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2023-2024 Season

2023-2024 Season

The Planets With The SSO

Presented by Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, October 7, 2023 | 7:30 p.m. October 7 | 7:30 p.m.

Holst’s The Planets, multi-media concert, with the NOW Device and Wittenberg’s Dr. Dan Fleisch

Masterworks I
Jessie Montgomery Starburst
Dan Perttu A Planets Oddessy Tammy Miller, pianist
Gustav Holst The Planets The NOW Device; Dan Fleisch

PAC Sawyer Brown

Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Thursday, October 12, 2023 | 7:30 p.m. October 12 | 7:30 p.m.

From the first day they stepped foot onstage in the early 1980s and more than 4,500 shows later—and still counting — Sawyer Brown’s live country music shows are legendary!  The band has produced 23 albums, celebrated more than 50 chart singles including Some Girls Do, Thank God For You, The Race is On, Six Days On The Road, and have won multiple CMA, ACM, and CMT awards.  The “Rolling Stones of Country Music” return to Springfield for one night only!

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Presented by Clark State Theatre Arts Program

Friday, October 27, 2023 | 8:00 p.m. October 27 | 8:00 p.m. Saturday, October 28, 2023 | 8:00 p.m. October 28 | 8:00 p.m. Sunday, October 29, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. October 29 | 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 3, 2023 | 8:00 p.m. November 3 | 8:00 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 2023 | 8:00 p.m. November 4 | 8:00 p.m. Sunday, November 5, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. November 5 | 2:00 p.m.

The classic Tony-Award-winning play written by American playwright Arthur Miller celebrates its 70th anniversary. The play focuses upon a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie-and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others.

SSO Robert Henry

Presented by Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, November 11, 2023 | 7:30 p.m. November 11 | 7:30 p.m.

Beethoven Piano Concert No. 4, featuring pianist, Robert Henry: plus Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

Masterworks II
Beethoven Piano Concert No. 4 , op. 58 in G major Robert Henry, piano
Shostakovich Symphony no. 10

PAC Comedy Rhapsody

Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Thursday, November 16, 2023 | 7:30 p.m. November 16 | 7:30 p.m.

May contain Adult or Mature Content.

Come see why The Second City has been the first name in laughter for over sixty years! From the place that launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and more comes the next generation of comedy superstars!

The Second City’s Comedian Rhapsody is a brand new revue featuring the best sketch comedy and songs from our history, our newest classics and, of course, our trademark improvisation performed by The Second City Touring Company’s best and brightest…and funniest!

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Presented by Springfield Arts Council

Saturday, November 18, 2023 | 8:00 p.m. November 18 | 8:00 p.m.

“We are saying what HE said,” laughs Matt Vee when referring to the one and only Neil Diamond! Matt Vee, along with cousins Jeff and Tommy Vee, sons of the legendary Bobby Vee, join forces with their family and friends as “The Killer Vees” to celebrate the timeless music of superstar Neil Diamond in this spectacular evening,I Am, He Said.

With songs including “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Song Sung Blue,” and “Sweet Caroline,” Neil Diamond’s music became the soundtrack of one generation after another with hits spanning five decades. “I Am, He Said is not a tribute show,” says Tommy Vee. “This is a celebration of an amazing musical icon, one we all love and respect. We have an incredible group of singers and players and have gone back to the original records,” he explains. “It’s a rockin’ show that truly celebrates the legendary Neil Diamond!” Good times never seemed so good!

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Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 | 7:30 p.m. November 28 | 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate the holidays with A Mariachi Christmas featuring Mariachi Herencia de México. The Latin GRAMMY-nominated band performs Mexican and American Christmas favorites, including the group's reimagined holiday hits “It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” and many more! Filled with music and holiday cheer, this colorful celebration of holiday traditions is perfect for the whole family.

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Presented by Springfield Arts Council

Friday, December 15, 2023 | 8:00 p.m. December 15 | 8:00 p.m.

Travel to Victorian London to meet kindly Bob Cratchit, his son Tiny Tim, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, who take Scrooge on an eye-opening journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas, in this original production of the Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol.

