Welcome to the TSO's 77th Season!

2022 - 2023 SEASON

Swipe Right—Great Matches in Music

Music about love, composers in love, and music we love to love

The Topeka Symphony is falling in love! Manon, Don Juan, and Brünnhilde didn’t have dating apps on their cell phones to Swipe Right and make their matches, but their love stories endure to this day and are immortalized in some of the most beautiful and romantic music for the symphony orchestra. Join us for a season of music inspired by our deepest passions—romantic fairy tales, heroic love legends, and stories of eternal family bonds. From the amorous misadventures in The School for Scandal to the confusing romance of Der Rosenkavalier, we’ll bring the world’s greatest love stories to our stage.

We’ll also take a look inside the lives of the great composers to hear the music inspired by their love and loss - from the secret pining of Johannes Brahms to the grief of American composer Jennifer Higdon in her tribute to her lost brother.  And in addition to performing the music that takes us into the deep throes of love, anguish, longing, and nostalgia, we won’t forget the light-hearted side of romance with songs from Broadway and the holidays that remind us that falling in love is fun!

Come fall in love with the Topeka Symphony this season with the greatest love stories ever told!

Kyle Wiley Pickett, Music Director and Conductor

Barber - School for Scandal Overture

Wagner - Wotand's Farewell and Magic Fire Music
with Ben Wager, Bass-Baritone

Puccini - Manon Lescaut: Intermezzo from Act III

Strauss - Rosenkavalier Suite

White Concert Hall, Washburn University
Saturday, February 18, 2023
7:30 PM

Sometimes love is complicated. There is the kind of love that only a Norse God could fathom—a love so deep (and possibly misguided) that it drives a father to put his Walkyrie daughter in a time-out circle made of fire until a hero comes to rescue her with his love, which we’ll hear in Wotan’s Farewell from Die Walkyrie. And there is the love that strikes when a young messenger, tasked with delivering a silver rose as a signal of intended courtship from the local baron to a beautiful young lady, instead falls in love with her himself, but first he has to disentangle himself from the older woman he’s been having an affair with, as in Der Rosenkavalier. And the affairs and intrigues are almost too complicated to recount in The School for Scandal, but the local gossips certainly try to keep up with it all.

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Excerpts from:

Schumann - Symphony No. 2

Clara Schumann - Piano Concerto - Mvt. 1

Schumann - Violin Concerto

Brahms - Symphony No. 1

Schumann - Carnival (Piano)

Brahms - Piano Trio, Op. 8 - Mvt. 1

Schumann - Piano Quartet - Mvt. 3 - 7

White Concert Hall, Washburn University
Saturday, April 1, 2023
7:30 PM

The marriage of composer Robert Schumann and pianist Clara Schumann was filled with musical innovation and intellectual engagement, but it was also marked by tragedy. The arrival of young rising star Johannes Brahms brought joy to their household, and the deep bond that developed between Clara and Johannes has long been the subject of question and conjecture. The Topeka Symphony will present a unique evening of symphonic, chamber, and solo works by both Schumanns and Brahms, while actors illuminate the human story behind these towering figures of western music.

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Rogers and Hammerstein  - Oklahoma! in Concert
Collaboration with Topeka Civic Theatre

Topeka Performing Arts Center
Saturday, May 6, 2023
7:30 PM

We are thrilled to present Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic American musical Oklahoma! in conjunction with Topeka Civic Theatre. In this inventive concert performance of the full show, the music and story take center stage as the Topeka Symphony performs the rich orchestral score while actors and singers bring to life the words, songs, and history of one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals about love and romance on the Great Plains.

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Single Ticket Pricing:

(Section 1/Section 2)

Adult – $42/$40

Senior (65 & older) – $37/$35

Young Adult (25 & younger) – $15/$12

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