Welcome to the TSO's 76th Season!

2021 - 2022 SEASON

We’re back in White Concert Hall and your Topeka Symphony Orchestra is ready to dance!

After an unusual year of limited audiences, smaller orchestras, and maybe a lot of time alone on our couches or in front of our screens, it’s time to get back together, get on our feet, and dance! This season is full of energetic and upbeat music that was either written for or inspired by dance, and we know it’s going to have us all tapping our toes and itching to dance along. 

Kyle Wiley Pickett, Music Director and Conductor

Sentimental Sarabande

White Concert Hall, Washburn University
Saturday, January 22, 2022
7:30 PM

Gabriella Lena Frank - Coqueteos - from Leyendas

William Grant Still - Summerland

Benjamin Britten - Simple Symphony

Anton Dvorak - Serenade for Winds

We’ll start off 2022 with an intimate concert of romantic and soulful dances, including Gabriella Lena Frank’s flirtatious Conqesteos from Leyendas and William Grant Still’s transcendent and enchanting Summerland. The Topeka Symphony’s wind section will get a chance in the spotlight with Dvorak’s Serenade for Winds, and the string section is featured in Benjamin Britten’s playful Simple Symphony, full of dance-motifs and charm.

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Pas de Deux

White Concert Hall, Washburn University
Saturday, February 12, 2022
7:30 PM

Amy Beach – Bal Masque

David Briggs – Organ Concerto

Maurice Ravel – Daphnis and Chloe

The Pas de Deux is a grand duet - a love story in ballet form - and at this concert we present the epic love story of Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe. Gorgeous and lush, this orchestral masterpiece tells an impressionistic story. We are also excited to present American composer Amy Beach’s courtly and elegant Bal Masque for the first time in Topeka. Our soloist David Briggs is one of the preeminent organists of our time, and we are pleased to feature him playing his own organ concerto on the magnificent organ in White Concert Hall.

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Dance around, around

White Concert Hall, Washburn University
Saturday, April 9, 2022
7:30 PM

Johann Strauss, Jr. – Voices of Spring Waltz

Young Artist Competition Winner

Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 1 – The Titan

At our final masterworks concert of the year, we bring Europe’s many dance traditions together. You’ll hear a traditional elegant, swirling Viennese Waltz, by Johann Strauss, Jr., who was, of course, the “Waltz King.” You’ll enjoy the exciting performance of our Young Artist Competition winner. We conclude our concert with Mahler’s epic First Symphony, which includes foot-stomping dances and yodeling that Mahler had already put to good use in one of his first songs, Hans und Grete. "Dance around, around!" the song goes. "Let whoever is happy weave in and out! Let whoever has cares find his way home."

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POPS - Flamenco!

White Concert Hall, Washburn University
Saturday, May 14, 2022
7:30 PM

An Evening of Flamenco Dance           with Dancers, Guitar, and                 Orchestra

We will finish our season of dance music with a Spanish flourish! Join us for a thrilling evening of Flamenco music with Kansas City’s own Flamenco group Ensemble Iberica. Hear the rhythms and melodies of Spain as the orchestra is joined by guitar, percussion, and vocals. Watch as the drama of the Flamenco dance is brought to our stage. It will be a great way to cap a season of Dance Mix!

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Single Ticket Pricing:

(Section 1/Section 2)

Adult – $40/$38

Senior – $35/$33

Student – $20/$17

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Please Note: All concerts will be live-streamed this season and can be purchased for $20 per concert or $125 for the entire season. Seven Concert Season Ticket subcriptions include live-stream access for all concerts.


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