Delightful and thoroughly entertaining, and the perfect family holiday event,A Christmas Carol will charm you with exceptional voices and dancing, traditional holiday carols, Broadway-style scenery, colorful costumes, and dazzling special effects, combining to create a spectacular holiday treat for the entire family!

SSO Sarah Chang

Presented by Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, January 27, 2024 | 7:30 p.m. January 27 | 7:30 p.m.

Bruch Violin Concerto showcasing violinist, Sarah Chang plus the Martinu Overture and the sweet lyric grace of the Schubert Symphony No. 4.

Masterworks III
Bohuslav Martinu Overture
Max Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in g minor, op, 26 Sarah Chang, violin
Franz Schubert Symphony No. 4 in d minor D. 417

PAC 360 All Stars

Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Sunday, February 4, 2024 | 7:00 p.m. February 4 | 7:00 p.m.

BMX, basketball, breakdancing, acrobatics, drumming and more, the international smash hit returns!

A phenomenal physical performance exploring all forms of rotation, 360 ALLSTARS connects the street with the elite to deliver a supercharged urban circus. Boasting a stellar cast of World Champion and World Record holding artists and athletes, 360 ALLSTARS is a spectacular fusion of the extraordinary artistry that emerges from street culture.

Add to this a stunning live soundtrack delivered by award winning musicians, coupled with spectacular video projections, 360 ALLSTARS is as aurally exciting as it is visually astounding.

A magnificent, colourful and astonishing expression of a generation that has reinvented the circus, 360 ALLSTARS is a revolutionary production that will leave you dizzy with excitement!

Catch the ALLSTARS in action at the Clark State Performing Arts Center as part of their 10 year anniversary World Tour. Perfect for the whole family!

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Presented by Springfield Arts Council

Friday, February 16, 2024 | 8:00 p.m. February 16 | 8:00 p.m.

Concert artist/singer/actress Lisa McClowry perfectly captures the essence of the legendary Cher in this Broadway-style live stage show,The Beat Goes On. McClowry, the talented main attraction of this theatrical production, has perfectly mastered every aspect of portraying one of the most iconic divas of the 20th century!

From McClowry’s singing and speaking voice, the makeup, the walk and the talk, to the multiple Bob Mackie-inspired costumes and the unmistakable mannerisms, nothing is overlooked in this evening celebrating the hits of “the Goddess of Pop” from the 60’s to present day, performed with a live band, including“I Got You Babe,” “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” “I Found Someone,” “The Way of Love,” “Dark Lady,” “If I Could Turn Back Time,” “Believe,” and many more! 

Video Games Live Logo

Presented by Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, March 2, 2024 | 7:30 p.m. March 2 | 7:30 p.m.

Video Games Live™ is an award-winning immersive concert event featuring lighting effects, images and music from the most popular video games of all time, performed by your SSO

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Presented by Springfield Arts Council

Saturday, March 16, 2024 | 7:00 p.m. March 16 | 7:00 p.m.

Puppy Pals Live! is a family-fun, action-packed show where adopted and rescued dogs perform spectacular stunts and breathtaking feats. Watch as the puppies and audience are led through challenging and comical tricks, as the pooches show everyone who is really boss!

As seen on “America’s Got Talent,”Puppy Pals Live! is full of big surprises and laugh-out-loud canine comedy that appeals to all ages!

Special guest, the hilarious ventriloquist, juggler and magicianMike Hemmelgarn, opens this evening of family-friendly entertainment. 

SPECIAL PRICE:Children under 12: only $10 when accompanied by adult – Call 937.328.3874 for details.

PAC Princess Bride

Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Sunday, March 24, 2024 | 3:00 p.m. March 24 | 3:00 p.m.

Join Cary Elwes (Westley) for a behind-the-scenes look at life on and off the set of the classic film, The Princess Bride.

After a screening of the iconic movie, Elwes will engage in a moderated discussion revealing never before shared secrets and tales of inconceivable antics!

Journey back to the lands of Florin and Guilder in an adventure filled with fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, miracles, and of course, true love.

