapsody No. 2!

Gould: Star Spangled Overture
Copland: Our Town
Gottschalk: Symphony No. 1, “A Night in the Tropics”
Bernstein: Fancy Free, Three Dance Variations
Gershwin: Second Rhapsody for Piano & Orchestra

Featuring: Hyperion Knight, piano

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Our Chamber Music series highlights Saint Joseph Symphony musicians and offers opportunities to enjoy exceptional music in intimate settings.

Chamber Concert I: Strings
November 5, 2017 | 3:00 PM
Ashland United Methodist Church
2711 Ashland Ave. St. Joseph, MO 64506

Chun-Chien Chuang, violin
Catherine Root, violin
Monty Carter, viola
Sascha Groschang, cello

Haydn: String Quartet No. 35 in D Minor, Op. 42, Hob. III: 43
Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110
Shostakovich: Polka: Allegretto (arr. from Golden Age Suite, Op.22a)  

Chamber Concert II: Wind Quintet
January 14, 2018 | 3:00 PM
Ashland United Methodist Church
2711 Ashland Ave. St. Joseph, MO 64506

Lory Lacy, flute
Meribeth Risebig, oboe
Randall Cunningham, clarinet
Claudia Risebig, bassoon
Peter Jilka, horn

Bach: Fugue in G Minor
Ravel: Mother Goose Suite
Bozza: Scherzo
Barber: Summer Music
Gershwin: Three Preludes

Chamber Concert III: Piano with Strings
February 18, 2018 | 3:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church
301 N. 7th Street St. Joseph, MO 64501

Charles Badami, piano
Rico McNeela, violin
Keith Stanfield, violin
Ashley Stanfield, viola
Amy Harris, cello

Dvorak: Bagatelles, Op. 47
Saint-Saëns: Barcarolle, Op. 108
Dohnányi: Piano Quintet in C Minor, Op. 1