Elwes has been in a multitude of films and tv shows, including Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Saw, Twister, Liar, Liar, Stranger Things and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. He recently starred in Guy Ritchie’s “Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre”,  “Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1” with Tom Cruise, Zack Snyder’s sci fi epic, “Rebel Moon, and his latest film “Sweetwater”, based on the true story of the first African American signed to the NBA. 

Now Elwes is hitting the road to share with fans the personal stories behind the making of this piece of cinematic history.

Don’t be a “Humperdinck”, make haste to see The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes for a night you will always “tweasure”.

A limited number of VIP packages are available and include the best seats in the house, a Meet and Greet with Cary Elwes after the show, and a signed copy of Cary Elwes’ best-selling book, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride.  VIP Patrons may not bring personal items to be signed.

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Presented by Clark State Theatre Arts Program

Friday, April 5, 2024 | 8:00 p.m. April 5 | 8:00 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2024 | 8:00 p.m. April 6 | 8:00 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2024 | 2:00 p.m. April 7 | 2:00 p.m.

Plunge into this stunning all-singing, all-dancing, dynamic stage show1 When the citizens of Bikini Bottom discover that a volcano will soon erupt and destroy their humble home, SpongeBob and friends must come together to save their undersea world. With lives hanging in the balance and all hope lost, a most unexpected hero rises up. The power of optimism really can save the world’ An exciting new musical featuring irresist­ible characters and magical music, this show is set to make a splash with audiences young and old. The future is bright, the future is bold, the future is The SpongeBob Musical.


Presented by Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, April 13, 2024 | 7:30 p.m. April 13 | 7:30 p.m.

The nationally acclaimed, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, joins your Springfield Symphony Orchestra blending past traditions into the future with our collective energies

Masterworks IV
American MO (Music by Duke Ellington)
And Each Day You Mean One More by Kevin Ward (Music by Derrick Skye)
William Grant Still Symphony No. 3 (Sunday Symphony)
Margaret Bonds movements from The Montgomery Variations

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Presented by Springfield Arts Council

Friday, April 19, 2024 | 8:00 p.m. April 19 | 8:00 p.m.

Spend an evening with the music and magic ofThe Greatest Piano Men! This electrifying production (from Jeff Davis, Executive Producer of Broadway’s “Rock of Ages”) debuted to rave reviews at the Flamingo in Las Vegas, and celebrates the world’s greatest pianists and showmen, from Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles to Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Liberace, and Billy Joel… all in one fabulous show!

The Greatest Piano Men features great storytelling, video, a rockin’ band, three pianos, and 25 mega-hit songs including “Good Golly Miss Molly,” “Superstition,” “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer,” “New York State of Mind,” and many more!

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Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Saturday, May 4, 2024 | 8:00 p.m. May 4 | 8:00 p.m.
This concert is made possible by the generous support of the Carleton F. and Ruth Davidson Trust.

Enjoy an evening of contemporary and classical ballet, jazz, modern, tap, emerging choreography and more with Springfield’s own Gary Geis Dance Company!  Founded in 1999 by the late Gary Geis, GGDC provides incredible performance and training experiences for young dancers in the community.  GGDC partners and collaborates with the Springfield Arts Council and Summer Arts Festival productions, and with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra with Rodeo (2015) and Nutcracker Variations (2018).  Previous collaborations with professional dance companies include Alvin Ailey II, Dance Kaleidoscope, Doug Varone, Russian National Ballet and Thodos Dance Chicago. 


Presented by Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, May 18, 2024 | 7:30 p.m. May 18 | 7:30 p.m.

Béla Fleck, banjo virtuoso, centennial celebration of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with your SSO

NightLights II
Philip Glass: Symphony No. 4, “Heroes”
Bela Fleck: Juno Concerto Movement II
Philip Magnuson: …From Alice
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue


Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 | 7:30 p.m. May 22 | 7:30 p.m.

"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek...." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Yes, your favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle, SHREK – THE MUSICAL. This Tony Award®-winning musical brings all the beloved characters from the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks animated film to life.